Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join NYSPA
The LGBT Task Force Fall Conference
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street
Room 101
New York, New York 
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

« Go to Upcoming Event List  

LGBT 3rd Annual Conference 

Co-Sponsored by Westchester Center for Psychological Education

October 21st 2018

Online Registration has Closed.   


9:15 am        Registration and continental breakfast

9:45 am        Welcome by Herb Gingold, Ph.D.

9:55 am        Introduction of Lisa Diamond, Ph.D.
                     Professor or Psychology, University of Utah
                     by Barbara Kapetanakes, Ph.D                            

10:00 am      Lisa Diamond, Ph.D.

Bisexuality and Sexual \Fluidity: Implications for Research and Practice

The past 30 years have seen dramatic increases in research on the unique mental and physical health needs of the LGBT community, and this research has yielded important improvements in clinical practice with this community. However, certain topics remain underrepresenting, hampering efforts to serve this community. In this presentation, I will draw on several decades of my research on the unique developmental experiences of lesbian and bisexual women, and particularly on the phenomenon of sexual fluidity, which refers to the phenomenon of change over time in sexual attractions, often triggered by changes in intimate relationships or other situational factors. I will also discuss the emerging body of research on the high population prevalence of bisexuality and its implications for clinical approaches to the LGBT community. At the end of this presentation, attendees will have an updated, state-of-the-art understanding of the newest scientific research on gender differences in sexuality and sexual orientation, the phenomenon of sexuality fluidity, and the prevalence and unique characteristics of the bisexual population.

11:30 am      Q & A

12:00 pm      Lunch

12:40 pm      Introduction by Charles Silverstein, Ph.D.
                     Artificial Intelligence and its Effects Upon Psychotherapy

12:50 pm      Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research, Northeastern University.

Technology Trends in Sex, Relationships, and Therapy

Sex technology is big business, and historically many advances in technology have
been driven by this market, spanning pornography, sex toys, hookup apps, and now sexbots. I will briefly discuss the evolution and trends in these technologies, some societal implications, and summarize some of the empirical research that has been conducted on them and their users. I will also discuss trends in technology-assisted therapy, including online automated interventions and technology-mediated therapy, and results from recent evaluation studies. Finally I will discuss my own research program on the development of Relational Agents, which are computational artifacts designed to build social-emotional relationships with people, and several applications of them in automated counseling, focusing on recent results with a robotic couples counselor.

1:50 pm        Douglas Hines, Founder, TC Systems: Healthcare Robotic Products.

Sex Robots, Robot Companions and the Human/Machine Interface

Technology is becoming a required component in virtually every area of our lives.
With the advent of sex, healthcare and companion robots, we now have “assistants” to help with daily activities as well as improve the quantity and quality of our lives. But as with any new development, there are concerns and questions. Some areas we will address include:
“What are the capabilities of robots?”
“How would a robot help my patients meet their needs?”
“How will Artificial Intelligence based robots help/hinder my practice?”
“Can these robotic platforms be modified to meet my patient’s particular requirements?”
“Where are the opportunities as it relates to integrating this technology?”
“How do the robots hear, see and feel my touch to gather information?”
“What is FoundationalAI?”
“Economics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics”
“Future Vision for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics”

2:50 pm        Q & A

3:20 pm         Wrap-up

3:30 pm        End


3rd Annual Conference of the LGBT Taskforce Flyer 

CE Credits Pending

Sponsoring Divisions 

Adult Development and Aging
Clinical Division
Division of Culture, Race and Ethnicity
Independent Practice Division
Westchester Center for Psychological Education 

Registration Fees (including continental breakfast and lunch)

NYSPA members           $ 60.00
Sponsoring Divisions     $ 40.00
Non NYSPA members   $ 80.00
Students (with ID)          $ 20.00