Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counselling in Ontario

BESTCO Fall 2021 Meeting

  • 28 Oct 2021
  • 8:30 AM
  • 29 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online

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  • Zoom link will be provided on Oct. 27th, 2021
  • Online registration ends Oct. 22nd, 2021
  • Guests are welcome to attend all day Thursday, Thursday evening, and on Friday starting at 10:40 am
  • A link will be sent out with the meeting details the day before the meeting
  • Please have headphones on hand as you will need them for the meeting

Thursday Oct. 28 Education Module Agenda

Assessing and Managing Sexual Compulsivity

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome - ZOOM will be open for informal ‘Meet and Mingle’ conversations (You’ll have to provide your own Coffee/Tea and Muffins!)
9:00 - 11:00
Assessing & managing sexual compulsivity panelists - presentations

Mr. Ray Robertson MSW
Dr. Morag Yule PhD, CPsych
Dr. James Worling PhD, CPsych
Ms. Nancy Smith MSW, MFT

11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 1:00 Group discussion with panelists and audience
1:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:45  Small group breakout rooms to discuss:

  1. When thinking about your clients and sexually compulsive behaviours...what are you comfortable/not comfortable treating and, why? 

  2. What informs your decision to use a particular approach or treatment model?

  3. What feelings/reactions happen to you as a therapist when listening to clients share their sexually compulsive behaviours. How do you address any counter-transference concerns?

  4. Would the BESTCO membership like to have a position statement regarding sexually compulsive behaviours? What other areas of focus/topic might we want to have position statements on?

2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:30 Reconvene with each small group presenting their learnings, and a larger group discussion around these topics
3:30 - 4:50 Case Consultations – brief presentations of interesting and/or challenging cases with questions for group discussion.

Recommend a brief 3-5 minute outline of the issue(s), and 10-12 minute discussion (12-15 minutes total). All are invited to participate. Associate Members are especially welcomed to present a quandary for the group to mull over. Given the day’s topic, questions around sexual compulsivity are encouraged, though all challenges will broaden our conversation. The aim is to use the collective wisdom of our membership to help solve problems and to help connect everyone within BESTCO.

BESTCO Fall Meeting Evening Presentation (6:30-8:30)

(online meet & mingle 6:30 - 7:00; presentation begins at 7:00)

Whip it Good! A Guide to Power Play and Kink Agnes Noblet (Venus Envy)

This wide-ranging workshop will introduce you to the BDSM world, while offering a chance to go deeper in to different aspects of kink. We will discuss some terms and definitions, communication and negotiating boundaries, safety and safe-words, and aftercare. We will also talk about toys for sensation play, floggers, other fun and spanky stuff, and resources for further learning.

Friday Oct. 29 Agenda

8:00 - 8:30 Meet and Mingle
:30 - 8:45 Welcome
8:45 - 10:15 BUSINESS MEETING (BESTCO members only)

Reminder: Associates and Affiliates can’t vote. We do welcome your input in any discussions.
10:15 - 10:25 Break
10:25 - 10:30 Welcome guests
10:30 - 12:30  Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy Jessica Fern MS, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and networking
1:30 - 2:30  Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll - facilitated by Dr. Stephen Holzapfel

Stephen Holzapfel wants to have a lively group discussion about how to integrate the Medical Treatment of Sexual Concerns with Sexual Therapies. Please bring your questions, comments, and stories about Medications and Illnesses and how these can either help, or hinder, the treatment of Sex Problems for our clients.

2:30 - 3:30 Case Presentation: “Under the Surface of a Couple’s Mismatched Sexual

Desire” Carlyle Jenson R.P. (Qualifying)
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:45 Group discussion of meeting future educational needs of BESTCO - led by Education Committee
4:45 - 5:00 Good and Welfare - Closing

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