Candace Risen, LISW

RisenCandace Risen is the Co-Director of the Center for Marital & Sexual Health in Beachwood, Ohio, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The Center for Marital & Sexual Health, founded in 1977, is nationally and internationally recognized as a training center of excellence in the field of human sexuality. The Center offers sub-specialty programs in sexual functioning, sexual orientation, sexual deviance disorders, gender identity disorders, sexual addiction, and professional boundary crossing. Mrs. Risen is the Director of the Sexual Offenders program and the Sexual Addiction Program, and Co-Director of the Gender Clinic and the Program for Professionals.

Mrs. Risen’s clinical specialty in sexual addictions and sexual deviance disorders has been utilized by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the Catholic Diocese, and numerous professional licensing boards throughout the United States to assist in the evaluation of people who commit serious criminal and/or ethical sexual violations. She has appeared on several television documentaries on sexual crime-such as Night Court- and is well known as an educator and workshop leader.

Mrs. Risen is the author of numerous articles in the area of sexual deviance disorders, sexual functioning, and sexual identity. Along with Stephen Levine and Stanley Althof, she is the Associate Editor of a book, Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals, in which she wrote a chapter on “Listening to Sexual Stories.” A previously published article on the same subject, “A Guide to Taking a Sexual History” in The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 1995, has been used in medical and mental health training programs all over the world to teach interviewing skills in the area of sexual functioning and dysfunctions