Lessons from “The Oldest Profession in the World”: Integrating Sex Workers’ Wisdom into Sex Therapy, Sex Education, and Our Collective Culture

Lessons from “The Oldest Profession in the World”: Integrating Sex Workers’ Wisdom into Sex Therapy, Sex Education, and Our Collective Culture

$81.00$106.00

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

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3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

 

Workshop Description:

Historically sex workers have been ostracized, excluded, and/or directly harmed by most social institutions, in particular legal, academic, and clinical settings. Culturally we have not only discounted the work, but also the humans who choose it, and thrive within it. In this intermediate-level workshop, we will expand our knowledge of sex work and its current sociocultural presence in our world. In addition to learning about sex work generally, we will explore current clinical strategies for treating those in the work. Just as multicultural and LGBTQIPA+ inclusivity has expanded our skills with specific populations, clinicians need specific skills and tools for treating sex workers ethically and equitably. We will explore treatment interventions drawn from liberation psychology approaches, calling professionals to enhance critical consciousness and challenge the impact of colonization, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism, and mononormativity in sex work. Unpacking those perspectives and internalized biases provides a foundation for expanding our clinical reach to those who have been traditionally left out of clinical care and dialogue.

 

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

 

Learning Objectives:

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze their internalized biases and perspectives specific to sex work and adopt new ways of conceptualizing sex workers as people and clients demonstrated by increased allyship in their local community over the next few months (identifying local sex work organizations, reaching out to offer services, donating to organizations).
  2. Design inclusive marketing strategies and gain at least 1 sex worker client and implement recommended treatment interventions for sex work clients within the next 6 months.
  3. Modify their approach to liberation/anti-oppression work to include sex work populations as identified clients. Describe the gaps in prior social justice and clinical work and make a plan to fill those gaps in their practice over the next 6 months.

 

References: 

Cox, P., & Aella. (2020). Whore phobia: The experiences of a dual‐training sex worker psychotherapist. Psychotherapy & Politics International, 18(2), 1–17.

Jiao, S., & Bungay, V. (2019). Intersections of Stigma, Mental Health, and Sex Work: How Canadian Men Engaged in Sex Work Navigate and Resist Stigma to Protect Their Mental Health. Journal of Sex Research, 56(4–5), 641–649.

Ma, H., & Loke, A. Y. (2020). Knowledge of, attitudes towards, and willingness to care for sex workers: Differences between general and mental health nursing students. Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 36(4), 264–277.

Reynish, T., Hoang, H., Bridgman, H., & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2020). Barriers and enablers to sex workers’ uptake of mental healthcare: A systematic literature review. Sexuality Research & Social Policy: A Journal of the NSRC.

Weber, A. (2020). Choice, circumstance, or coercion: Prostitution’s stigmas effects on mental health professionals’ perceptions of sex workers and sex work [ProQuest Information & Learning]. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering (Vol. 81, Issue 11–B).

 

About the Presenter:

Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST is a certified sex therapist and licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. She has fought for sexual liberation and empowerment for much of her life, including healing her own trauma and fighting for access to pleasure and empowerment through queerness, sex work, kink, and non-monogamy. She now owns a group practice in Portland, OR, where she and her staff serve queer, kinky, and/or non-monogamous folks, sex workers, and sexual trauma survivors. She uses her own journey as an anchor for building pathways for others; including clients, supervisees, and those she trains in workshop settings.

 

Workshop Details:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

 

3 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee ASSECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact info@aasect.org.

 

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Event Details

Start date: March 9, 2021

Start time: 01:00 p.m. EST

End time: 04:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Email: info@councilforrelationships.org