March 2020 MSTI Weekend Workshops – West Palm Beach, Florida


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in West Palm Beach, FL

Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020

Location: 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Suite 207
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION! Sign up for the entire conference or just the class(es) of your choice!
– Participants can attend the workshops in person, LIVE online via webinar or at a later date via video recording.

CAN’T MAKE IT TO WEST PALM BEACH? Attend LIVE online via Webinar!
– Webinar also will be available to watch after the conference.

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Industry leaders will serve as presenters on the following course topics:

Dr. Jess O’Reilly

Marla Stewart, MA

Marla Stewart, MA


The Business of Sex Therapy: How to build a successful career as a sexpert (16 CEs)

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14  | 9 am to 6 pm EST
Presenter by: Dr. Jess O’Reilly 

Description: This workshop will take you from therapist to entrepreneur. Therapy training often fails to address business planning and execution strategies and skills. This workshop will address this gap from start-up to planning to execution. We’ll cover content creation/writing, marketing, structure, branding, public relations and more.

Queering “Straight” Black Relationships: Navigating Sexual Behavior and Relationships with Black Heterosexual Individuals and Couples in the Southern United States (4 CEs)

Sunday, March 15 | 9 am to 1 pm EST
Presented by: Marla Stewart, MA

Description: The Southeastern of the United States, popularly known as The Bible Belt, has been a breeding ground for various repressions around sexual identity and behavior.  When it comes to navigating sexuality, the South has been notorious for shaming and stigmatizing people based on their sexual orientation, sexual identity, and/or sexual behavior.  This is commonly rooted in religious trauma from family upbringing, as well as identity tropes, such as “The Southern Belle” and the “The Southern Gentleman,” which cause identity strain and tension.

In this class, I aim to do 3 things:

  • Examine sexual identities and behavior with Black individuals and couples, especially as it relates to femininity and masculinity
  • Educate counselors, therapists, coaches, and sex educators around the nuances of Black sexualities in the South
  • Give practical techniques to help release religious and/or identity tension

As a sexologist, a sex coach, and a sex educator, I have seen many Black clients who have struggled with their identities, which ultimately affect their communication and behavior patterns.  This includes, but is not limited to anal sex, kinky sex, bisexual identities, and diverse (or alternative) relationship styles.  Using Intersectionality and Queer theoretical frameworks have enabled my success with working with clients who are not used to being understood, usually because of their heterosexual and patriarchal privilege, and I use these frameworks to open the dialogue that would otherwise be silenced. Although this takes a look at a particular population, the implications of this work can be used for other populations of color who have particular patterns of relating with regards to religion and other various pervasive identity tropes. By the end of this class, you should be adequately equipped to address the needs of your couples who have identity strain and have multiple layers of non-privileged identities.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe 2 common issues that plague Black heterosexual couples
  • Explain how to help your clients reframe their distressed identities
  • Demonstrate how to communicate and normalize “queer” sexual behaviors
  • Discuss sexual identities and behavior with Black individuals and couples, especially as it relates to femininity and masculinity


For questions, contact Rachel Needle, PsyD, co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, at, or call 561-379-7207

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