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Clinical Approaches to Centering Trans Sexual Pleasure

Presenter: Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW 

March 17, 2023

2 CEs

Abstract

Sexuality and sexual pleasure are important parts of transgender and non-binary client’s lives. Providing holistic mental health care includes conversations about sexual health, sexual identity, sexual behavior, and bodies. For trans and non-binary folx, sexuality has the potential for great pain and exploitation, but also great pleasure and exploration.This liminal space—when nourished outside of cis-sexist culture—creates opportunities to explore, build, and create new ways of being and understanding.  This workshop provides tools for exploring sexual ethics, talking with trans clients about sex that moves away from pathologizing models, while empowering and uplifting clients, and centering trans people.

In this workshop, participants will explore the possibilities of trans and pleasure-centered sex therapy. Principles from narrative, relational, and social justice frameworks will be explored for working with erotically marginalized clients. Through lecture, reflection exercises, and case examples, participants will be invited to dig deeply into their own sexual and gender narratives and leave with valuable tools which can be applied in their professional work with transgender and non-binary clients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how their own relationship to desire and desire-ability impacts treatment when working with trans and non-binary clients
  • Discuss their own stance of ethical curiosity when providing trans-centered care
  • List three clinical interventions that they can use when talking about sex with clients

About the Presenter

Headshot of psychotherapist and educator Dr. Damon Constantinides smiling, outdoors in front of a stand of trees.Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW (he/him) is a Clinical Social Worker, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Trainer living and working on Leni-Lenape land (Philadelphia, PA). He provides individual, relationship, and sex therapy through his private practice where he works primarily with queer and transgender clients. Dr. Constantinides is co-author of Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support and is a trainer for the post-graduate program Affirming Therapy for Transgender Communities through Widener University. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and presented at regional and national conferences including the AASECT conference, Trans-Wellness Conference, Smith College of Social Work, Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality Conference, Gender Conference East, and Modern Sex Therapy. 

Dr. Constantinides is a queer, white, trans man and parent who works from a social justice frame and his approach is influenced by intersectionality, transfeminism, relational, narrative, and trauma informed therapies. Trained as both a clinical social worker and a sexuality educator, Dr. Constantinides also provides supervision groups, consultation, and training to other mental health care providers about working with erotically marginalized clients including queer, trans, non-binary, polyamorous and kink communities.  He is especially interested in supporting trans and non-binary clinicians. 


$39

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Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $35 (Use coupon code: transpleasureNP  at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $29 (Use coupon code: transpleasurePL at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships.

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Live Event

To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.

You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.

We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.

This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.

Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.

Home Study

You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a home study course.

 

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers.

Format

Live, virtual presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

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Accommodations

The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


$39

Buy Now

Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $35 (Use coupon code: transpleasureNP  at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $29 (Use coupon code: transpleasurePL at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships.

Annual Membership

 

Lifetime Membership

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