Widener University's 7th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference: Cultural Competencies
Widener University is proud to present the 7th annual Careers in Sexuality Conference:
Our vision is a positive and inspiring experience, filled with practical knowledge for professionals, current students, and prospective students of human sexuality. This conference will allow participants to envision the opportunities and potential for their own successes within the field of human sexuality. This one day conference will consist of 9 workshops focusing on professional skills… Show more for the educator, clinician, or generalist practitioner.
Widener University's 7th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference: Cultural Competencies will be held on Friday, October 24th, 2014. Conference check-in and a complimentary light breakfast will be held between 8:00 Am - 9:00 Am, followed directly by this year's conference from 9:00 Am - 4:30 PM. A complimentary lunch is also included. Please see the bottom of this page for full schedule of events, including workshop/presentation times.
LaShay Harvey is a sexologist, professor, and researcher. While research in all facets of sexuality is intriguing, her specific research interests encompass sexual agency, sexual freedom, and sexual identity development in the African American community. It is not enough to simply acknowledge that people are sexual from birth to death; it is imperative to dissect, critique, and re(create) those experiences in significant ways.
Most often, the African American sexual experience is examined through a limited and narrow public health lens that paints only a partial picture. It is the entire picture, chock full of nuances, that LaShay's work seeks to illustrate.
LaShay Harvey received her Ba in Communications from the University of Central Florida, M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University, and is completing her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at Widener University. She is currently an adjunct professor at The University of Baltimore where she teaches human sexuality, and the psychology of gender. LaShay also coordinates a research study at The Johns Hopkins University on pelvic inflammatory disease (Pid) in adolescent girls and young women. She also assists with research from The Johns Hopkins University on exotic dancers and their risk environments. More information can be found on her Website
The conference will consist of nine presentations for attendees to choose from. They will be divided into three different time slots with each time slot consisting of one educational, one clinical, and one "wildcard" workshop to choose from. Attendees are free to choose any presentations that are most appealing to them.
See below for a list of the confirmed* presentations:
Cultural Competency in Sexual Communities of Color: Exploring diverse Trans, Poly, and BDSM Communities of Color/ Elisha Oliver M.S. & Derrell Cox II M.S. & Ariel M. Cooksey, M.A., S.S.P.
Elisha Oliver Derrell Cox II Ariel Cooksey
Rose(2007) indicates that “we are seeing the emergence of new ideas of what human beings are, what they should do, and what they can hope for. This includes the sexually and gender fluid individual. These visualizations of humanness have significant implications with regards to the ways in which sexuality and gender have come under close surveillance of the social and medical gaze of the researcher, clinician, sex therapist and educator, public health officials, policy maker, and public at large. This workshop will provide attendees with a useful toolkit that will assist in working with diverse communities of color and facilitate participation in the wider multicultural sexualities dialogue. This workshop examines the ways in which various research and advocacy methods can be employed to provide an emic perspective of the daily lived experiences of these communities and the ways in which these experiences impact psychosocial and sexual health and give meaning to the fluid categories of relationships between family, friends, lovers, therapist, sex educators, and policy makers.
Beyond the 10 Steps to Use a Condom: The Influence of Machismo in Condom Use in the Latino Community/ Lorena Olvera-Moreno
This in teractive workshop will provide an overview of the influences of sexism (machismo) in condom use in the Latino community. Machismo influences the way Latinos and Latinas perceive their sexuality because they are raised with the belief that it is inherent to their existence. This workshop will focus on what research states regarding the influence of machismo in condom negotiation and in condom use self-efficacy. Audience members will also learn the best practices and practical steps that service providers and educators working with Latino youth can take to promote condom negotiation in Latino communities where sexism prevails.
Behind Closed Doors: The Intersection Compulsion, Religion, and Healthy Sexuailty/ Erica Sarr Psy.D., M.Ed., BCB
Imagine in your family that sex is shameful, secret, and sinful. Who could you talk to about falling in love, wanting to start sexual intimacy, fears about sexual performance? Now imagine that you are afraid your secret sexuality is getting out of control. That your behavior is becoming compulsive and distressing. Who might understand and who might judge you and turn you away? Sexuality in religious communities can be a complicated topic to face. Clients imbedded in religious cultural systems sometimes find themselves trapped between the values of the system and the path of their own developing sexuality. The picture becomes even more complicated when the person's sexual behavior may be becoming problematic and they have no one to turn to for guidance or support. Therapists can help clients walk a sometimes unclear path between individual integrity and upholding the beliefs of their cultural community. Tools such as speaking silent rules aloud, clarifying personal values, and examining boundaries can assist clients in developing a personal framework for the world. Clients can then use these values as a touchstone for helping separate healthy sexual desires which may have been suppressed or taboo from behaviors which are compulsive, coercive, or isolating.
Overall, therapeutic practitioners are much less likely to be religious than the clients that they serve. Therefore, they may have less experience with how religiosity can affect a person’s developing sexuality. We hope to help participants grow in understanding the impact that spirituality can play by examining the real world dilemmas of clients who are not only deeply religious themselves, but are also part of a greater cultural framework of traditions and expectations. This presentation will include examples of client struggles from a variety of religious traditions and how therapists can assist a client in better understanding their own sexual templates while still honoring the values of their religious cultural community.
There's Lots of Work on the Dark Side: Careers in Treating Sexual Offenders/ Thomas Graves, Ph.D., Alena Kearney, M.Ed, Jackson Tay Bosley, Psy.D.
Thomas Graves, Ph.D. Alena Kearney, M.Ed. Jackson Tay Bosley, Psy.D.
This workshop will illustrate how clinicians trained in sexual dysfunction treatment and sexuality education can find a fulfilling career in treating sexual offenders. We will begin with an overview of the field of sexual offender treatment, discuss the forensic implications of providing treatment to individuals who engage in illegal activity, and end with the practical aspects of employment in this burgeoning field.
We will discuss such issues as: Academic credentials necessary to practice Attitudes about illegal sexual behaviors Legal issues that complicate the treatment process The secondary effects (on therapists) of treating this difficult population
Sexuality, Intimacy, and Palliative Care: Meeting Those with Terminal Illnesses Where They Are/ Stephanie C. Chando, MSW
This workshop will explore the intersections of two of American culture's most taboo subjects: Sex and Death. Facilitating discussions regarding death/dying and intimacy/sexuality require one to be able to meet those with terminal illnesses and their families where they are. Meeting people where they are, at a potentially very difficult point in life's journey, further requires the ability to be aware of and validate experiences that may be very different from one's own. One who engages in this work must be accepting of many diverse cultural backgrounds and must be willing to really listen to the stories of others. Validating someone's experience of life and death includes validating everything they are and not making assumptions based on stereotypes. The workshop will address these issues and provide case presentations in support of diverse experiences near the end-of-life.
After attendance to this workshop, participants will be able to 1) Define palliative care, 2) Describe how including sexuality and intimacy within the concept of “Total Pain” will help to provide more holistic palliative care to patients and their families, 3) Identify truth versus myth regarding palliative care patients and sexuality and intimacy, and 4) Identify ways to overcome discomfort in order to discuss issues regarding sexuality and intimacy with palliative care patients and their significant others. This workshop is geared towards anyone who provides support, either personally or professionally, to those nearing the end of their lives and their significant others.
Insights from Sex Workers, Survivors, and Service Providers in the Industry/ Lindsay Roth, Director of Project Safe, founder of SWOP-Philly, and President of Swop-USA, Sister Eileen White, Resident Coordinator, Dawn’s Place (Philadelphia), Sarah Elspeth Patterson, former sex worker, survivor, and the Executive Director of Persist Health (NY), and Widener M.Ed. alumnus
The intent of the panel is to provide the audience with foundational information about the diverse experiences of sex workers and survivors. As future therapists, educators, and advocates, it is essential that we are knowledgeable about the issues and concerns of the sex worker community. The panel will include three to four individuals who represent various aspects of this spectrum.
Sexologists of Color: A Panel of Observations and Experiences/ Tracie Q. Gilbert, Blanca Torres, M.Ed., Shahana Hanif, LaDawn Lanier, Jaymie Campbell, MS, Sadia Q. Arshad
Since it's inception over 50 years ago, the field of sexology and sexuality practice has been overwhelmingly dominated by White voices and perspectives. In more recent years, however, sex educators, clinicians and other professionals from non-White backgrounds have emerged, with unique ideas and perspectives not always entertained by the mainstream populace. Join us as we hear from a panel of diverse voices, all of who will speak on their unique intersectional experiences and observations as practitioners of color in a field that becomes more and more complex by the season.
Sex Education for Students of Color from Urban, Low-Income Backgrounds: Special Considerations and Opportunities/ Tracie Q. Gilbert
The movement for universal comprehensive sex education for young people has gained unprecedented momentum, leading to significant advancements in lessons learned for at least some U.S. communities. With that said, Black and Brown youthparticularly those from impoverished communitiesstill appear to remain disproportionately challenged in getting the same types of access to life-affirmative, sex-positive educational information that speaks to their real-time experiences and conceptual realities. In this workshop, participants will be invited to consider what a life-affirmative, development-based, culturally relevant sex education curriculum might look like for this population, and will hopefully leave more inspired to think more critically about the work the do for this particularly vulnerable population.
De-Centering White Feminsism in De-Colonizing Sex Positivity: How to Better Reach Communities of Color/ Sadia Q. Arshad
Ever go into a sex positivity workshop and realize that the closest thing to diversity was the color of the sex toys? Or only hear of sex positivity discussed among white people and wonder where the people of color went? Much of the advice given to communities of color is contemplated within a dominant white, classist, Euro-centric framework. This is not always helpful to communities of color may who seek advice like where to find halal sex toys or how to have great sex for the first time on the wedding night. Similar issues are paralleled in the larger mainstream white feminist movement, which alienates, excludes, and marginalizes feminists of color. This workshop will discuss ways in which the sex positive movement leaves behind communities of color and how sex educators can bring people of color into the discussions of sex positivity, reframe sex positivity to be more inclusive of histories of underrepresented communities, and decenter whiteness.
WEBINAR Option :
Webinar facilitates access to individuals who are unable to attend and would like to participate in workshops online. Each workshop is divided into one of three categories: educational, clinical, wildcard. Participants are able to choose three workshops in total. Webinar captures sight and sound as though you were in the room, with the ability to switch between rooms virtually until you find a workshop you enjoy. Aasect Ceu credits are only offered to those who attend in-person and, unfortunately, are not extended to those attending via Webinar . *Closed captioning is not available through Webinar.
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Check-In and Light Breakfast (ticket print-outs are not required)
Welcome presented by: Dr. Don Dyson, Associate Dean and Director, Center of Human Sexuality Studies
Opening Remarks presented by: Dr. Betsy Crane, Professor, Center of Human Sexuality
Workshop Session I
Cultural Competency in Sexual Communities of Color: Exploring diverse Trans, Poly, and BDSM Communities of Color
(All skill levels)
-Elisha Oliver M.S. & Derrell Cox II M.S. & Ariel M. Cooksey, M.A., S.S.P.
Sexuality, Intimacy, and Palliative Care: Meeting Those with Terminal Illnesses Where They Are
(All skill levels)
-Stephanie C. Chando, MSW
Sex Education for Students of Color from Urban, Low-Income Backgrounds: Special Considerations and Opportunities
(All skill levels)
- Tracie Q. Gilbert
Keynote Speaker: LaShay Harvey
Workshop Session II
De-Centering White Feminsism in De-Colonizing Sex Positivity: How to Reach Communities of Color
(All skill levels)
-Sadia Q. Arshad
There's Lots of Work on the Dark Side: Careers in Treating Sexual Offenders
(All skill levels)
-Thomas Graves, Ph.D., Alena Kearney, M.Ed, Jackson Tay Bosley, Psy.D.
Insights from Sex Workers, Survivors, and Service Providers in the Industry
(All skill levels)
- Lindsay Roth, Sister Eileen White, Sarah Elspeth Patterson
Workshop Session III
Beyond the 10 Steps to Use a Condom: The Influence of Machismo in Condom Use in the Latino Community
(All skill levels)
Behind Closed Doors: The Intersection Compulsion, Religion, and Healthy Sexuailty
(All skill levels)
- Erica Sarr Psy.D., M.Ed., BCB
Sexologists of Color: A Panel of Observations and Experiences
(All skill levels)
-Tracie Q. Gilbert, Blanca Torres, M.Ed., Shahana Hanif, LaDawn Lanier, Jaymie Campbell, MS, Sadia Q. Arshad
Closing Remarks, Raffle Prizes, and Networking Activity presented by: Dr. Betsy Crane
NOTE: Directly after the conference, an informational question and answer presentation will follow from 4:30-5:30 PM for prospective students interested in Widener University's Human Sexuality Studies Program. Current students will be prepared to discuss the admission process and the program itself. All prospective students interested in admission should plan to attend.
*Please note that presentation descriptions and lineup are subject to change.
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