4 CE Hours
Presenter: Brian Gibney, M.S.
Sunday, Sept 18 | 9 am-1 pm EDT
Recorded workshop available via video on demand
Since its introduction into the therapeutic community by Masters and Johnson in the 1970s, Surrogate Partner Therapy has been a powerful, if often misunderstood, therapeutic tool. In this presentation we will examine the use of surrogate partner therapy (SPT) as a supplemental treatment for patients experiencing severe impedances to physical and/or emotional intimacy. We will discuss a brief history of SPT, introduce IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates’ Association), identify typical presenting issues that SPT may be used to overcome, and discuss the process of the work. We will also discuss the overarching philosophies of SPT, ethics, and legality of the use of surrogate partners.
This extended lecture includes the topics above as a background and builds on the theory through two exemplary case studies. Case studies will feature two clients with very different goals. Through the lens of their work, we will see how the basic tenants of SPT are applied, how clinical (therapy) intervention aided (or hindered) the process, and how the trajectory and duration of the work can vary greatly from client to client.
iii. Relational scaffolding for work
iii. Phase 2: Sensual
iii. Process (group therapy, adept clinician and how THEIR relationship changed)
Brian has worn many hats in his life: scientific researcher, educator, professional artist, and circus performer. His diverse life experiences have exposed him to a wide variety of people and lifestyles and helped him appreciate the common threads that bind us all together. As a surrogate partner and intimacy coach, Brian seeks to use his knowledge to help people overcome obstacles to physical and emotional intimacy. Applying techniques pioneered by Masters and Johnson, he uses an integrative approach to help others find balance in their intellectual, emotional, and physical selves. With the help of a therapist, Brian guides clients through the resolution of a variety of issues, including histories of trauma or abuse, social anxiety, poor body image, sensual awareness, orgasmic blocks, genital pain, disability, rediscovery of their bodies during/after transition, and late-life virginity in a safe, non-judgmental environment. His practice is rooted in patience, authenticity, vulnerability, touch…and sometimes a little bit of humor.
Brian received his BA in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College in 1999 and his Masters in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts in 2006. He received his training in surrogate partner therapy from IPSA (International Professional Surrogates Association) in 2016. Brian helped found the Surrogate Partner Collective, EMBRACE Resource Group, and is currently serving as chair of AASECT’s Somatic Sexuality Professionals special interest group. In addition to working with clients, Brian is a passionate advocate for surrogate partner therapy and regularly lectures at private practices, universities, workshops, and professional conferences. y Institutes, Co-Director Nova Southeastern University, Adjunct Professor
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