To inquire about having me speak at your function, please contact me directly at [email protected]’ve been called a “dynamic,” “articulate,” and “highly energetic speaker,” comfortable both in front of clinical, lay and corporate audiences. Below are descriptions of workshops that I am currently offering, as well as a sample list of some of my appearances from the past.
This presentation will show clinicians how to work with clients who are sexual minorities, with a special emphasis on those with “kinky” or non-normative sexual interests. Often sex therapists see clients coming into their office worried or shamed about their sexual interests due to sex negative messaging in their families and society. Therapists often need to provide sex education in order to depathologize and normalize sexual behaviors and fantasies deemed aberrant by clients. This presentation will provide details on how therapists help their clients accept and embrace their own sexualities. Case studies will be presented which illustrate the challenges that therapists face in helping clients accept themselves and in giving them permission to explore and broaden their sexual horizons.
Particular attention will be given to differentiating between healthy, non-normative sexual behaviors and pathological sexual behaviors, with emphasis on understanding the changes in the DSM-V regarding the new diagnosis of Paraphilic Disorder. Pros and cons of this new diagnosis will be discussed, with suggestions provided for further changes in the way that the mental health field views sexual minorities.
Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
This presentation will educate clinicians on how to work with clients who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Based on award-winning new research (Jacob Goldfein Award for Creative and Scholarly Research) on the effects of CSA on adult sexual behavior, and recently published in a leading sexuality journal (The Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity), this presentation provides clinicians with a comprehensive understanding of the psychosexual effects of CSA and concrete tools to intervene effectively with a wide range of difficulties that survivors of CSA present with. Special attention will be paid to understanding how the specific circumstances of the abuse contribute to pathology. Detailed therapeutic strategies will be provided for a wide range of sexual pathologies related to CSA, ranging from sexual compulsivity to sexual inhibition and dysfunction. Numerous case studies will be utilized to clearly illustrate how clinicians can incorporate the skills learned in this presentation to assist their clients.
Sexual Fantasy, Male Aggression and Pornography
This presentation will educate both clinicians and a lay audience about the connection between sexual fantasies and male aggression, with a particular emphasis in understanding how pornography allows men to explore and combine both their sexualities and aggression in a private, non-judgmental format. Particular emphasis will be placed on sociological studies illustrating the effect of pornography in societies where pornography was recently legalized, with special attention on the reduction of sex crimes in those countries with legal pornography.
The Expansion of Sexual Potential through Role Play
This presentation is geared towards a clinical audience and is designed to educate therapists about internal power dynamics, power struggles, and the various forms of direct and passive aggressive behavior that they may encounter in couples work. Particular attention will be placed on understanding the close relationship between desire, aggression, and sexuality in intimate relationships.
March 15– MSTPG, NYC
Clinical Considerations in Working with a Poly Gay Couple
April 28– 2nd Annual AltSex NYC Conference, NYC
BDSM as Harm Reduction, with Dulcinea Pitagora
June 15-18– American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Annual Conference, Las Vegas
Facing Your Shadow: The Healing Potential of Edge Play
Sample Past Appearances:
Nov 15– Sexuality Speaker Series, NYC
Modern Sexuality: Uncovering the Truth About Sex and Relationships, promotion for new book Modern Sexuality
Sep 23— The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) Fall Conference, NYC
Riding On the Edge: Integrating Sex Therapy with Harm Reduction in the Treatment of Out of Control Sexual Behavior
July 15-16– Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment Week Long Training, Northampton, MA
“Common Issues in Partner Sex Therapy”, 2 day training
April 22– The 1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference, NY NY
“The Kink-Poly Confluence: Community Intersections and Clinical Approaches ” with Dulcinea Pitagora, MA, LMSW
“Facing Your Shadow: The Healing Potential of Psychological Edge-Play”
April 16- The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
Panel on new research on BDSM, appearing with Dr. Richard Sprott and Dr. Charles Moser
April 1- Coney Island Veterans Hospital, Brooklyn NY
“Alternative Perspectives on Sex Addiction”
Feb 9- MSTPG, NY NY
“Understanding Polyamory”, appearing with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova
May 22, 2015- Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) 7th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference, Chicago IL
I presented on the plenary panel “Is BDSM an Orientation?” with my colleague Dr. Richard Sprott.
May 4, 2015- Columbia University, NY NY
I presented “Using Power Dynamics to Enhance Your Relationships” to Conversio Virium, the Columbia U. student run BDSM club.
Jan 13, 2015- NY, NY
I presented “Sex Therapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” to a cohort of sex therapists from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Dec 7, 2014- Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Brooklyn NY
I discussed “Managing Sexual Issues in Group Therapy” to an assembly of group psychotherapists.
November 13, 2014- LGBT Center, NYC
I presented “Sexual Compulsivity in the LGBT communities” to staff members of the LGBT Center.
June 11, 2014- 46th Annual NASW-NYC Addictions Institute
I presented with my colleague, Dr. Michael Crocker, on the topic of sexual compulsivity.
October 11, 2013: Careers in Sexuality Conference, Widener U., Chester (Phila.), PA.
Michael Aaron, PhD presents “Sex Positive Therapy with Sexual Minorities.” Betty Dodson, world-renowned sex educator headlines the event.
September 28, 2013: CatalystCon, Woodland Hills, CA.
Michael Aaron, PhD and Winston Wilde, DHS, present “Sex Positive Therapy with Sexual Minorities.” Other speakers include Marty Klein, Tristan Taormino, and Carol Queen.
March 16, 2013: NY State Society of Clinical Social Workers Staten Island Chapter Annual Clinical Conference, Staten Island, NY.
Michael M. Crocker, DSW, MA, LCSW and Michael Aaron, PhD present on the subject of “Sexual Obsessions”. The presentation focuses on Out of Control Sexual behavior as a symptom of Avoidant Attachment styles. New research from the SAT Project will be presented. Clinical cases will also be discussed.
June 6, 2012: National Association of Social Workers- NYC Chapter, Annual Addictions Conference, NY, NY
Michael M. Crocker, MA, LCSW and Michael Aaron, LMSW present on the subject of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. The presentation focuses on Attachment Theory as it relates to Out of Control Sexual behavior. Clinical interventions will be explored.
May 25, 2012: German Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (DGSS) Annual Conference, Munich, Germany
Michael Aaron, LMSW speaks about the role of aggression in sexual fantasies and pornography for a conference of European sexologists.
May 5, 2012: New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Annual Conference, NY, NY
Michael M. Crocker, MA, LCSW and Michael Aaron, LMSW speak on the subject of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. The presentation focuses on Attachment Theory as it relates to Out of Control Sexual behavior. Clinical interventions will be explored.
Nov 3, 2011: 2011 International Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) conference in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Aaron, LMSW presents new research on the treatment of sex offenders from an attachment theory perspective. He appears as part of a panel on attachment theory and sexuality, featuring some of the foremost attachment experts in the world.
Oct 14, 2011: Mental Health Professionals in Law Enforcement (MHPLE) Seminar on Sex Addiction, Long Island, NY.
Michael M. Crocker, MA, LCSW and Michael Aaron, LMSW will be speaking about sexual addiction to an organization of mental health professionals who work in the field of law enforcement.
May 24, 2011: NY Chapter for the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA) conference in Verona, NY.
“Healing old wounds: The treatment of sex offenders from an attachment theory perspective.”, presented by Michael Aaron, LMSW.