Sex Through the Ages – From cradle to grave | London

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Date(s) - 08/06/2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friends House


CPD Hours seven

This year’s conference will look at ages/stages of human life and what are the current issues in our therapy rooms, how they have changed over the years and how we best work with the changes and developments. Prof. Michael Kirby will examine the physiological side of each life stage, while four experienced therapists will consider the emotional and relational aspects: Tim Blackstone, Angela Gregory, Sally Openshaw and Dr Stuart Brody.



08:15 – Registration & Coffee

09:00 – AGM

09:40 – Welcome & Conference Opening
Andrew Yates

09.50 – 16-25
Presented by: Prof. Mike Kirby and Tim Blackstone
Chair: John Dodd, CEO COSRT

11:00 – Tea | Coffee | Exhibitors

11:30 – 25-45
Presented by: Prof. Mike Kirby and Angela Gregory
Chair: Trudy Hannington

12:30 – Fellowship presentation

12:50 – Lunch | Exhibitors

13:50 – Middle Adulthood – the sandwich years
Presented by: Prof. Mike Kirby and Sally Openshaw
Chair: Andrew Yates, Chair COSRT

14:50 – Tea | Coffee | Exhibitors

15:20 – Sex from age 60 onward
Presented by: Prof. Mike Kirby and Dr Stuart Brody
Chair: Sarah Calvert

16:30 – Conference Close & Thanks

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Abstract for the day:

Adolescence is a time for growth spurts and puberty changes. Changes with puberty (sexual maturation) may occur gradually or several signs may become visible at the same time. Because of the hormones that are released sometime between the ages of 8 and 13, the body feels different – and soon begins to look different as well. Most bodies are developed by the age of 16, although the rate of development is often different

The changes associated with sexual maturation are among the most exciting and the most confusing for teens. While both boys and girls grow pubic and underarm hair, and get acne due to increased skin oils, just about everything else that happens during teenage physical development differs according to gender.

As a result of puberty, humans enter a reproductive period, where they may be able to conceive. However, this is not a given at any age and fertility declines in women from early 40s onwards & sometimes earlier.

Following adulthood, physiological changes occur with ageing in all organ systems. The cardiac output decreases, blood pressure increases and arteriosclerosis develops. There are also changes in lungs, endocrine system, creatinine production and clearance, gastrointestinal system as well as in skin tone and elasticity. Lean body mass declines and there may be  degenerative changes in many joints and this, combined with the loss of muscle mass, inhibits elderly patients’ locomotion. These changes with age have important practical implications for the clinical management of elderly patients: metabolism is altered, changes in response to commonly used drugs make different drug dosages necessary and there is need for rational preventive programs of diet and exercise in an effort to delay or reverse some of these changes.

The effects of aging on sex hormone levels also impact both men and women in different ways. Some of the changes may interfere with sexual activity.

Presenter, Professor Michael Kirby FRCP worked as a GP in Letchworth, Hertfordshire from 1973 until 2007, and was Director of HertNet (the Hertfordshire Primary Care Research Network) from 1998 until 2007, and Consultant to the Clinical Trials Unit. He held two cardiology sessions at the local DGH throughout his GP career. He is now Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Hertfordshire, and previously, Visiting Professor to the Institute of Diabetes for Older People, (IDOP) at the University of Bedfordshire.

His clinical work is now at The Prostate Centre in London, where he deals with complex medical problems, urology, sexual dysfunctions, hormonal changes and Men’s Health issues.

Professor Kirby is an Associate Member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He has been an active member of the Department of Health Prostate Cancer Risk Management scientific advisory group and the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group, also, advisor to the Sexual Dysfunction Association and treasurer of The British Society of Sexual Medicine.  His special interests include cardiology, diabetes, osteoporosis, men’s health, urology, andrology and medical education. He is Editor in Chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, on the editorial board of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing, the British Journal of Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He has also held membership of several NHS advisory boards.  A member of the Working Party on the Joint British Societies Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease, Professor Kirby also participated in the development of the 2017 UK treatment recommendations for erectile dysfunction. He has published more than 400 clinical papers and 30 books.


Presenter, Tim Blackstone is a Liverpool based COSRT Accredited Psychosexual Therapist.  Working for the Abacus Sexual Health Service, part of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, he sees patients with a wide range of sexual dysfunctions and relationship problems. He also set up and co-ordinates the Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Trans Support Service (TSS) for patients with gender related issues. He was a founder member of the So To Speak Sex and Relationship Education and Outreach Team and has delivered SRE to vulnerable young people across Merseyside for over 18 years. He also writes and delivers SRE training packages to professionals working in educational and care settings. Having previously been on the board of trustees for the Merseyside Brook Advisory Service, he now holds a similar role with COSRT. He is also a sexual health tutor on the Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology’s (CICS) COSRT approved Diploma course.

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Presenter, Angela Gregory BA (Hons), PST Dip, CH Dip, COSRT acc. qualified as psychosexual therapist in 2000, and for the past 18yrs she has been the Lead for Psychosexual Therapy at the Chandos Clinic, a sexual dysfunction service for men and women based at Nottingham University Hospital Trust. She is responsible for assessing and treating men and women with a wide range of sexual difficulties including erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory disorders, loss of sexual desire/arousal, sexual pain and anorgasmia. She sees men at International Andrology, Harley Street on a part-time basis.

She provides in-house training for medical and nursing staff and regularly lectures nationally and internationally. This includes medical associations such as BAUN, BMS, FSRH, BASHH, BSSM and Nspine.  Until April 2017 she was the secretary of the British Society of Sexual Medicine and is currently a member of both the BSSM and the ESSM.


2013 ‘Sexual  Problems   in  Older  Women’  published in  the International Journal   of   Gynaecology  

2014 ‘The  Impact  of Trauma on Sexual Functioning’ published  in  the  International Journal  of  Urological  Nursing

2016 ‘Tales of the Un-erected’ in the ‘ Endocrinologist’.  

2016 Various on-line articles for Purple Orchid

2017 Chapter 16 ‘Psychosexual Therapy for Male Sexual Dysfunction’ – A Clinical Guide eds Suks Minhas & John Muhall published by Wiley & Sons

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Middle Adulthood – the sandwich years

Middle adulthood (45-60) is a wide span of years where changes are more idiosyncratic. General patterns are harder to detect as key changes are influenced more by events than age. This presentation will look at myths and realities of middle adulthood, with the purpose to identify common themes in my own practice to answer the following three questions. How has my practice with this age group changed over the last 5-10 years? What do we as clinicians need to look out for? How can we work with these changes? I will end the session with my own story of how I have changed as a practitioner in these middle adulthood years and how that has also influenced my practice overall.

Presenter, Sally Openshaw is a Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist working in private practice in Devon. She works with couples and individual with a range of sexual problems. She has been talking about erotic transference and counter transference since 2012 at seminars and conferences. Sally is the manager of a training centre called Towerhouse Counselling where she runs study days for post qualified counsellors. Sally also provides EMDR therapy for people with trauma and has recently completed a training to work with people who have sexual addiction.

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Sex from age 60 onward

Drawing upon both research and clinical experience, I will discuss topics including: what changes and what does not change with ageing, prevalence of sexual dysfunction across age groups, organic factors affecting sexual function, slowing the effects of ageing, mechanical factors during sexual activity, changes over the past 20 years, emotional shifts in older age, and “countertransference”.

Presenter, Dr. Stuart Brody was visiting professor at Charles University in Prague, having previously been Professor of Psychology at the University of the West of Scotland. He also conducted research at Universities in Germany and worked as a full-time clinician in New York City. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has both a PhD in Clinical Psychology as well as a higher doctorate DSc in Psychology conferred by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Dr. Brody is author of over 190 publications in scholarly journals (including Sexual and Relationship Therapy), and is a highly cited sex researcher. He currently provides sex therapy and psychology training and supervision for professionals, direct client consultations, and assessments for courts.
His website is:

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Terms and Conditions

Any cheques should be made payable to COSRT in GB pounds sterling. Payment must be received by COSRT before the conference. Confirmation and details of your booking will be emailed to you.

Cancellations must be made in writing. There is an administrative charge of £20 per person for cancellations received up to six weeks prior to the conference. Thereafter no refund is possible. To substitute a delegate please call the COSRT office (020 8543 2707) at least seven days prior to the event.

COSRT reserves the right to change the venue or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of the conference being cancelled, a full refund will be made, but COSRT disclaims any further liability.

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