We offer three pre-congress workshops that will be held on May 28, 2017 before the Opening ceremony of the congress. Each workshop has a duration of 2 hours.

The workshops are not included in the registration fee. If you would like to attend the workshop, please kindly select it in the registration form. Capacity for each workshop is limited.

Admission fee for each workshop is:

Standard Workshop Fee: 80 EUR
Student Workshop Fee: 55 EUR

The following workshops are offered.

W-1: Binaries & Boxes (or Not!) – Understand Human Sexuality – Understand Life!

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00
Room: Aquarius Hall

This workshop is organized and held by Delene van Dyk (South Africa).

The Binaries & Boxes (or not!) Sensitisation Training for Health Care Providers is a training modality which assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings as well as their clients.

It was born out of the need to sensitise Health Care Providers to understand the health challenges experienced by sexually and gender diverse people, in the African context.

It assists participants in finding practical ways of supporting a client that live a life outside the heteronormative and cisgender box, without prejudice, with compassion and in a sex positive manner.

Through active participation and experiential learning, the four “boxes” – sex as a biological concept, gender as a social construct, sexual orientation as more than just sexual attraction, and lastly, sexual play, will be focussed on. A fascinating element of the training is making the linkages between all these concepts, which put a refreshing new light on sexual and gender identity, expression and fluidity.

The aim is to deconstruct fixed and linear notions of sexual and gender identity and sexual behaviour and to assist in addressing heteronormativity, reduction of stereotypes and debunking of myths.

W-2: Practical introduction into Sexocorporel counseling

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00
Room: Taurus Hall

This workshop is organized and held by Karoline Bischof (Switzerland).

This workshop addresses persons wishing to increase their competencies in sexual counseling. It also encourages the enrichment of personal erotic abilities. It will demonstrate some of the techniques applied in Sexocorporel sexual therapy. Sexocorporel has been clinically applied and refined for over 40 years and now receives increasing support through current embodiment research. Its theoretical framework will be explained in my plenary lecture. At its core is the neurophysiological interaction of brain and body. By this, the musculoskeletal system influences the autonomous nervous system as well as sexual function and related emotions, fantasies and experiences.

Many people habitually limit their sexual function and pleasure through particular motion patterns (sexual arousal modes) when aroused. Our experience of sex can be successfully amplified through learning steps addressing our awareness of our sensations (extero- and interoceptive perception) and how we breathe and move during sexual arousal. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experience this interaction of motion, emotions and cognitions in simple practical exercises. We will not be working with sexual arousal, but with focused awareness, deliberate movement and deep breathing. You will also receive examples of therapeutic interventions and acquire new therapeutic skills. And you may even get valuable tools to stay a little more in touch with yourself at the onset of this 4-day conference. Prior knowledge of the method is not necessary.

W-3: Sexual assault: Addressing hidden vulnerabilities

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00
Room: Leo Hall

This workshop is organized and held by Inge Hansen (USA).

Sexual assault is a global problem, which brings urgency to the question of how to intervene most effectively based on current knowledge. When we think of situations that increase risk for sexual assault, we might think of women being warned not to walk down dark alleys at night or wear revealing clothing. However, a more powerful, and often overlooked, risk factor for sexual assault is when roles or boundaries are unclear.

Sexual assault tends to be depicted in the media in a specific way and according to a specific narrative: for instance, that victims are female and helpless while offenders are large and male. When sexual assault happens outside of our role expectations (e.g., in LGBTQAI communities) we can fail to recognize it as such and intervene effectively. In this workshop, we will explore how our dominant narratives of sexual assault impact recognition of victims and offenders and how awareness of diverse communities can allow us to perform sexual assault outreach, prevention and intervention more effectively.

We define sexual assault as sexual contact without consent, but what exactly IS consent? Who is able to give consent and what does it look like when it is given – for instance, must it be verbal? When boundaries are ambiguous because it is unclear whether consent has been given or whether the parties involved are capable of giving consent, there is increased risk for sexual assault. We will explore the nuances of consent, as well as intervention with populations who may be more vulnerable to struggling with consent, such as young adults.

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