Sexual Attitude Reassessment

THIS IS A TWO DAY COURSE: AUGUST 1 & 2, 2018

Register here for the SAR! ($550 for 18 CEUs)

Who can attend?

The POCc SAR is open to all who are interested in participating and enjoying a different SAR experience that does not erase or receive people and communities of color as afterthoughts, but instead sees them as the guiding piece of this experience. We welcome people at all stages of their learning on these topics!

What is a SAR and how is this one unique?

A Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) is an intensive workshop experience to support participants in their growth and expansion regarding human sexual behavior, experiences, and activities. While participants will come away with knowledge, the primary purpose of a SAR is to help members evaluate their biases, values, attitudes, and feelings regarding a variety of sexuality topics. This can help people identify what areas they need further training in, discover new issues they feel strongly about, recognize triggering topics they may need support around, and more—all with the goal of self-knowledge and application into work contexts. SARs can be extremely useful for the work we are doing in our communities and to become more comfortable discussing sexuality topics and experiences. While they are required for educators, counselors, and therapists seeking AASECT certification, all types of sexuality professionals (and those in roles that intersect with these topics) can greatly benefit from this seminar.

The People of Color centered SAR (POCc SAR), created by Bianca I Laureano, MA, CSE—foundress of WOCSHN, The LatiNegrxs Project, and ANTE UP! Professional Development—is interdisciplinary, complementary to a variety of learning styles, and centered on reflexive activities and discussions. While there are a handful of SARs being offered that use a diversity or intersectionality framework (all led by people of color at this time), this SAR is unlike any other. In it, we explicitly prioritize analyzing how racism, elitism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression and power-over others impact our sexual lives and experiences. We recognize racism as the oppression, fetish, stimulant, violence, and curiosity that impacts us all. Furthermore, the SAR is a multisensory experience that doesn’t shy away from exploring our embodied selves, so don’t expect to just sit and watch videos the entire time!

While the content may be intense, the purpose of this experience is not to needlessly provoke people. The sign of a good SAR is one that pushes participants to grow, challenges their beliefs, and promotes deep thought—not one that simply deals in triggers and shock tactics. Thus, through multimedia strategies, this POCc SAR will offer participants an opportunity to examine a variety of topics which include but are not limited to: personal values and beliefs, body image, fantasy,  gender, STIs and HIV, aging bodies, impact of racism and elitism, myths and stereotypes of masculinity and femininity, kink, non-monogamy, sexual ritualistic practices, bodies of size, disability, and culture.

Embedded in the POCc SAR is an intersectional praxis to focus on our most impacted populations of -isms, communities often excluded in SARs in North America. This POCc SAR will focus on the US with some aspects of international discussions.

The facilitators:

Bianca I Laureano, MA, CSE 

Bianca I Laureano is an award-wining educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a Foundress of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), The LatiNegrxs Project, ANTE UP! Virtual Freedom Professional Development School for Justice Workers, and hosts LatinoSexuality.com. She has written several curricula that focus on communities of color: What’s the REAL DEAL about Love and Solidarity? (2015) and Communication MixTape: Speak On It Vol 1. (2017) and wrote the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published in 2018. Bianca has been on the board of CLAGS, the LGBTQ Center at CUNY, and The Black Girl Project. She currently resides in New Orleans, LA. Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com.

Aida Manduley, MSW

Aida Manduley, MSW is an award-winning boriqueer educator, therapist, and consultant known for big earrings and building bridges. To make the world a more equitable and healing place, Mx. Manduley puts their 10+ years of experience in service of both macro and micro interventions through WOCSHNThe CSPHThe Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity, and various independent initiatives centering LGBTQ and POC communities. As a Boston-based clinician, they primarily serve communities marginalized due to gender, sexuality, and race—shaking up the landscapes of sexuality and mental health with specialties in trauma, pleasure, alternative relationship paradigms, and anti-oppression. Their perspective centers anti-oppression and maximizing kindness, while retaining both a sense of humor and a sense of fairness. Especially when conducting community accountability work and teaching about restorative and transformative justice, their views on harnessing the trifecta of future-vision, rage, and compassion is paradigm-shifting. Find out more at www.aidamanduley.com

By the end of the POCc SAR participants will be able to:

  • Explain personal beliefs and values related to a variety of sexual experiences and behaviors
  • Evaluate cultural rituals and phenomena from a cultural relativist perspective
  • Expand personal and social understanding of systems of oppression and how they impact sexual experiences and behaviors
  • Analyze levels of comfort in discussing sexuality related topics
  • Integrate referrals when their personal limits are reached
  • Evaluate principles of pleasure, bliss, and body autonomy
  • Describe the ways bodies require touch and intimacy across the life span
  • Employ an understanding of consensual non-consent and power exchange
  • Demonstrate understanding of gender, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Review personal philosophy of inclusion
  • Use media literacy skills for various types of media (film, advertisements, music)
  • Write an assessment about their own sexual growth
  • Recall the various forms of language regarding sexual orientation and identities
  • Explain various types of relationships beyond heteronormative monogamy
  • List the ways misogyny and oppression impact sexual pleasure for all bodies
  • Create a practice in personal and professional settings that utilizes a strategic use of privilege