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Trans-Inclusive, Trauma-Informed, Kink-Aware Care: Optimizing Sexual Wellness – San Diego, CA
January 18, 2020–January 19, 2020
This course is now offered in three separate self-paced versions at Pelvic Global Academy.
If you’re looking for a Trans/LGBT 101 course, please check out:
If you’re looking for fresh sex counseling skills that are inclusive and trauma-informed but you’ve already done several Trans 101 courses, please check out:
If you want all of the above, you can take the full course:
Instructors: Heather Edwards, PT, AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, and Sexuality Educator; and Tuesday Feral, LPCA, NCC, Tranzmission Support Programs Director
For all of these courses…
We’re bringing mental health and medical providers into one learning situation because when we’re talking about these big, complex topics from multiple angles, everyone benefits from a richness in content and being able to understand what “the other lane” is. These courses applies to every single patient who walks through your door and is inclusive of transgender and nonbinary folx.
These course will cover some fun and challenging content. There will be many opportunities for activities for your personal learning and ways to take some challenging sexual issues that your patients might come to you with and learn how to break them into pieces and help them through their process. Topics covered will be:
- Understanding the difference between sex counseling (which medical providers can do) and sex therapy (which mental health providers can do in addition to sex counseling) through the PLISSIT model
- Understanding the DOUPE (no, that’s not a joke, it’s actually the acronym) model for sexual history taking
- Kink and BDSM awareness and understanding
- Enthusiastic Consent and how we can model that in a medical setting
- LGBT considerations
- Transgender and nonbinary genital talk and education
- Trauma awareness training for you to use with patients
- Skills to teach patients to use with their partners for communication during sex
- Counseling on helping patients with self-pleasure/education/desensitization activities
- Counseling on partner engagement
- Use of power dynamics to empower sexual activity (and how it applies to dysfunction)
- Moving away from cis-het normativity with our language and education
- Sexual anatomy and arousal
- Separating erotic needs from genital rehabilitation
- Pleasure-centered perspective
- Sexual dysfunction will be covered, but this course will NOT be focused on medical management with pathophysiology
- A healthy dose of self-reflection where you’ll get to loosen up and take off your clinical hat for a bit (but we won’t make anyone share anything that they are not enthusiastically willing to share)
- Learn why Heather and Tuesday will firmly stand by their (tongue-in-cheek) statement of “It doesn’t matter how vanilla, straight, or cisgender you are… you can (and should) still be having queer & kinky sex”.
Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator(she/her or they/them)
Heather Edwards, PT, MPT has been a pelvic physical therapist for 17 years in western North Carolina. She is a University of Michigan trained Sexuality Counselor and Educator and is faculty for Emory University’s Sexual Health Certificate Program. She founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became her favorite thing to do. In 2020 it transitioned to “Bubbles & Bubbly” for the zoom-version. In 2016, she presented at the Southeastern Transgender Health Summit on the topic of pelvic PT considerations for the surgical trans patient. She presented at the 2018 and 2021 AASECT conference on the topic of BDSM/Kink and Pelvic Health.
Despite all the clinical stuff, Heather considers herself an artist… and if truth be told, she’d love to just draw fantastical crotch doodles and outside-the-box anatomy illustrations all day. This unusual hobby led to the creation of her self-published coloring book series that begins with Important Parts: A Coloring Book for the Crotch Enthusiast.
Mx. Tuesday V. Feral (they/them)
Tuesday is an artist, mental health professional, and educator and Support Programs Director for Tranzmission, an Asheville-based organization that does education, advocacy, and support for the transgender and nonbinary community in western North Carolina and beyond. They have worked with Tranzmission for the last ten years. Tuesday is passionate about building resilient networks of support within our extended community. To that end, they oversee the Asheville Transformers peer support and social group and the Youth and Family Program. Tuesday has trained on a national, state and local level with Tranzmission. Tuesday is also a frequent, and crowd-favorite panelist on Vino & Vulvas for their ability to present and package difficult concepts in such a tangible way that can easily be taken directly to heart.