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SDPA Fall Conference
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST
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SDPA CE Event - FC Integrating Sexual Health into Clinical Practice

  • 10/26/2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Handlery Hotel San Diego


  • Speakers are fully comped.


2 CEs Approved out of 6.5
4.5 CEs Pending

Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Handlery Hotel 
950 Hotel Cir N
San Diego, CA 92108

Negotiating sexuality across our lives is an experience that unites humanity in all its diverse expressions.  Sexuality is a factor that is related to psychological and physical well being and risk.  Integrating sexuality into clinical practice from the perspectives of sex positivity and intersectionality is the topic of San Diego Psychological Association’s Fall Conference, 2019.

Addressing sexuality in clinical practice requires an approach that acknowledges context, culture, and the complex interactions between them and the individuality of all persons involved.  Attendees will obtain knowledge in areas such as sexual health and risk; sexual function and dysfunction; sex positivity; intersections of cultural identity and sexuality; and gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD.) 


Sexual Health Conversations: Practical Solutions for Talking about Sex with Every Client
Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CST-S
The Harvey Institute

Today’s clients expect Psychologists and psychotherapists to initiate informed, confident and relevant discussions about sex, yet many unwittingly hinder this expectation. Psychologist, Social Workers, Family Therapists and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Counselors find themselves expected to be skilled in addressing sexual worries, problems or disorders without the mentoring or training in how to confidently talk about sex.  Too often the solution to this gap is to avoid the sexual health conversation altogether or refer clients to the local sex expert. 

This plenary speaks to mental health professionals motivated to build their confidence and willingness to initiate and facilitate sexual health conversations with their patients. Mr. Braun-Harvey will define sexual health and describe how it is inextricably linked with physical, emotional, relational and mental health. He will introduce six fundamental principles of sexual health, distilled from global sexual health definitions, that provide the language to co-construct psychotherapy sexual health conversations. Lively case examples and Doug’s stories from training professionals in sexual health conversations around the world will prepare conference attendees to maximize their learning and participation in the training.


Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 he co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within individual, couples and group psychotherapy, drug and alcohol treatment, HIV prevention and treatment, child welfare, reproductive health and prevention of child maltreatment.  

Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His most recent book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was selected as the 2018 Health Professional Book Award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009).

Mr. Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist. He is honored, as alumni of the University of Minnesota, to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing sexual health based individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.


Medical and Health Factors Affecting Sexuality - 2 AASECT CEs
Joan Sughrue, MEd, BSN, RN

Many professionals educate or counsel in human sexuality or want to be trained in the discipline. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) requires training on the medical/health factors that affect sexual function. This is a requirement for certifi-cation as a sexuality educator, counselor or therapist and meets the core knowledge area (CKA) of item H and item ST4 under sex therapy training. There is an on-going need for professionals to receive this training. Requirements for certification can be found on the AASECT website at www.aasect.org.

This workshop will cover the basics of how medical and health factors affect sexual function. Specific topics to be included are illness, disability, medications, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, sexually transmitted dis-eases, sexual trauma/ injury, safer sex practices, life transitions and aging.


Joan Sughrue, MEd, BSN, RN has been an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist since 1983 and a Diplomate of Sex Therapy since 2002. She became an approved provider for AASECT con-tinuing education credits in June 2008. Joan worked in her late husband’s ObGyn medical practice for over 30 years where they specialized in individual and couples sex therapy. Joan was on the adjunct faculty at the Medical University of SC, Graduate Nursing Program; The Citadel, Marriage and Family Program; and Trident Technical College School of Nursing (all in Charleston, SC). She served on the guest faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine in At-lanta, GA where she taught sexual anatomy and physiology to 4th year medical students in the human sexuality elective. Joan served on the AASECT Professional Education Committee for 14 years. She was a member of the Board of Directors as Chair of the Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC) in 2012-2014. Previously, she was Chair of the CE Approval Committee and the Awards Committee.


Black Masculinity and Sexuality
Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D., LPCC, NCC, CST

Ava DuVernay’s recent Netflix series When They See Us illuminates the story of the innocent Black men once known as the Central Park Five. The series explores the gendered anti-Black racism and disposability that Black men commonly experience and the resulting trauma. This course includes an overview of Black masculinity and sexuality and the evolving field of Black Masculinity Studies. Colonization of Black masculinity includes image domination and lack of representation. This includes the historical construction of Black masculinity and sexuality. Further, Black male vulnerability will be evaluated as well as frameworks such as intersectionality that poorly attempt to describe Black masculinity and sexuality will be critically evaluated. Moreover, Dr. Tommy Curry’s framework of the Man-Not will be centered in the discourse. A focus of the course is the range of theoretical and methodological approaches that scholars have developed to conceptualize Black masculinity and sexuality. The course includes discussions of current topics, controversies, and recent advances in the emerging field of Black Masculinity Studies. Throughout the course, a primary objective will be to consider how our knowledge and understanding of the psychological experiences of Black men can be used to promote psychological health and wellness.


Dr. Yamonte Cooper is a Professor of Counseling at El Camino College, adjunct Assistant Professor of School Counseling at USC, adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), Certified Gottman Therapist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST). He specializes in working with couples, trauma, sexual dysfunctions, gender & sexual identity, depression & anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality issues, grief, and other mental health problems.

He is the author of the upcoming book The Impacts of Racism and Trauma on African-American Men (Routledge). Further, as a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Cooper exchanged best practices in career counseling and development in Germany and has exchanged best practices with higher education institutions in Botswana.

Alternative Sexualities: Rethinking “Normal” In Contemporary Sexual and Relationship Culture
Stacy T. Watnick, Ph.D.

Please join us for a discussion-based workshop designed to address the challenges of clinical work in the rapidly changing climate of sexual exploration, including recognizing our own biases and assumptions about “normal” sexual and relationship behavior. Dr. Watnick will share her multi-axial framework for understanding a diverse range of sexualities and relationship experiences. The discussion will familiarize attendees with the language, labels and cultures of alternative sexual behavior and communities. We will address issues relevant to contemporary sexual and relationship culture, sex and “play”, online communities, dating apps, BDSM/Kink/Fetish/Lifestyle/Swing/Polyamory/Ethical Non-Monogamy, sexting and technology in relationships, sexual and relationship behavior across generational cohorts, culture of geography, and other issues as identified by participants. Recent research in the field of GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) will round out the experience, and ethical considerations will be included in the discussion. A “safe(r) space” model is employed to facilitate respectful dialogue and encourage disclosure of difficult content.


Dr. Stacy Watnick is a licensed clinical psychologist with a diverse range of expertise and experience. She has been working in the field for over 20 years at a variety of agencies, community centers and in private practice, including roles as supervisor, Health Services Coordinator and Director of Clinical Services. She has Masters, Pre- and Post-Doctoral intern supervision experience, has been a Probation Certified Domestic Violence Facilitator and Supervisor, and conducted domestic violence evaluations for the United States Coast Guard. Her dissertation research focused on predicting risky sexual behavior among young adult women.  She has been a GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) and queer community advocate in her personal and professional life since 1989.

In her practice, Dr. Watnick provides assessment, consultation and treatment to individuals, couples and other relationship dynamics. She has particular expertise with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, relationships, parenting, trauma, relationship violence, divorce, identity issues, GSRD communities, HIV/AIDS related issues and sexual health.

Dr. Watnick has extensive experience with public speaking and presentations, both locally and nationally. She regularly presents at workshops and conferences within her specialty fields, has been a guest on television programs such as KUSI's Inside San Diego and a consultant to NBC 7/39 news programming. She has shared this dynamic workshop with staff and interns of both San Diego State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and The Center. She consults regularly with practitioners developing coursework for CEs and clinicians in her fields of expertise. She is currently on the advisory board of Kink Knowledgeable, evaluating educational material for the Kink Knowledgeable portal, a professional training site providing continuing education on alternative sexuality, kink and fetish culture for mental health practitioners.


(Lunch Box includes Sandwich, chips, cookie and Soda)

 Registration Fees  Early-Bird
 REGULAR   On-Site
 Member $125  $150 $200
 Member + Box lunch  $153   $178 $228 
 Member Student/Post-Doc $60  $85 $125
 Member Student/Post-Doc + Box Lunch $88   $113 $153 
 Non-Member $180 $205 $255
 Non-Member + Box lunch $208  $233


 Non-Member Student/Post-Doc $85 $110 $160
  Non-Member Student/Post-Doc + Box lunch  $113 $138  $188 

Conflicts of Interest: As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, San Diego Psychological Association is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Please review the conflict of interest guideline below.

APA Guidelines Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest
Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

CE Grievance Procedure
SDPA is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the APAs Ethical Principles of Psychologists.  SDPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  
See CE Grievance Procedure.

Attendance Policy:
 CE Credit and Certificates will not be issued to those who arrive later than 10 minutes or leave early from any course scheduled time. This policy is strictly enforced to ensure compliance with APA Guidelines.

Cancellation Policy:  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course. Any individual canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee.

ADA Compliant venue for accessibility accommodations contact Tami Magaro - [email protected]


American Psychological Association
The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out of state licensee should check with their state governing board to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license.