Surrogate Partner Therapy, an Introduction
Date : May 21, 2018 12pm - 1pm EST
Presenter : Brian Gibney
Since its creation during the landmark studies done by Masters and Johnson in 1970s, Surrogate Partner Therapy has been a powerful, if often misunderstood, therapeutic tool. In this presentation we will examine the use of surrogate partner therapy (SPT) as a supplemental treatment for patients experiencing severe impediments to physical and/or emotional intimacy. We will discuss a brief history of SPT, introduce IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates Association), identify typical presenting issues that SPT may be used to overcome, and discuss the process of the work. We will also discuss the overarching philosophies of SPT, ethics, and legality of the use of surrogate partners. (1 AASECT CE) Learning Objectives 1. Participants will be able to identify circumstances where surrogate partner therapy could be used as well as learn how to recognize well-trained surrogate partners in good standing within the professional community. 2. Participants will be able to identify the basic steps and content of the process of surrogate partner therapy. 3. Participants will be able to discuss the basic professional and ethical considerations in working with surrogate partners as well as identify potential legal and professional ramifications of the work. Instructor Bio Over the course of his adult life, Brian has worn many hats: research scientist (MA, Molecular biology; Masters, Microbiology), teacher, professional artist, performer, and parent. The common thread that has run through all of those vocations was the joy of learning, discovery, and improvement. Brian received his training in Surrogate Partner Therapy from IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates’ Association) in 2016 and is currently in the intern phase of his work. Brian currently provides lectures and workshops in addition to practicing Surrogate Partner Therapy and welcomes the opportunity to promote this powerful therapeutic process and help others overcome obstacles to emotional and physical intimacy.