Challenging Ideology and Changing Perspectives

April 14-17, 2016

The Gwen, A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel

Chicago, IL


Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to hear from top notch speakers and network with professionals in your field at the SSTAR 2016 Annual Meeting!! The SSTAR Annual Meeting, April 14-17, 2016, offers members and non-members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another. Registration is now open!



This year there will be a full day sex therapy fundamentals course offered on Thursday, April 14th. This course will be an excellent introduction to clinicians new to the practice of sex therapy, while allowing seasoned practitioners to refresh their knowledge and skills.  There are also four other preconference workshops on some of the hottest topics in sex therapy, giving by master clinicians in the field.  Individuals may register for up to two of these exciting and informative workshops.


The Annual Meeting on Friday April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, “Challenging Ideology and Changing Perspectives”, will challenge the attendees to examine some of the most cherished beliefs and ideas about sexuality. There will be opportunities to hear about alternate sexual lifestyles, to examine the concept of sexual addiction and deviance, to explore the meaning of desire and to look at love and sex among older generations.


Sunday, April 17th, offers you an Ethics Course that will address the ethical issues inherent in using the internet and other technologies in the delivery of psychotherapy in general, and sex therapy in particular.


There are plenty of informal opportunities to spend with colleagues also. The Friday night social excursion is to Chicago’s famed Second City Comedy Club with a dinner prior to the show.



We encourage you to register now! CLICK HERE to view the complete brochure and print a mail in registration form. Or to register on line please CLICK HERE



In the meantime, reserve your hotel room at the Gwen, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel!

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Or you can make reservations by calling the Reservations Department at (888) 627-7039 or call The Gwen Hotel directly at 312-645-1500.


A block of rooms with a special group rate has been reserved for SSTAR meeting attendees at the Single Room rate of $199. Please inform reservations that you are a SSTAR meeting attendee to receive this special rate. The room block will be released on Friday, March 11, 2016, so please make your reservation early. After that day, room reservations are subject to availability and prices may go up.



Late Breaking Call for Abstracts! Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for the SSTAR 41st Annual Meeting, Challenging Ideology and Changing Perspectives. Please click here for the details on how to submit your abstract. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2016





SSTAR 2016  Fall Clinical Case Conference 

Friday, September 23 2016

Millennium Broadway Hotel

New York, NY



2017 SSTAR Consumer Book Award 

Nominations are now open for the Consumer Book Award. Please follow the criteria found below. The deadline to submitting book nominations is April 1, 2016.


2016 Masters and Johnson Award

Nominations are now closed, and under conisderation by the Executive Council.  The award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Conference.


CalCalSandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award | The SSTAR Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award recognizes the scholarly work of students who are developing a career in the field of sexual disorders and sexual health and fosters the professional development of individuals beginning their careers in this area.

2016 Recipient: Amelia Stanton, Vagal Activity During Physiological Sexual Arousal in Women With and Without Sexual Dysfunction

Criteria | Past Winners


CalCalSSTAR Health Professional Book Award | The goal of the award is to recognize the best recent book for health professionals that contributes to the understanding and resolution of sexual disorders. 

2016 Recipient:  Caroline Pukall, PhD:  Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction; Oxford University Press, 2013.

Criteria | Past Winners


SSTAR Consumer Book Award | The goal of the award is to recognize the best recent book for consumers that contributes to the understanding and resolution of sexual disorders. 

2015 Recipient: Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for Your Partner, Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Criteria| Past Winners 


Masters and Johnson Award | The Masters and Johnson Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of excellence in clinical and/or research areas of sexual disorders.

2014 Recipient:  William L. Marshall, PhD

Criteria |  Past Winners 


SSTAR Service Award | The SSTAR Service Award recognizes that some individuals have contributed greatly to the evolution and history of the organization, a fact that may not have been sufficiently appreciated at the time. Hence the notion of a Service Award which allows for enduring memory.

Criteria I Past Winners