• May 7, 2016
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 05/07/2016 10:00 am 05/07/2016 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Human Sexuality: Diversity and Treatment Richard Buggs and Nicolle Zapien Human Sexuality: Diversity and Treatment with Richard Buggs and Nicolle Zapien California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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This workshop is intended to provide an introduction to clinical issues in sexuality and gender identity. The approach to the subject will be from a cultural humility/cultural competence framework. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Explore clinical issues in sexuality from a perspective of cultural humility.
  • Increase level of cultural competence relative to marginalized peoples.
  • Learn how to conduct a sexual assessment that is sensitive and respectful.
  • Increase cultural competence in working with members of alternative sexualities (including the kink community).
  • Increase understanding of asexuality as an identity (vs. pathologizing views) and assessment and treatment implications.
  • Address issues in treatment of younger populations, including queer youth.
  • Craft treatment approaches for couples in same sex relationships, gender-queer relationships and other alternative groups.

Richard Buggs is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He received his PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1996. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Clinic where he worked with families, couples and children. During his post-doctoral internship at Center for Aids Prevention Studies, he facilitated groups with HIV positive men and women using cognitive behavior strategies for optimal health and well-being. He is in private practice in San Francisco and specializes in LGBT issues. He is also the Dean of Alumni at CIIS and directs the international travel study abroad program.

Dr. Nicolle Zapien is an assistant professor in the human sexuality doctoral program at CIIS. She is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and a licensed MFT in private practice in San Francisco who works from an existential-humansitic perspective with adults and couples. Her research interests include: women's experiences of desire and arousal, desire descrepancies and relationship dynamics, intimacy and erotic fantasy as the mediators between relationship satisfaction and sexual dysfunction, extra dyadic affairs, polyamory and open structures.

Marcia Baczynski is a sex educator and relationship coach who works to provide people with practical tools to create extraordinary relationships. Her primary mission is to help people overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want- romantically, sexually and relationally - even if it's off the beaten path. She has worked with privately with clients in non-traditional relationships for over 12 years. In 2014, Marcia created the Open Road Map, a 6 month self-study course to help people avoid common pitfalls in open relationships (often used in conjunction with therapy). She has led a monthly open relationship discussion group for over 7 years in the Bay Area and teaches classes across North America.

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994.  He currently is Executive Director of CARAS - Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities. CARAS is dedicated to the support and promotion of excellence in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results to members of alternative sexuality and research communities and to the general public.   Being a community-based research organization, the focus of CARAS depends on partnerships and the involvement of different alt-sex communities, with an emphasis on alt-sex communities that are currently ignored or understudied, such as BDSM and polyamory. 

Heather S. Howard, PhD is a board certified sexologist and Mind-Body Health Facilitator. She founded the Center for Sexual Health and Rehabilitation. In addition to her private practice work as a sexuality counselor, she serves as an associate professor of clinical sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco; a clinical skills instructor in the OSCE Program for the Stanford School of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Department; and a gynecological teaching associate at Stanford, Touro and UCSF medical schools and VA clinics through Project Prepare. She offers classes and workshops for individuals and couples seeking sexual enrichment, support, and/ or recovery from sexual pain conditions, as well as educational programs to provide health care providers with tools to support the sexual challenges their clients face. She also conducts pleasure education workshops for private groups and is available for public speaking engagements.

6 BBS/APA CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN, PsyD)

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