SSTAR 2019 Fall Clinical Case Conference

Broadway Millennium Hotel

145 West 44th Street

Times Square, New York, NY

Friday, September 20, 2019


Registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 am.  The meeting will commence with a welcome message from the President of SSTAR, Sophie Bergeron, PhD at 8:50 am.

The morning presentation, Sexual Secrets and the Challenges Of Disclosure In Developmental Couple Therapy For Complex Trauma With A Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor And His Partner, presented by Heather MacIntosh, PhD, and discussant Kathryn Hall, PhD. Click Here to read the full abstract. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impacts of childhood sexual trauma on the development of sexual distress in couples.
  2. Demonstrate the basic intervention strategies in stage three of Developmental Couple Therapy for Complex Trauma focused on addressing sexual distress in couples.
  3. Intervene skillfully in facilitating judicious disclosures of sexual secrets in the context of trauma couples.

The afternoon presentation,  presented by Sharlene Bird, PsyD and Samantha Lutz, PhD and discussant William Talmadge, PhD. Click Here to read the full abstract. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1.  Distinguish ways in which body-based modalities can address treatment blocks, linked to past trauma, in sex and couple therapy.
  2. Contrast symptoms of a healthy nervous system vs. an unsettled visceral reaction.
  3. Discuss the Threat Response Cycle by recognizing:
    1. Ability to identify the natural aptitude of the nervous system to re-establish the appropriate range of survival responses.
    2. Identify interventions utilized to process trauma “bottom-up”: body to mind, thereby creating new pathways for self-regulation.
  4. Describe the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges
  5. Identify and compile ways in which the increased tolerance for states of activation can promote change and therapeutic movement.


Space is limited and only SSTAR members may register beginning June 27, 2019. The registration fee is $275 for members which includes the luncheon. All membership categories pay the same registration fee. Registration is available to non-members beginning on July 24, 2019, on a “space available basis.”  The registration fee is $375 for non-members, which includes the luncheon. To register online please Click Here, or to print and mail in the registration form Click Here.


A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Broadway Millennium Hotel for SSTAR attendees at a rate of $329 per night for a Premier Queen room in the Premier Times Square Tower. Book now to reserve the SSTAR Rate! Please Click Here to reserve your room online. Or call the hotel at 866-448-0478 to make reservations, referencing the “SSTAR” meeting. Please book your room by August 19, 2019 to guarantee the SSTAR rate.

Leiblum Fund Fall Fundraiser

On behalf of SSTAR, Sari Cooper, Director of Center for Love & Sex, is once again hosting a Leiblum Fund Fall Fundraiser, Friday September 20, 2019, 6:30 pm. Click Here for details. The $65 fee will inlude drinks, light fare and entertainment. Register for the event with your online registration or make checks payable to SSTAR. Can’t join, but you still want to donate, please contact the SSTAR office or include it with your registration payment. All US based donors receive a donation receipt that can be used for tax purposes. Once registered for the event, the Upper West Side, New York location will be provided.

SSTAR 45th Annual Meeting

Let’s Talk about Sex: Media and Communication in Sex Therapy and Research 

The 2020 Scientific Chair is hard at work planning the SSTAR 45th Annual Meeting.

Save the Date and plan to attend April 23 – 26, 2020, in Chicago, IL.

Click Here to Discover Chicago and learn more about Chicago attractions, tours and travel during the SSTAR Annual Meeting next April.

Call for Papers

Papers are now being accepted for consideration for the 2020 SSTAR 45th Annual Meeting. Please Click Here for details to submit your paper. Submission Deadline is September 20, 2019.

SSTAR meetings are devoted to understanding and treating sexual disorders within cultural context such as sexual dysfunctions, gender and sexual orientation challenges, and paraphilias. Abstracts may include hypothesis driven research, clinical observation or theoretical formulations. Papers may be given orally or in poster format. Judging selection for various awards begins with the abstracts. New poster award categories will include recognition for research that focuses on diverse groups and we encourage submission of this work.


Upcoming Meetings

Save the Date!

SSTAR 2019 Fall Clinical Case Conference
September  20, 2019
Millennium Broadway New York, Times Square
New York, NY

SSTAR 2020 Annual Meeting
April 23 – 26, 2020
InterContinental Hotel Chicago
Chicago, IL