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    Can they succeed where we fail? All about Surrogate Partner Therapy

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    Speaker: Ronit Aloni, PhD

    Aim and Content

    Surrogate partner therapy (SPT) was first introduced to sexual therapy by Masters and Johnson (1960). SPT raises ethical, cultural, legal, as well as controversy among professionals in the field of sexuality, it is performed in different ways in few countries such as USA, England, Australia, The Netherland, Germany as well as Israel.

    Observing SPT from a rehabilitation point of view, it is a form of mentoring which helps patients in a “one on one” experience when we the therapist cannot be there to direct and support; it also provides “an on-site feedback” for those who need it, those that will not move forward without it. SPT also provides the therapist with an additional perspective on our patients who comprehend the situation in a way that holds them back.

    In this webinar, we will try to uncover myths and fears while working with this powerful and effective therapeutic tool.  Case studies will be discussed, and provide a better understanding of the therapeutic process working with the “Triangle Model of Patient – Surrogate – Therapist”.

    Participants will be able to differentiate between those that can benefit from SPT and those who don’t.

    Prof. Rafi Heruti will attend the webinar to reply to queries concerning medical issues.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understanding the prone and cones of SPT
    2. Integrating classic sexual therapy with SPT
    3. Identifying the appropriate clients
    4. Overcome our fears combining SPT in our clinical practice
    5. Identify medical aspects concerning SPT

     

    Biography of Ronit Aloni

    Ronit Aloni graduated the Human Sexual Program in NYU her thesis focused on the Surrogate Partners who were associated in IPSA (International Professional Surrogates Assn), and trained at the Psychiatric clinic of NY university hospital, as well as at Rusk institute of rehabilitation. She is a member and a supervisor at The Israel Society of Sex Therapy and the Israeli Society for Family and Couple therapy. Ronit Aloni PhD established the Sexual Rehabilitation Center in Lowenstein Rehabilitation Center and established (with Prof. Rafi Heruti) the program of human sexuality at the academic center for continuing education, School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and co-directs it. She wrote a book about Sexual rehabilitation after TBI that includes 2 chapters about SPT for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and wrote chapters in other professional books with colleagues. A chapter on sexuality and cross-culture with a case study of a woman with Paraplegia rehabilitated with a male SPT. SPT in Israel was recognized by the court in compensation trials as well as recognized by the Ministry of Defense for wounded veterans as a result of the professional efforts of Ronit Aloni.  R. Aloni co-direct “ISHI”, the biggest private sex therapy clinic in Israel that includes SPT since 1996.

    Biography of Rafi Heruti

    Prof. Rafi Heruti, MD, FECSM – graduated medicine at the Sackler school of medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Prof. Heruti is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and an authorized sex therapist. He is a member and a supervisor at The Israel Society of Sex Therapy, and served twice has the head (2011-2017).  Prof. Heruti established the Sexual Rehabilitation service at the Sheba medical center, Tel-Hashomer and since 2000 at Reuth rehabilitation hospital, where he serves as the director of the rehabilitation division. He established and co-directs (with Dr Ronit Aloni) the program of human sexuality at the academic center for continuing education, School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, where he also serves as the head of the rehabilitation. He is the author of many scientific papers, and also wrote chapters in professional books. Prof. Heruti serves as the medical director of the SPT program since 2000, and co-director of “ISHI”, the biggest private sex therapy clinic in Israel, and the only one that uses SPT.

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    ChemSex: management strategies for sexologists

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    Speakers: David Stuart & Remziye Kunelaki

    Content and Aim

    A webinar opportunity to learn from the clinical experience of two leading experts in the field of ChemSex and Sober Sex on ground zero. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of patients attending psychosexual clinics requesting to achieve sober sex. The webinar will focus on the sexualised drug use and the aim to achieve sober sex as experienced in the gay community of London. Sober Sex does not fit any of the DSM criteria of diagnosis and there is a need to understand and work with patients in a focused as well as holistic manner.Learn from the experts how to manage patients with ChemSex presentations in clinic and help them achieve sober sex within the context of sexology. The session is for anyone interested in this topic regardless of previous experience.

    Learning outcomes

    1. Clear understanding of ChemSex and Sober sex
    2. Steps and what to do with patients who present with ChemSex issues
    3. A framework to work towards sober sex in time limited and long-term contracts
    4. Attention on the self- care of the patient and the therapist

     

    Biography of David Stuart

    David Stuart is a social worker, community activist, and chemsex expert. David was the first to name and identify Chemsex as an emerging gay cultural phenomenon. He developed the world’s first chemsex support services, and he fought relentlessly for greater chemsex awareness by encouraging and stimulating cultural dialogue and discussion within our international gay, bi and Queer communities. He continues to support international governments and communities to manage the cultural phenomenon from a place of kindness, sex positivity and cultural competence.

    Biography of Remziye Kunelaki

    Remziye Kunelaki is a psycho-sexologist, clinical supervisor and Phd candidate. She has worked for nearly 20 years in Sexual health and HIV in major hospitals in London. She graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Turkey and came to the UK to specialise in psychosexual therapy where she received a diploma and a Master’s degree.
    Remziye is a committee member of the British Society for Sexual Medicine and she is a senior accredited therapist and clinical supervisor by the College for Sexual and Relationship Therapists. Remziye is a member of the ESSM/EFS Psycho-sexology Accreditation committee and actively participates to national and international conferences in sexual medicine.
    Her current research is at Anglia Ruskin University on gay Christian men. She teaches on psychosexual diploma course at Tavistock Relationships and has her own private practice in London. Remziye is of Turkish origin and having being raised in a Greek orthodox society she appreciates and welcomes difference and works relationally with her patients.

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    Clinical management of sexual difficulties in psychiatric patients

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    Speaker: Michal Lew-Starowicz

     

    Content and Aim

    People suffering from mental disorders commonly face sexual difficulties such as sexual dysfunction, out-of-control sexual behavior, sexual identity concerns and problems within sexual relationships. Counseling and sexual therapy may be especially challenging in these patients as sexologists usually don’t have enough expertise in approaching mental health conditions while psychiatrists and psychologists are lacking expertise in sexual health issues. Safety concerns related to psychiatric condition may additionally complicate decisions on therapeutic interventions.

    The aim of the webinar is to present a step-by-step perspective of the assessment and clinical management of patients showing with sexual difficulties that may be related to dysregulation of emotion or control over sexual behavior, sexual self-image or the impact on psychopharmacological treatments. Instructive cases will include patients with affective, psychotic or personality disorders and other co-morbid conditions that affect sexual functioning. Diagnostic challenges and treatments will be thoroughly discussed. The participants of the webinar will be guided on:

    • Understanding the mechanisms of sexual difficulties related to mental disorders and their treatments
    • How to assess the impact of disease-specific and iatrogenic factors on sexual wellbeing
    • How to formulate effective and safe treatment strategies
    • Evidence-based interventions in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in psychiatric patients
    • Holistic approach to sexual and mental health concerns

    Biography of  Michal Lew-Starowicz

    Michal Lew-Starowicz is Medical Doctor, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Warsaw, Poland.  He is also Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Warsaw, Poland, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) in Germany.

    Since beginning of his scientific career Michal Lew-Starowicz was involved in interdisciplinary studies integrating somatic diseases, mental disorders and sexual functioning. His recent research interests include compulsive sexual behavior with focus on the neuroimaging and pharmacological studies. He has published papers, books and book chapters, as well as educates physicians, psychologists, psychotherapists and nurses in psychiatry and sexual medicine.

    Michal Lew-Starowicz is a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine and a supervisor of sexual therapy certified by the Polish Sexological Society. He works in the field of sexual medicine with both men and women with sexual dysfunctions, couples and with transgender care. He leads an interdisciplinary team at the Lew-Starowicz Therapy Centre in Warsaw, Poland. Michal Lew-Starowicz is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and the ESSM Scientific Subcommittee of Female Sexual Health and Dysfunction.

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    Facing the challenge of paedophilia: diagnosis and options in treatment options

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    Speakers: Tillmann Kruger & Claas de Boer

    Content and Aim

    The paedophilic disorder is a devastating condition, being often accompanied by intensive personal stress and high comorbidity on the one hand and being a major risk factor for child sexual abuse on the other hand. However, there is still little known about this paraphilic disorder and it often is falsely equated with sexual offending, especially by public media. Consequently, affected persons hardly seek professional help because of the fear of being socially rejected. Moreover, pedophilia is a neglected subject in healthcare curricula and thus leads to great insecurities among mental health professionals when faced with this issue. However, in recent years more scientific effort was made to better understand the paedophilic disorder, and prevention and treatment programs have been developed to treat affected people and address associated social problem adequately and therefore reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.
    The aim of this webinar is to share our yearlong experience of treating persons with paedophilic disorders in the German Prevention Project Dunkelfeld (PPD) and give an insight in 1) how to diagnose the disorder and distinguish it from other disorders related to sexual offending against children; 2) identifying individual resources as well as risk factors of the patients; 3) providing well founded information for affected persons and 4) medical and therapeutical treatment options.

    Biography of  Tillmann Kruger

    Tillmann Kruger is Medical Doctor and Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) where he received his M.D. degree in 1999. He works as a consultant and is Head of the Section Clinical Psychology and Sexual Medicine as well as Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist as well as neurologist. Training locations include the Hannover Medical School, the University Clinics of Essen, both in Germany, and the University Hospital and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He has published numerous of papers on the neurobiology of human and deviant sexual behaviour and related neurobehavioral topics and has continuously been supported by national and international grants. Tillmann Kruger coordinates a research consortium dedicated to basic and clinical understanding of child sexual abuse and pedophilia (NeMUP) which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). In 2018 he has been elected as ordinary member of the Center for Systems Neuroscience, Hannover. At MHH he is medical head of two clinical prevention programmes against child sexual offending (“Don’t offend”) and sexual violence towards women (“I CAN CHANGE”). Apart from this his clinical and scientific expertise includes clinical neuroscience of affective and personality disorders. Main topics are the modulation and treatment of mood states and affective/personality disorders by novel neuropsychiatric interventions such as treatment with botulinum toxin.
    Tillmann Kruger is Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM) since 2012 and EFS-ESSM certified Psycho-Sexologist (ECPS) (European Federation of Sexology, European Society of Sexual Medicine) since 2018. He has a special authorization for consultation hours in sexual medicine and sex therapy by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Lower Saxony, Germany since 2012. In his consultation hours he meets people with all kind of sexual disorders and problems with a special emphasis on the interface of psychiatry, neurology and sexual medicine. Special expertise covers diagnostic and treatment of paraphilias (e.g. pedophilia), hypersexuality, sexual violence, Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) and psychopharmacology.

    Biography of Claas de Boer

    Since 2009 Claas de Boer is an employee in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Sexual Medicine of the Hannover Medical School (MHH). He received a diploma in psychology in 2011, followed by the official license to practise as a psychological psychotherapist in 2014. Since then he has been working as a psychotherapist in the German Prevention Project Dunkelfeld, providing single therapy and group therapy for patients with paedophilic disorders. Also, since 2015 Claas de Boer works as a couple therapist and sexual therapist in the Hannover Competence Centre for Sexual Medicine (SMK). In 2018 he became an EFS and ESSM certified Psycho-Sexologist (ECPS). Currently, he is a member of the Lower Saxony Commission for Preventing Sexual Offending against Children and Adolescents.

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    From literature to clinical practice: which hints sexologists should take from the evidence-based medicine?

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    Speaker: Annamaria Giraldi
    Psychiatrist

    Content and Aim

    We all want to use the evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment of sexual problems. In that we rely on the published and reviewed literature to implement best evidence.
    However – many treatments in clinical sexology haven’t been investigated in larger scale studies, the evidence can be unclear, our patient groups may not be the same studied or may have more complex presentations than in published literature. In addition – some treatments make a lot of sense when using clinical experiences and practice, or when relying on knowledge obtained from other fields though we cannot show larger scale effects in large studies. Furthermore, the clinical approach may be to combine treatments, which is rarely don in research studies.
    The speaker will present and discuss some important publications relating to treatment of sexual problems in men and women, how we can use them and answer questions from the audience. The presented papers will be available for the audience.

    Biography

    Professor Giraldi is Senior Consultant in Psychiatry in the Sexological Clinic at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also received her medical degree and PhD.
    Professor Giraldi has been involved in the field of sexual medicine for many years, educating medical students, nurses, physicians and psychologists in sexual medicine.
    Professor Giraldi has been involved in basic research on vascular and smooth muscle function in male and female sexual responses, clinical research on the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction and female sexual desire and arousal disorders as well as in research on somatic disease, psychiatric problems and sexuality.
    Clinically Professor Giraldi works with men, women and couples with sexual dysfunctions as well with transgender care.
    Professor Giraldi has published more than 100 papers, editorials and book chapters in the field of male and female sexual medicine. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and has served as an Associate Editor for Sexual and Relationship Therapy and Sexual Medicine Among her many professional affiliations, Professor Giraldi was previously President of both the Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she has also served on the Board and Scientific Committee. In addition, she was Chair of the subcommittee on Female Sexual Health for the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), where she now sits on the faculty panel for the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. Professor Giraldi is President-Elect of ISSM of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.

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    How can sex survive through menopause

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    The menopausal transition is the gradual change from pre- to postmenopause- menopause being defined retrospectively 12 months after the last menstrual period. This phase is characterized by significant hormonal, emotional and social challenges, such as hot flashes, mood and cognition changes, while empty nest syndrome, retirement or illness of a partner may coincide. As a result, sexual problems are common and multifaceted.

    In this webinar we will go through the complexities of the woman’s sexuality throughout mid-life; biological, psychological and social factors to be considered. Common symptoms and sexual difficulties will be presented, together with therapeutic options, both medical and non-medical, all based on the latest literature.

     

    Speaker: Mijal Luria
    Gynecologist and Sex therapist

    Dr. Mijal Luria is an attending obstetrician-gynecologist and sex therapist. She is the President of the Israeli Society for Sexual Medicine (ILSSM), the Director of the Center for Sexual Health at the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Medical Center and co-director of the Rotem Center for Multidisciplinary Sex Therapy, in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Her clinical work encompasses the treatment of couples and individuals with sexual problems, with a special focus on women sexual wellbeing. As both a gynecologist and a sex therapist working in a multi-cultural setting, Dr. Luria has a wide understanding and clinical expertise about the complexity of the hormonal, emotional and cultural factors that affect women’s sexuality throughout the different life stages.

    Dr. Luria co-directs the Jerusalem’s Hebrew University Medical School course “Introduction to Human Sexuality”, created the program “Growing Together” for sexual education of early adolescents and their parents and created the “Healthy Relationships Program” for sexual education of high school students.
    Dr. Luria has ongoing collaborations on several research projects. She is a member of the executive committee of the European Federation of Sexology’s (EFS) and is the co-chair of the EFS scientific committee. She is also a member of the European Federation for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) scientific committees.

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    Making and expecting a baby: how to prepare a couple for the new sexual challenges

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    Speaker: Woet Gianotten

    Content and aim:

    Dan and Mary were very happy when, after trying for 1½ year, finally conception took place. Travelling through the pregnancy and the postpartum months they grew towards happy parenthood, but in the meantime, they also lost their loverhood.

    This webinar will address the sexual and intimacy aspects of the various stages from “trying to conceive” via pregnancy, delivery, post-partum, and lactation to “young parenthood”. The experience of the Johnson couple will serve as leitmotiv to explain relevant elements of sexual and reproductive physiology and show how things can go wrong.

    Solutions and Recommendations. The webinar will address “How to deal with disturbances?” but cover also prevention strategies to minimize sexual damage (from sexual aspects of preconception to post-partum ‘intimate masturbation’).

    Biography 

    Woet Gianotten is a retired MD-psychotherapist (emeritus Senior Lecturer in Medical Sexology at the University Medical Centres of Utrecht and Rotterdam, the Netherlands). In the first part of his medical career he was trained in surgery and obstetrics and worked for 5½ yrs in West and East Africa. When intern to become a gynecologist, he discovered the then new and fascinating field of sexology, which made him switch career and become a sexologist. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the field of ‘sexual medicine’ didn’t exist yet and the sexologist was supposed to cover every sexual problem. Partly because his medical background and partly because of the emotional burden of the tsunami of sexual abuse we had in the period 1982-1995, he left ‘common sexology’ and focused on ‘medical sexology’ (where chronic diseases, physical impairment, cancer and medical interventions are important factors both in the development and in the maintaining of sexual disturbances). For two decades he has been co-developing the field of oncosexology and of physical rehabilitation sexology. Whereas he was teaching for several decades on ‘aging and sexuality’, the current changes in society and his own aging made him aware of the importance of this area, which he now calls: ‘gerontosexology’. He tends to look for trails where most professionals don’t go. Those are partly diseases where nobody yet appeared to address sexuality. An example is ‘Hemophilia and sexuality’. There are also sexual unmet needs in areas because they are surrounded with taboo. One example is ‘Sexuality at the end of life’. Another example are the dating and sexual needs of people who are physically so impaired that they cannot find a partner or somebody for a sexual encounter. That is the area asking for medically trained sex workers. At the start of 2018 he stopped working with patients in physical rehabilitation. Since then he is fully concentrating on various aspects of teaching. He has expertise in the areas of: • Oncosexology • Physical rehabilitation sexology • Sexual problems in chronic diseases • Gerontosexology • Reproduction sexology with focus on (in-)fertility and pregnancy.

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    Male Sexual Pain: assessment and multidisciplinary approach

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    Speaker: Yacov Reisman

    Aim and Content

    Male Sexual Pain (MSP), also known as male dyspareunia, is a common health problem that has devastating personal, sexual and relational implications. MSP is chronic or persistent pain in the genital or pelvic area that develops during or shortly after sexual activity and lasts three months or longer. It is often part of chronic pelvic pain. The disorder has gained little attention in the medical literature, and our understanding of epidemiology, etiology and treatment options is poor due to a lack of research.

    An overview of patient assessment and available treatments will be given during the webinar. A complete clinical history, including the sexual response cycle, a physical examination, and further inquiries based on clinical suspicions, are part of the patient assessment. The causative agents of MSP can be divided into four categories: isolated ejaculatory pain, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, medical causes, and psychological causes. There are several triggers for each of them, and therefore the therapy is often multimodal, ranging from medication to psychological interventions, and is guided according to the underlying cause.

    Learning Objectives:

    –              Understanding the mechanism of pain and the function of the pelvic floor

    –              Learn how to assess the patient and the possible etiology

    –              Learn about the holistic multidisciplinary approach

    –              Know measurements for patient’s self-assert

     

    Short CV

    Yacov (Cobi) Reisman MD, PhD, FECSM, ECPS
    Urologist, Sexologist
    Medical Director, Flare-Health
    Amstelveen, The Netherlands

    Y. Reisman graduates Cum Laude at the Faculty of Medicine of State University Groningen, The Netherlands. In 1998 he defences his PhD research thesis on electronic diagnostic tools and objective medical decisions with the European Clinical database. Since 2002 he is registered as a urologist and was allied to the Amstelland hospital in Amstelveen and, from 2006 till recently, chairman of the Dutch Men’s Health Clinics network. In 2011 he became a registered sexologist by the Dutch Society of sexology (NVVS) and recently director of Flare-Health. He is an honorary and visiting Professor for urology of the Russian Federal Institute of Urology, Moscow, and the Shanghai Institute of Andrology of the Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is an active member of the European Association of Urology (EAU), Past-President of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), Ex-President of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Sexual Medicine (MJCSM), for which he receives Silver Decoration of Honour from the UEMS, and co-director of ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. He is a senior lecturer of Clinical Sexology at the RINO-Amsterdam, Netherlands. His special interest and publications are a.o. on cancer and sexual dysfunction, sexuality in chronic conditions, shockwave therapy for ED, PSSD, POIS, lifestyle, and sexual function. Y. Reisman is among others co-editor of the Manual of Sexual Medicine, the Syllabus of Clinical Sexology published by the ESSM, and Cancer, Intimacy and Sexuality.

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    Mr & Mrs Johnson with their 1st baby of 8 months

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    Danny and Mary were very happy when finally, after trying for 1½ year, conception took place.
    Carefully travelling through the pregnancy and the postpartum months they grew towards happy parenthood, but in the meantime, they also lost their loverhood.

    This webinar will address the sexual and intimacy aspects of the various stages between trying to conceive and young parenthood.
    Attention will be paid to the various elements of pregnancy, post-partum and lactation that can disturb sexuality and intimacy.
    With a special focus on the challenges of ‘How to deal with… ?’
    On the one hand, the webinar will deal with disturbances that have developed.
    On the other hand, the webinar will cover prevention strategies to minimize potential sexual damage (from sexual aspects of preconception to post-partum ‘intimate masturbation’).