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Are you wanting to do better when it comes to acknowledging and talking about sexuality in your client's lives?

Do you work in health and human services?

Did your university education skip over this important part of wellbeing altogether?

At the core of the Deep Dive SAR are justice and transformation, supporting participants to embody and generate equity as well as become more effective agents of change in their professions.

Deep Dive Virtual is a unique ‘Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring’ (SAR) workshop designed to grow your personal and professional understanding of sexual identity, inequality, and intimacy.

 

Delivered online over two-days, this intensive course utilises the very latest in collaboration software, multimedia, guest speakers, and small group discussion to provoke an experiential, cognitive, and affective deep dive. Are you ready to explore the range of human sexual expression and behaviour? 

 

The Deep Dive SAR assists participants to evaluate their biases, values, attitudes, and feelings regarding a variety of sexuality topics which will improve their approach to this work.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GOLD COAST
Postponed due to COVID-19
VIRUTAL
July/August
VIRTUAL
Sept/Oct

Purpose of a SAR

Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) is a dive into the murky depths of the participant’s inner world. The purpose of this Deep Dive is to explore those parts of their sexual selves that are rejected or hidden and begin to accept them with kindness and understanding. For some participants, the challenges to their worldview may be radical and extreme for others they may be small shifts that open their hearts and minds to even greater possibilities.

 

Through the exploration of sexual attitudes and values, participants can improve self-compassion and in turn direct it outward to approach the human experience of those they work with, using curiosity and acceptance. In the Deep Dive SAR participants are not told what to think, instead, they are supported to explore why they hold certain beliefs and how those beliefs might impact their work, positively and negatively. 

 

 

Personal outcomes:

  • Discover a personal definition of sexual identity by exploring how others define themselves

  • Experiment with how these definitions intersect throughout society, creating privilege and oppression

  • Deep Dive into how identity and inequality influence our understandings of sexual expression

 

Professional outcomes:

  • Proficient in understanding the range of ways people identify with themselves and others

  • Ability to recognise how assumptions and inequality in professional practice might impact a person’s daily experience of identity

  • Understand the intimate and sexual ways people search for identity and meaning throughout life

  • Ability to communicate the importance of a respect-based approach to sexuality and self

 

 

The process of Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) is seen as the global standard in professional development regarding sexuality, for anyone engaged with the care of people. They are held all over the world in a variety of forms to ensure that dignity and respect for sexuality are embedded in practice. Pushing through discomfort allows for participants to reassess their own beliefs and norms surrounding the diversity of human sexual experience. A SAR is not a cognitive or educational workshop. Process-oriented discussion and experiential learning assist participants to open their hearts and minds to a new approach, restructuring beliefs and their capacity to engage with difficult moments.  

 

Please note: sexually explicit media is utilised in the SAR process. It is not suitable for people under 18 years.

Who is it for?

The 'Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring' process is a basic requirement for those who wish to become accredited as sexuality educators or psychosexual therapists with the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd, but it can also benefit people in a range of other professions.

Deep Dive SAR is an endorsed CPD activity with the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Society of Australian Sexologists. 

The Deep Dive SAR is for professionals working in the health, education, and human services sectors, including; GPs and other medical professionals, Sexologists (therapists and educators), Nurses, Aged Care Workers, Naturopaths and Complementary Medicine Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Disability workers, NDIS registered providers, Youth workers, Teachers, Educators, and other educational staff. Other professionals and students are also welcome. 

The World Association of Sexual Health's Declaration of Sexual Rights firmly establishes the importance of sexual rights as human rights. If you are a professional whose work centres on the wellbeing of the person then consideration of sexuality as a core component of overall health is essential. 

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Kerrin Bradfield is an Accredited Clinical Sexuality Educator with the  Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. They adhere to the Society’s  Code of Ethics and Practice.

To find out more, go to www.societyaustraliansexologists.org.au

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