Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Women with Sexual Desire, Pain and Trauma Disorders

MBCT for Women with Low Desire, Sexual Pain and/or Trauma
A Didactic & Experiential Workshop for Therapists


Within a single day workshop geared to psychotherapists, Dr. Brotto will start by reviewing the evidence for mindfulness in other (non-sexual) patient populations and discuss the evolution of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). One of the most common presentations in treatment are women challenged by low desire. Dr. Brotto will share some data on the development of her program in which they tailored MBCT to a population of women with low desire. Dr. Brotto will then spend most of the time doing in-session practice with participants, guiding them through the same exercises they teach clients at UBC Sexual Health Laboratory in Vancouver, Canada. She’ll differentiate how certain practices are customized to a population of women with genital pain, while others are better for women with sexual abuse histories. 

Inquiry is a key ingredient to MBCT. The 3 levels of the inquiry will be described, then participants will be led in an experiential practice to illustrate how an inquiry unfolds with a client. Useful techniques including body scans, sexual sensations awareness exercise, and a provoking pain exercise will be taught as well.

In addition to the exercises done in the workshop itself, participants will also receive Dr. Brotto’s treatment manuals and audio recordings so that they will be able to practice these skills afterwards.  The workshop will be tailored for all types of therapists with some basic knowledge about mindfulness but they will not need to be experts in it, nor have used it already with their patients.


Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute, and a registered psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health (2016-2021).

She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where her research over the past decade has focused on developing and testing mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Together with a multidisciplinary team of sexual health experts and meditation teachers, Dr Brotto has adapted mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which had been found effective for depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, to these populations of women. Her work has led to the development of several treatment manuals, both for the facilitator as well as for the participant.

Dr Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, has given 200 invited presentations, is the Sexual Health expert writer for the Globe and Mail, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. She was a member of the DSM-5 workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders published in May 2013. 

Date: Friday November 4, 2016
Time: 10 am-5 PM (check in at 9 AM) 1 Hour Lunch break

Tuition: $180 (Includes ability to receive 6 NYS SW Credit Hours and 6 AASECT CE, more info below) Before October 19, 2016
$210 From October 19 through day of Day of Workshop (payable by personal check if seats are still available).
Payable by Paypal

Location: Peterson House, 16 West 10th St. 2nd Floor View Map
For more info: Email Us

Sari Eckler Cooper LCSW is an approved provider (#0254) of continuing education to LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. This program is approved for 6 Contact Hours.  
APPROVED^*: This program meets the requirements (once evaluation and quiz are completed and passed) of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) ans is approved for 6 AASECT CE Credits. Sari Eckler Cooper LCSW, CST is an approved provider

Satisfactory Completion Participants must have:

  • Paid tuition fee
  • Attended/viewed the entire workshop
  • Completed an evaluation with material quiz (50% accuracy for AASECT, 70% accuracy NYS) in order to receive CE Credits.
  • Partial credit for a portion of a daylong workshop is not available.
  • These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification*.
  • *Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. 
For further information please contact info@assect.org. 
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Peterson House is wheelchair accessible. Email us ahead of time in order to arrange assistance on day of workshop.


If notified in writing of cancelling one month or more before workshop date, fee is refunded minus $35 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after that date are not refundable. 

Before October 19, 2016, Use Coupon Code: MBCT1018 at checkout to receive the $180 price.
Beginning October 19, 2016 price becomes $210

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