Sex, Aging, Trauma, and Diversity in Couples Therapy


Jane Fleishman, Joanne Bagshaw, Shadeen Francis and faculty experts will present 3 days of training focused on the experiences of sexism, exploitation, and trauma and the impact on women and couples. Experience challenging and rewarding training with experts and instructors working in the field of sexuality counseling and couples therapy.  Courses include case consultations.



Just Announced – Webcast Option Now Available!

June 10-12, 2020

Held Virtually – Live Simultaneous Webcast with Interactive Classroom Experience

– Discounts for Early Registration end May 1st –

Wed – June 10

  • Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Approach to Human Sexual Development and Applications for Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions with Nan Wise, PhD
  • Resisting Sexism in Sex & Couples Therapy with Joanne Bagshaw, PhD

Thu – June 11

  • Trauma, Decolonization, Identity, and Privilege with Shadeen Francis, LMFT

Fri – June 12

  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Sexuality and Aging with Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, CSE

**Courses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact for most up-to-date schedule.

In this 3 day training you can fulfill these requirements:

AASECT Sex Ed Core Knowledge Areas covered:
Day One: D,E,I, M, N, P, Q
Day Two:D E G H I M
Day Three: B C I E J  B G H I K M N P Q
AASECT Core Sex Therapy training Areas covered:
Day One: A, B, E
Day Two: A B D / A B C
Day Three: A B C, D E
CSCT Categories covered:
Day One: Cat 1a 1c, 1d, 2a, 3b, 3c
Day Two: Cat 1a, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2c, 2d
Day Three:  1a, 1c

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You may register for any combination of individual days. Student discounts available, email

Course Descriptions:

June 10 (Wed) 9 am – 12 pm – Comprehensive Biopsychosocial Approach to Human Sexual Development and Applications for Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions with Nan Wise, PhD

Everything you wanted to know about prenatal sexual development, the three levels of biological sex, gender, gender identity, gender roles, sexual orientation, sex differences between males and females, and “Differences in Sexual Development” as applied to the treatment of sexual dysfunctions.

June 10 (Wed) 1 pm – 5 pm – Resisting Sexism in Sex & Couples Therapy with Joanne Bagshaw, PhD

Sexism is damaging to women’s mental and physical health. Women and girls experience discrimination ranging from street harassment to threats of and actual violence. The chronic stress of gender-based discrimination leads women to be diagnosed at higher rates of depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and PTSD. Economic inequities lead to more psychological distress, and the housework gender gap can affect marital satisfaction leading to chronic stress. In this interactive session, participants will learn the effects that sexism and interlocking oppression has on women’s mental health, and how these issues can show up in individual and couples therapy. Participants will also learn strategies to resist maladaptive messages and tools that increase shame resiliency.

June 11 (Thu) 9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm – Trauma, Decolonization, Identity, and Privilege with Shadeen Francis, LMFT

While there is no one-size fits all therapy approach – is that truly reflected in our approach to clients? How do we work with our differences instead of against them? This session tackles some of today’s most challenging discussions about identity and belonging and will leave you with new tools to ask (and answer) the question: tell me about yourself. Society is complicated. We are not homogeneous – we are an ever-changing constellation of cultures, histories, and traumas. Our personal stories are more than just the day-to-day interactions and events in our lives. They are painted by our family, our socio-economic status, the color of our skin, our religion, our heritage, and much more.

Shadeen Francis, LMFT talks about how all of these things can affect our clients’ concerns, our own psychology, and how we interact together. She discusses the importance of an approach to therapy that does not just take into account Euro-American ideals, but includes broader perspectives to truly meet clients where they are.

June 12 (Fri) 9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm – Biopsychosocial Aspects of Sexuality and Aging with Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, CSE

Given the societal taboos against discussing sexuality especially when it centers on older adults, this training will offer clinicians a unique opportunity to apply current research and resources to their clinical and administrative practice with older adults. The focus is on improving clinicians’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes around sexuality in your work with an aging population.


Included in your tuition: eWorkbook for module, complied by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources.

About the Faculty:

Joanne Bagshaw, PhD, is an award-winning professor of psychology and women’s studies at Montgomery College. She is also an AASECT-certified sex therapist with a private practice in Maryland, and she is the author of “The Feminist Handbook” and writes the popular feminist blog, “The Third Wave,” for Psychology Today. Before respecializing as a sex and relationship therapist, Joanne was a trauma therapist, working primarily with rape and sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and adults who were abused as children. Joanne brings her nearly two decades of experience as a therapist to help clients transform their relationships and lead happier and healthier lives.





Shadeen Francisis a licensed psychotherapist, media personality, and author whose expertise spans the domains of sex therapy, emotional intelligence, and social justice. She has been featured on platforms like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the New York Times to share her unique perspective, and her insights have been printed by Cosmopolitan, MindBodyGreen, Refinery29, Playboy, Nylon magazine, and Tinder Swipelife, among others.

Known for her signature brand of warmth and humour, Shadeen is sought internationally to speak on topics like sexual self-esteem, overcoming shame, and
relationship design. Combining her love of learning with a background in Neuroscience and radio hosting, she transforms difficult subjects into actionable and engaging conversations. No matter the setting, Shadeen’s work is always inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure.


Jane Fleishman, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.S., is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator. She is on a mission to promote the sexual well-being of older adults in senior living communities as an educator, writer, researcher, podcaster, and blogger. She co-hosts a podcast, with Dr. Rosara Torrisi. She trains staff on sexuality and aging in senior living communities and senior centers. She gives pre-conference seminars, keynotes, and presentations at gerontology, sexuality, and hospice conferences. She works at the intersection of age, sex, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and class. She believes that sexuality is a human right especially for older adults. You can reach her at




Dr Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together”  and her new book “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity.” She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, MSNBC, Healthy Life Magazine, Shape, Men’s Health, Men’s Health UK, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Twist Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post and a source in Time Magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and  YourTango and gives workshops and Intensives for couples and trains therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships.   She can be found at


Dr. Nan Wise is a licensed psychotherapist, certified sex therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with over three decades of experience. Dr. Wise received her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where she completed her dissertation project, “Genital stimulation, imagery, and orgasm in women: an fMRI analysis” in August of 2012. Her research has attempted to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality, and has as a result, garnered international attention. Her work has been featured on ABC News Nightline, Discovery Channel, National, NY Times, The Atlantic, Playboy and Science Daily. She is currently a researcher and professor at Rutgers University.


All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide. Other faculty may be announced at a later time.

**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 21 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact or go to  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.

** You will receive a refund less $50 deposit for your registration if you cancel within one week of the course. If you cancel with 24 hours notice for any reason, you will receive a refund less $100 deposit. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you forfeit your tuition but may use your payment at any other time, for any other course.

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Days to Attend:

3-day Series, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri