2017 Workshops Coming Soon
For now, enjoy last year’s workshop descriptions below!
Black Experience Too: Taboo Interactions in Black Sexuality
Black Experience Too: Taboo Interactions in Black Sexuality (#CISCBlackSexuality): The Black Experience in 2015 focused on the lack of visibility and inclusion in the fields of sex education, counseling, and therapy. This year’s panel takes a deeper look on how the interaction of Blackness and Sexuality intersect in academia, social work, reproductive and sexual health advocacy, and other sexuality related fields.
Erotic Hypnotherapy (#CISCEroticHypnotherapy): This is a lecture and Q&A session where you will learn about hypnosis and trance – what it is and how it happens. Topics include: hypnotic inductions; rapport, trust, and consent; erotic usage for setting triggers; arousal and orgasm training; the role of hypnosis in kink. A “feel good” demo will conclude the session to give those consenting a taste of eroticism when their subconscious is engaged with their pleasure.
Hoes Be Winning: A Discussion of Respectability Politics and the Evolution of Black Female Sexual Agency
Hoes Be Winning: A Discussion of Respectability Politics and the Evolution of Black Female Sexual Agency (#CISCHoesBeWinning): This workshop will focus on examining the evolution of black female sexuality in the age of the Slut Walk and “Sophistirachet” movements. This workshop will highlight the juxta-position of Sex Positivity & Sexual Agency against Respectability Politics double standards.
How to Work with Minor Attracted Adults
How to Work with Minor Attracted Adults (#CISCMinorAttraction): In our country, there is a lack of preventative treatment or support for those living with pedophilic desires; many of us as health care professionals and therapists will not work with this population because of our own discomfort with or a lack of knowledge and preparation involving these issues. So, we send this vulnerable population packing with no helpful resources or referrals. The dearth of support and therapeutic services offered for minor attracted adults only further puts our community and our children at risk. Join me in a conversation and presentation about how to work with minor attracted adults in a clinical setting so we can help take preventative measures to protect everyone in our communities and give this stigmatized population a fighting chance.
Lets Talk Effemiphobia: Dismantling the New Homophobia for Black Gay Men
Lets Talk Effemiphobia: Dismantling the New Homophobia for Black Gay Men (#CISCEffemiphobia): Effemiphobia, or the fear of femininity, continues to oppress queer, non-binary, and feminine presenting men. This workshop will discuss the nuances of gender expression in men, and provide participants the opportunity to learn how effemiphobia can impact Black SGL men’s mental, social, and emotional health.
No Body Needs Gender: How to Write Gender Neutral Lesson Plans
No Body Needs Gender: How to Write Gender Neutral Lesson Plans (#CISCGenderNeutral): Are you hoping to strengthen your transgender competency skills in the classroom? This workshop will enable educators to write and utilize lesson plans in a way that allows all students to engage in the lesson, without conflicting with anyone’s gender identity and/or expression. Examples of gender neutral language will be given in the context of a puberty lesson plan, however, the strategies used can be applied to other lesson plans that discuss bodies and human anatomy; such as those for audiences of medical students and professionals, queer spaces, and more! Participants will be given space to voice their anxieties or concerns with using a gender neutral lesson plan, and given time to practice speaking with gender neutral language.
Pleasurably Positive: Supporting Safe & Pleasurable Sex Lives for Folks with STIs
Sarah E. Mueller
Pleasurably Positive: Supporting Safe & Pleasurable Sex Lives for Folks with STIs (#CISCPleasurablyPositive): Globally, over 1 million people contract an STI daily, 500 million people yearly seek care for curable STIs, and in the U.S. roughly 16% of people are living with genital herpes; it’s obvious STIs are common, require adequate acknowledgment, and we need better STI education. But what about those of us living, permanently or temporarily, with an STI? This workshop focuses on the needs STI positive folks, from education, healthcare, safer sex practices, and counseling, to destigmatization and support.
Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Publishing and Pedagogy
Taking Sides: Controversial Issues in Publishing and Pedagogy (#CISCTakingSides): This workshop will discuss the collaborative process of creating the most recent edition of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality. The editors will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced when collecting and publishing sexuality-related content, and provide information for aspiring writers and editors. Additionally, the presentation will discuss strategies for educators navigating the challenges of contemporary school and campus climates.
The Other Abstinence-Only: Women with Anorexia Nervosa as a Special Population in Sexuality
The Other Abstinence-Only: Women with Anorexia Nervosa as a Special Population in Sexuality (#CISCAnorexiaSexuality): Between 2006 and 2007, the Internet saw a 470% increase in pro-eating disorder websites, attributed largely to the recent rise of blogging and social networking services. These communities – dedicated to the preservation of eating disorders, especially as lifestyle choices – and their messaging have crossed over into mainstream culture imperceptibly, pervasively, and dangerously. Yet, even though body image is a significant component to our sexuality, how many educators feel confident in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address the relationship between sexuality and damaged body image? This workshop, led by sexuality educator and body image activist Melissa A. Fabello, M.Ed., will provide an in-depth discussion on how cultural competency around the pro-eating disorder community and its pervasiveness on social media is critical in understanding the psychosocial development of the modern, technologically savvy adolescent’s body image, as well as offering strategies on how to incorporate media literacy techniques into your curriculum to combat its effects.
The Pink Bunny: An Examination of Gender and Sex Toys
The Pink Bunny: An Examination of Gender and Sex Toys (#CISCPinkBunny): The sex toy industry and conversation surrounding it has changed through the years. Much like other consumer discourse we see in the push for organic foods or BPA-free water bottles, there has been an increase in awareness for what we put into our bodies. In a world saturated in social media, seemingly concerned with politics, privilege, and questioning the capitalist status quo, the questions being asked of the sex toy industry have been myopically selective. This workshop aims to expose thematic underpinnings behind the systematic gendering of sex toys, from the visually apparent design of toys to the bureaucratic structuring of corporate strategies, all the way to the hegemonic marketing techniques and how these have evolved to match social expectations of public demand over the past four decades.
When Did People Start Doing…?: Sexual Taboos Throughout History
When Did People Start Doing…?: Sexual Taboos Throughout History (#CISCTabooHistory): Sexual taboos have existed since the beginning of time. Using materials from the Sexuality Archives of Widener University we will examine four sexual taboos to see how they have or have not changed over time.
Working with Transgender Youth in a Healthcare Setting
Working with Transgender Youth in a Healthcare Setting (#CISCTransgenderYouth): This workshop will: -Discuss the visibility of transgender youth in the healthcare system -Provide information about co-occurring health conditions that manifest with psychological distress associated with the marginalization of transgender individuals in our society. -Provide tips for effectively connecting transgender clients with competent mental health and medical resources. -Outline varying pathways of medical interventions for transgender youth.