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SHA Sexceptional SAR with Dr. David Ley & Friends!


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Sexceptional SAR with Dr. David Ley and Friends!

Join us in beautiful Denver, Colorado with Dr. David Ley alongside a few special guests including Jen Meyer, Heather McPherson and more will coordinate a special SAR (12 AASECT CEs) with breakout sessions, small group dialogues and interactive learning.

Location: Union Station Area (Only attendees know actual address)

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Dr. David Ley

Dr. David Ley

This is a dynamic, experiential weekend that provides a real life opportunity for educators, counselors and therapists to get back in touch with their beliefs and attitudes toward various aspects of human sexuality. Participants will be exposed to material in different formats (media, experiential exercises, group discussions, role-plays, etc.) and will be given a safe and supportive environment to discuss their reflections. There will be self reflection time as well as guided small group discussions. 

A SAR, if provided in an authentic, skillful and holistic way, is not just another training that you attend, it will be a life changing experience. Many of the SAR participants will remain friends and supportive colleagues for life through this shared journey. 

A SAR is a structured group experience consisting of a process-oriented exploration of the applicant's own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior [e.g., a Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR)]. 

A SAR is a tremendous experience of learning and growth for therapists, educators, medical professionals or anyone interested in expanding and challenging their sexual self awareness.

The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) requires the completion of an attitude/values training experience as one of the requirements for certification as a sexuality educator, counselor or therapist. Certification is an important part of practicing in the field of sexuality, and candidates most often satisfy this requirement by participation in a Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminar (SAR). Requirements for certification can be found on the AASECT website at www.aasect.org under the tab For Professionals.

SCHEDULE:

  • At Home Study assignment 1 week before event

  • Friday, 7:30pm - Meet & Greet and field trip

  • Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm SAR




SAR PANEL: Intersectionality, Race & Sexuality

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Shanae Adams (as pictured) is a Sexuality Professional dedicated to removing the stigma and taboo that comes from talking about and enjoying sex and sexuality. While pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Missouri she served as a Sexual Health Advocate Peer Educator on her university's campus. It is here that she discovered a passion for sexuality education and an adept ability to present these topics with a unique flair and an engaging personality. This personality is translated on her YouTube channel Honest Sex with HonestlyNae where she provides normalization, explanation and melanated representation. Her favorite sexuality topics include pleasure, kink, and communication. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Counseling and hopes to one day open a sex-positive mental health facility for and by queer/people of color.

Madame C. Westwood aka Javon Banks: A multi-talented entrepreneur, located in Denver Colorado. I specialize in photography, production, creative vision, drag entertainment, choreography, youth advocacy and nonprofit work overall; currently sitting on the legislation board for the development of sexual education in the state of CO, as an oversight entity. As well as provide therapeutic spiritual services through the channeling of my ancestors, such as: level 1 raiki, heart thread, tarot & palmistry, plant medicine, as well as spell work. I used pronouns - they/them - he/him- she/her. As a two spirit, African American Queer.

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Becky Taha'Blu also known as MisTreaseBlu to some that are taboo is a co-organizer and activist for survivors lasciviously undermining tyranny SLUTWALK(an acronym) which is a movement against rape culture no matter what no one is ever asking for it. This year on September 14th at Noon come in solidarity lavishly underdressed to trample the rape culture that is perpetuated by police. Becky Taha'blu is a Afrocentric dominatrix and tantric practitioner who is not above dropping ancient and current culture knowledge.


PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Understand and articulate their values, attitudes and beliefs about a wide range of sexual expression and behaviors. A;O

  • Describe aspects of human sexual behavior and/or sexual expression that represent areas for further professional exploration. A;O

  • Distinguish between one’s own values, attitudes and beliefs and those of others (including cultural and religious values). A;O

  • Utilize effectively the exposure to new or different aspects of human sexual expression in their clinical and/or sexuality educational work. A;O

  • Describe elements of sexual expression or sexual behavior that are appealing for personal exploration. A;O

  • Define specific sexual behaviors or sexual expression that are not within their comfort zone or cultural norms. A;O

  • Discuss variants of sexual behaviors, tendencies and preferences (including but not limited to heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual). A;C;F;M;O

  • Evaluate and discuss the life experiences and presentations from a spectrum of trans persons, and the impact it has on the participant’s attitudes and values. A;C;D;O

  • Discuss factors within the area of sexuality and chronic conditions including issues related to differently abled individuals, and the impact it has on the participant’s attitudes and values. A;C;H;O

  • Discuss and describe the importance of linguistics in addressing psychosexual issues and its impact on therapeutic outcome. C;F;O

  • Articulate and analyze their responses to the media showing a wide range of BDSM/kink/fetish behaviors, and the impact it has on the participant’s attitudes and values. A;C;F;O

  • Define and discuss elements within the media showing extreme body modification and genital practices, and the impact it has on the participant’s attitudes and values. A;C;F;O

  • Define and discuss aspects of sexuality and spirituality, especially through a self-awareness activity, and the impact it has on the participant’s attitudes and values. A;C;D;O

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David Ley, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Ole Miss, and his Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ley is licensed in New Mexico and North Carolina, and has provided clinical and consultative services in numerous other states. He is the Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, a large outpatient mental health and substance abuse program in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Ley also serves on the advisory board for the Sexual Health Alliance.

Dr. Ley has been treating sexuality issues throughout his career. He first began treating perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse, but expanded his approach to include the fostering and promotion of healthy sexuality, and awareness of the wide range of normative sexual behaviors. Insatiable Wives is his first book and won a Silver Medal in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year contest for 2009. Dr. Ley wrote Insatiable Wives following two years of interviews with couples around the country. His controversial second book, The Myth of Sex Addiction was released in March 2012, challenging the concept of sexual addiction and exploring a different model of male sexuality. The Myth of Sex Addiction triggered a firestorm of debate, allowing people to finally challenge the media hype of this pseudo-disorder. His new book Ethical Porn for Dicks, A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasureis due out in Summer/Fall 2016. Dr. Ley may be contacted via email through the Psychology Today website.

Jen Meyer is the owner and founder of Jen Meyer Therapy, LLC, a private therapy practice in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. As a highly sought-after sex therapist who works with a wide variety of concerns related to sex, intimacy and relationships, Jen strives to provide every client with effective therapy treatment in an affirming and compassionate environment that gives them the greatest opportunity to travel the path towards their best self.  As a highly-motivated professional dedicated to perfecting her craft, Jen travels frequently to obtain training on the latest therapy tools and trends from the best and most well-known minds in the sex therapy world. She’s also active within and has been asked to present to various profession organizations both locally and nationally that help maintain her integrated network of healthcare professionals for her clients’ benefit, including the following: Sexual Health Alliance (SHA), American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Denver Sexual Medical Alliance (DSMA) and Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (COAMFT). Jen has also pursued a number of professional certifications along the way, including her CST, LMFT and LPC.  She obtained a Masters of Art (MA) in Counseling from Oakland University, a fully accredited program by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and has completed a one-year program Sexual Health Certificate Program. Jen takes pride in being surrounded by some of the best sexologists and healthcare professionals in her field, many of whom continue to be dear friends, along with many others who continue to inspire her and make her a better person and therapist.

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Heather McPherson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST is the CEO/Founder The Sexual Health Alliance and also maintains a private practice (respark.co) that serves Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas specializing in sexuality and relationships. She is published in Playboy Magazine as well as Playboy Online, and has been featured on CNN, Parent Harald and TeenSafe websites. Heather McPherson has lectured at prestigious Universities including University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University and Governors State University in Chicago. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She also is the Texas Section Leader for AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists). She has appeared on several podcasts and was invited to speak at NerdNite in Austin on relationships and sexuality. Heather helps clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their erotic lives. Heather graduated from Texas State University with a MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy; a CACREP Accredited Program.

This program offers up to 12 AASECT CEs. This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 10 AASECT CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact ce@aasect.org

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