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Beginner's Guide to Sex Therapy: A Seminar for Therapists

When: 6-hour seminar held on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seminar Fee: $140 for the 6-hour seminar.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits: This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification.

Seminar Instructor: Amy Basford-Pequet, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., CGP

Seminar Description:
It is common for clients to struggle with issues related to sex and sexuality, and less common for these struggles to be named and subsequently made the focus of therapeutic work. Sex therapy provides a frame for specifically addressing issues related to sex, sexuality, sexual functioning, and their impact on self and self-in-relationships. Sex therapy, like most other forms of psychotherapy, is exclusively talk therapy. However, unlike many other forms of psychotherapy, it is facilitated by a therapist who is extensively trained in human sexuality and sexual functioning. Sex therapists are trained to diagnose the psychological origins of sexual issues and work to find solutions.

This course is designed to provide a beginning understanding of what sex therapy is, what it is not, and who accesses sex therapy. An overview of therapeutic models used in sex therapy will be presented as well as what kinds of sexual functioning issues often present in sex therapy. Participants will learn how to take a detailed sexual history that spans several sessions. Rich clinical material will be used to learn and practice the PLISSIT model for identifying what kind of sex therapy work to do with an individual or couple.

Clinical vignettes will also be used to learn and identify sexual styles and how they impact a couple's ability to relate sexually and intimately to each other.

To register, call Amy Basfort-Pequet at 413-587-0095, Ext. 3, or email her at

Amy Basford-Pequet, Clinical Director with Northampton Sex Therapy Associates, LLC in Florence, MA, provides individual, couples, group therapy, and consultation addressing a wide range of issues related to sex, sexual functioning, relationship structures, sexual identity and gender identity. Amy is also Gottman Method Level I and II Couples Therapy trained and is currently working towards board certification as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Amy is currently running Men’s Sexual Health Groups at NSTA under the supervision of Doug Braun-Harvey and Michael Vigorito.

Parenting and Sexuality Education Workshop Series

These series are conducted by CB (Cindy Beal), Consulting Educator and the founder of Justice and Peace Consulting (JPC). Participants can sign up for one, two, or all of the series.

Please note that these are not clinical NSTA therapy groups, but educational series for parents who want to learn more about healthy sexuality education for their children. All JPC workshops have learning, reflection, sharing and exploring, and rehearsing components. Privacy and confidentiality will be expected within the group.

The cost for these workshops is $50 per each two-hour workshop. Workshops must be pre-paid. Space is limited to 10. To register, please call 413-587-0095, Ext. 4.

Beyond No, Go, Tell: Raising Children to Understand Boundaries and Consent

We will explore concrete behaviors and language you can teach your children long before they are in sexual situations, so that setting physical boundaries and giving consent in sexual situations is a continuation of a skill set they already master. This will include bodily autonomy at all ages, creating a safe environment for children to talk about comfortable and uncomfortable touch, and how to manage extended family and social group boundaries.

What’s Appropriate, Anyway? Age and Developmental Readiness for Sexuality Conversations

We will explore sexuality as a broad category encompassing intimacy, sexual health and reproduction, identity, body awareness, and values. We will examine the standards of developmental readiness for certain kinds of information and discussion, and gain a broad understanding of how this readiness expresses itself. We will talk about and practice answering children’s questions appropriate to their age, and explore how responses change as children—and we—grow.

It’s Not a Secret That I am a Sexual Person, But the Ways I am Sexual are Private: Talking About Sex and Sexuality with Children

We will embrace the ambiguity and complexity of wanting to be honest with our children and teach them that they can share with us, while still maintaining privacy around our own sexual boundaries and practices. We will explore how to discuss intimacy, boundaries, sexual health and reproduction, identity issues, being body positive, and sharing our values, while keeping the conversation centered on our young people.

CB (Cindy Beal), M.Div., is the founder and director of Justice and Peace Consulting. They have been providing body positive sexuality education, diversity training, and group development for over 20 years. They are a fun, engaging, and insightful facilitator. For more information, go to

As a parent of a toddler, I am so grateful for CB's expertise. They provide a safe space for parents and guardians to explore suitable approaches for sexuality education in the home, reminding us to be gentle with ourselves as we navigate topics our society all too often makes more difficult. CB offers the support and skills parents and guardians need to empower our children to remain safe on their journey toward sexually healthy adults.

–E.M., Lexington, KY

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