Clinical Sexology

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The State of Florida is the only state with a requirement for use of the title “sex therapist.” When I completed my own training in this exciting field and earned a doctorate in Human Sexuality in 1997, my practice really grew and I developed specialties in both Transgender Care and Sex Addiction.

Thanks to my doctoral degree, I also became an adjunct professor at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, FL. Many of my students wanted to specialize in sex therapy as well and encouraged me to open a training program, which I did. I became a Continuing Education Provider for the Florida Boards of Psychology, Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. I later became an approved provider and supervisor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. My then-new Sex Therapy Training Institute (STTI) began training sex therapists around the country via both in-person and live webinars. Later, I created the Therapist Certification Association (TCA) and that Board certifies Sex Therapists, Clinical Sexologists, and Human Sexuality Professionals who complete the STTI program.

More recently, the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) has been approved by the Florida Commission of Independent Education to offer a PhD in Clinical Sexology. This program incorporates the STTI program curricula into the Basic Clinical Sexology Education. All students will take this portion of the IICS program towards their Ph.D. They will also be Board Certified Sex Therapists or Clinical Sexologists through TCA.

Students have three options for class attendance, which must be in person. Track 1 meets on Saturdays and Track 3 meets for five (5) days in a row (Thursday - Monday) on alternate months.

This program may be taken on its own for Board Certification. Visit Sex Therapy Certification for more information.

Sex Addiction Therapy

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“Obsessive, compulsive, out of control behavior done in spite of negative consequences to self and others.”

This is the definition of addiction. It is a way of thinking and behaving that results from the brain changes that occur when the brain is stimulated beyond what is normal from an evolutionary point. We seek these intensified levels of stimulation when we realize that a particular behavior provides not only pleasure and euphoria, but escape from some underlying pain originating in childhood. The pain of believing that we are not good enough, not important, or are somehow bad people.

Drugs and alcohol provide relief, but other stimulating activities do as well. Shopping, gambling, eating and yes, various sexual behaviors, allow our “Caveman Brains” to make the link between the stimulation and the relief of pain. When the pleasure wears off, the pain returns and we immediately crave more. Addiction, then, becomes not so much a craving for a drug, but a craving for any stimulating agent.

It is from this perspective that we can treat addiction – any addiction. Treating sex addiction is NOT about inhibiting sexual behavior, but IS about helping people live recovering lives. Recovery IS about healing past trauma, learning to be present, experiencing healthy sexuality in any and all joyous ways. It is about Connection – to each other, to humankind, to all life, and to the Universe.

The Addictions Therapy Training Institute is an approved education provider by the Florida Certification Board (FCB), so the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) specialty in sex addiction will also allow students to sit for the FCB exam and become Certified Addiction Professionals.

IICS students who choose this specialty will learn about addiction in all its forms and learn how addiction permeates all life areas (see Addict America: The Lost Connection). You will learn how to help all of your clients to live more intimate, fearless, and Connected lives.

Classes are held on the second Friday of each month, beginning on February 12th, 2016 and ending in December 2016.

This program may be taken on its own for Board Certification. Please visit Addictions Therapy Certification for more information.

Transgender Care

 

Upcoming Transgender Certification Training!!

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$1995 for the 6 day training! Earn up to  40 CE credits.

Find out more and REGISTER HERE!!

All training will take place at 9620 NE 2nd Ave #205 Miami Shores FL 33138

Workshops  and Training can also be attended via live webinar from anywhere!!

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Continuing Education provided by Dr. Carol L. Clark.

Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Provider #50-550/BAP585.

Dr. Carol L. Clark is an approved CEU provider for the Florida Board of Nursing, expires 10/19,

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, expires 3/19

Florida Board of Psychology, expires 5/18

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) #11-112B These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

All ATTI classes are approved by the Florida Certification Board #5094-A

Dr. Carol L. Clark is approved under FL DOH/MQA to provide sex therapy and hypnotherapy CEUs.

Dr. Carol L. Clark, DBA Therapy Certification Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6856. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Dr. Carol L. Clark, DBA Therapy Certification Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Hypnotherapy and Sexuality

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This year's training in July and September 2017!!!

Classes take place over two (2) - 5 day sessions spanning from July 13-17, 2017 and September 21-25, 2017.

Our brains have two distinct sections that are relevant to us as clinicians: The Limbic System (emotions, reward system, and survival) and the Prefrontal Cortex (thinking, reasoning, and executive functioning). When we do traditional “talk therapy,” we are engaging with the client’s Prefrontal Cortex and we often end up against a brick wall. People cannot “think” their way out of old traumas, cognitive distortions that originated from early experiences, or addictive behavior.

Every clinician needs an alternative, experiential therapeutic intervention in their toolbox that can access the Limbic System and make significant changes there. Hypnotherapy is one of those incredibly effective tools.

When a client is experiencing some sexual dysfunction that does not have a solely medical basis, then hypnotherapy can be used to allay anxiety, heal trauma, or otherwise remove the blocks to optimal sexual health.

The International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) specialty in Hypnotherapy provides clinicians an alternative to Cognitive-Behavioral interventions.

Classes take place over two (2) - 5 day sessions spanning from July 13-17, 2017 and September 21-25, 2017.

This program may be taken on its own for Board Certification.

Register Here!!

 Next training dates coming soon!!!

Kink Aware Therapy

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Classes Begin February 21, 2017

Kink Aware Professional Training

Course Overview
This course is designed to give medical professionals and therapists the fundamentals of the various types of alternative sexual and relationship expression that they may come into contact with in their medical and therapeutic practice and their role as medical providers.
Medical professional will be able to identify as Kink Aware and Kink Knowledgeable.
Program Objectives
Medical Professionals will...
Understand the ethnographic concepts of kinky and alternative relationships, communities and their role, as a medical provider, in their care.
Understand the difference between healthy kink and pathology
Learn therapeutic interventions and common issues seen with BDSM, Polyamory, Swinging, Asexual, Fetish and other kinky clients
Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.
Evaluation of the science and research of kink
Special topics and ethical challenges when working with kinky clients.
Requirements
Student must be a Sex Educator, Sexuality Resource Manager or Medical Professional
Evaluation
60 Class Hours
10 Hours of Supervision
Student Survey, Supervision, Class Participation

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Instructor Patsy Evans - D.O.M., A.P., L.M.H.C., Clinical Sexologist, Ph.D. Candidate
Patsy Evans, a.k.a. Dr. Harmony is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She brings her unique blend of skills and education specializing in Kink Culture and Sexuality, Relationship Counseling, Sex Positive Therapy, Traumatology and Holistic Psychotherapy. She works with people living alternative lifestyles in the LGBTQIADP, Polyamory, Swinging, BDSM, Kink and Fetish Communities and is a sex positive advocate. Patsy is also a Licensed Acupuncture Physician with a broad background in eastern medicine and herbal pharmacology. Additionally, she has earned the titles of Clinical Sexologist through the Sex Therapy Training Institute (STTI), as well as a Certified Transgender Care Provider through the International Transgender Certification Association (ITCA) and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. with the International Institute Of Clinical Sexology (IICS).