While speaking to a group of amazing young cancer patients and survivors at Porter Hospital last night, I learned of a wonderful conference coming to Denver in 2015.  It is called Cancer Con and it is the annual event put on nationally by the non-profit organization called, Stupid Cancer. The dates are April 24 through April 26, 2015. Stupid Cancer is a global support network for patients, survivors, care givers, providers and advocates.  To learn more go to: http://cancercon.org/ or http://stupidcancer.org/about/index.shtml.

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This would be an amazing opportunity for the clinician at the right stage of your career as you would be under the direction of Dr. Eli Coleman and his team:

The Program in Human Sexuality at the University Of Minnesota Medical School may have an opening for a two year fellowship starting this late summer or fall, 2014.  For certain, we will have openings for Fall of 2015.

We seek applicants to join a vibrant team of faculty and postdoctoral fellows for a two-year fellowship program.  Fellows would provide individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy for a wide range of sexual dysfunctions and problems including:  relationship and sexual problems, transgender issues, sexual orientation concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, paraphilias, sexual offending, and HIV counseling. The clinic serves a diverse group of patients (an average of 1,300 visits per month), including children, adolescents, minorities, disabled individuals, and clients with chronic medical or mental health problems. The training will help the fellow develop skills in addressing sexual issues in any clinical setting and conducting psychosexual evaluations. In addition to sex therapy, treatment addresses a wide variety of Axis I and Axis II disorders. This kind of diversity makes for an exciting and stimulating fellowship! Fellows complete a research project that is tailored to their own interests. Applicants must have their Ph.D., Psy. D. or M.D. The fellowship helps individuals gain licensure. The fellowship includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a professional travel stipend.  Interested candidates who might be interested should contact Eli Coleman, PhD, Director, Program in Human Sexuality, 1300 S. 2nd St., Suite 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454 or colem001@umn.edu


A recent presentation given at the American Psychiatric Association found that many of the sex supplements available on-line can cause harm.  “A review of 108 Web sites and other online resources showed the most common of these products contained the active ingredients yohimbine, maca, ginkgo biloba, and/or horny goat weed. These 4 substances were linked to the induction of anxiety, panic, mood changes, hallucinations, and/or addictive behaviors.”

Reference: Online Sex Supplements Linked to Serious Psychoactive Effects. Medscape. May 05, 2014.

There are so many safer ways to reach your sexual goals.  Here is a link to every AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in the world: www.aasect.org. As the old police show used to say as the cops hit the street, “Let’s be careful out there.”



It’s little wonder that Venus in Fur was nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway.   It was the best two person performance I have ever seen. The pre-show panel event I did last night was called “Kink & Cocktails.”  On the panel with me was Dr. Shanna Katz and Emily Bitti, both of whom were warm, witty and extremely smart.  The panel was a one time event, however Venus in Fur plays here in Denver through June 14 so there is still time to see the show.    Venus in Fur is playing at Curious Theater in Denver and gets two thumbs up from me!



Venus in Fur is a theatrical adaptation of the classic book from 1870, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.  Yes, folks, this is the book that first inspired the term masochism nearly 150 years ago.  Shanna Katz, Emily Bitti and I are going to kick off the May 23rd showing with a very candid panel discussion on the psychology of sex and power.  This is going to be a really fun evening so I hope you will join us!

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6pm
Location: Curious Theatre Company
Package: $52

An incisive commentary on the politics of desire,Venus in Fur explores psycho-sexual themes including female dominance and sadomasochism. Join leading sex therapist Dr. Neil Cannon Ph.D., LMFT, extraordinary-educator, Shanna Katz M.Ed, and founder of erotic social network kasidie.com [NSFW] Emily Bitti for a candid discussion of the power and psychology of sex. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Project Angel Heart: Art for Life

On April 20, 2014, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

Project Angel Heart’s annual fundraiser is on May 9, 2014 at the Abend Gallery of Fine Art on Colfax.  It makes for a great “date night” and it is a great cause.

Back in 1991 Project Angel Heart was established to help get food and nutrition to people suffering from HIV/AIDS.  It all started with one pan of lasagna for 12 people.  Today, Project Angel Heart prepares and delivers more than half a million meals each year to Denver families afflicted with a broad variety of life threatening illnesses.  For tickets and details go to www.projectangelheart.org.

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Seeking LGBT Family Study Participants…

On March 4, 2014, in GLBT, LGBT, by drneilcannon1

Please see below from a former student, Rachel Gall:

I am a DFI alum and a current doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). I am currently working on my dissertation, where I am researching the experiences of families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Queer (LGBQ) parents and their elementary school-aged children.


Parents with any variety of gender identity or expression are invited to participate, as long as they identify as LGBQ parents. I am looking for families to participate in an interview, which will last approximately 90 minutes and will be conducted in your home or a location of your choice.


If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in this study, or if you would like to learn more, please contact me by phone at 303.720.6154, or email at racheltgall@gmail.com. Please don’t respond to this post in order to protect your confidentiality. Thank you!


Sex & Aging…

On September 1, 2013, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

I am reading a fabulous book tonight by my friend and colleague, Dr. Marty Klein.  His newest book is called, “Sexual Intelligence.”  I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I got to the part about body image and perky young breasts.  People my age (56) can really relate.

“Remember,” Marty said, “breasts don’t sag as we get older, they relax!” Nice reframe, Marty!



Very interesting study…

On August 15, 2013, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

Being a big football fan (Go Broncos!), and of course a scientist of sexuality, I found this study to be fascinating.  It is being conducted by a colleague at the University of Florida so if you have an interest in participating it is the real deal and credible.  Participation information is below:

Approved University of Florida researchers are conducting a confidential study with heterosexual married women ages 28-58. If you feel satisfied with your marriage but are bothered by low interest is sex, you are invited to contact us for more information. Those who decide to participate will be assigned either to read a free copy of a self-help book or an erotic fiction book over the course of 6-weeks. You’ll be asked to fill out a personal sexuality questionnaire and your responses will be anonymous. Please contact us at ufresearchstudy12@gmail.com or (352) 641-0201


Next Speaking Engagement…

On August 4, 2013, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

If you are a clinician you might enjoy this upcoming event put on by the Colorado Association of Marriage & Family Therapy where I will be sharing some of my favorite sexual interventions.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Due to the breakout session format, registration is ONLY available online this year. Go to www.coamft.org and click on “register here.” Please note you will need your CAMFT membership ID number to receive the member discount.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. David Schnarch and Dr. Ruth Morehouse
“Sexual Desire, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Marriage and Family Therapy”

Attendees may register for three afternoon breakout sessions presented by:
Dr. David Schnarch – “Mind Mapping and Desire in Couple’s Therapy”
Dr. Ruth Morehouse – “Crucible® Approach: Differentiation is the Drivewheel of Client and Therapist Progress”
Dr. Neil Cannon – “Secrets from a Sex Therapist: Practical Interventions to Strengthen Clinical Outcomes when Sex is the Issue”
Dr. David Fenell – “Contextual Normalization Theory: A Systemic and Wellness-based Model for
Helping Combat Veterans and Their Families”
Dr. Pat Covalt – “Building Skills for Strong, Healthy Relationships with Emotional Intelligence”
Ms. Patti Swope – “Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: A Roadmap to Success”