In August, we held our first SAR with Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh. 25 sex therapists traveled from all over the country to receive this unique weekend-long training. Some were applying the credit hours toward AASECT Certification or renewing certification, while others simply wanted the experience to deepen their knowledge of human sexuality. Saturday and Sunday comprised of group discussion, art, media, storytellong and other experiences. This was a dynamic, experiential weekend that stuck with us. Educators, Counselors, therapists and medical providers were able to get back in touch with their beliefs and attitudes toward various aspects of human sexuality and hopefully carried these new ideas back to their respective fields.
This group was also lucky enough to be provided with an optional sex positive event. The local Austin community of South Austin Kinksters (SoAK with Reign and Kathleen) opened up their doors to our group for one night and it was an amazing experience. Participants had a chance to listen to a panel of individuals whom participated in an alternative lifestyle (kink, non-monogamy and leather). Our moderator for the panel was Angelriot. (The educational director of SAADE, the Society for Austin Advanced Dominant-Submissive Education) He got involved in kink in Los Angeles nearly twenty-five years ago, and has been an enthusiastic student of all kinds of academic work - sociological, psychological, historical, or theoretical - related to sadomasochism or fetishism. He presents frequently on the history of BDSM culture so that kink practitioners have a better understanding of their own roots and the cultural legacy that they have inherited. Panel members discussed their involvement in the scene, personal stories, labels and orientations, psychological and physical impacts, as well as their relationships.
Texas SAR Interview with Dr Sara Nasserzadeh before her upcoming AASECT-certified SAR in Austin, Texas.
Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST, is a social psychologist, AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, and a COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist. She is globally recognized for her contributions to the field of sexual and reproductive health at the clinical as well as policy and educational levels.
Dr. Nasserzadeh is an award-winning author, BBC host, consultant and a technical advisor to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She has worked globally (across 30 countries) helping various organizations, companies, communities, programs, and causes in the capacity of a thought leader in the sociocultural aspects of human sexuality and effective communication with hard-to-reach groups including adolescents, refugees and religious minorities.