Upcoming Workshop: Understanding Sexual Shame and Moving Towards Sex-Positivity

Over the last several years, I’ve been exploring the ways in which sexuality and shame relate, as well as how a deeper understanding of these topics can enrich our understanding of sex-positivity. As part of this process, I’ve developed a couple of workshops on the topic and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be offering them at the California Institute of Integral Studies in March.

This isn’t a GV-sponsored event, but it’s clearly pretty closely related to the work that Good Vibrations does to promote sexual health, pleasure and well-being. Please feel free to pass this info along and if you’re in the Bay Area, I’d love to see you there!

Understanding Sexual Shame and Moving Towards Sex-Positivity
March 6 & March 13, 10 am-5:30 pm
$125/$235 for both workshops

6 CEUs (MFT, LCSW, RN) available for each day
CIIS Minna Street Center
695 Minna St (between Julia St & 8th St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sexual shame, sex-negativity, and erotophobia influence every aspect of our lives and they’re often present in clinical settings, even when they’re not explicitly part of the conversation. In this two-day course, we’ll explore some of the patterns that affect sexuality and develop strategies for overcoming them. On March 6, we’ll examine some of the processes that create and deepen sexual shame, ways to recognize how shame affects our clients and ourselves, discuss its influence on relationships, and explore steps we can take to respond to it. On March 13, we will discuss what we can do to foster more positive relationships with sexuality in order to enhance health, pleasure and well-being. Some of the topics that will be covered include sexual diversity, the Myth of the Normal and its effects, tools for developing a sex-positive approach, and resources for further learning. You may attend either day of this workshop or both of them.

Objectives: By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Describe at least two physiological indicators of shame, and at least two affective indicators of shame.
  • Describe at least three ways in which shame manifests in interpersonal and group dynamics.
  • Describe at least two strategies for helping people respond to sexual shame.
  • Identify three characteristics of sexual well-being
  • Describe three ways in which the Myth of the Normal affects sexuality
  • Identify two things that service providers can do to create sex-positive client interactions

The two courses combined are available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students.

About the Presenter

Charlie Glickman, PhD, is the education program manager at Good Vibrations in San Francisco. His areas of expertise include sexual diversity, sex and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, sexual practices, and sex-positivity. He has taught workshops and classes on a wide range of topics for many organizations including CIIS, JFK University, the Graduate Theological Union, and numerous nonprofit agencies. He is certified as a sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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