The word “survivor” has emerged strongly within our cultural lexicon due to more forward-facing, high-profile cases of sexual perpetration, thus establishing a social declaration for sexual healing and empowerment. Sexual abuse, assault, harassment and rape happen to one out of every six women, one out of every thirty-three men, and a disproportionately higher percentage (66% higher) of non-binary and transgender identified people in the United States (rainn.org). The aftermath of these traumas include the burden of belief in addition to survivors’ often solitary journey toward mind/body health. Repairing what has been lost to sexual trauma is necessary, even vital to the process of recovery, but it’s not enough. Surviving is the beginning though certainly not a sufficient or acceptable end.
This course explores what comes next as clients move toward sexual and relational health. Practitioners will learn how to help clients shift from surviving to thriving—from merely existing to fully living—by reimagining what their individual and relational evolutions entail. This seminar not only draws from contemporary research in sex therapy and somatic psychology, offering theories and tools to ground survivors in concepts of safety, security and trust, but it also reaches further into the realm of vitality, freedom, healthy relationships and great sex. Through specific somatic sex therapy protocols and case studies, practitioners will learn to guide clients on a holistic journey toward the rediscovery of desire, both for themselves and in their intimate relationships. (Based on my newly released book Reclaiming Pleasure: A Sex-Positive Guide for Moving Past Sexual Trauma and Living a Passionate Life https://www.amazon.com/dp/1684038421/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_23S5K0K1N40KRX45VKS1)
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, other clinical mental health professionals, and anyone seeking to understand the mechanisms of sexual trauma and recovery.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT
Material Author(s): Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT
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