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HPG: Introduction to Surrogate Partner Therapy
May 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am$15
Since its introduction into the therapeutic community by Masters and Johnson in the 1970s,
Surrogate Partner Therapy (sex surrogacy) has been a powerful, if often misunderstood,
therapeutic tool. In this presentation, we will examine the use of surrogate partner therapy (SPT)
as a tandem treatment for patients experiencing obstacles to physical and/or emotional
intimacy. We will cover a brief history of SPT, identify typical presenting issues that SPT may
address, outline the relationship between supporting clinician and surrogate partner, and
examine the process of the work. We will also discuss the overarching philosophies of SPT,
ethics, and legality of the use of surrogate partners. During this talk, attendees will be invited to
experience optional, guided exercises and discuss how they promote holistic well-being in
This event is part of the Holistic Professionals Group (HPG). To learn more about HPG, click here.
About the presenter, Brian Gibney:
Brian has worn many hats in his life: scientific researcher, educator, personal trainer,
professional artist, and circus performer. His eclectic life experiences have exposed him to a
wide variety of people and lifestyles and helped him appreciate the common threads that bind
us all together. As a surrogate partner and intimacy coach, Brian seeks to use his knowledge to
help people overcome obstacles to physical and emotional intimacy. Applying techniques
pioneered by Masters and Johnson, he uses an interdisciplinary approach to help others find
balance in their intellectual, emotional, and physical selves. With the help of a therapist, Brian
guides clients through the resolution of a variety of presenting issues in a safe, non-judgmental
environment. His practice is rooted in patience, authenticity, vulnerability, touch…and
sometimes a little bit of humor. Brian adheres to a strict code of code of ethics as outlined by the
International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA).
Brian believes that advocacy, outreach, and professional education are essential parts of
providing the best care for clients. In addition to his therapeutic work, Brian is a passionate
advocate for surrogate partner therapy and an experienced presenter, frequently giving talks at
private practices, workshops, and conferences. Brian has taught for both ISEE and ISTI sex
therapist certifications, has presented at the Psychotherapy Networker, and was a featured
presenter at the 2019 AASECT Fall Institute, Bridges to Body Work.