Professional Development Workshop
April 12, 2013 - Hyland Hall 1308
Workshop 1 : 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
An Introduction to Sex-Positive Therapeutic
While the field of therapy has begun integrating supportive, strength-based practices for LBGTQIA clients, the same cannot be said for clients with other alternative sexual practices. Traditional therapy often views power dynamics and exploration of sexual fetishes as unhealthy and/or abusive. This leads traditional (and hopefully well-meaning) therapists to judge their client's sexual choices as "negative" and needing correction for a positive outcome.
In contrast, alternative sex therapists work from a supportive, strength-based stance to facilitate an interaction that is healthy and empowering for all individual and relationship needs. A key premise of this approach is the idea that relationships are strongest when all parties enter at their healthiest, most empowered and connected place. Relationships should not be based on fear, insecurity or abuse. At the base level the goal is no different than in any healthy relationship. Where alt-sex therapy differs is that there is an effort to tease out what is actually distressing to the clients without making sweeping assumptions about certain sexual choices, actions or behaviors.
This presentation focuses on an emerging therapeutic approach that embraces varying sexual expressions beyond sexual and gender identification utilizing a sex positive, strength-based approach with alternative sexuality clients.
Workshop 2 : 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Framing Public Schooling’s Approach to Culturally Responsive Education
The demographics of the United States are constantly changing and increasingly diversifying; this indeed includes the population of young children. The percentage of “Hispanics”, for example, has been the fastest growing group of any other racial or ethnic group, growing from 9 percent of the child population in 1980 to 20 percent of the population in 2006 (FICFS, 2007). Regardless of place of origin, racial background, or socioeconomic status, schools are the first and most prominent source of interaction with children. This places a unique challenge for schools and communities around the United States to provide curriculum and educational experiences that are sensitive to such diverse communities, providing the most competent, socially and culturally appropriate environment for the well being and development of all children.
It is imperative that counselors understand school environments and curriculum beyond the visible materials within a classroom, including the less visible curricular structures, the local and national processes and discourses and system-wide interventions seeking to address academic and behavioral needs of students. Information needs to be both accessible and available to all students and families. This presentation will focus on how counselors can engage in culturally responsive practices to include the voices of all students and families. Specifically, we will examine how programs such as RTI and PBIS frame cultural and linguistic diversity and the development of more culturally responsive practices for students and families. We will discuss specific strategies and initiatives that address these issues within two elementary schools.
3 Continuing Education Units will be offered for each half day workshop participants attend, and
6 Continuing Education Units will be received by those who attend the whole day workshop.
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
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