Friday, February 5, 2016

The Keating Hotel

432 F Street

San Diego, CA 92101


The SSTAR 2016 West Coast Clinical Case Conference will be held Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Keating Hotel in San Diego. This meeting is designed for practicing sex therapists, psychologists, physicians, advanced practice nurses, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, other health care professionals, and researchers seeking state-of-the-art information on the rapidly evolving field of human sexuality. The primary goal of the meeting is to serve as a multidisciplinary forum in which to discuss the clinical assessment and management, ethical and societal issues, and outcome of sex therapy interventions in clinical cases.  



Registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 am.  The meeting will commence with a welcome message from the President of SSTAR, Daniel Watter, EdD at 8:50 am.   


The morning presentation, Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction as a Sexual Health Problem,will be presentedby Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST and discussant Eli Coleman, PhD.  After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:


1.   Describe the appropriate use of the Braun-Harvey & Vigorito OCSB outpatient assessment and treatment protocol for men presenting with consensual, out of control sexual behavior.

2.   Organize client problematic and out of control sexual behavior within a larger model of human behavior.

3.   Identify six sexual health principles that provide the framework to develop a client’s vision of sexual health and evaluate treatment outcomes.

4.   Construct a comprehensive assessment that explores various factors that contribute to OCSB, including self-regulation, attachment patterns and unresolved sexual/erotic identity conflicts.


The afternoon presentation, Unconsummated: Addressing Sexual Pain, OCD, and Avoidant Behavior with a Heterosexual Couple, will be presented by Sari Cooper, LCSW and discussant Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:


1.    Integrate family systems, psychodynamic psychoanalytic and sex therapy interventions when addressing the bio-psychosocial needs of a sexually avoidant couple.

2.    Analyze a couple’s presenting problems utilizing developmental life-stage prioritization.

3.    Identify questions regarding therapist’s role, her counter-transference, and collaborative re-assessment of treatment goals.



Registration opens on Monday, November 16, 2015. The registration fee is $245 for members and $275 for non-members, both fees include the luncheon. To register online please CLICK HERE, or to print and mail in the registration form CLICK HERE



At the Keating Hotel a limited block of rooms has been reserved for SSTAR attendees at a discounted rate of $229 per night for a single bed room. These rooms will not last long, book now to reserve the SSTAR Rate! Call the hotel at 619-814-5700 to make reservations, referenceing the “SSTAR” meeting. Please book your room by Monday, January 4, 2016 to guarantee the SSTAR rate. 





SSTAR 2016 41st Annual Meeting 

April 14-17, 2016
The Gwen, A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
Chicago, IL

Click Here  for more information on the program and hotel!

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



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