Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual issues, yet most health professionals lack adequate training to help clients. This workshop brings emotional and spiritual consciousness to the practice of sex therapy. It offers an innovative model for exploring a wide range of situations and dynamics, and provides opportunities for case consultation about desire, pleasure, dysfunction, and more. Its structure encourages personal awareness along with clinical questions and networking opportunities. By the end of this training participants should be able to:
• Describe an expanded view of sexual desire and intimacy that includes physical sensation, emotional passion, cognitive discernment, and spiritual longings for connection with self, partner, and the universe
• Articulate distinctions between sex with a goal of performance, and relational sex that focuses on pleasure
• Identify cultural messages that create a gender gap in sexual attitudes
• Discuss beliefs and stereotypes surrounding sexuality and aging
• Address hot-button issues such as masturbation, sexual orientation, and affairs
• Recognize strategies that relieve effects of sexual abuse and control
The workshop is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, family therapists, sexuality therapists, school counselors, and anyone working with students or clients for whom sexual issues may affect health, empowerment, or safety.
Recommended reading: Ogden, The Heart and Soul of Sex, The Return of Desire, and Women Who Love Sex.