Groups

For additional information and/or to register, please contact:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST at (831) 375-7553 or stephen@bravemantherapy.com.

For AASECT Members and other Professionals:
 AASECT Group Supervision Meeting
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AASECT Group Supervision Meeting
Ongoing One-Day Groups for Students and Professionals who are seeking AASECT Certification
Dates and Times: 
Saturday, October 27, 2007, 9 am to 4 pm*
Saturday, December 01, 2007, 9 am to 4 pm*
(*Advance reservation is required!)
Fees:
$100.00 per meeting
Facilitator:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST 
Location:
Stephen Braveman’s Office
Continued Education:
AASECTApproved for 6 CE Credits AASECT is an Approved Provider for California BBS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and California Licensed Clinical Social Workers – CE credit also available for some licensed professionals in other state: see details on AASECT’s website at www.aasect.org.
Description:Those seeking AASECT Certification as a Sex Therapist or Sex Counselor are invited to join the regularly scheduled AASECT Group Supervision Meeting. 
These Group Supervision Meetings are a way for those seeking AASECT Certification to accumulate hours in a timely manner. In the Group Meetings participants benefit from sharing cases, projects, research and learning experiences with each other, receiving feedback and suggestions, forming bonds with peers and are getting more involved in the Association. Attendees also gain 8 AASECT Group Supervision hours toward Certification. 
Most of those who attend are AASECT Members whom I personally supervise. However, others have also attended, even one from another country! Of course, if you are being supervised by some one else it’s a good idea to discuss it with them your current supervisor prior to attending one of these meetings. We meet either at my office in Monterey, or some one else’s office or home in another part of California. Attendees bring cases to discuss and questions regarding sex therapy and building successful sex therapy practices. We also share resources. For example, I typically give out copies of handouts I have, such as intake forms, sex history forms, forms useful in helping patients with specific issues, etc.. Cost is very minimal and one needs only to commit to one group meeting at a time. 
If you attend an upcoming session please be prepared to share a relevant case you wanting help with. To do this, you might want to keep a standard mental health assessment in mind. This would include:
  Identifying Information
  Presenting Problem
  Psychiatric History
  Medical History
  Psychosocial History
  Course of Treatment
  Diagnosis
  Prognosis
  Conclusion
 Treatment Plan
  Question
If you have no relevant case, please come prepared with a relevant issue to explore.


Especially for Men
A Weekly Support Group for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Dates and Times: 
Monday Night Group: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.*
Tuesday Night Group: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.*
(*Groups runs on 10 week cycles – please call for actual starting dates)
Facilitators:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST 
Alan Colegrove, BA (MFT Trainee, supervised by Stephen L. Braveman)
Fees:
Sliding Scale
Location and Sponsor:
The Monterey Rape Crisis Center
Description:
In this group men will find a safe, nurturing place to move beyond pain related to childhood sexual abuse. Participants will find assistance working through isolation, fear, confusion, depression, low self-esteem and anger with other men who have had similar experiences. Come feel safety and trust as you gain greater self control and share the recovery process with other men like you! This is a 10-week long committed group!


Gender Identity Group
A Monthly Support Group for Both MtF and FtM Transsexuals
Dates and Times: 
Every second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Facilitators:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST 
Melissa Fritchle, M.A., M.F.T. Intern, AASECT Sex Therapist Intern (supervised by Stephen L. Braveman)
Fees:
$25.00 per session (free intake required)
Location:
Stephen L. Braveman’s Office
Description:
This group offers a safe and supportive place for  individuals with gender identity issues. It is open to both MtF and FtM Transsexuals who have already transitioned or are looking to do so. GUESTS IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY, WHO ARE NOT PART OF THIS GROUP, ARE WELCOME ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS, SUCH AS WHEN WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER. HOWEVER, THIS IS BY RESERVATION ONLY. SORRY, NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.


Polyamorous Group for Couples
A Weekly Support Group for Polyamorous Couples
Dates and Times: 
Every Thursday from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Facilitator:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST 
Fees:
$40.00 per session
Location:
Stephen L. Braveman’s Office
Description:
A safe and confidential support group for couples exploring, or interested in exploring polyamorous relationships. Learn how to successfully integrate this lifestyle into your relationship(s) in a healthy and honest way. Find solutions to problems you’ve been encountering as you’ve explored on your own. Explore feelings of guilt, shame and/or fear of saying “NO” if need be!


BDSM Group for Couples
A Weekly Support Group for BDSM Orientated Couples
Dates and Times: 
Every Wednesday from  7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Facilitator:
Stephen L. Braveman, LMFT, DST 
Fees:
$40.00 per session
Location:
Stephen L. Braveman’s Office
Description:
Are you interested in exploring BDSM play? Have you been trying it and stumbling into difficulties? If “YES”, then this support group is for you! Attendees will explore feelings of guilt and shame in wanting to try BDSM, express this desire to a loved one and, if need be, learn to say “NO” if a partner is pushing to try things that does not feel comfortable. Come learn if BDSM play is for you and, if so, how to usefully enjoy this play in a fun and safe manner.