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  • Gender DeTRANSition Here to There and Back Again

  • Sexuality and Substance Abuse


Podcast: Cross Dressing with Dr. Carol Clark

Upcoming Certification Trainings

  • Sex Offender Therapy Program
  • Transgender  Certification Training
  • Kink Conscious Certification                                                                                                                         

Gender DeTRANSition Here to There and Back Again

3 CEs for therapists
November 12, Friday 10:00am to 1:00pm Eastern time
Zoom webinar

As the world becomes better educated on Gender Dysphoria and the new terminologies emerging under a Gender Expansive Umbrella, we are coming to discover a growing community… De-Transitioners. Is this a phenomena, is it simply regret, or something else? There can be various reasons why someone who has undergone the challenges of conforming into a new gender identity, decide to revert back to a cisgender identity or maybe into identifying as someone in-between. How do therapists and professionals navigate through this? Through this Workshop we will explore the possibilities of preventing detransition, navigating through a detransition, and underline the many challenges that clinicians might face when treating individuals with gender dysphoria.



Sexuality and Substance Abuse

5 CEs 
December 4, 2021
Saturday 9am - 3pm EST

Sex is keyed into our limbic systems, which controls our survival, our emotions, our reward system, and our memories. Our limbic system is vulnerable to the effects of substance use/abuse, since mind-altering substances such as cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens first affect the reward system and then stores the pleasurable effects in memory, which leads to cravings and addiction. The intersection of sexuality and substance use occurs when we use drugs while having sex, which exponentially intensifies the pleasure of both; when we use drugs to a point where our ability to engage in sexual behavior is impaired; or when we use drugs to escape memories of traumatic sexual experiences. This workshop will explore and explain the many points of this intersection and describe interventions for developing healthy sexual feelings and behavior in recovery from addiction.





Cross Dressing 

In this fascinating episode, board certified sex therapist and addictions counselor Dr. Carol Clark helps us demystify the concept of cross dressing and take away the stigma and shame commonly associated with it. If you or someone you know is a cross dresser, the insights from this episode will surely help in getting accurate information out there and prepare people to receive somebody who might reveal that they cross dress and validate that.

Is there an intersection of cross dressing and gender, and how do we define it? 

In general, cross dressing is defined as wearing the clothes that are normally associated with the other sex or gender. It has gender implications as far as how we present, such as when a person identifies with one gender but presents as another and, in so doing, feeling like another gender. All of that is separate from sexual orientation, which is who you are attracted to.  

Is cross dressing the beginning of somebody identifying as transgender? 

It may or may not be. Dr. Clark emphasizes that cross dressing is a form of expression for various reasons. It is important to distinguish different reasons, particularly in therapy, to know what brought the person to therapy. We have to ask the cross dressers what’s the allure of that, what’s their motivation, etc. 

How much are cross dressers suspected of being gay? 

Generally, cross dressers are heterosexual men wearing women’s clothing for various reasons. It is always important to ask and not jump to any conclusions. We have to fix society to have a better understanding of cross dressing so a person can just dress up however way they want without the judgment. hat should a partner do if their partner cross dresses? 

It is important to reassure partners of cross dressers that it is not about them, and it is not their fault. Partners should have a deeper communication and try to get to know each other again. Just like in any marriage or partnership, it will come down to some compromises and making some adjustments in the relationship to make it work. 

When should a cross dresser tell their partner and/or their children? 

There are no “shoulds” but ideally you want your partner to know before starting the relationship. As in any case, revealing a big secret can be very traumatic to the other person and can be felt as betrayal. Keeping it a secret will not make it stop or go away. 

Understanding cross dressing 

These days where there are so many different ways of identifying your gender, cross dressers aren’t calling themselves as such and try to avoid calling themselves anything. For them, it is a way of life. For therapists, and for our friends and family, it all boils down to asking questions like, “Why are you showing up in my office? What’s your concern? How is cross dressing a problem for you? What is the meaning of this for you”  

Be in Light
Carol Clark



Starts February 22-26, 2022 plus one class per month for 6 months
9am-3pm EDT- Via Live Webinar

This course is  designed to giveSex Educators, Sexuality Resource Managers,
Medical Professionals,Therapists, Sex Counselors, Sex Coaches, Sexological Body Workers, Somatic Healers,​ Nurses, Health Educators,
Behavioral Health Specialists, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists,
and other healthcare providers (hereinafter referred to as Clinicians*) an overview of the similarities and difference between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM,
and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.

Register Here

Transgender Certification Training

Part 1 - Feb. 24 -27, 2022 & Part 2- April 21-24, 2022
9am-3pm EDT- Via Live Webinar

The International Transgender Certification Association (ITCA) provide’s credentialing, standards of practice, professional identity, and self-regulation for service providers of the Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary Community. Therefore, this training is ideal for Clinicians, Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Case Managers and those individuals who work directly with a Gender Expansive population and are looking for formal training and continuing education credits.

The purpose of ITCA is to provide a cohesive organization that credentials healthcare professionals and community providers by promoting ethical guidelines, offering training and education, and developing networking resources. Upon completion of our course, you will receive documentation to certify that you are a Transgender Care Therapist/Professional (TCT/TCP) and be awarded CEU’s for your participation.

Register Here!


CSOT - The Certified Sex Offender Therapist Program

The Certified Sex Offender Therapist (CSOT) Program will certify licensed therapists to work with adult and juvenile sexual offenders in a variety of settings. This extensive training and supervision will prepare these professionals to work with individuals with deviant sexual behaviors and to mitigate the risk to society.

Therapists will be proficient in the required areas pertaining to adult and juvenile sexual offenders.
9am-3pm EST - Start anytime classes cycle around
 via live  Webinar


Check out our latest YouTube  video. Dr. Clark talks about how a cis-gender therapist can counsel transgender clients.

Videos on Addiction, Intimacy, Connection, Gender....More to come!!  New workshops coming soon.
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