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Guilt, Shame Or Ignorance? Opening A Conversation About Female Sexuality

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Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow
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Research and resources for women who are struggling with psychologically-oriented symptoms of a sexual nature are largely absent from scholarly, clinical and pastoral literature. Disagreement in the field of psychology regarding the pathology and diagnosis of sexual addiction or compulsive sexual behavior further obfuscates the issue. Nonetheless, clinical experience and literature indicates that women do indeed experience psychosexual symptoms, to include compulsive and intrusive sexual symptoms and behaviors. It is for Catholic Clinicians to know this information and be good referrals when women have the courage to reach out for help. This workshop will provide a review of associated literature and guided discussion of three case examples representing how these concerns have been observed in single, married, and religious Catholic women. Facilitated discussion of case examples focus on assessment and treatment of women’s experience of their own physical body, experiences of trauma, present relationship with self/others/God within their vocation, Catholic teaching, and implications for psychological and pastoral care.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the existing literature with regard to classification and conceptualization of psychosexual symptoms in women. 
Illustrate of how major diagnostic guidelines (DSM, ICD, PDM) conceptualize compulsive and intrusive sexual symptoms in women. 
Evaluate and discuss case examples regarding women who experience compulsive sexual behavior, sexual pain symptoms, and intrusive sexual images/thoughts/sensations.

Target Audience: 
Students, psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, clergy and religious and their formators 

This program does not qualify for APA credits. 
This program does not qualify for NBCC credits


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Jennifer Madere is a LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant/Approved Trainer in private practice. She is a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing and recovery in psychotherapy since 2003.

Jennifer supervises graduate and post-graduate clinicians and consults and offers training and consultation related to treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer also trains fellow clinicians in the ethical integration of faith and spirituality in clinical practice. Jennifer is a past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-teaches the EMDR therapy training offered by ISSTD.

In addition to numerous professional presentations in local, national, and international conferences, Jennifer is the published author of several scholarly works on the topics of consultation and screening, assessment, and differential diagnosis for dissociative disorders.

Since 2015, Jennifer has collaborated with D. Michael Coy, LICSW, and Paul Dell, PhD to update the interpretive manual and associated documents for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) and make the MID documents and training accessible to clinicians and researchers world-wide (see