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SSTAR 2023 Fall Clinical Case Conference

Virtual | Friday, October 27th, 2023

Presenter: Damon Constantinedes, PhD | Discussant: Alex Iantaffi, PhD | 3 Credit Hours

Presenter: Tera Jansen, PysD | Discussant: Daniel Watter, EdD | 3 Credit Hours

The registration fee is $250 USD for members and $300 USD for non-members.

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10:45 am ET Opening remarks by SSTAR President, Dr. Morag Yule
11:00 am ET Gay, Trans, and Frustrated: Centering Trans Pleasure
Presenter: Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW, CST
Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist, Queer & Trans Centered Care
12:30 pm ET Break
12:45 pm ET Case Discussant: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
President of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)
2:15 pm ET Lunch Break
3:00 pm ET The Avoidance Avalanche: Separated Sexuality, Secrets, and Implications for a Marriage
Presenter: Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST, CST-S
Private Practice, New York, NY
4:30 pm ET Break
4:45 pm ET Case Discussant: Daniel N. Watter, EdD
Private Practice and Faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Sexual Certification Program and the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes
6:15 pm ET Closing Remarks

Clinical Case Details

Gay, Trans, and Frustrated: Centering Trans Pleasure

Damon Constantinides, PhD, will present the case of a 39-year-old white gay client who was assigned female-at-birth and presented to therapy frustrated by the sexual encounters he was having and by his inability to orgasm with partners. Traditional sex therapy frames failed to meet his needs. Together, working from a trans-centered relational and narrative approach, Dr. Constantinides and his client explored the sexual concerns and anorgasmia from a liberation and pleasure-centered stance. Dr. Constantinides will discuss the multiple factors contributing to the client’s sexual concerns and examine the importance of creating a space for him to expand his understanding of his sexuality and sexual pleasure.

As the discussant, Alex Iantaffi, PhD, will provide their insights and understandings of this client’s sexual concerns and will support the group discussion of this complex case.

The Avoidance Avalanche: Separated Sexuality, Secrets, and Implications for a Marriage

Tera Jansen, PsyD, will present the case of a young man who reached out for individual therapy at the request of his wife due to concerns about his seeming disinterest in sexual activity and struggles with erectile functioning. Dr. Jansen will discuss this client’s significant sex-related anxiety, preference for solo sexual activity and kink, and online sexual engagements, much of which his wife is unaware of. This fascinating case involves compartmentalization, shame, secret keeping, sexualization of the therapist. Dr. Jansen will describe the trajectory of the client throughout therapy as he works to change his relationship to sexuality and to his wife.

As the discussant, Dan Watter, EdD, will add his perspective on the underpinnings of the client’s sexual concerns to deepen our understanding of the complexity of sexual difficulties and will provide a frame for the group discussion of this multi-faceted case.

SSTAR's 49th Annual Meeting

Sexuality at the Intersections


Samantha Dawson, PhD Scientific Program Chair & Uzma Rehman, PhD, Scientific Program Co-chair

April 4 - April 7, 2024

Hyatt Regency Toronto

Call for Papers - Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). This year we would love to feature work from a variety of disciplines—psychology, medicine, counselling, social work, nursing, education, neuroscience etc—so please share this call with your colleagues. We know that sexuality spans many different areas and for us to cultivate the very best in the next generation of sex therapists and researchers we need to hear and learn from one another. Abstracts on all sexuality-focused empirical research, clinical observations, and theoretical formulations are welcome, and we particularly encourage submissions that investigate sexuality at the intersections. Presentations may be given orally or in poster format. Click here for the specific details. The submission deadline is October 30, 2023.

Call for Papers - 2024 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Please click here for the details of the prestigious SSTAR student award. The submission deadline is October 13, 2023.