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Somatic Sexual Healing
Description: Talking about sexuality and pleasure can go a long way towards helping your clients overcome their challenges. But there are also limits to what words can accomplish, which is where experiential practices can be useful. Somatic sex educator Charlie Glickman will teach you a series of safe, powerful, and effective tools to teach your clients about embodiment, boundaries, consent, and communication, while also giving you valuable and clinically-relevant information that will help you to support them. Some of these exercises include touching the hand, and possibly the forearm, so if you can shake hands with a client, you can integrate these skills into your practice immediately.One of the challenges that many clinicians face is that talking about sex or relationships doesn't always lead to the positive change that they hope their clients will see. While there are many reasons for that, one common factor is that talking about something is different from experiencing it. That isn't limited to sex. Talking about food and eating food are very different things. As a somatic sex educator, I've seen how transformative it can be to explore communication, boundaries, and consent through experiential work. While that might sound like it challenges the therapeutic guidelines, it's entirely possible to support a client's growth in these areas while staying within the legal and ethical container of psychotherapy. The practices I will teach can be used between a therapist and a client, or the therapist can guide a couple through them. Integrating the felt experience into the therapy session, rather than solely relying on the client to try things on their own and report back, creates more room for support and allows for deeper healing. It also provides more thorough clinical information, since the therapist can observe the micro-reactions that the client might not even be aware of. This workshop will give clinicians a series of easy-to-use tools and the context to integrate them into their sessions. All of the exercises can be limited to touching a client's hand, or they can include the forearm.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: describe three ways in which somatic practices can support sexual healing in their clients; demonstrate three different somatic exercises for exploring boundaries, consent, and communication; discuss four clinically-relevant concerns that can be supported or explored through experiential work; identify three reasons why these practices would not be appropriate or effective for a particular client.