Deepening Sexuality and Gender Expression: Couple Therapy in the 21st Century


Date:  Friday, September 15, 2017
Time:  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  UJA Federation, 130 East 59th Street, 7th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10022
Tuition/Student Tuition:  $140/$80 – Open Registration

Do couples talk about their sex lives and fantasies with their couple therapist? What we know is that most couples do NOT, and that is because they sense that their therapist might not be able to handle therapeutic conversations about their sexual landscapes and desires. This keynote address will focus on overarching principles and approaches for how therapists can build skills to connect with clients and be curious about the intersections of sexuality, sexual practices, intimacy, gender identity and expression, in all couples work. Sexuality and gender roles, expressions, and experiences are present in all couples work.  Sexuality and gender roles, expressions, and experiences are present in all couples work and alive in every session. However, to be able to give language to these ofter hidden identities therapists must examine their own ideas, assumptions first. As sex therapists and trainers that work to generate therapeutic accountability for individuals to self-determine their own gender identity and sexual expressions, they bring a unique perspective to aid clinicians in building skills to talk about the “unspoken”, no matter how their clients may identify across the gender and sexuality continuum.  These skills will allow therapists to language and speak with their clients about the nuances of these roles, expressions, and desires.

Shannon Sennot, LICSW, is an Adjunct Faculty at the Smith School of Social Work and the founder of Translate Gender, Inc. Ms. Sennott is a sex educator, gender justice activists, and an LGBTQAI+ family therapist.  She unitizes a transfeminist therapeutic approach in working with differently-gendered adolescents, individuals, and trans families. Her interests extend to working with couples, polyamorous relationships (polyships), and groups, and she especially enjoys working with those in alternative family structures. Her clinical orientation is influenced by both the narrative and the open dialogue traditions.


Damon Constantinides, Ph.D, is an AASECT sex therapist and his presentations include the American Association of Sex Educations, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, True Colors Conference. Dr. Constantinides is a member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.



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