An exciting event is just around the corner! This fall Colorado Youth Matter is hosting a Conference : Raising the Bar: A New Day.
I am thrilled to be apart of this special event this year. I will be be giving a 75 minute workshop and a brief "Ted Talk" like Sex talk on the controversy of Porn and how it is effecting romantic relationship in our children.
This 75 minute workshop is called "Beyond the Binary: Understanding the Gender Umbrella". This workshop addresses the ever- expanding definition of gender and how our gender identity intersects with sexual identity, and biological sex. This workshop will address the controversy of gender fluidity and the tangible differences of male and female brains. Specifically, how Michael Gurian’s research has revealed neurological differences between male and female brains and how his research validates the trans community. Learning objectives include: 1) how educators and counselors can familiarize themselves with new and different gender language, 2) the difference between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation 3) how to be sensitive and conscientious when asking or discussing gender and sexuality (i.e. asking what pronouns one uses) and, 4) understanding the importance of the transgender experience so as to be inclusive to this youth population as they are among the highest for suicide. 5) how to do a suicide risk assessment. There will be handouts and time for Q & A at the end.
A little background on yours truly:
I am a licensed social worker and sex therapist and in Colorado (License Number: LSW.0009920892 ). I provide individual, family, couples, group, and sex therapy at Intimate Inquiries in Niwot Colorado and at The Intimacy Institute in Boulder, and I lead workshops, retreats and speaks at conferences focusing on different topics on human sexuality. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and am finishing up my postgraduate work in Sex Therapy and Human Sexuality from the Buehler Institute. My clinical experience and diverse training allows me to effectively address a variety of issues that range from relationships, sexuality, desire, pleasure, intimacy, gender identity, sexual orientation, trauma, depression, anxiety, and major life transitions. I use a solution-focused, strengths-based approach that integrates empirically supported methodologies such as Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Humanistic, Art Therapy, Emotion focused therapy and Family Systems theories with modalities that include Gina Ogden's 4 D Medicine wheel, somatic yoga, and music. She uses empathy, a sex-positive approach and a touch of humor to guide her practice and facilitate growth.
Feel free to send me an email or drop me a line with any questions or comments!
There will also be other local and national speakers like Dr. Lindsey Doe from the YouTube channel Sexplanations, and Al Vernacchio, author of "For Goodness Sex: Changing The Way We Talk To Teens About Sex, Values and Health". You will also have an opportunity to hear from Colorado's own Amy Adele Hasinoff, author of "Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy and Consent."
I hope to see you there! Register Early before space runs out!
If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Lorena Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis, and will be announced at the beginning of August.