Upcoming Trainings

Next Certification Cohort Starting January 2020! 

We can do better for our clients & our communities with a foundation of informed, inclusive, holistic approaches to sexual health & trauma recovery. Providing therapy that truly addresses both the wounds of sexuality & the pleasures in an incredibly, beautifully diverse world. Join us for this 50 hour certification program in Santa Cruz CA. 

Program consists of 2 in-person retreats & 6 months of online content & monthly phone meetings     Retreat Dates for 2020 : January 17-21 & July 11-14

Learning Objectives 

Recognize and honor intersectional & multi-directional influences on clients’ sexual issues and sexual health

Utilize the Holistic Client-Focused Assessment Model for Sexual Health

Establish current understanding of trauma, PTSD, and effective treatments & how they relate to the spectrum of sexual diversity

Increase critical thinking skills in regards to trends and controversies related to sex and how they affect clients

Establish treatment model for working towards a goal of sexual pleasure and satisfaction as a part of healing from trauma or other diagnosis

Recognize attachment patterns & how they can affect the therapeutic relationship

Identify 4 factors in assessment for out of control sexual behaviors & how they intersect with trauma responses

Demonstrate current understanding of common sexual pain diagnoses

Adapt mindfulness-based interventions to clients’ needs for regulation

Retreat One Topics

 Holistic Understandings of Trauma & Poly Vagal Theory

 Holistic Client-Focused Sexual Health Assessment

 Intersectionality of trauma

 Sexual Identity Development Models & Sexual Rights

 Trauma Recovery Work : Phases of Work with Sexual Skill Building

 Re-owning trauma vs re-traumatizing in Intense Sexual Play

Retreat Two Topics

Attachment & Therapeutic Relationship Dynamics

Treating Sexual Dysregulation & Compulsive Sexual Behaviors

Sexual Pain Disorders & Effective Treatment

Supporting Body Diversity & Inclusivity

Vicarious Trauma & Sustainable Practices for Clinicians

Important Info

This training is designed for experienced mental health professionals with some background in sex-positive thinking. Pre-licensed mental health professionals are welcome with an introductory interview. Coaches in the field of sexual health are welcome. Nationally recognized CE credits (50 hours) will be available with full attendance for LMFTs, LPCCs, & LCSWs. CEs provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars - pending approval for 2020 program. 

Cost for full certification is $1800. A deposit of $900 is required to hold your spot. Full refund available with cancellation notification by Dec 15 2019.

The certification program is cohort-based so it is experiential with small groups (maximum 20 people per cohort). Case presentations are a part of the training.

Retreats will be held in Santa Cruz CA at the Best Western Capitola By-the -Sea Inns & Suites. Room rate discounts will be available for program attendees. 

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and the training facility is handicap accessible. To request accommodations for special needs or to report or address grievances, please email Melissa@mf-therapy.com and we will, to the best of our ability, take corrective action in order to prevent further problems.