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The Dynamic Nature of Sexuality AND An Acceptance-Based Approach to Working with Anxious Clients

  • 16 Sep 2016
  • 2 sessions
  • 16 Sep 2016, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • 16 Sep 2016, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • 1015 15th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
  • 7


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The DCPA Center for Learning & Professional Development


Karen Shanor, Ph.D.


The Dynamic Nature of Sexuality

Friday, September 16, 2016 

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Coffee & Check-in begins at 9:30 AM

3 CE credits for psychologists

3 NASW approved CE contact hours offered to social workers

Educational level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Every thought we have, every experience we have changes our brain; and our brain changes up to 200 times a second. Our dynamic brain means that our sexuality is dynamic as well. Our sexual attractions and our sexual fantasies are ever evolving, fading and starting up in new forms. This workshop will focus on the science of sexuality within the framework of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, epigenetics, and how the brain constantly self-organizes -- taking into account contemporary cultural aspects of hyper-sexuality and hyper-genderization.

We’ll talk about the biochemistry of orgasm – which hormones and neurotransmitters are activated during orgasm and what that means for ensuing sexual encounters. We’ll explore some electromagnetic aspects of sexuality and research on brain waves during personal feelings of attraction and sexual fulfillment. We’ll talk about research on the emotional brain and what that has to do with our sexual expression and satisfaction.

Our individual sexuality is comprehensive -- a part of our overall confidence and future hopes and dreams. To better understand our personal sexual trajectory empowers us to move ahead in healthy ways to embrace our desires for more complete relationships. Tapping into some historic wisdoms about sexuality as well as the latest scientific findings, this workshop will endeavor to offer therapists an updated road map to help others to start to understand and better their own lives.


Dr. Karen Shanor is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She has been a longtime Advisory Member of the Johns Hopkins sponsored American Foundation for Gender and Genital Medicine and Science.

Dr. Shanor was selected as one of ten psychologist nationwide to speak at APA’s Centennial Lecture Series at the Smithsonian, and has since given numerous Smithsonian lectures on Brain Dynamics, Human Development, and Relationships. She is the author of a number of books on Psychology including: The Fantasy Files: The Sexual Fantasies of Contemporary Women and The Shanor Study: The Sexual Sensitivity of the American Male (Psychology Today Book of the Month)


An Acceptance-Based Approach to Working with Anxious Clients: A Skills Strengthening Workshop


Drs. Staci Martin, Ph.D. & Miranda Morris, Ph.D.

2:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Coffee & Check-in begins at 1:45 PM

3 CE credits for psychologists 

3 NASW approved CE contact hours offered to social workers 

Educational level: Intermediate/Advanced

Anxiety disorders come in many forms and with a wide variety of accompanying symptoms.  However, distressing thoughts are a hallmark of nearly all anxiety disorders. When left unmanaged, these thoughts can very quickly begin to take control of an individual’s life.  Compelling research shows that acceptance-based approaches are effective for reducing anxiety and improving quality of life among individuals with various types of anxious symptoms, with effects generally maintained at follow-up evaluations.

This training is designed to help intermediate to advanced clinicians from a variety of theoretical and professional backgrounds add new techniques to their toolbox, based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Participants will learn:

1. How avoidance behaviors tend to increase anxiety

2. How to use language in-session to help clients get dis-entangled from anxious thoughts

3. How to use verbal metaphors to undermine the power of anxious thoughts

4. How to use physical metaphors to undermine the power of anxious thoughts


Staci Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in using mindfulness and ACT in treating adolescents and adults with chronic pain at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  For more than 15 years, she has worked with chronic illness populations including cancer, HIV, and sickle cell disease.  She recently completed a pilot study using ACT with adolescents with chronic pain.  Since 2012, she has been on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (MAC-ACBS); ACBS is the international ACT organization.  She currently holds the office of President. Her research and clinical work on ACT has been presented at the ACBS World Conferences in 2012, 2014, an 2016, as well as various medical conferences and educational events.  

Miranda Morris, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.   Dr. Morris co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Chapter ofACBS (MAC-ACBS) and currently serves on the MAC Board as Past-President.  As such, she helps coordinate local CE trainings and peer consultation groups for professionals.  In addition, she facilitates trainings for local graduate students and faculty at local universities, and she provides individual supervision in ACT to professionals and students.  

"The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content."

 There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop.

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy

The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 

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