The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, in conjunction with the LGBT Health Policy and Practice Summer Residency of The George Washington University, will be hosting: 

The Intersection of Health, Gender, and Sexuality:

A Multidisciplinary Symposium*

(during the day) 

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8:00am to 4:30pm 

 

George Washington University

1957 E Street, NW

Room B-17

Washington, DC 20052

 

*See Registration Form for Rates to the SSSS Symposium

 

2016 LGBT Health Forum

(during the evening)

 

 “Sex, Religion, and LGBT Health”

 Wednesday, July 13, 2016

7:00pm

 

 George Washington University

Jack Morton Auditorium (original CNN “Crossfire” studio)

 

VIP After Party

 

To Meet and Greet the Speakers 

 

 

NEED CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE)?

 

APPROVAL BY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR

SSSS TO OFFER CE

 

AASECT

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 5.5 total CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Provider #11-115-E. (5.5 total CE hours may be earned)

 

APA

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (5.75 total CE hours may be earned)

 

NCHEC – CHES/MCHES

Sponsored by The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 6.0 total Category I continuing education ocntact hours.  Provider #100963 Program #26373

 

CE Hours for Employer, Professional License, etc 

Please check with your employer, state, etc., to make sure CE hours from SSSS will be accepted towards your CE requirement. (5.75 total CE hours may be earned)

 

 

Click HERE to print a Registration Form

Click HERE to Register Online

Click HERE for Details on the 2016 LGBT Health Forum (evening program)

Click HERE for CE Details

 

Symposium Co-Chairs:

 

 

 

Mark Schoen

PhD

Michael Vigorito

LMFT, LCPC, CGP

 

8:00 am

9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 am

10:00 am

Tamara Pincus, LCSW                                         

Working With Ethically Non-Monogamous Clients

 

 

TAMARA PINCUS is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT certified sex therapist that runs a private practice in the Washington DC area. She specializes in working with kinky, poly and LGBTQ clients. Tamara has been active in alternative sexuality communities since 1998. Tamara completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Smith College and her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University of America. She has spoken around the country on issues related to ethics in sex therapy, consent culture, polyamory and BDSM. She has published articles and pamphlets including What Professionals Need to Know about BDSM (through NCSF) and What is Polyamory and Why Do Social Workers Need to Know About it (through GWSCSW).  She is currently working on a book about Coming Out Poly.

 

ABSTRACT - This presentation will give basic information on different types of ethical non-monogamy. We will review the definitions of open, polyamory, swinging, and other types of ethical non-monogamy. We will discuss different relationship configurations, managing complicated emotions that arise in these kinds of relationships and how to manage our own transference around these situations. We will discuss the difference between cheating and ethical non-monogamy. In addition we will review some of the complex terminology which has sprung up around non-monogamy including terms like metamour, fluid bonding and compersion. We will also discuss non-monogamous identity development and how people experience ethical non-monogamy as both an identity and a behavior. We will help clinicians learn how to help clients decide if ethical non-monogamy is right for them without interjecting our own judgments about “appropriate” sexual behavior. Therapists will leave with a good overall understanding of different kinds of ethically non-monogamous behavior and how to treat clients who are a part of this community.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE - Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Identify three different styles of ethically non-monogamous relationships. 2) Discuss stigma around non-monogamy and its effects on clients in therapy. 3) Apply the tools for assisting clients with contracting for clients beginning ethically non-monogamous relationships.

 

10:00 am

11:00 am

Kip Castner, MPS

Opportunities and Challenges for Sexual Health Improvement Through National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation in Maryland

 

 

 

 

KIP CASTNER has been involved in environmental causes, civil rights, adult literacy, and HIV since 1990.  He received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland in 1996.  He currently serves as Chief, HIV/STI Integration and Capacity in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau.  In his twenty years at the state health department he has overseen HIV prevention community planning, including serving as Community Planning Group Chair from the state health department for four years; managed local planning efforts for Ryan White Part B resources to serve persons living with HIV/AIDS; and overseen the design, implementation, and management of HIV prevention programs targeting injection drug users, same gender loving men, transgender persons, persons living with HIV, and high risk heterosexuals. Currently, he oversees the integration of sexual health programming in behavioral health.  Kip enjoys developing curricula to break new ground in the field of HIV.  He is author of RISE, (Rewriting Inner Scripts,) a mental health intervention for African American same gender loving men, and Non-Racially-Identified RISE, an adaptation for all gay men.  RISE and NRI-RISE serve as protease inhibitors for the psyche, interrupting the repetition of internalized oppression and facilitating increased utilization of needed health services.  He is also leading the establishment of Syringe Services Programs and HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) capacity for the state.

 

ABSTRACT: The arrival of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a powerful new HIV prevention tool has raised new opportunities and challenges for public health.  These include reconsidering messaging about sexuality, stigma, and risk, while avoiding the creation of new health disparities.  PrEP is strongly emphasized in the White House’s 2015 update to its National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  Originally published in 2010, the Strategy recognized that HIV vulnerability occurs in the context of multiple social determinants of health, and consequently called on a multidisciplinary response across and outside of government.  As part of its response to the Strategy, the Maryland Department of Health posed the question, “How is the publicly-funded behavioral health treatment infrastructure addressing sexual health and the populations most affected by HIV?”  The answers led to a significant capacity building investment in local behavioral health to: initiate the collection of sexual orientation / gender identity (SOGI) data; increase provider knowledge, comfort, and skill in addressing clients’ sexual health; and scale up the implementation of Doug Braun-Harvey’s Sexual Health in Recovery intervention to support clients in avoiding substance relapse due to long-standing patterns of sex/drug-linked behavior. This session will explore these challenges and opportunities as we implement the National Strategy.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE - Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe Maryland Department of Health’s multidisciplinary response to HIV/AIDS prevention.

 

11:00 am

11:15 am

Break

 

11:15 am

12:15 pm

Sherry Molock, PhD

A Pilot Study to Increase HIV Testing Among African American Youth in Black Churches

 

 

SHERRY MOLOCK is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Molock graduated with honors from Dartmouth College in 1979, earned a master’s degree (1981) and a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology (1985) from the University of Maryland, College Park. In May, 2000 she graduated with honors with a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University. Dr. Molock teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in the field of clinical psychology and conducts research on depression and suicidal behaviors in African Americans. She received a K-01 award from the National Institute of Mental Health to study suicidal behaviors in African American adolescents and a pilot study award from DC Center for AIDS Research (DC-CFAR) to develop a HIV/AIDS testing intervention for youth in African American churches.  Dr. Molock’s work has appeared in a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Black Psychology, the Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and the American Psychologist.  She has served on a number of local and national boards, including Adoptive Families of America, the National Organization of People of Color against Suicide (NOPCAS) and the American Association of Suicidology.  Dr. Molock is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). She also serves as a grant reviewer for NIMH, NIDA, and SAMHSA. 

 

ABSRACT - African Americans constitute 12% of the population in the U.S., but 44% of HIV cases and the highest number of new infections. It is particularly important to increase testing among young people, because nearly three-fifths of HIV-positive youth in the U.S. are thought to have undiagnosed infection. This presentation will describe a pilot study designed to develop and test a church-based intervention to promoted HIV testing, with integrated screening for substance abuse and mental health among Black adolescents. More specifically, the study aims to: 1) Examine sexual risk behaviors among Black adolescents who have religious affiliations to ascertain whether Black adolescents who attend churches are also at-risk for HIV, and whether adolescents living with HIV attend church and therefore are part of the church fabric. We will explore this aim through surveys of 14-18-year-old Black adolescents who attend predominantly Black churches to obtain information about their sexual risk behaviors (n =50.  We will also conduct in-depth interviews with 14-18 year old Black adolescents (n = 10) who are living with HIV/AIDS to assess their public and private religious affiliations and behaviors and to get their views on developing HIV/AIDS interventions in faith-based communities. 2) Investigate factors that facilitate or impede access to HIV testing for Black adolescents in general and factors that would promote or impede access to HIV screening in the Black church in particular. We will examine possible perceived barriers (e.g., concerns with privacy and confidentiality) and facilitators (e.g., social support) by conducting 2 focus groups with Black adolescents who attend church; in-depth interviews (n = 12) with parents and church leaders; and key-informant interviews with healthcare providers to examine ways that we can assist adolescents and their families cope with structural barriers to health care if a youth tests positive for HIV during the church screening. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVE - Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe a pilot study designed to develop and test a church-based intervention to promoted HIV testing, with integrated screening for substance abuse and mental health among black adolescents.

 

12:15 pm

1:30 pm

LUNCH (on your own)

 

1:30 pm

3:15 pm

PANEL - Trans Health: Four Perspectives

 

 

Moderator:

Mark Schoen, PhD

 

 

Presenters:

Michael S. Irwig, MD, F.A.C.E.

 

 

 

Sean Lare, LCSW-C

 

 

 

Emmett Patterson, BA

 

 

 

Heather White, PA -C

 

ABSTRACT:  This panel will give viewers four important perspectives of health care in the gender non-conforming community.  Emmett Patterson will share the experience of providing peer-to-peer sexual education. Sean Lare, CSW serves the Transgender Community by providing psychotherapy.  Michael S. Irwig, MD, F.A.C.E   is an Endocrinologist providing counseling and hormones.  Heather White is a Physician’s Assistant to surgeon Dr. Christine McGinn.  Heather sees patients before, during and after Gender Confirming Surgery. The four panelists will present their professional experiences, interact with each other, and interact with the participants.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE - Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Learn about the range of health care being provided in the Gender Non-Conforming Community. 2) Learn about the specific treatments given by four Health Care Professionals in the Non-Conforming Community.

 

 

 

MARK SCHOEN earned a Ph.D. from New York University’s Human Sexuality program in 1980.  As a Health Educator in the 1972 he developed a sex education program and began producing sexual health films. In 1979 Dr. Schoen established a company devoted to producing and distributing sexual health films. He produced many of the popular, early sex therapy films, wrote the children’s book, Bellybuttons Are Navels (and produced the award winning film of the same title. In 1998, The Sinclair Institute hired Dr. Schoen as Director of Sex Education. From 1998 – 2006 he produced more than thirty films that are currently in distribution including the best selling revision of The Better Sex Video Series. He received six Telly Awards during this period. From 2006 – 2009 Schoen served on the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. In 2007 Dr. Schoen produced Betty Dodson: Her Life of Sex and Art. This film won Best Feature Documentary at FilmOut, San Diego (2008) and won The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Best Film Award (2009). Dr. Schoen served on the Board of Directors of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2007-2008) and continues to serve on the Board of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Schoen is the Founder of SexSmartFilms.com, an online resource for streaming nearly 500 sexual health films worldwide. Schoen received the Distinguished Public Service Award from The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2010) and the AASECT (The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors) Professional Standards of Excellence Award (2010). His documentary TRANS was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show on September 29, 2010. Since its release in 2012 TRANS has won nine Best Documentary Awards. He produced the documentary GAME FACE, which is available on Netflix.

 

 

 

MICHAEL S. IRWIG, MD, F.A.C.E., is board-certified in Endocrinology & Metabolism and is an associate professor of Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Irwig is a general endocrinologist with a particular interest and expertise in androgens.  His research has focused on men with persistent sexual and non-sexual side effects of finasteride (Propecia), borderline testosterone levels, diabetes educational interventions and care of the transgender patient. He is a well-published author with his research appearing in multiple journals including Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, Diabetic Medicine, Endocrine Practice, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Journal of Sexual Medicine.  His research findings have been featured in many national and international mainstream publications and broadcast outlets including: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, CBS News, MSNBC.com, CNN, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Dr. Irwig lectures at hospitals and medical schools across the world on the topics of male hypogonadism, vitamin D deficiency, use and abuse of anabolic steroids, and the endocrine care of transgender patients. He also serves as a reviewer for over 15 academic medical journals. He is the Secretary and a board member of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). He serves on national committees for AACE as well as the Endocrine Society. Dr. Irwig received his M.D. degree from Cornell University and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia. He was a senior fellow in endocrinology, metabolism, and nutrition at the University of Washington.

 

 

 

SEAN LARE is a clinical social worker who is passionate about serving the transgender and gender diverse community by providing psychotherapy, leading advocacy work, and educating others on the varied experiences of this community. The focus of his practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families, and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. Through his consultation work, he has presented about working with transgender clients, students, and employees in a variety of settings and at regional and local conferences including: Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Gender Conference East, Maryland’s Howard Community College’s Counseling & Career Services 8th Annual Conference, and Maryland Psychological Association’s 2015 Annual Convention, as well as numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes.

 

 

 

EMMETT PATTERSON is a graduate student in GWU’s LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program, where he studies trans men’s health, HIV program development, and community health education. He is the founder of Not Your Average Sex Talk, a peer-to-peer sex education organization that focuses on providing sexual health resources for disabled queer and trans people. Emmett is currently writing a collection of short stories used to train paramedics about LGBTQ patient health needs and was recently published in the TQ Review.

 

 

 

 

HEATHER WHITE joined Papillon Center and Dr. Christine McGinn in 2011 shortly after earning her Physician Assistant Degree. Prior to, she completed her Bachelor of Science at Pennsylvania State University in 2005, and spent four years in medical cancer research. Her advanced experience and skilled surgical training made her quickly become an integral part of our practice and a key link in the Papillon Center chain of care. Heather earned her PA degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. PCOM is renowned for its integration of a holistic philosophy in patient care training. As the demand for Dr. McGinn’s unique expertise has soared over the past several years, Heather has been strategically positioned as her highly trained PA and is paramount in handling all aspects of patient care, from assisting at the time of the initial consultation, pre-operative monitoring, First Assistance during surgery, and handling much of the post-operative care. Under the supervision of Dr. McGinn, she continues to run the Contra- Hormone Therapy (CHT) program at Papillon Center. She treats every patient with compassion and takes each patient’s individual needs into consideration while working with them to develop an individualized hormonal program. Her role in the practice has played a large part in enabling us to be able to continue to offer the “Boutique Care” Papillon Center is well known for.

 

3:15 pm

3:30 pm

Break

 

3:30 pm

4:30 pm

Michael Vigorito, LMFT, LCPC, CGP

Rethinking Sex Addiction – An Introduction to a Sexual Health Approach

 

 

 

MICHAEL VIGORITO is a sexual health psychotherapist, author and consultant.  As a DC psychotherapist, Mr. Vigorito works with clients concerned about their sexual health, including consensual sexual behavior problems, sexual disorders, unconventional erotic interests and sex-drug linked behaviors. He co-designed a sexual health assessment and treatment protocol with Douglas Braun-Harvey, which was published in Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior - Rethinking Sex Addiction (2016).  As the sexual health consultant for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Mr. Vigorito designed and implemented two training programs to promote culturally-competent sexual health care services into Baltimore City behavioral health programs: the Sexual Health Learning Community and the Adolescent Behavioral & Sexual Health Training Initiative.  These programs trained providers in conducting sexual health conversations and risk-reduction counseling to prevent HIV infection and teen pregnancies among mental health and substance use disorder treatment-seeking clients.

 

ABSTRACT: Scientific consensus has not coalesced around one diagnostic criteria or etiological mechanism for sexual dysregulation.  An integrative psychotherapeutic approach is needed to comprehensively address the multiple factors that contribute to out of control sexual experiences.  Michael Vigorito co-developed the OCSB Clinical Pathway (with Douglas Braun-Harvey) to guide providers in assessing and treating men concerned about problematic and out of control sexual behavior.  The workshop is an introduction to their evidence-based treatment protocol and sexual health interventions applicable for mental health and substance abuse treatment providers.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE - Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Apply sexual health principles to treating sexual behavior problems and out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). 2) Apply a dual-process theory of human behavior to OCSB conceptualization.

 

4:30 pm       

 

Closing and Thank You

 

7:00pm

 

2016 LGBT Health Forum and After Party

 

 

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