Interventions for Dysfunction in Relationships, Trauma, Arousal & Affairs


Delve into trauma, affairs, sexual dysfunction, and relationships with Deany Laliotis, Jennifer Gardner, Brian Gibney, Barry McCarthy, and Tammy Nelson. Expert lecturers, online training. 21 CE credits.


September 20-22, 2023

Held via live simultaneous webcast; no asynchronous registration allowed.
10 am – 6 pm Eastern/7 am – 3 pm Pacific

– Discounts for Early Registration End Aug 16th

Wed – Sep 20

  • Part 2:Treatment for Relationship Issues (EMDR) with Deany Laliotis, LICSW
  • Somatic Therapy for Sexual Abuse Survivors with Jennifer Gardner LICSW, CST

 Thu – Sep 21

  • Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction with Surrogate Partner Therapy with Brian Gibney
  • Dealing with Sexual Trauma-Child Sexual Abuse, Rape, and Incest. Learning to be a Proud Sexual Survivor with Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

Fri – Sep 22

  • Cybersex: An exploration of arousal mechanisms with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
  • Myths about Affairs with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
**Not available as a resale course. This item will be live only, do not miss your opportunity to attend this special training. 
Courses are often available at a later date as an eLearn. eCourses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact our Administration for the most up-to-date schedule. You must attend the entire course live to receive CE credit, no asynchronous registrations are allowed.

In this 3-day training, you can fulfill these requirements:


AASECT Human Sexuality Education: AASECT Sex Therapy: AASECT Sex Counseling: ISTI Categories:
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Interventions for Dysfunction in Relationships, Trauma, Arousal & Affairs

Sep 20 (Wed) 10 am – 1 pm ET Part 2:Treatment for Relationship Issues (EMDR) Deany Laliotis, LICSW

Sep 20 (Wed) 2 pm – 6 pm ET Somatic Therapy for Sexual Abuse Survivors with Jennifer Gardner LICSW, CST

Sep 21 (Thu) 10 am – 1 pm ET Treating Female Sexual Dysfunction with Surrogate Partner Therapy with Brian Gibney

Sep 21 (Thu) 2 pm – 6 pm ET Dealing with Sexual Trauma-Child Sexual Abuse, Rape, and Incest. Learning to be a Proud Sexual Survivor with Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

There is universal agreement that experiences of child sexual abuse, rape, and incest are destructive and need to be recognized and processed. The field of complex, chronic sexual trauma has been the focus with an emphasis on recognizing and dealing with trauma cases through a period of years using a number of therapeutic modalities.

In contrast, this clinically-oriented workshop will emphasize a cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment program which involves attitudinal, behavioral, and emotional factors to deal with the impact of sexual trauma. The therapist’s focus is on the themes of the traumatic experiences not on the sexual details. The core intervention is couple sex therapy with the partner as an intimate ally in the emotional and sexual healing process. The person has the right to veto sexual scenarios and techniques, but not to avoid. Sexual avoidance multiplies the impact of the trauma. The goal is to be a proud survivor rather than an angry, depressed, or anxious victim. The therapeutic theme is “living well is the best revenge.” When the person (and couple) experience desire/pleasure/eroticism/satisfaction in the context of an intimate relationship they have taken back their emotional, relational, and sexual well-being.

This workshop will explore special issues and challenges for both genders as well as their relationship. For clients who do not respond to this direct treatment approach, we will explore referral for a multi-dimensional, intense treatment protocol.

Sep 22 (Fri) 10 am – 1 pm ET Cybersex: An exploration of arousal mechanisms with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Sep 22 (Fri) 2 pm – 6 pm ET Myths about Affairs with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.


About the Trainers:

Deany Laliotis, LICSW is an international trainer and psychotherapist who teaches Relational EMDR Therapy to treat self-esteem and relationship difficulties stemming from developmental trauma. Currently, Deany is the Founder and Director of The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy which offers a continuum of training in EMDR therapy from Basic to Master courses. As Director of Training for the EMDR Institute for many years, Deany worked closely with Francine Shapiro as EMDR evolved to become a more comprehensive psychotherapy approach. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters and articles on EMDR and is currently writing her own book. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and EMDR trainer, Dan Merlis.
Jennifer Gardner LICSW, CST has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples to help them feel loved, connected, and empowered in their lives.

Jenn specializes in couples therapy, and sensorimotor psychotherapy, and is an AASECT-certified sex therapist (CST). She is known for supportive, compassionate, nonjudgmental care. Jenn is especially skilled in working with trauma and attachment issues.

Jennifer Gardner headshot
Brian Gibney has worn many hats in his life: scientific researcher, educator, professional artist, and circus performer. His diverse life experiences have exposed him to a wide variety of people and lifestyles and helped him appreciate the common threads that bind us all together. As a surrogate partner and intimacy coach, Brian seeks to use his knowledge to help people overcome obstacles to physical and emotional intimacy. Applying techniques pioneered by Masters and Johnson, he uses a holistic approach to help others find balance in their intellectual, emotional, and physical selves. With the help of a therapist, Brian guides clients through the resolution of a variety of issues, including histories of trauma or abuse, social anxiety, poor body image, sensual awareness, orgasmic blocks, genital pain, disability, rediscovery of their bodies during/after transition, and late-life virginity in a safe, non-judgmental environment. His practice is rooted in patience, authenticity, vulnerability, touch…and sometimes a little bit of humor. Brian Gibney wearing a button down shirt and vest.
Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. is an emeritus professor of psychology at American University, a diplomate in clinical psychology, a diplomate in sex therapy, and a certified couple therapist. He published 121 professional articles,33 book chapters, and 24 books. Barry has presented more than 450 professional workshops nationally and internationally. In 2016 he received the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sexuality field. Barry McCarthy standing in front of a bulletin board wearing a blue plaid shirt.
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and has been a licensed sex and relationship therapist in practice for over thirty years. She teaches at several Universities, is a TEDx speaker, and is the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex.

Tammy is a Board-Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.  She is the author of When You’re The One Who Cheats, Ten Things You Need to KnowThe New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity  and Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together  as well as What’s Eating You: A Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia, and other Eating Disorders and her most recent project Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy.

Tammy Nelson smiling broadly at the camera.


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.



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


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