UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Liberatory Approaches to Healing Trauma

& Integrating Expansive Sexual Expression

presented by Angie Gunn & Ignacio Rivera

AUGUST 14 from 10 am-1 pm PST

3 AASECT CE Credits

Most of our current clinical templates for addressing sexual trauma focus on the individual— what’s happened to you, your body, your brain, and how we fix it. We don't live in a vacuum so we must use holistic approaches that incorporate the social realities we exist in. Focusing solely on our individual, internal oppression negates the ideological, interpersonal, as well as institutional oppression we navigate. Incorporating broader avenues of reality helps to create long term pathways for healing & growth. In this collaborative workshop, we will explore liberatory approaches to healing sexual trauma including unpacking systemic oppression, engaging with intergenerational resourcing and stories, and integrating somatic tools. We will explore what it means to move towards expansive sexual expression, as both a destination & a pathway to healing.

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Peas & Pods:
Navigating Power in Sex, Dating, & Relationships
presented by Ignacio & Aredvi from @Heal2End

NOVEMBER 17 from 10 am-Noon PST

When it comes to sex and dating, power dynamics show up in many ways. From differences of race, gender, and class to differences in personalities, building wholesome and grounded sexual and romantic connections may feel overwhelming. Do you feel like you are forced to leave some of your identities behind when dating? Is asserting your autonomy as a poor or disabled person feeling like a constant chore? Do you feel guilty about your privileges in your relationships with marginalized folks? Join us to learn tools for communication, boundary setting, and community building to respectfully navigate power, privilege, and oppression in sex, dating, and relationships.

WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

Couples who practice non-monogamy bring entirely new sets of challenges to the therapy room. And yet, our  standard couples therapy models don’t include the unique needs of those who practice this relationship style, nor do they provide guidance for adapting techniques to best suit more complex identities. In this workshop we will explore the identities, needs, and possible interventions for these individuals, with an emphasis on LGBTQIPA2S+ couples. Join us for a collaborative conversation, brainstorm and sample client scenarios to enrich your practice.

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One of the main tenets of Ethical Non-monogamy being transparency- how do you decide what is or isn't important information to share and to receive about yours and your partner's relationships? How do you honor your own needs, while also understanding and adapting to boundaries of others in your relationship world? Join us as we negotiate all of these questions & more in Disclosure & Non-Monogamy: Agreements & boundaries to maximize well-being for all.

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This class will be focused on perspectives of survivors, inclusive of the experience of BIPOC, LGBTQIPA+, and sex worker specific survivors. We will be digging into the impact of trauma on various areas of life, ways the trauma manifests long term (ie: physical/ social/ relational/ psychological effects) and creating empowerment and healing through ritual, self care, community, and clinical tools. You are more than your sexual trauma, you deserve access to pleasure on your terms.

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This class will be focused on perspectives of survivors, inclusive of the experience of BIPOC, LGBTQIPA+, and sex worker specific survivors. We will be digging into the impact of trauma on various areas of life, ways the trauma manifests long term (ie: physical/ social/ relational/ psychological effects) and creating empowerment and healing through ritual, self care, community, and clinical tools. You are more than your sexual trauma, you deserve access to pleasure on your terms.

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We live in a world where sexual shame inhibits and controls sexual expression and prevents connection and pleasure. Porn and diverse arousal patterns are often targets for hate and oppression related to sexual expression. In this discussion based workshop we go through activities to encourage unpacking of personal internalized bias and shame and moving towards new opportunities for pleasure and connection in your body.

We live in a world where sexual shame inhibits and controls sexual expression and prevents connection and pleasure. Porn and diverse arousal patterns are often targets for hate and oppression related to sexual expression. In this discussion based workshop we go through activities to encourage unpacking of personal internalized bias, shame and moving towards new opportunities for pleasure and connection in your body.

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Relationship transitions resemble trauma symptoms and patterning in our bodies. This trauma can be exacerbated by the reactions of other partners, the intensity of the decoupling required, and the presence of support or lack thereof. This workshop will explore the challenges these dynamics present, and ways that we can be intentional in seeking to connect and at times disconnect. We will support individual healing approaches, as well as addressing the loss in the larger network. Strategies for protecting the rest of the relationship network as well as your own well-being will be coupled with discussion and group exploration of the ethics and values driving non-monogamous partnering.

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Attachment Patterning and Sexual Expression: An introduction to the impact of attachment neurobiology on expansive sexual and romantic expressions. We will unpack the various attachment styles and ways they show up in sexuality, specifically those exploring more expansive relationship and sexual styles. All identities and expressions are welcome to join this interactive conversation. This workshop offers 2 AASECT CE's.

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BDSM holds many useful tools for healing parts of ourselves, particularly those parts which were harmed in relationships and power dynamics. The ability to create and cultivate safe, consensual, clearly negotiated play provides a perfect framework for reclaiming power and redefining our relationship with ourselves and others. However engaging in kink as a tool for trauma healing can also cause more harm if not done well. This workshop will provide some basic guidelines and strategies for beginning the use of kink in healing, as well as precautions to take to ensure more damage doesn’t occur. Your access to your pleasure, and the full expression of your erotic self, often awaits just on the other side of trauma. We can help you find the entrance to that path.

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BDSM holds many useful tools for healing parts of ourselves, particularly those parts which were harmed in relationships and power dynamics. The ability to create and cultivate safe, consensual, clearly negotiated play provides a perfect framework for reclaiming power and redefining our relationship with ourselves and others. However engaging in kink as a tool for trauma healing can also cause more harm if not done well. This workshop will provide some basic guidelines and strategies for beginning the use of kink in healing, as well as precautions to take to ensure more damage doesn’t occur. Your access to your pleasure, and the full expression of your erotic self, often awaits just on the other side of trauma. We can help you find the entrance to that path.

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Many of our typical intake processes cause more harm than good. We dive in, asking clients to share mental health history, trauma descriptions and family histories. This approach comes from a white supremacist colonized approach to healing.... seeking to define, label and "treat" pathology. In the realm of secks therapy, this is particularly problematic given the tremendous amount of cultural trauma, shame and subversion of expression and identity.  We have a new approach that we'd like to present to you. Our assessment process is rooted in somatic, trauma centered care from an anti-oppression, liberation psychology perspective. Join us for an interactive conversation about how to shift the assessment process to create a meaningful relational foundation, and a clear path forward. 

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