Thank you for visiting this page in the midst of your rich schedule. One of the privileges I have is to be respected by my peers around the world. If you know me personally, you know that I don’t take this lightly. I strive to deepen my learning and give back to our community as much as possible and through multiple means, be it writing, giving lectures, chairing committees, sitting at the Boards of our associations, or offering personal consulting and training. Here are some offerings I curated based on the demands I receive from peers across caring professions. I hope you find something relevant to your practice. Please let me know if what you are looking for is not included here. You never know. It might be in an upcoming agenda.
There are two starting points in the year, one in January and one in June.
To get the most out of our interactions some basic rapport is needed so I would like to ask everyone to commit to half of the sessions which will be 5 sessions (we will meet for 10 months- skipping August and December).
The fee is $150/session, for 2 hours.
The dates for 2021 are Fridays:
Who will benefit from H.A.T.?
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Clinical Social Workers
- Professional Clinical Counselors
- Educational Psychologists
- Mental Health Counselors
- Sexuality Educators
- Sexuality and Relationship Coaches
- Physical Therapists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Gynecologists
Contact me for more information.
Relationship Panoramic Inventory is a validated inventory with 12 scales for the overall assessment of long-term relationships. In this training, participants will learn about the psychometric qualities of this test and how to use it for their clients.
You can experience it firsthand with a free trial option before putting it into practice with your couples.
Register for your free trial here.
Virtual Sexual Attitude Reassessment: 5 Senses and Beyond: Assumptions, Perceptions and Expectations
Discover novel insights and optimize your personal and professional relationships through this unique experience.
Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR)
15 CEs for AASECT
I look at SAR as a self-care practice for practitioners. We come together in a safe and guided space to explore our own assumptions, perceptions around various topics related to sexuality. This is a part of any systematic training that would make us ready to be fully present with a client or a group and discuss their sexual health concerns.
Sexuality and issues related to it are as wide and varied as our human community. You can never claim that nothing will move you, surprise you or trigger you unless you have been faced by it before and know how to manage your own state of being and feeling in similar situations. I don’t claim that you will experience it all in our time together however you will be exposed to the main areas that usually go unexamined and you will learn practical techniques to deal with a triggering situation.
There are only handful of colleagues who offer SAR workshops, and everyone does it differently. I personally attend any SAR that I can since the way that SARs are being designed, organized and offered are highly dependent on the providers.
What is unique to this SAR experience?
This particular SAR will focus on 5 senses and self-care as its two main pillars. These seems to be even more relevant given our current climate. We will have a deep dive in cultures, religions, sexual orientations, relationship orientations, physical and mental abilities of clients, various sexual behaviors experienced and expressed by our clients. We also go through variety of cases. We will also focus on the self of the provider, how we show up, what we invite or exclude in our work, plus a close examination of our own social location as a critical foundation for our multiple identities.
My intention is that you walk out of this experience with an open heart, clear mind and polished gut regarding your own sexuality and the way it shows up with your clients. You will also have practiced quite a few tangible skills and collected practical tools in your kit to use with clients. One dimension of SAR that is not talked about often is the self-care piece as a part of which you will learn evidence-based practices to release your tension, relax and take care of yourself in any triggering situation. Also you will find a community of colleagues through this experience with whom you bond the way that you don’t in other settings. This is all due to the nature of our experience together.
Continuing Education Credits:
American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist- AASECT (15 units- meets all the criteria for AASECT accreditation requirement of SAR which is 10 hours of synchronous learning)
When and Where?
Due to Covid-19 AASECT approved this SAR to be offered online. Join from anywhere.
Friday January 22 and Saturday 23 starting at 9 am pacific time and going on until 3 pm (12-1 pm lunch break)
What’s the fee and refund policy?
The early registration fee (by November 30 ) is $475. This reduced fee remains for all HAT graduates across the world and covers all 15 hours. After that the standard registration fee is $675. Your registration fee will be refundable up to 7 days prior to the event.
Who can attend?
Professionals working with clients who present with relationship and sexual issues (therapists, counselors, educators, coaches, MDs, PTs, OTs).
What is included in my registration?
· Online presence: 10 hours of interactive course during these two days. (22 and 23 of January) with 2 hours for optional working lunch.
· Offline/ asynchronous learning (assigned videos, etc.): 1 hour
· Virtual consultation group as a follow up: 2 hours. You will be in groups of 10 for consultations and Q and A following up the meeting so you have space for processing. This will be held on Saturday January 30th 8:30-10:30 am pacific time.
Registration includes live tutorials, workshop material, handouts and CE certificates for AASECT.
What did others experience in this SAR?
“Dr. Sara brought global expertise and a depth of experience to the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance Experiential SAR Weekend. It was a pleasure to getting to know Dr. Sara and working with her throughout the process. The group she led was dynamic and the SAR was unlike anything we have experienced. We found Dr. Sara warm, authentic and skillful. Her knowledge on cultural diversity and global issues were much appreciated.”
Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT, The Sexual Health Alliance
“ I think this SAR should be mandatory for everyone who works with people in any capacity. I have gone through so many other trainings but this one was truly different. Sex matters and it comes up. I work mainly with children after trauma. I learned so much that I can use in my work”
Siera Pompe, child psychiatrist- Spain
“I am blown away with how much assumptions I held about faith groups”.
Melanie Wayne, Clinical psychologist- Oregon