The SOGI Project

Fall 2017 Events Schedule

Sex Therapy With Couples: When Improving the Relationship Doesn’t Help the Sex

Wednesday, November 15

9 am - 4 pm

Even experienced couples’ counselors can be stumped when regular talk therapy isn’t helping the couple’s sexual problems. In this workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of doing sex therapy with couples, how sexual issues differ depending on whether the couple is gay, straight, or includes a transgender partner. They will also learn how to work with open relationships and relationships where the partners practice ‘kinky sex,’ and they will be exposed to the most current perspectives on out of control sexual behavior and affairs. This workshop is open to all clinicians who work with couples and want to improve their skills to addressing sexual issues in therapy.

Presenter: Margaret Nichols, Ph.D. is a psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor, and founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth, a psychotherapy organization in New Jersey specializing in sex therapy and other clinical work with the sex and gender diverse community. She is an international speaker on LGBTQ issues and author of many articles and papers on LGBTQ sexuality and mental health issues. Her current primary clinical areas of interest are differences between same and mixed sex couples’ sexual function, transgender and gender nonconforming young people, and those who make up the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ, e.g. kinky, polyamorous, and queer people.


 $75 Professionals/ $25 Students (scholarships available)
UAlbany SSW Continuing Ed Program – SW and LMHC Credits: $45
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
(AASECT) Continuing Education Credits: $25

Street parking is limited; if you want a parking pass, order in advance at:

Event Registration 

Registration for CEUs is separate from event registration. The links to register for UAlbany SSW Continuing Ed Program or AASECT CE credits are available after you register for the event.

This program is approved for 6 AASECT Continuing Education Credits applicable to AASECT certification or certification renewal.

Continuing Education Credits are being offered through the UAlbany’s Continuing Education Program for NYS Social Workers.

UAlbany, School of Social Welfare, SW CPE is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0011


For more information on this event call (518) 992-6118 or email us at


*This workshop is made possible through the generous support of Rainbow Access Initiative, Gender Wellness Center, and The Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality.

The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project (SOGI), an initiative of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, under the Project Management of Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CST.

The SOGI Project’s goals are to:

1.Enhance the clinical skills of graduate students working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals (LGBTQ) clients and their families, and

2.Develop educational and campus-wide access for students across disciplines that are interested in LGBTQ studies.