The International Professional Surrogates' Association (IPSA)

2018 East Coast Therapist Training

February 23-24th

Washington DC, located at The Viva Center in DuPont Circle


IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates’ Association) will be hosting a one-day, intensive workshop designed to introduce therapists to working with surrogate partners. A surrogate partner is a professional who, together with a therapist, helps clients overcome obstacles to physical and emotional intimacy through practical exercises, guidance, and relationship modeling.


In this workshop you will:

  • Be introduced to the theory, structure, and practice of Surrogate Partner Therapy

  • Learn what clients benefit from working with a surrogate partner

  • Experience some common techniques employed in Surrogate Partner Therapy

  • Address ethical and legal considerations when working with a surrogate partner

  • Meet local surrogate partners

Friday, February 23rd: Come meet our surrogate partners and IPSA president, Vena Blanchard, during our pre-workshop, informal social event, from 6-9pm.*

Saturday. February 24th: join us for an all-day, intensive workshop at the Viva Center from 9am-5pm, lead by IPSA president Vena Blanchard.*

* Wine & cheese provided during Friday’s evening’s gathering.  Snacks, water, tea, and lunch with a vegetarian/vegan option provided during Saturday’s workshop.

Who should attend:

  • Licensed therapists, counselors, and sex educators who are curious about surrogate partner therapy

  • Therapists and counselors who have worked with surrogate partners, but are unfamiliar with IPSA’s professional standards and code of ethics

  • Experienced therapists and counselors who would like to network with other professionals and meet IPSA-trained surrogate partners


  • REDUCED Registration fee: $45

  • We ask that all attendees pre-register for this event

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  • Once your request has been processed, you will be sent an invoice via Paypal