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Surrogate Partner Therapy Demystified with Annie Chen, LMFT, Barbara Ochsner-Walsh, LMFT, & Cheryl Cohen Green, DHS, FREE event, 1.5 CEUs, $15 for Non-CAMFT Chapter members

  • 04/06/2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa


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Presented By: Annie Chen, LMFT, Barbara Ochsner-Walsh, LMFT, & Cheryl Cohen Greene, DHS

As therapists we know that our clients struggle with sexual disorders and social concerns relating to difficulty with sexual stigmas in the world. We want to help them overcome these challenges but are often limited with the tools to help them. Surrogate partner therapy is an effective resource that has been used for over 50 years starting with Masters and Johnsons in their clinic.

With combined 79 years of experience, the presenters will ensure that you will leave with additional tools and confidence on how to integrate surrogate partner therapy with individuals struggling with sexual issues.

Above movie photo: Based on Cheryl Cohen Greene's work as a Surrogate Partner Sex Therapist, the movie, "The Sessions" starred Helen Hunt, and won numerous awards. 

Learning Objectives - After completion of the presentation the attendees will:

1. Experience and understand some of the somatic benefits of Surrogate Partner Therapy.

2. Identify clients with whom this triad will benefit and prepare them for the work with the Surrogate Partner.

3. Identify practical steps involved in collaborating with a Surrogate Partner.

About our speakers

Annie Chen, LMFT has worked with individuals, couples, and organizations around sexuality for 10+ years. She has has been a supporter and advocate of using surrogate partner therapy to address sexual issues in various settings, including long-term care facilities and private practice. She primarily works with couples in her private practice and her research focuses around using neuroscience to help people have better relationships. Visit to learn more.

Barbara Ochsner-Walsh, MA, LMFT has worked for 35 years as a Life Coach, Social Coach, and Surrogate Partner. She recently became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her internship work resulted in certification in Gerentological Wellness. She currently volunteers at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco and offers mental health counseling with individuals and families as well as continuing her work as a Life and Social Coach.

Cheryl Cohen Greene, DHS, Lecturer, and Author has been in private clinical practice as a Surrogate Partner since 1973, and is the Vice President of The International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA). Cohen Greene is a frequent media guest, and lecturer. Her work with poet/journalist Mark O’Brian inspired the award winning 2012 independent film The Sessions. Her book, An Intimate Life ~ Sex, Love and My Journey As A Surrogate Partner (a Memoir) was published in January 2013.

10:30 - 11:00 Social networking and registration

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CEU Certificate: You must stay for the entire meeting to receive your certificate. If you have signed IN and OUT of the course, you will receive an email with a link to the course evaluation. Once you complete the evaluation, the CE Certificate will open. If you do not immediately see the certificate, check your downloads folder. Fill in your name and license number on the certificate, and right click on it to save it to your own computer. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

CEUs are free for RECAMFT members, or members of other CAMFT Chapters. Non-members who desire CEUs pay $15.

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