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Our Transition to Parenthood seminar is aimed at professional therapists. The group combines readings on theory, literature and the latest research concerning the treatment of perinatal women and families. We also incorporate case consultations and presentations.

Participants will collaborate on topics and readings based on interests and current client presenting problems.

This season, we will be exploring the topic of postpartum sexuality in psychotherapy with female-bodied clients. Through a combination of readings, lectures and case consultation, we will consider the current research on the impact of pregnancy, labor and delivery and breast/chest feeding on the sexual health of female-bodied people, and to explore assessment and treatment of disturbances in sexual and erotic identities that are appropriate for non-AASECT certified psychotherapists, and identify a referral-base for presenting problems requiring more specific expertise. 

Topics include:  

  • Sex, Sexuality and Eroticism in Psychotherapy
  • Literature Review: The Impact of Labor and Delivery on Female Bodies and Sexual Health
  • Sexual Desire and Self-Worth
  • Attachment Histories and Sexuality
  • Cultivating Erotic Intelligence
  • The Realities of Sexual and Emotional Intimacy in Parenthood
Group Type
Day of Meeting
The seminar group will meet virtually once per month on the 3rd Friday of the month, starting on April 16th
9:00 a.m.
11:50 a.m.
$600 (two payment options: payment in full or $100 monthly installments for six months). This includes all readings and lecture materials as well as a total of 18 CEUs that are eligible for maintaining the Certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International of 6 CEUs per year, and/or meets the requirements for the Advanced Psychotherapy training requirement for Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.

Certificate of Completion provided at the conclusion of the seminar

What to Expect

Participants will be assigned two to three articles per meeting, and should come prepared to present at least one clinical case (preferably of an individual, couple or family dealing with some aspect of transitioning to parenthood) during the six-month course, and to actively participate in group discussions.

Meetings will take place virtually via Zoom and will be co-taught by Nikki Lively, M.A., LCSW, and Clinical Director of the Transitions to Parenthood and Jen Rafacz, Ph.D., and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.

Participant Requirements

Participants make a six-month commitment with the option to renew. Please contact Nikki Lively if you are interested in registering for an upcoming seminar.


Nikki Lively, M.A., LCSW

Clinical Director, Transitions to Parenthood Program


Jen Rafacz, Ph.D., CST

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
Clinical Lecturer
Dr. Rafacz works with an array of individual and couple concerns. Her specialty area is sex therapy, but other common areas of treatment, for couples specifically, include addressing: desire concerns, sexual discrepancies, conflict, infidelity, nonmonogamy/polyamory and communication problems around sex.