Upcoming Events, Lectures and Trainings

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Penile Enhancement and the Introduction of a New, Innovative Procedure: Myths, Facts, and the Role of Licensed Therapists

by Dr. James Elist

Friday, January 18, 2019

8:00am – 9:15am

FREE CE LECTURE!
1 CE available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and psychologists

Many men have long sought out means to enhance the size and appearance of their penis. Penile size can often contribute to a man’s level of self-confidence and self-esteem, and even their perceived satisfaction with sexual performance. However, to date, penile enhancement procedures have largely been ineffective and unsafe. A new, innovative, patented, FDA-cleared subcutaneous silicone implant designed for penile surgery is changing the discussion around penile augmentation with a safe and effective option for many men. How have realities and perceptions around penile enhancement changed? What role can licensed therapists play in ensuring that this new form of aesthetic surgery follows rigorous patient selection mechanisms? What is the relationship between penile enhancement procedures and conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder? How do patient go through the journey of acceptance of their new body image and the changes to their size? This Introductory Level program will explore these questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize general overview of the current penile enhancement space
  • Identify the role of licensed therapists in patient selection for aesthetic procedures and the therapeutic (e.g. buried penis, retractile penis) and psychological conditions (e.g. dysmorphia) for penile enhancement patient selection
  • Recall conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and their role in patient’s desire to pursue aesthetic procedures
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James J. Elist M.D. has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1982, specializing in urology, and specifically in impotency, male sexual dysfunction, and infertility. Dr. Elist has served as the chairperson and a member of several committees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and other hospitals, including the Oncology Committee, Ethics Committee, Utilization Committee and Medical Records Review Committee.

Internationally, Dr. Elist has performed surgery and trained surgeons in the Middle East and Europe. Nationally, Dr. Elist was the first surgeon in the Los Angeles area to perform procedures involving penile prosthesis devices manufactured by American Medical Systems. Los Angeles Magazine designated Dr. Elist as “The Best Plastic Surgeon – Urologist” in Los Angeles on July 1998. The Office of Hearings & Appeals elected him to be a United States Government Medical Expert Witness in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Dr. Elist has received the National Leadership Award and has been elected as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Physician Advisory Board of the United States Congress.

In the academic space, he has played prominent roles, having spoken at the Chinese Urological Association’s Fifth Annual Congress of Urologists in 1996 and more recently, having presented his published article, entitled “A Retrospective Evaluation of the Safety and Effectiveness of a Silicone Block Implant for Elective Cosmetic Surgery of the Penis” at the 2016 American Urological Association meeting. He has also published several articles, including the 2018 “A Single-Surgeon Retrospective and Preliminary Evaluation of the Safety and Effectiveness of the Penuma Silicone Sleeve Implant for Elective Cosmetic Correction of the Flaccid Penis” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sexual Medicine.

This lecture takes place at Center for Healthy Sex.

To register for this event, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.

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Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: info@centerforhealthysex.com. Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

Women’s Love Addiction Weekend Workshop
at Center for Healthy Sex

January 25-27, 2019

Women's Weekend Workshop

This experiential workshop will give you the tools you need to break free of problematic relational patterns and start developing your core sense of authentic emotional intimacy.

For more information about this workshop, click here.

For more information, please call our intake line at (310) 843-9902.


The Sex Expert webinar series
February 8, 2019, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Lewis Abrams, ACSW, LCSW, CASAC, CSAT on Jews and Addiction

With the increase in both substance and process addictions in our culture at large, the Jewish population has been effected in a variety of ways. In a generic addiction context and with specific emphasis on sex addiction, the presentation will provide a historical perspective of the evolution of Judaism, focusing on Jewish sub-cultures (particularly the various sub-cultures with in Orthodox Judaism) and various rituals, religious practices, nuances and traditions as they relate to the recovery process of addiction. Topics include:

  • religious sub-cultures within Judaism
  • rituals related to alcohol, sexuality, gambling, eating, money, work
  • sexuality related religious laws/rituals: how education and communication is void in many families and the religious community
  • Jewish Holidays that involve potential excessive drinking
  • a predominant cultural Jewish Script: “we help others, we do not need help ourselves”
  • the “no talk” rule in certain families and communities, ie: “don’t do your dirty laundry in public”
  • key basic rituals, guidelines for religious observance
  • shame and its effect on substance and process addictions
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For the past 38 years, Lewis Abrams, ACSW, LCSW, CASAC, CSAT has been treating those afflicted with addictions and mental health challenges including adolescents, adults, couples and families. He has created and directed programs at all levels of care including traditional outpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and residential services throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In addition to addiction treatment, Lew has specialized training in clinical supervision, group therapy, psychodrama, family therapy, and experiential techniques including anger discharge and grief work.

For over 10 years, Lew was the Clinical Director of Marworth Treatment Center, a nationally recognized system of addiction treatment services. Afterwards, as Executive Director of the Yatzkan Center, a not-for-profit residential long-term rehabilitation program for Jewish adolescents with substance abuse and emotional/behavior problems, Lew developed the program, increased the quality of treatment and assisted 200+ families, from all over the world.

He has also written numerous articles regarding substance abuse and mental health topics including “Judaism and Substance Abuse Treatment: Recovery and Renewed Spirituality”. Currently, Lew has a full-time private practice serving adults and adolescents, couples and families with offices in New York City and New Jersey.

CHS Guest Webinars take place on Zoom. More details to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.


CE Lecture
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8am (PT)

Speaker: To Be Announced

FREE CE LECTURE!
1 CE available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and psychologists

More details to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.

Show Event Disclaimer
Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: info@centerforhealthysex.com. Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

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The Sex Expert webinar series
March 8, 2019, 12 noon (PT)

Interactive webinar with Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP

More details to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.


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CE Lecture
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8am (PT)

Speaker: Dr. Miles Reid

FREE CE LECTURE!
1 CE available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and psychologists

More details to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.

Show Event Disclaimer
Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: info@centerforhealthysex.com. Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

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The Sex Expert webinar series
April 12, 2019, 12 noon (PT)

Interactive webinar with Roger Tolle, Professional Surrogate

More details to be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.


The 3 Top Sexual Challenges for Boomers: How to ‘Find Your Sexy’ with Joy, Health and Pizzazz

by Dr. Patti Britton, PhD, MPH

Friday, April 19, 2019

8:00am – 9:15am (PT)

FREE CE LECTURE!
1 CE available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and psychologists

Aging and sexuality can be a challenge for most older lovers, especially the Boomer Generation. Learning the most common issues facing us as we reach the Golden Years –and what we can do about it– will leave you feeling hopeful and informed. Discover out how to overcome negative body image issues, techniques for soothing self-doubt or despair, and specific tools for enhancing pleasure as you age. Couples can also learn to approach sexual connection and pleasure as their goals for sustaining sexual fulfillment in their later years. Professionals will be exposed to strategies for helping their Boomer Generation clients.

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Dr. Patti Britton, PhD, MPH is the Co Founder of SexCoachU.com, a world-renowned pioneer in clinical sexology, author, speaker, and clinician who helps clients overcome their most challenging sexual concerns with a sex-positive, empowering, holistic system for sexual self-realization.

This lecture takes place at Center for Healthy Sex.

If you have any questions, please e-mail dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com.

Show Event Disclaimer
Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: info@centerforhealthysex.com. Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

Join Alexandra Katehakis in 2019 at Esalen!

Women’s Intimacy, Desire, and Eroticism: The Triumvirate of Sexual Pleasure

May 31 – June 2, 2019

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

CHS Clinical Director Alexandra Katehakis hosts a Weekend Workshop in Beautiful Big Sur!

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Do you know the difference between intimacy, desire, and eroticism? Do you find yourself churning through lovers because your sexual desire drops off over time? This in-depth workshop for women will assist in revealing the answers to these questions, which reside in past sexual experiences and in sexual fantasies. When we deconstruct shameful family of origin and cultural messages about what “good girls” do and don’t do sexually, we can honestly admit our most ardent sexual desires to ourselves.

Click here for further details and registration!


Join Alexandra Katehakis in 2019 at Esalen!

Women’s Intimacy, Desire, and Eroticism: The Triumvirate of Sexual Pleasure

June 2 – 7, 2019

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

CHS Clinical Director Alexandra Katehakis hosts a Week-long Workshop in Beautiful Big Sur!

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Do you know the difference between intimacy, desire, and eroticism? Do you find yourself churning through lovers because your sexual desire drops off over time? This in-depth workshop for women will assist in revealing the answers to these questions, which reside in past sexual experiences and in sexual fantasies. When we deconstruct shameful family of origin and cultural messages about what “good girls” do and don’t do sexually, we can honestly admit our most ardent sexual desires to ourselves.

Click here for further details and registration!


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