Category: Practitioners

New Training: Providing Gender-Affirming Care

What’s it about?

If you offer somatic, mental health, medical, and related health and wellness services, it would be helpful to be well-equipped to demonstrate cultural competency when working with members of the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community.

Join us on a journey as we learn about, integrate, and embody key concepts, skills, and capabilities that can prepare you and your colleagues to provide gender-affirming support, no matter your role or responsibility in your organization.

What will I learn?

In this program, you will learn:

  • How to create a welcoming clinic, therapeutic, or healing environment for your trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients.
  • How to address clients who use gender neutral pronouns.
  • How to discuss trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients’ bodies in a way that feels affirming and culturally relevant.

Join us as we explore some of those key building-blocks that will enhance your practice and expand your competence. Time will be available for questions and answers, and you can submit your questions when you register for the program.

What does it cost?

The first session is FREE, and can be accessed HERE. Sessions 2 through 5 (described below) are available individually for $75, or the entire series can be purchased for $200.  If you purchase prior to the recording date, you will be invited to the live coaching session. After the recording date, you will have access to the recording and associated resources.

Who’s presenting?

Penn Pritchard

Penn Pritchard, MAT

Penn is an educator and lifelong learner who is passionate about cultivating equitable, inclusive communities. They strive to make big ideas highly accessible via an eclectic, research-informed instructional style that is dynamic, challenging, collaborative, engaging, and responsive to the needs of each group. Their work is informed by over a decade of experience in the classroom, working with both youth and adult learners.

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Jules Purnell

Jules Purnell, M. Ed.

Focusing on topics of gender, sexuality, relationships, sexual health, race and class dynamics, and building bridges between medical professionals and their transgender clients, Jules is an accomplished educator and speaker who has been working in the field of sexuality education since 2010. Theirs is a unique perspective, developed as one who has lived life inhabiting multiple genders. Whether speaking to adults or youth, LGBT+ or straight/cisgender audiences, Jules is adept at appealing to folks from many walks of life and knowledge bases.

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Andrés Cordero, Jr.

Host: Andrés Cordero, Jr., MBA

Andrés is a life coach, sex educator, and sexuality researcher. Director of the Institute for Mind Body Therapy, his mission is to share what he has learned about sexuality, embodiment, and ecstatic living through his life’s work. His most recent pursuits include serving on the transition committee for the Body Electric School, assisting LGBTQI individuals to access sexual health and wellness services as a patient advocate at the Kind Clinic, and preparing to advance to candidacy in his Ph.D. in Sexuality Policy Leadership, Human Sexuality, at the California Institute of Integrated Studies in San Francisco.

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Full Series

+ Session 1: The Need for Gender-Affirming Care

Tuesday, May 21
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
60 Minutes

Access for FREE  

Penn & Jules open the dialogue by sharing their recent somatic body work session experience in terms of both troubleshooting AND naming what was done well. Participants will then be invited to contribute to the conversation and share experiences and needs to help co-create subsequent sessions.

+ Session 2: Nuts & Bolts: Foundations

Register for Session – $50  

Tuesday, July 9
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
90 Minutes

The unfolding begins as Penn & Jules share how to develop common language and background knowledge. They will outline better practices and useful information and resources to develop and practice an inclusive intake protocol from an intersectional lens.

+ Session 3: Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive, Welcoming Environment

Register for Session – $50  

Tuesday, July 23
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
90 Minutes

Penn & Jules guide the ongoing conversation by creating a safe space for participants to learn about how to recover from misgendering and other non-affirming faux pas or missteps. They also provide guidance on how to convey expertise through affirming signage, intake forms, and other in-clinic and in-practice materials.

+ Session 4: Focusing on Non-binary Identity

Register for Session – $50  

Tuesday, August 6
 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
90 Minutes

The dialogue continues as Jules & Penn give historical and cultural context, academic and theory-based context, and socio-emotional lived experience perspectives to expand understanding and foster appreciation for the non-binary experience.

+ Session 5: Affective Work

Register for Session – $50  

Tuesday, August 20
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 6 pm MT / 5 pm PT
90 Minutes

To conclude the series, Jules & Penn share how each of us can challenge or refute binaries, encourage expansion of the gendered imagination, and offer additional resources. Affective reflection will also be offered and woven throughout the program, through the sharing of personal experience AND work with previous or current clients.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact the host, Andrés, by email, if you are seeking more information or have additional questions about the program.

Credits: Feature Image Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst

IMBT+INSIGHTS: Sensate Focus, Diversity, and Video Training with William Stayton, Ph.D.

Susan Kaye, Ph.D., interviews Dr. William Stayton, Professor of Sexuality and Religion, Centre of Excellence for Sexual Health, Assistant Director and Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, and Professor Emeritus of the Human Sexuality Program at Widener University.

Dr. Stayton and Dr. Kaye discuss the use of video technology in teaching sensate focus and touch, two key concepts in surrogate partner therapy. Dr. Stayton highlights videos offered through his Sex Therapy Video Series and available on his website,

Watch Video >- IMBT+INSIGHTS: The Power of Film in Teaching About Sexuality with Mark Schoen, Ph.D.

Andrés Cordero, Jr. interviews Mark Schoen, Ph.D., award-winning filmmaker, writer, and human sexuality expert, and the founder of

Dr. Schoen has produced films that have been viewed worldwide, and his work is often used in colleges and universities to educate students about various dimensions of the human sexual experience. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, and serves on the boards of both the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Learn more about Mark Schoen, Ph.D. at

Watch Video >- IMBT Insights: Healing the Divide Between Men and Women with Dr. HazelGrace Yates

IMBT Insights: Healing the Divide Between Men and Women with Dr. HazelGrace Yates

Andrés Cordero, Jr. interviews Dr. HazelGrace Yates, Sex and Intimacy Coach and Sexuality Educator, about an innovative program that brings together communities to authentically embrace their identity and expression to transcend the barriers that so often lead to challenges in intimacy and relationship.

Learn more about Dr. HazelGrace Yates at

Watch Video >- IMBT Insights: Hypnosis, Healing, and Transformation with JoJo Bear, Sex Educator

IMBT Insights: Hypnosis, Healing, and Transformation with JoJo Bear, Sex Educator

Dr. Susan Kaye interviews JoJo Bear (JoJo DeRodrigo), Somatic Sex Educator, Sexological Bodyworker, and Clinical Hypnotherapist, about the power of integrating hypnosis, somatic healing, and working with men experiencing sexual dysfunction.  

Learn more about JoJo Bear and his work at his website,

Watch Video >- The Transgender Spectrum: Language Proficiency

  • What does it mean when someone says they are trans?
  • What do terms like gender identity, sexual orientation, and cis mean?
  • What is the appropriate language and terminology to use? 

Mind body practitioners who may be seeking to support individuals who identify as trans often custom imagelack the support and resources to understand how to provide a supportive experience. Trans individuals, much like other populations, often seek support from mind body practitioners to facilitate a more integrated life experience. Join Dr. Michele Angello, gender specialist, and Dr. Kaye as we explore the diverse universe of those who identify as trans. Learn factors that contribute to the mental health and stability of transgender clients, and participate in conversation about creating supportive, collaborative mind body experiences for members of the trans community.


Watch Video

Watch Video > – What’s Eating You? The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health

  • Do your eating habits and choices really have a profound effect on your mental and physical health?
  • What is the connection between living healthy and eating healthy?
  • How can this information be used to support your clients in the mind-body paradigm?

Clients, and often practitioners, may discount or overlook the influence of nutritional habits and behaviors as a dimension of exploration in building a more satisfying, enjoyable lifestyle in love, connection, and intimacy. Understanding that connection can provide a client with additional tools to enhance a client’s situation. As a clinician or somatic practitioner, understanding the role that nutrition plays in mental and physical fitness can benefit your clients.

About Dr. Larisa Sharipova

Dr. Larisa Sharipova is a Medical Doctor, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Public Speaker and Author of a new book “Listen to Your Body and Regain Your Health“. Dr. Sharipova is a leading expert in natural hormone balancing, stress management, detox and anti-aging.

After healing herself and enhancing her own wellbeing, Larisa is very excited to share her knowledge with women who wants to achieve their happiness and health goals through nutrition and lifestyle modification. She guides her clients to natural ways of building a healthy mind and a healthy body, for more energy, less weight, and more joy in life.

She offers coaching for women through private sessions, workshops, retreats, and cooking classes around the world. Larisa’s mission is to support and empower one million women to transform their lives and make the world a better place.

To learn more about Dr. Sharipova, visit

From the webinar, Dr. Sharipova offers the following discounts and free e-book:



Watch Video > – A Team of Three:  You, Your Client, and Their Other Helpers, with Betty Martin

How to work with other professionals who are also supporting your clients – For therapists and counselors, somatic practitioners, and potential surrogate partners

Masters and Johnson created a powerful tool called the Triadic Model – the client has the support of both a therapist and a surrogate partner (or bodyworker). The professionals work as a team, and the client gets more support. Dr. Kaye and the Institute for Mind Body Therapy have expanded the Triadic Model to include other somatic practices (in addition to the previously included Surrogate Partners).

For therapists and counselors: You witness people’s intimate lives every day. You hear your clients express feelings about sexuality and their deep desire to love and be loved. They often feel desperately touch-deprived. Adding a physical component can complement the psychological and emotional aspects of talk therapy.

For Somatic Practitioners: You too witness people’s intimate lives, and hear about their feelings. The additional support of you working with their therapist can give your client more support for full emotional wellness and empowerment.

For those interested in becoming Surrogate Partners: Understanding the Triadic Model is the first step.

During this webinar, join Dr. Kaye and Dr. Martin as we explore partnering with others in supporting clients.


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Learn more about trainings in October 2017 in Long Beach, CA!

Betty Martin’s Like A Pro – Oct. 7-10    IMBT’s Collaboration Institute – Oct. 12-14 

About Dr. Betty Martin

I’m Dr. Betty Martin, a Chiropractor, a Body Electric School trained Sacred Intimate, Certified Sexological BodyworkerFoundations of Facilitation trainer, and a self-propelled erotic adventurer and intimacy coach.

Every one of these and more has contributed to my understanding of the nature of touch.

I’m one of those lucky people who grew up in the touch-y feel-y hippie years. Then I got serious and went to Chiropractic school and learned to touch with some clear intent.

That makes about 30 years as a hands-on professional, first in therapeutics – ChiropracticSomato-Respiratory IntegrationEducational KinesiologyReikiNeuro-Emotional Integration – and later in body-based erotic education, including sensual massage, Taoist Erotic Massage, Kashmiri tantric massage and Sexological Bodywork.

I’ve taught peer counseling, gender liberation, embodiment and empowerment, fantasy play, goddess awakening and erotic massage. I’ve played with contact improv dance, Authentic MovementNon-Violent Communication and Shaivic tantra. I am a student of The Work of Byron Katie. I am a Board member and train and certify new facilitators for a touch and communication workshop called Cuddle Party.