2018 MAMFT Couples Symposium

2018 MAMFT Couples Symposium
Play and Pleasure: Understanding Sexuality in Couples Therapy

Friday, January 26, 2018
United First Parish Church
Quincy, MA
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

MAMFT Members: $89
Nonmembers: $119
MAMFT Students/Preclinicals: $59
Student/Preclinical Nonmembers: $69

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About the Symposium

Couples who see us to talk about their relationships are also often struggling with their relational and personal sexuality. Sex therapy training is often absent in a therapist’s education. Although this presentation will not substitute for the extensive training required to be a Sex Therapist, it will introduce concepts and ways of operating that will be helpful when working with intimate relationships. Desire discrepancies, the role of masturbation and pornography, the use of erotic fantasy, and the fear of sexual pleasure will be some of the topics that will be introduced in this day long examination of sexuality and couples therapy. Multiple case studies will be provided throughout the course. At the end of this day, therapists will be a lot more comfortable talking about sex and intimacy.

This course will contain explicit sexual material. Much of the subject matter will be graphically discussing aspects of human sexuality and relational sexuality. Persons who are at all uncomfortable with such discussions should not attend.

This course will offer 5 CEs for LMFT, LMHC, and social workers.


8:30-9:00 am       Registration

9:00-9:15 am         Welcome: Jeremiah Gibson, LMFT, President of MAMFT

9:30-10:30 am      Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy

10:45 – Noon         Erotic Fantasy and Masturbation in Couples and Sex Therapy

12-1:15                     Lunch on your own

1:15-2:30                 Sexual Development as a Parallel Process to Human Development

2:30-2:45                Break

2:45-3:45                Fear of Pleasure and Desire Discrepancy in Couples

3:45-4:00               Closing Remarks


Stephen Duclos, LMFT, LMHC, CST has been working with families and couples since 1973 in a number of settings, including working with families around aspects of disability. He is an adjunct faculty member at UMass-Boston in the Graduate School of Counseling, teaching ethics, aspects of family therapy, and sexuality. He also consults about sexual health at Harvard Medical School. At South Shore Sexual Health Center in Quincy, Stephen is a primary faculty member in the training of therapists to become nationally certified as Sex Therapists, an 18 month process. His clinical practice also includes supervision across the spectrum of family, couples, and sex therapy, often at a national level. Winner of the Patricia Schiller Prize in 2012 for his work on Fathers, Daughters, and Sexuality, Mr. Duclos presents at a number of conferences each year. His current work with Dr. Holly Richmond, exploring the intersections of Sexuality and Technology, can be viewed at Next-Sex.com.

About United First Parish, Quincy

United First Parish accentuates Quincy Center with its architectural charm and history. First United Parish hosts four important tombs: President John Adams, First Lady Abigail Adams, President John Quincy Adams, and First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams. Admission to the conference also gives you the opportunity to see the tombs, as well as the beautiful auditorium that has hosted generations of religious and political dialogue.

United First Parish is located at 1306 Hancock St. in Quincy Center. This location is across the street from the Quincy Center T stop. Please note that there is handicap accessibility through the front entrance on Hancock St. Participants can also enter through the entrance on Washington Street.