Upcoming Events, Lectures and Trainings

The following events are open to the public. Clients, professionals, and curious minds are all welcome to attend and participate.
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Marty SimpsonTreating Betrayed Partners: A Trauma-based Approach

by Marty Simpson, MFT, CSAT, CDWF

Friday, September 22, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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Why are betrayed partners and partners of sex addicts so often misunderstood? Why is this population underserved? What does neuroscience show us recently that can help those who suffer from the PTSD left by betrayal? Join us for this CE lecture and learn about the delicate art of working with betrayed partners.

Participants will be able to identify the various stages of healing from betrayal trauma, learn of the skills essential for treating this population, manage the crises of discovery or disclosure, and confidently provide resources for safety, support and education.

Martha “Marty” Simpson, LMFT, CSAT, CDWF has extensive experience in the field of sex addiction treatment. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Certified Daring Way® Facilitator in private practice. Trained in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT-2), the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), Principals of Group Psychotherapy training with The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA), EMDR, and Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Processing, a somatic & attachment based trauma training, Marty has a specialty working with partners of Sex Addicts and Couples in Recovery.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


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2-Day Sex Therapy Training Course at SASH!
October 3-4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

Led by CHS Clinical Director Alexandra Katehakis, this intermediate, 15-hour sex therapy training program is designed for professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of sex therapy and ways to incorporate it into their practice. Additionally, participants receive 15% off their SASH registration fees!

For more information or to register online, click here!


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
October 9, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Seduction from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on October 2, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


Debra Kaplan Low ResThe Sex Expert webinar series
October 13th, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Debra Kaplan, MA, MBA, LPC, CSAT-S, on  For Love and Money: Exploring Sex, Money and Power in Relationships

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Relationship conflicts involving sex and money may be an unavoidable occurrence but become particularly complex and potentially volatile when they involve sexual and financial betrayal. Tensions concerning sexual health and/or sexual addiction may take center stage in relationships, yet studies repeatedly indicate that disagreements about money are by far and away the greatest stressor on a relationship and the strongest predictor for divorce. After closing a successful chapter on Wall Street, Ms. Kaplan merged her fascination with narcissism, power and control with her studies in psychology. For over a decade, Ms. Kaplan has been a licensed psychotherapist author and speaker treating problems related to sex addiction, money, and relationships. Drawing upon her years on Wall Street where power and control are legendary, Debra lends her clinical expertise to successfully treat this potentially complex triumvirate of clinical issues.

Join Debra for this illuminating For Love and Money© webinar. Learn how to connect the dots of sex, money and power, identify your relational currency and create balance in your romantic relationship. 

Click here to register!


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Free Event!

Learn about employment opportunities, our apprenticeship program, upcoming trainings and other special events!

Friday, October 13 – 1:15pm

9:00am – 10:30am

Hosted by Alex Katehakis, Clinical Director and Douglas Evans, Executive Director

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We’re opening our doors to the public, granting an inside look at our wellness treatment facility and showcasing what a future at Center For Healthy Sex could look like for you. Whether you’re a sexual health professional looking to gain some insight about our clinical approach and practices, or if you’re just curious about what it is we really do here, you are welcome to join us for a 90 minute information session led by our Clinical Director, Dr. Alexandra Katehakis as well as our Executive Director, Douglas Evans. In this session, we’ll be discussing employment opportunities, our apprenticeship program, training, special events, and more!

This event will take place at Center for Healthy Sex, 10700 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025.

To RSVP please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


SA Training Program Fall 2017Sex Addiction Treatment Training Program

Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, and Dec. 2

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Over the course of six classes you will gain a comprehensive overview of the following clinical topics:

  • Definition and etiology of sex addiction
  • Neuropsychobiological processes and attachment styles related to sex addiction
  • Assessment and diagnosis of sex addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Strategies for implementing effective treatment plans and protocols for sex addiction
  • Common errors to avoid when treating sex addiction
  • Disclosure preparation for the recovering sex addict and partner
  • Effective strategies for couples in recovery
  • Strategic reinstatement of healthy sexuality into the life of recovering sex addict and partner

Six Class Course:

$725 for Licensed Professionals (18 CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs)

$575 for Non-Licensed Interns

Click here for more information, or call 310-843-9902 to register.


Restoration of Trust in Recovering Couples: A New Model from Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw

by Ginger Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST and Bill Bercaw, PsyD, CSAT, CST

Friday, October 20, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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Anyone who works with couples in sexual recovery knows that trust is the single most critical variable that influences couples’ healing. In this presentation, Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw, developers of Sexual Reintegration Therapy and authors of The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy, introduce their new model of trust restoration. In addition to offering a new framework for conceptualizing how recovering couples experience trust, specific clinical examples will be presented.

Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw are Clinical Psychologists specializing in relationships and sexual issues. They are the only married, doctoral-level, Clinical Psychologist relationship experts holding certifications in both Sex Therapy (CST) and Sexual Addiction (CSAT). The Bercaws are the Founding Directors of the California Center for Healing, Inc., a psychological practice in Pasadena, CA, that specializes in treating sexual dissatisfaction/dysfunction, marital dissatisfaction, codependence, emotional trauma resolution, sexual addiction, and spouses & partners of sex addicts. The Bercaws have recently published two books: From the Living Room to the Bedroom: Six Steps to Lasting Intimacy and Sexual Abundance (May, 2011) is their much anticipated resource for today’s busy couples seeking to rekindle passion and connection in a realistic, practical and sustainable manner. The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy: How Sexual Reintegration Therapy Can Help Your Relationship Heal (October, 2010) presents the highly effective new treatment modality they developed, Sexual Reintegration Therapy. These resources have been endorsed as groundbreaking by many leaders and best-selling authors in the field.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series
November 6, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S on the theme of Sexual Politics from our award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”

Our Mirror of Intimacy webinars now take place on Facebook Live! To view the webinar, simply like our page on Facebook and log on to Facebook at 12pm PT on October 2, and you’ll see an announcement that the live event is starting. If you have any questions, please e-mail charlie@centerforhealthysex.com.


Dan Lacovara, MFTGay Men, the Shame Paradigm, and Sex

by Dan Lacovara, MFT

Friday, November 17, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

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Sex addiction treatment professionals generally agree toxic shame plays a crucial role in driving an addict’s behavior, and that by helping him or her work through it, healthy relationships are within reach. What do we as therapists do when faced with the possibility that an intergenerational transmission of shame might be embedded in the collective psyche of an entire community – in this case the community of gay men? Despite broader societal acceptance and advances in LGBTQ rights, sex between men remains in many ways a taboo in our society. There still exists a narrative that gay sex is a “dirty secret.”  With the evolution of online hook-up Apps, the prevalence of pornography and the increase in the use of recreational drugs for sexual purposes, many gay men are unwittingly playing into that very narrative. Non-relational, non-intimate sexual behaviors can be seen as the norm. In addition, internalized homophobia can often lead to gay men sexually shaming one another. For the gay male sex addict, the conflation of the two has a devastating impact, making it nearly impossible for them to separate healthy from unhealthy sex.  Understanding this unique shame paradigm is essential to compassionate and effective treatment.

Daniel Lacovara, MFT, is the Clinical Outreach Specialist at CHS. Daniel’s role is to provide sex therapy and sex addiction training and education to graduate schools and clinical training sites. Before joining CHS, Dan worked at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, where he worked with clients with substance abuse and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and grief and loss. In addition, he designed the curriculum for and co-facilitated the Center’s first Sexual Compulsives Group for men. He has participated in Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) trainings on psychodynamic and relational work in group therapy and with the California Association of Mental Health (CAMFT) on depression and its impact on intimate relationships. He has also received training in attachment theory and Bowenian approaches to individual and couples treatment at the Bowen Institute in San Diego.

This lecture takes
place at Center for Healthy Sex

RSVP to charlie@centerforhealthysex.com


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