Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions/Registration

We are pleased to offer several exciting Preconference Continuing Education opportunities for attendees on Thursday the 19th of April on the Mezanine Level of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Please click here to access the online system.

Do you have a question about who is eligible for CE’s at the conference?

Preconference Workshops – Thursday, April 19th 2012
(Registration Fee $50 Each)

9:00 am to 12:00 pm         Workshop A:

Sex Toys: A Health and Pleasure Perspective
Sarah Tomchesson and Kristen Tribby from The Pleasure Chest, Los Angeles

registration fee of $50 for 3 CE’s
Sex Toys are entering the mainstream consciousness like we have never seen before, yet widespread misinformation still exists. This playful and informative discussion will give an overview of sex toys and their applications both for achieving sexual satisfaction and addressing sexual health concerns for all genders. From women-friendly lubricants to BDSM play and Pegging, no rock will be left unturned!
Please click here to access the online system.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm            Workshop B:

Teaching Sexual Literacy: Moving Beyond Traditional Methods
Nicole Polen-Petit, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., and Gilbert Herdt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Purpose: Explore the challenges of teaching human sexuality in institutions of higher education today and find ways for participants to learn new ways of communicating sexually-based information and creating an educational environment that allows for sexual learning to go beyond the acquisition of facts to sexual literacy, personal reflection and life application.
registration fee of $50 for 3 CE’s
Please click here to access the online system.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm    Workshop C:

Mental Health and Sexuality: Same Old Problems, Brand New Solutions Stephanie Buehler, M.A., Psy.D.
Learn new and holistic ways to conceptualize, assess, and treat sex and relationship problems that may be faced by adults with mental illness and their partners.

registration fee of $50 for 3 CE’s
Please click here to access the online system.

DETAILED WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS AND OBJECTIVES:

Workshop B
Teaching Sexual Literacy: Moving Beyond Traditional Methods

Nicole Polen-Petit, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., and Gilbert Herdt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Purpose: Explore the challenges of teaching human sexuality in institutions of higher education today and find ways for participants to learn new ways of communicating sexually-based information and creating an educational environment that allows for sexual learning to go beyond the acquisition of facts to sexual literacy, personal reflection and life application.
Issues: Today, the social and educational landscape surrounding sexuality looks vastly different. The millennial students are engaged with the world in ways that were unheard of even a few years ago, most notably through Internet and social media. Today’s students reflect these changes as they enter sexuality courses looking not only for how to meet their academic needs but also how to enrich themselves and create personal meaning and insight. They differ in how they find and form sexual relationships; in how they are exposed to sexual material, news, and information; in their use of social networking sites to reach people; and in their aspirations toward love, marriage, and family. Human Sexuality courses need to go beyond

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the current pedagogical challenges of teaching Human Sexuality to a diverse student population.
  • Participants will be able to create exercises for students intended to focus on personal reflection and life application of sexually-based material.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the importance of sexual communication in a variety of contexts including personal relationships, family relationships and societal discourse.
  • Participants will learn strategies to improve the teaching of sexual communication in a variety of contexts.
  • Participants will be able to discern the quality of various sources of sexually-based information including academic/scientific sources, media and internet.
  • Participants will engage in discussion around the topic of teaching students to be critical consumers of sexually-based information, emphasizing their own abilities to learn “best practices” and “ethical practices” in sexual literacy and research.

Mental Health and Sexuality: Same Old Problems, Brand New Solutions
Stephanie Buehler, M.A., Psy.D.


Purpose:
Learn new and holistic ways to conceptualize, assess, and treat sex and relationship problems that may be faced by adults with mental illness and their partners.
Issues: According to a 2011 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 20% of American adults have a mental illness, many of whom are married or in a committed relationship. At the same time, sex and relationship problems have been marginalized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, as well as in research literature. This has resulted in a lack of training of therapists in this area, who often don’t recognize or treat sexual problems in people who have problems such as mood disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, ADD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and so forth. This workshop will help bridge the gap by presenting current research as well as treatment options based on such literature.
Overview of Session Activities: Lecture and handouts; case studies with audience Q&A participation.
Anticipated outcomes: Based on available research, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3-5 sexual problems associated with each of five DSM categories,
  • Apply 3-5 specific suggestions in treatment of clients with mental illness and their partners, and
  • Describe three areas in which further research is needed related to mental illness, sexuality, and relationships.
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