The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (UMSHCP) is now accepting applications. Start date: April 2017. Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (UMSHCP) provides comprehensive education and training to professionals interested in the field of sexual health in three tracks. Participants will gain assessment, intervention, and consultation skills; will learn strategies to apply these skills in the workplace; and will link with a peer learning community to practice new skills and discuss applied learning.

Location:

Sexuality Counselor /Sex Therapist: 4 campus based courses at University of Michigan Campus, Ann Arbor MI and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Sexuality Educators: 4 campus based courses at University of Michigan Campus and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Blended track both Educator and Therapist/Counselor: 5 campus based weekends or 4-day weekends at University of Michigan and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Presenters:

AASECT Certified Sex Therapists, Sexuality Counselors & Sexuality Educators

The three tracks of the program (counselor, therapist and educator) include six courses (90 hours) in sexuality education for all, a specialized values training called the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR—15 hours) for all, and additional hours of training specific to sexuality educator (30 hours), sexuality counselor and sex therapist (60 hours).

Program Format

Following a group-style ‘cohort’ learning model, participants enter together as a class and remain together throughout the training in their track (see calendar at UMSHCP website). Total program lasts one year—April 2017 to March 2018.

The new cohort commences in Spring of each year. Throughout the program, participants participate in a total of seven two-day minicourses (minicourses=15 hours each) if pursuing sexuality educator training, or nine two-day minicourses if pursuing sexuality counselor or sex therapist training.  The weekends are arranged so that a participant can take both a counselor or therapist track and the educator track should they wish to do so. 

All participants in all three tracks share 90 hours of educational minicourses together (six weekend classes). All are together for the first four-day weekend including the SAR and an educational mini course.

The participants also pursue advanced training in their ‘track’ of Sexuality Education (30 hours =a two-day Mon/Tues and two-day Sat/Sun), Sexuality Counseling (60 hours = 2 two-day weekends and one four-day Sat-Tuesday), and Sex Therapy (60 hours = 2 two-day weekends and one four-day Sat-Tuesday).

Live Distance Learning

75 hours of sexuality education can be attended through simultaneous live distance learning (see calendar at website). The remaining courses are campus-based learning because they involve training (role plays, case discussions, curriculum design and other elements) better suited to on-campus learning.

Faculty

Program faculty are AASECT certified sex therapists, sexuality counselors, and sexuality educators, as well as certified supervisors. They are skilled teachers as well as sexologists who teach and train at other institutions, have conducted research, published articles and books, worked to change public policy in the field of sexual health, spoken at national and international conferences, and are frequently cited in the media. They maintain professional affiliation with AASECT as well as other major professional organizations in sex therapy and research, sexuality education, health and mental health.

Curriculum

An overview of course content is available at UMSHCP website.

Once admitted, participants receive detailed information about program participation, travel and hotel accommodations, website-based learning used in the program and detailed syllabi for the courses. Some reading and non-graded assignments are part of every class.

Sexuality Educator, Sexuality Counselor and Sex Therapist Tracks

The program is open to health and mental health professionals from all recognized disciplines. An applicant applies to the program by ‘track’:

–Sexuality educators are professionals with an undergraduate or master’s degree (or higher) who regularly provide information about sexual health in educational or health environments. This includes but is not limited to schools, residential treatment facilities, medical centers, and family planning centers.

–Sexuality counselors are primarily professionals providing health care, like nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, who assist in defining a client’s sexual issues and concerns, and provide both counseling.

–Sex therapists are mental health professionals who are licensed in their states or countries to provide mental health care. They have completed graduate school for clinical training in their professional area. This may be a PhD, MD, MSW, or MA.

–Multidisciplinary focus. Sexual health professionals consistently interact with other disciplines to promote the principles of sexual health for the clients and groups they serve. The cohort style learning encourages this multidisciplinary approach.

CEs

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 195 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied towards AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@aasect.org

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 195 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.    

The program is approved for up to 195 AASECT CEs. It offers up to 195 medical CMEs and ACE CEs (counseling/MFT/Social Work) as well. 

Advisory Board

The program’s Advisory Board is composed of leaders in the fields of sexual health and reproductive justice and include: Eli Coleman, PhD; Betsy Crane, PhD; Ed Goldman, JD; Debby Herbenick, PhD; Hilda Hutcherson, MD; Tim Johnson, MD; Beverly Whipple, PhD.

Emeritus Advisory Board Members: Dennis Sugrue, PhD; Stanley Althof, PhD

For further information contact:

Prem Pahwa, LMSW, UMSHCP Assistant Director at premp@umich.edu, 773-919-2919

Valerie Wood, LMSW UMSHCP Co-director at vwood@umich.edu, 734-332-9196

Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

 

This promises to be one of the best events in the region this fall.  The speakers are all fabulous!  If you can make it to Utah, you can’t go wrong!  September 23-24, 2016 with leading sex experts Emily Nagoski, PhD and Gina Ogden, PhD.  Develop new interventions and methods to explore a client’s sexual story. Learn ways to help clients get unstuck in their sexuality. Hear the latest research and evidence in increasing sexual desire and how focusing on pleasure not performance is the key to healthy sexuality!  To learn more and register, just click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rocky-mountain-summit-of-sex-intimacy-tickets-25920581156

 
Hiking with Summer Institute Chair, Doug Braun-Harvey

Hiking with Summer Institute Chair, Doug Braun-Harvey

 

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) has a long-held tradition of conducting a very special event each summer called The Summer Institute.  In my mind, there are three things that make the event an extraordinarily special learning event for clinicians.

1.  The interesting nature of the topic which changes each year.  2.  The fact that space is limited to only 50 participants.  3.  The faculty is generally an “all-star” team that was carefully chosen, and this year is no exception.  This is a faculty I am very honored to be associated with.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.  For obvious reasons the event sells out each year.  Registration will re-open on July 18, 2016 for a few student clinicians so this is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best.

Revisiting ‘Sexual Addiction’: Transformative Ways of Addressing Out of Control Sexual Behavior is designed to help educators and clinicians define out of control sexual behavior using current empirical evidence and evaluate treatment models and tools consistent with this evidence.

 

FACULTY

Doug Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST 
Co-director of the 2016 Summer Institute, co-author of Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction

Neil Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS 
Published author, professional speaker, supervisor, mentor and nationally recognized expert on sex, intimacy and relationships

Ruth Cohn, LMFT, CST 
Author of Coming Home to Passion: Restoring Loving Sexuality After Childhood Trauma

Eli Coleman, PhD, CST, CSTS
Director of The University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Joe Kort, PhD, MSW, MA, CST, CSTS
Psychotherapist, coach and author of Is My Husband, Gay, Straight or Bi: A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men

David Ley, PhD
Clinical psychologist and author of The Myth of Sex Addiction

Nicole  Prause, PhD
Research Faculty, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Rory Reid, PhD, LCSW
Scholar and practitioner specializing in hypersexual behavior, pornography problems, gambling disorders, adult ADHD, depression, anxiety and marital distress, one of the authors revising the DSM IV

Dalychia Saah and Rafaella Smith-Fiallo
Community educators and Afro-sexology founders. Will be on a panel on relationship between sex positivity and  personal and political freedom

Susan Stiritz, MBA, MSW, PhD, CSE, CSES
Co-director of the 2016 Summer Institute, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Sexual Health and Education Specialization at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Michael A. Vigorito, LMFT, LCPC, CGP
Co-author of Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction

 

 

The University of Michigan is a wonderful educational opportunity for licensed mental health professionals to take a first rate path towards becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.

Start date: April 2017. Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

If you are a current student or alumni of this program, we hope you will stay in touch by joining me for “Neil Talks” this summer.

The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (UMSHCP) provides comprehensive education and training to professionals interested in the field of sexual health in three tracks. Participants will gain assessment, intervention, and consultation skills; will learn strategies to apply these skills in the workplace; and will link with a peer learning community to practice new skills and discuss applied learning.

Program Format

Following a group-style ‘cohort’ learning model, participants enter together as a class and remain together throughout the training in their track (see calendar at UMSHCP website). Total program lasts one year—April 2017 to March 2018.

The new cohort commences in Spring of each year. Throughout the program, participants participate in a total of seven two-day minicourses (minicourses=15 hours each) if pursuing sexuality educator training, or nine two-day minicourses if pursuing sexuality counselor or sex therapist training.  The weekends are arranged so that a participant can take both a counselor or therapist track and the educator track should they wish to do so.

Curriculum

An overview of course content is available at UMSHCP website.

For further information contact:

Prem Pahwa, LMSW, UMSHCP Assistant Director at premp@umich.edu, 773-919-2919

Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

 

 

Gender Neutral Bathrooms for Safety & Acceptance

On May 14, 2016, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

I see trans teens go all day without using the restroom because they don’t have a bathroom in their school where they feel safe from getting beat-up. This is a real problem that hurts countless trans-youth in Colorado.

Legislation related to the use of public restrooms is now a big thing in the news for transgendered folks however this is something that mental health professionals have been battling for years .  I look forward to the day we solve this problem as a society however in the meanwhile, we can make a difference one school, one kiddo at a time.

If you are one of the many trans teens in Colorado who does not have a safe restroom to use in your junior high or high school, would you like an ally?  I have helped many gender variant clients get policy changed in their school so they have a gender neutral restroom to use.  You don’t have to be my client to get help.  Just send me an e-mail explaining your situation along with the contact information for the principle of your school and I will contact them.  You don’t have to hold it!

 

My Favorite Valentine Day Card of 2016

On January 23, 2016, in sex therapy, by drneilcannon1

V Card

 

And it’s even on recycled paper from  PR Greetings.  (c) PRGCO, LLC

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Intensive Workshop in Golden Colorado

On December 31, 2015, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

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If you liked Brene’ Brown’s books or Ted Talks, you just might want to consider this workshop being put on right here in Colorado by my colleagues, Sarah Phillips and Mara Kormylo.  It is a 3 day intensive from January 29 to 31 so you don’t even have to miss any of the NFL playoff games since this is the weekend before the Super Bowl.  The workshop is called Rising Strong and is based on the work of Brene’ Brown.  If you are feeling stuck and ready for change in your life, this workshop may be a great way to help you start the new year.

The cost is $800 and space is limited.  To register follow this link:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/41a983076f1142f71a3924643/files/rising_strong_intensive_registration.pdf

Both of the facilitators are licensed mental health professionals.  To talk to the facilitators, you can call either of them direct at:

Mara – 303.324.5469

Sarah – 303.995.3763

 

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Today in History

On December 20, 2015, in GLBT, LGBT, by drneilcannon1
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It is not lost on me that this event occurred the same year I was born...

Frank Kameny Fired From Government Job for Being Gay: 1957. Frank Kameny was a World War II veteran and Harvard-trained astronomer working for the Army Map Service. In Eric Marcus’s compendium of oral histories, Making History, Kameny described the event that led him to a lifetime of LGBT advocacy:

“When I was on assignment in Hawaii in November or December of 1957, I got a call from my supervisor in Washington, D.C., to come back at once…As soon as I got back, I was called in by some two-bit Civil Service Commission investigator and told, “We have information that leads us to believe that you are a homosexual. Do you have any comment?” I said, “What’s the information?” They answered, “We can’t tell you.” I said, well, then I can’t give you an answer. You don’t deserve an answer. and in any case, this is none of your business.” I was not open about being gay at that time — no one was, not in 1957.

So they called me in, and ultimately it resulted in my termination. They did it the way the government does anything: They issued a letter. They said they were dismissing me for homosexuality. I was in shock.”

(Thank you to Dr. Jack Drescher for keeping history alive!)

 

Advancing the Field of Human Sexuality

On November 28, 2015, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

There were many of us who worked for over one year to create the following statement that was recently approved by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT).  When the statement was approved, Dr. Russell Stambaugh said, “With this passage of this position, AASECT is officially on record as supporting BDSM, polyamory and consensual non-monogamy as potentially sexually healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.  This constitutes full implementation of Kinsey’s ideas about the broad range of sexually healthy behaviors.”

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Sexual Expression including Orientation and Identity: Treatment & Education Foundations

 

It is the position of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists that we oppose any and all therapy models and interventions as well as any educational programs and curricula that seek to pathologize, dictate, or prescribe a person’s sexual orientation, identity, and/or consensual, sexual expression, whether or not it is conventional or atypical.  Regardless of how such clinical interventions or educational programs are labeled or named, AASECT recommends all helping and educating professionals to utilize best practices and culturally relevant resources for foundation and reference.

Furthermore:  AASECT affirms that sexuality is central to the human experience and sexual rights must be honored in order for sexual health and overall well-being to be obtained.  Informed by the best empirical research, AASECT recognizes human sexual experiences as diverse and supports the acceptance of sexual diversity while embracing consensual sexual expression within the framework of human rights and social justice.

AASECT accepts the evidence that human sexual experience includes a vast spectrum of sexual expression, orientation, and identities. These sexualities, between consenting adults when agreed upon, with permission, and assenting, are typically not psychopathological behaviors. Indeed, recent peer-reviewed research on these sexual experiences shows no correlation to pathology.

AASECT further asserts that all people seeking treatment and education about consensual sexual behavior, identity, or orientation deserve accurate information.  AASECT accepts that the empirical evidence is reasonably complete on reparative and conversion therapies that attempt to change sexual orientation or identity and shows that these techniques are experimental at best and overwhelmingly ineffective, with harmful consequences for clients widely documented.

AASECT takes the position that social justice plays an essential and foundational role in the organization’s mission.  Individuals have the right to be free as possible from undue constraints (e.g. discrimination, stigmatization, oppression and violence) along with the freedom to consensual sexual expression. Destigmatizing human sexual expression and experiences as well as creating and maintaining safe space for those who have been traditionally marginalized are essential practices for AASECT members who are predominately mental health practitioners and educators.  This overarching goal compels AASECT to disavow any therapeutic and educational effort that, even if unwittingly, violates or impinges on AASECT’s vision of human rights and social justice.

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22 Veterans commit suicide each day.  That statistic simply brings tears to my eyes.  Whether you are a veteran, a sexual minority, gender variant, LGBT youth, or anyone in pain; here is a list of local and national resources and support lines to help you.

National Suicide Prevention Hot Line: 800.273.8255 is available to anyone.  There is a veteran’s line available by pressing 1.

SUPPORT FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (GLBT) YOUTH

 

COLORADO RESOURCES

Here is a link to a broad variety of local suicide prevention and other support resources by county in Colorado: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/colorado-suicide-hotlines.html

  • Boys Town (for at risk children)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    • 1-800-985-5990
    • Text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

OTHER RESOURCES

DATING ABUSE & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    • 1-888-373-7888
    • Text BeFree (233733)

CHILD ABUSE

  • USA National Child Abuse Hotline
    • 1-800-422-4453 (24/7)

RUNAWAYS

EATING DISORDERS

  • National Eating Disorders Association
    • 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)
  • ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
    • 630-577-1330 (Monday-Friday,12 pm-8 pm EST)
    • Email ANAD

CUTTING/SELF INJURY

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

  • Planned Parenthood
  • STI Resource Center
    • Call 919-361-8488 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm EST)

VETERANS

To donate $22 to Remembering the 22 simply go to:  www.rememberingthe22.org

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