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Developing and Applying a Pleasure-Based Positive Sexuality Framework with Gender Diverse Clients
Description: This workshop will focus on engaging participants in exercises aimed at helping them identify a sex positive and pleasure based approach for clinical work with transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients. The presenters will share their work developing the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA), with a focus on one of the core tenets of GALA, Pleasure-based Positive Sexuality. Participants will learn specific ways to challenge cisnormativity in sex therapy techniques and how to promote pleasure in sexuality work across the gender spectrum.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: critique cisnormative and hetreonormative frameworks of sex therapy, including how traditional sex therapy is based in binary assumptions about bodies and sexual functioning; learn to apply a TGNC competent, pleasure-based positive sexuality framework to their sex therapy work with TGNC clients through revising specific sex therapy techniques.