Mid Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists (MAIT)
November 12, 2021
Integrating Sex and Couples Therapy for Marginalized Adults with Chronic Illness, Pain, and other Disabilities
Dr. Lee Phillips will be teaching at the Mid Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists (MAIT). In the field of sex and couples therapy, there is limited research on exploring sexual communication and pleasure for sexually marginalized adults with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities such as those who as identify as LGBTQ+. This workshop will introduce and explore sexual communication and pleasure through a sex positive lens for couples using clinical interventions such as acceptance & commitment therapy, sensate focus, and imago relationship therapy.
In this 6-hour workshop we will explore:
Gaps in the research literature will be presented as there is a need for research about the sexual expression and partner communication among marginalized adults with physical disabilities
Misconceptions of sex and disability
The phases of chronic illness
Sexual expression, gender, sex positivity, identities and coming out LGBTQ+ with disabilities
Clinical interventions (acceptance & commitment therapy for body and illness acceptance, sensate focus for reclaiming sexuality, and imago relationship therapy for healing the relationship).
Identify and list the misconceptions of sex and disability.
Identify and list the phases of chronic illness.
Explain the coming out process and how LBGTQ identified people with disabilities may be required to perform their coming out process more than once with the same partner, around different identities.
Discuss sexual expression and sex positivity in working with LGBTQ+
Identify and list the clinical intervention for treating gender minorities with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities.
2021 AASECT Virtual Conference
June 11, 2021
Exploring Sexual Communication, Pleasure, and Freedom for Gender Minorities with Chronic Illness, Pain, and other Disabilities
1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted
Core Knowledge Areas: E, H, M
Training Areas: ST1, ST3
In the field of sexuality, there is limited research on exploring sexual communication, pleasure, and freedom of sexually marginalized adults such as those who identify as LGBTQ, practice kink and BDSM, and those who identify as polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities. This workshop will introduce and explore sexual communication, pleasure, and freedom through a sex positive lens using clinical interventions such as acceptance & commitment therapy, kink as communication, sensate focus, cognitive-behavioral therapy and imago relationship therapy.
Identify 5 myths associated with sexuality and disability
Utilize 5 interventions when working with gender minorities who experience chronic illness, pain and other disabilities.
2021 AASECT Awards Ceremony
June 12, 2021
Dr. Lee Phillips is the 2021 recipient of the AASECT Award for Emergent Professional (Rising Star Award).
This award is presented to an emergent AASECT Certified educator, counselor, or therapist. This award recognizes individuals who have made contributions early in their career of being a sexuality professional. Early in career is in the first 3 years of AASECT Certification. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical body of work, including (but not limited to) trainings, retreats, online courses, videos, or a published paper or book.
Sex and Disability: Using the Social Model and Trans-Disability Affirmative Therapy for Counseling Gender Minorities with Disabilities.
Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI)
June 16, 2021
Dr. Lee Phillips will be teaching at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI) this summer. In this course we will be discussing how disability influences relationships, shame, and sexuality, paying close attention to gender minorities and the problem with ableism. This course will include a discussion on battling the medical model with disability while using the social model as a lens for counseling gender minorities with disabilities. We will discuss how trans-disability affirmative therapy is an integrative approach to conducting therapy and how the model encompasses factors of empowerment, social marginalization, and environmental barriers relevant to gender minorities with disabilities while incorporating medical realities and coping strategies. We will discuss the missing discourse of pleasure and how we can help clients with disabilities explore their own sexual desire, partner connection and negotiation. This course will include a discussion on exploring the resilience of sexual and gender minority persons living with disabilities.
Sexuality and Disability in Couples
October 7, 2021 (Filming and Interview)
December 23, 2021 live Q+A
11:30am- 1:00pm ET
Esther Perel will be interviewing Dr. Lee for Sessions on sexuality and disability in couples! Sessions is a digital salon for therapists, coaches, educators and other relationship professionals to come together and discuss pertinent clinical questions and exchange a diversity of ideas about modern relationships. We all need more than one tool in our toolbox, and it is harder than ever to synthesize the breadth of knowledge. Sessions is a distillation of the teachings of many experts that is not only digestible but also highly actionable.