Welcome!

The Finnish Association for Sexology (FIAS) and the Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology (NACS) welcomes you to the 40th Congress and Annual Meeting in Turku, Finland 20.-23.9.2018!

On the behalf of the Finnish Association for Sexology, we are pleased to welcome you to the 40th NACS Annual Meeting in Turku, Finland at Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel. This venue is in the heart of Turku and is located by the Aurajoki River. You can book your accommodation either in this hotel or in hotels close by. Our gala dinner will be organized in the medieval Turku Castle.

We can celebrate 40 years history of NACS and hear high class scientific and professional presentations. The theme of the conference is “Better Sex”. You can have a look on our featured speakers and send in your abstracts.

The city of Turku founded in the 13th century is the oldest city in Finland. Because of its long history, it has been the site of many important events, and has extensively influenced Finnish history. Turku was designated the European Capital of Culture for 2011.

Welcome to Turku!

Osmo Kontula
President of NACS2018

Talvikki Härmä
Local organizing committee

Interested? Register here

Featured speakers

James Pfaus

Sexual behavior, animal, human, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology

James Pfaus is a professor of psychology in Concordia University. He has done a research generally concerned with the neurochemical and molecular events that subserve sexual behavior and neuroendocrine functions. He is interested in the role of brain monoamine and neuropeptide systems in sexual arousal, desire, reward, and inhibition in laboratory animals. He is also interested in the inhibitory and disinhibitory effects of drugs of abuse on sexual behavior.

Current research examines the role played by steroid hormones, neurotransmitter systems, and cell signalling mechanisms, in the neuronal and behavioral responses to primary and conditioned sexual stimuli, especially those that induce sexual partner preferences. The neurochemical and molecular systems activated by primary and conditioned sexual stimuli are being explored using a combination of in vivo techniques such as microdialysis, and ex vivo techniques such as immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization histochemistry, and autoradiography.

In his research in human sexual function focuses on subjective and objective measures of sexual desire and pleasure in women and men, and how such measures are altered by different types of erotic stimulation. They are also exploring the sexual functioning of individuals under stress or with anxiety disorders.

James Pfaus is a professor of psychology in Concordia University. He has done a research generally concerned with the neurochemical and molecular events that subserve sexual behavior and neuroendocrine functions. He is interested in the role of brain monoamine and neuropeptide systems in sexual arousal, desire, reward, and inhibition in laboratory animals. He is also interested in the inhibitory and disinhibitory effects of drugs of abuse on sexual behavior.

Current research examines the role played by steroid hormones, neurotransmitter systems, and cell signalling mechanisms, in the neuronal and behavioral responses to primary and conditioned sexual stimuli, especially those that induce sexual partner preferences. The neurochemical and molecular systems activated by primary and conditioned sexual stimuli are being explored using a combination of in vivo techniques such as microdialysis, and ex vivo techniques such as immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization histochemistry, and autoradiography.

In his research in human sexual function focuses on subjective and objective measures of sexual desire and pleasure in women and men, and how such measures are altered by different types of erotic stimulation. They are also exploring the sexual functioning of individuals under stress or with anxiety disorders.


Giorgio Tricarico

Psychologist, psychotherapist and Jungian analyst

Giorgio Tricarico is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has worked with adult patients since 1998, and has given several lectures and seminars on relevant issues in Analytical Psychology. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Helsinki, Finland, as a psychologist, psychotherapist, and Jungian analyst. He is the author of The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice, and has written a number of essays and short stories. His new book is Lost Goddesses: A kaleidoscope on Porn. The book aims at deepening the understanding of porn from the perspective of analytical psychology, seeing it as symbol of the complexity of the human psyche, which emerged in a specific moment of the history of consciousness. Among many other things porn is put in relation with the unconscious nostalgia of the sacred and the divine.

Giorgio Tricarico is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst, and a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He has worked with adult patients since 1998, and has given several lectures and seminars on relevant issues in Analytical Psychology. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Helsinki, Finland, as a psychologist, psychotherapist, and Jungian analyst. He is the author of The Labyrinth of Possibility: A Therapeutic Factor in Analytical Practice, and has written a number of essays and short stories. His new book is Lost Goddesses: A kaleidoscope on Porn. The book aims at deepening the understanding of porn from the perspective of analytical psychology, seeing it as symbol of the complexity of the human psyche, which emerged in a specific moment of the history of consciousness. Among many other things porn is put in relation with the unconscious nostalgia of the sacred and the divine.


Sara Nasserzadeh

PhD, Social Psychologist, COSRT-accredited psychosexual therapist and AASECT-certified Sexuality Counselor and Training Provider

In addition to maintaining local private practices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, Sara Nasserzadeh has been globally active in the field as a professional trainer, plenary speaker, research and clinical supervisor, media commentator and thought leader. Dr. Sara has worked intimately with the press and media to educate the public on most sensitive topics such as human sexuality. She created, produced and hosted a BBC World Service Radio and Online program named the Whispers that was aired for three consecutive seasons and won the BBC World Service’s Innovation of the Year Award “for putting delicate matters in a sensitive manner”. Her current BBC Persian TV segments on sexual health and relationship issues reach over 6 million viewers across the globe.

In addition to maintaining local private practices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, Sara Nasserzadeh has been globally active in the field as a professional trainer, plenary speaker, research and clinical supervisor, media commentator and thought leader. Dr. Sara has worked intimately with the press and media to educate the public on most sensitive topics such as human sexuality. She created, produced and hosted a BBC World Service Radio and Online program named the Whispers that was aired for three consecutive seasons and won the BBC World Service’s Innovation of the Year Award “for putting delicate matters in a sensitive manner”. Her current BBC Persian TV segments on sexual health and relationship issues reach over 6 million viewers across the globe.


Thore Langfeldt

Specialist in Clinical Psychology og Spesialist in Clinical Sexology. Startet with brain research at Neurophysiological Institute University in Oslo. Schoolpsychologist, Childpsykiatric clinic. Privat practics since 1983. Founden Institute for Clinical Sexology and Therapy in 1989. Research fellow NKVTS. Knighted by the King of Norway 2010, St. Olavs orden.

Specialist in Clinical Psychology og Spesialist in Clinical Sexology. Startet with brain research at Neurophysiological Institute University in Oslo. Schoolpsychologist, Childpsykiatric clinic. Privat practics since 1983. Founden Institute for Clinical Sexology and Therapy in 1989. Research fellow NKVTS. Knighted by the King of Norway 2010, St. Olavs orden.

Workshops

1. Susanna Ruuhilahti and Suss Åhman: Ecstasy! (and sex ed)

In the workshop we’ll explore the concepts of sex, pleasure, passion and desire. What are the key components for great sex? How does our understanding of sex impact our wellbeing, and inform our concept of norms in sexuality education?

Apart from reflections on a personal level there will be feelings, movement, colours, sensations and noises. In the workshop we will share our best practices from sexuality education that we´ve been using for years with people of different age groups; from children to the elderly.  

Join in and engage in discussions about sex, take part in a session of sexuality education for grown ups and grow a bit on a professional and/or personal level.

To be able to speak freely you can speak English, Swedish or Finnish.

2. Minna Martin: Sigh 0f Relief - Breathing as a Tool for a Therapist

The experiences of stress and anxiousness are common threats to the body and mind. The first stress experiences may develop already in the womb, or in the early relationship with the care-takers. Later we have a tendency to repeat this way of being; we generate a stressful or anxious state in similar emotional situations. Because of seeking familiar experiences, one doesn’t necessarily miss the presence of a balanced state.

To many people it is surprisingly difficult to recognize one’s own stress and anxiousness even though unpleasant physical symptoms signal there is a threat. Many people cannot connect their over-arousal to the current life situation or the past experiences. Ability to reflect one's own physical and mental experiences is crucial in order to be able to sooth oneself and regulate the emotions and sensations of the body. Not being able to reflect leaves the person vulnerable, sensitive to the fight-flight-freeze reactions and feelings of unbound stress and anxiety. This might also increase the symptoms connected to one’s sexuality.

Psycho-physical breathing therapy provides a way to identify one’s own experiences. Working with breathing, muscle tension and body-image helps to develop the base for the mental functions and self-reflection abilities. Better self-reflection abilities help the patients to understand the relevance of their symptoms, maybe even leading to easing or disappearance of the symptoms.

3. Kirsti Kuosmanen

Information coming soon

4. Sara Nasserzadeh - Cultural Literacy in working with sexual issues

Cultural Literacy (adapted from Hirsch in the realm of education) is amongst the strongest assets for counselors, educators and therapists. We all live in a multicultural context consistent of individuals of diverse origins, belief systems and ways of living. Understanding the context of peoples’ way of life is of critical impotence in shaping therapeutic alliance as well as client’s compliance with the process. Cultural literacy allows us to comprehend contextual clues that would go unrealized otherwise. It is achieved through a conscious process of: keeping an open mind with genuine interest, which fuels our informed questions. These will then allow us to have deep respect and practice with compassion for the responses our questions would elicit (IQRC). Over time IQRC will add to our Cultural Proficiency, which is the differentiating factor between a highly effective practitioner and a mediocre one. This workshop is partly experiential and elements of IQRC process will be elaborated on with tangible examples from real life clients. 

 

Susanna Ruuhilahti

Reg. midwife, project coordinator and Authorized Sexuality Educatior and Promotor of Sexual Health (NACS).

Susanna has 20 years of experience in working with sexuality education for different agegroups. She has tought sexology for students and professionals. She has established sexual health services for teenagers and services for victims and offenders of domestic violence. She has written several books about sexuality, violence and music. Lately she´s been working in the music business.

Suss and Susanna have written ethical guidelines for sexuality educators, which were approved by NACS 2016.

Susanna has 20 years of experience in working with sexuality education for different agegroups. She has tought sexology for students and professionals. She has established sexual health services for teenagers and services for victims and offenders of domestic violence. She has written several books about sexuality, violence and music. Lately she´s been working in the music business.

Suss and Susanna have written ethical guidelines for sexuality educators, which were approved by NACS 2016.


Suss Åhman

Social psychologist and Authorized Sexuality Educatior and Promotor of Sexual Health (NACS)

Suss has 20 years of experience in working with sexuality education for different agegroups. She teaches sexology at the university, trains professionals in sexology and has been co-hosting a radio- and tv-show in sex ed for years.

Suss has 20 years of experience in working with sexuality education for different agegroups. She teaches sexology at the university, trains professionals in sexology and has been co-hosting a radio- and tv-show in sex ed for years.


Minna Martin

Psychologist and psychotherapist with advanced level special training in cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT) and training in body-oriented psychotherapy.

Minna Martin works for the Finnish Student Health Services in Turku. Along with her work as a psychologist in student health care, she works as a psychotherapist and trainer.

Specialities
body-oriented approaches in psychotherapy
breathing in psychotherapy
short-term therapy groups (psychosomatic problems, anxiety, social anxiety, stress, over weight etc.)
MBT groups

Breathing in psychotherapy
Minna Martin is an instructor and trainer of psychophysical breathing therapy and also one of the authors of a book Breathing as a tool of self-regulation and interaction published by Karnac in 2016. In the breathing book team, she was also the editor with the primary responsibility for the work. She provides training for professionals in the use of the psychophysical breathing therapy method. In her therapy work she uses breathing therapy in both group and individual settings.

Minna Martin works for the Finnish Student Health Services in Turku. Along with her work as a psychologist in student health care, she works as a psychotherapist and trainer.

Specialities
body-oriented approaches in psychotherapy
breathing in psychotherapy
short-term therapy groups (psychosomatic problems, anxiety, social anxiety, stress, over weight etc.)
MBT groups

Breathing in psychotherapy
Minna Martin is an instructor and trainer of psychophysical breathing therapy and also one of the authors of a book Breathing as a tool of self-regulation and interaction published by Karnac in 2016. In the breathing book team, she was also the editor with the primary responsibility for the work. She provides training for professionals in the use of the psychophysical breathing therapy method. In her therapy work she uses breathing therapy in both group and individual settings.

Program schedule

Abstracts First Call

If you wish to present your research or other work in the conference, please send us an abstract of your talk. Abstracts should be sent using the abstract form below by the end of April 2018 to the following email-addresses: osmo.kontula@vaestoliitto.fi 

The abstract form can be downloaded here (docx).

Guidelines for abstracts 
  • All abstracts should be submitted using the abstract form above.
  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • The body text should not exceed 300 words.
  • Specify the preferred type of your presentation (oral, poster, other). 
Please do not include references.

City of Turku

Turku is known from it's cultural activities and passionate night life.
Getting around the city is quick, easy and safe for everyone!

Visit Turku How to get there

Accommodation

The Congress will be held at Radisson Blu Marina Palace hotel.

Enjoy exceptional design and a location next to the city’s beautiful river. The 298 rooms feature amenities such as Free high-speed wireless Internet, mini bars and the Super Breakfast Buffet.

HOTELS

A quota of rooms has been reserved for the NACS participants in the conference hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace and in another city centre hotel, Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs.

The reservations will be made on “first come, first served” basis. The hotel quotas are valid until two months before the conference, after that we cannot guarantee the availability of the hotel rooms but will assist you in finding accommodation.
You can reserve and pay your accommodation through the conference registration form. Your reservation will be confirmed together with your participation. On the registration form, please choose the accommodation dates, then the hotel and the room type and finally the number of nights.
The hotel fees include breakfast, service and VAT.
Below is a short presentation of the hotels. For more information, please contact Aboa Congress and Event Services info@aboaservices.fi. Please note also the room cancellation conditions!

Room cancellation

A reserved room may be cancelled free of charge 2 weeks before the arrival (later only due to medical reasons and a medical certificate must be presented). The hotel has the right to charge the guest for cancellations made later than 2 weeks before the arrival date or no-shows.

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Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel (NACS Conference hotel)
Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku

The hotel Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel is located right on the banks of the river Aurajoki, few blocks from the city centre Market square. The hotel has 184 stylish rooms. A wireless high-speed internet access is available throughout the hotel. With an in-house beauty salon and complimentary access to multiple saunas, the Radisson Blu Hotel provides numerous guest services to enhance your visit. After a day at the congress, enjoy a dinner at the hotel restaurant Grill it! Marina or have a drink at the terrace overlooking the river Aurajoki.

single standard room
EUR 123/night
single river view room
EUR 128/night
single superior room
EUR 138/night
double standard room
EUR 133/night
double river view room
EUR 138/night
double superior room
EUR 148/night

Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs
Kauppiaskatu 6, 20100 Turku

Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs is a stylish, modern hotel located in the heart of the city, by the Market Square. The hotel has several restaurants under the same roof. Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs’s saunas and the swimming pool provide you with relaxing moments on the rooftop of the city.

Single standard room
EUR 108/night
Double standard room
EUR 118/night

Registration

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES:
The participation fee (Friday - Sunday) includes attendance in a diverse and high quality scientific programme, conference materials, coffee and lunch on the conference days as well as City reception on Friday, 21 September and Gala dinner at Turku Castle on Saturday, 22 September.

Separate registration fee for the Pre-conference on Thursday, 20 September. The Pre-conference fee includes coffee and Get-together event in the same evening.

Note! Register early to take advantage of the lower registration fee. The ’early bird’ deadline is 30 June 2018.

REGISTRATION FEES

Participant - Early bird – 450 EUR

Pre-Conference – 100 EUR

Methods of payment 1) Credit card payment with Visa or Mastercard 2) PDF invoice 3) E-invoice (Verkkolasku, Finnish organisations and companies only). Please have the correct invoicing details (OTV number, operator) at hand when you fill in the registration form.

An extra invoicing charge of 5 EUR will be added in case a new invoice is processed (revised due to wrong address, or otherwise modified).

The registration fees are invoiced by Aboa Congress and Event Services (VAT FI28050288) on behalf of the local organiser Suomen Seksologinen Seura ry (VAT FI18094121) whose scientific conferences are exempted from VAT.

Cancellation of registration
Cancellation must be made in writing (email) to info@aboaservices.fi by 1 August 2018. No registration fees will be refunded after that date. A processing fee of 50 EUR will be deducted of all refunds.