Dr. Winston Wilde (Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice) – Winston is an internationally recognised sex therapist with over 23 years of clinical experience. He holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate of Human Sexuality from the Institute of the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He is licenced in both California and New Mexico and is a certified supervisor of sex therapists. He is currently running an online private practice in New Mexico and offers psychotherapy, sex therapy, as well as couples and family therapy. Dr Wilde brings international experience in sex therapy and will be talking on conducting psycho-sexual therapy via online platforms.
Sharon Cox (Health and Support Services Manager, Triangle Project) – Sharon will share lessons from over 25 years of providing telephonic counselling to sexual minorities in the South African context, and how the NGO sector is tackling the provision of teletherapy during the pandemic. This will include challenges regarding contraception.
Judith Ancer is a Clinical psychologist in private practice in Greenside, Johannesburg. She has worked at Tara Hospital on the adult psychotherapy ward; at Crossroads Remedial School with children and parents; and as a supervisor and trainer of other mental health professionals.
She is the Director of Shrink Rap, a company that offers continuing professional education to healthcare and human resource professionals and provides training and counselling services to small companies. She often give talks and run workshops and used to write a weekly column on parenting issues for the Sunday Times.
She is also a part of the Mental Health for COVID Carers initiative which offers free support and counselling for health workers on the front-line. She will talking about ethical considerations when conducting sex therapy through a remote platform.
With the rise of COVID 19, sexual health professionals have been forced to explore telehealth options for service provision. The goal of this event is to equip sexual health practitioners with current debates, clinical insights, as well as the legalities and ethics of providing sex therapy via online platforms. Sexual medicine is multidisciplinary in nature, and medical professionals specialising in sexual dysfunction often refer patients to sex therapy as part of comprehensive treatment interventions. As such medical professionals, as well as mental health professionals, will benefit from knowledge about what sex therapy in the time of COVID 19 entails.