For a second year at the ECM, sexuality educator Judith Galas, will be offering a free 10-week workshop on sexuality for adults aged 18-35. Retired teacher, writer, and a national sexuality education trainer, Judith will be using the curriculum from the nationally acclaimed Our Whole Lives (OWL) program.
Because the sessions build on each other both with knowledge and participant trust, participants are asked to commit to regular attendance. All participants must attend the first session, which will dive into expectations and set a tone of safety and comfort.
The full program can include as many as 13 topic sessions. However, these will be paired down to 10 to encourage attendance. At the opening session, participants will be invited to weigh in on which topics are most critical to the group. Among the possible topics are:
Young adults and sexuality--the program, ground rules, introductions and understanding of sexuality.
Mind and body--sexual vocabulary, body image, acceptance of self and partners, personal values linked to sexuality.
Sexual pleasure--masturbation, attitudes toward sexual pleasure, anatomy, sexual response and orgasm
Keeping your body healthy--risks involved with sexual activity, safe practices for prevention of STIs and pregnancy, breast and testicular self-exams
Exploring gender--gender roles and restrictions, gender fluidness and complexity, and the broad category “transgender.”
Sexual orientation--the complexities of gender identity and orientations, one’s own comfort level, phobias and stereotypes, creation of safe spaces and support
Communication--talking about sex with partners, messages about roles and gender, feedback techniques, substances and sex
Relationships, love, and commitment--hooking up, dating, monogamy and polyamory, triangular theory of love
Boundaries and boundary violations--consent, sexual assault and abuse, define personal boundaries, identify unhealthy power differences
Family matters--family of origin, various ways to create families, unplanned pregnancy
Sexual fantasy and variations--variation as a component of human sexuality, BDSM, explicit media, porn, compulsive sexual behaviors, commercialization of sex
Closing--clarify personal values that affect sexual behavior, take-aways, final questions, group celebration
For questions about this program, contact Judith Galas: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the OWL: Lifespan Sexuality Education program please see the link below:
You are invited to register free of charge provided that you can commit to the full 10 weeks.
Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-whole-lives-sexuality-workshop-tickets-55522045934
Registering for the first date, September 10th, will be sufficient to communicate attendance for the full 10 weeks.