We offer six pre-congress workshops that will be held on May 28, 2017 before the Opening ceremony of the congress. Each workshop has a duration of 2 hours.

The workshops are not included in the registration fee. If you would like to attend the workshop, please kindly select it in the registration form. Capacity for each workshop is limited.

Admission fee for each workshop is:

Standard Workshop Fee: 80 EUR
Student Workshop Fee: 55 EUR

The following workshops are offered.

Practical introduction into Sexocorporel counseling

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Karoline Bischof (Switzerland).

This workshop addresses persons wishing to increase their competencies in sexual counseling. It also encourages the enrichment of personal erotic abilities. It will demonstrate some of the techniques applied in Sexocorporel sexual therapy. Sexocorporel has been clinically applied and refined for over 40 years and now receives increasing support through current embodiment research. Its theoretical framework will be explained in my plenary lecture. At its core is the neurophysiological interaction of brain and body. By this, the musculoskeletal system influences the autonomous nervous system as well as sexual function and related emotions, fantasies and experiences.

Many people habitually limit their sexual function and pleasure through particular motion patterns (sexual arousal modes) when aroused. Our experience of sex can be successfully amplified through learning steps addressing our awareness of our sensations (extero- and interoceptive perception) and how we breathe and move during sexual arousal. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to experience this interaction of motion, emotions and cognitions in simple practical exercises. We will not be working with sexual arousal, but with focused awareness, deliberate movement and deep breathing. You will also receive examples of therapeutic interventions and acquire new therapeutic skills. And you may even get valuable tools to stay a little more in touch with yourself at the onset of this 4-day conference. Prior knowledge of the method is not necessary.

The making of a Sexologist

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Fernando J Bianco (Venezuela).

This is an experiential activity directed to professionals who want to take Sexology as their main concern in life, meaning to dedicate all its effort to become a Sexologist in any of his areas: education, counseling, clinical sociology, etc.

The importance to know whom you are, how your previous sex experiences will influence your Sexological learning, behavior and teaching.

To be a Sexologist is a process that require that you get in touch with your emotions and evaluate how these emotions hit your soul and growth.

Indeed this Workshop moves your emotions and invites you to analyze yourself. Different models will be provide that help in your analysis given the necessary basis to draw your own conclusions.

Approach A (Physiology vs. Sociocultural), B (For what vs. why), C (Roles) and D (Objectives and Goals) of Bianco School of Thought will be explained as a tool for you consideration and auto exam.

Wheel of Context: a practical framework for advocates, educators, and field researchers

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Sara Nasserzadeh (Iran/USA).

“We can have all the knowledge in the world but without considering the context, we are all forced to operate from our place of ignorance as prisoners of our individual silos.”

The Wheel of Context for Sexuality Education was created as a practical framework to ensure that educators, advocates, and researchers in the field of sexuality education maintain a holistic perspective on a selected number of key contextual factors that may influence, hinder or catalyze their work. The Wheel of Context may also help provide a greater appreciation for the communities in which we are working and lead to a more effective outcome for our projects. It is not only a tool to build consensus and alignments at the onset of a project, but a medium to facilitate dialogue across stakeholders, create new thinking in the space of discrepancy of logics and a measure to deepen our understanding to the root causes of unforeseen barriers and resistance that we may face. The workshop has experiential elements which will look deeper into the attendees' own attitude and beliefs.

Sexuality and intimacy after physical disability

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Woet Gianotten, consultant in rehabilitation sexology (the Netherlands).

Physical disability covers a wide range of situations.

Examples are on the one hand the young wheelchair woman with cerebral palsy who is desperately looking for a partner to cuddle with. And on the other hand the aged wheelchair man who developed premature ejaculation after a stroke.

In physical rehabilitation sexology we address a variety of areas and challenges: 'technical problems' due to the underlying disease or medical interventions; renegotiating intimacy with sometimes extensive adaptations in the relationship; and discovering out of the box solutions, where vibrators, masturbation and sex workers are part of the toolbox.

In this field we tend to deal far more with sex than with 'sexology'.

This workshop will address the professionals who have to (or dare to) deal with the unmet sexual needs of people with a physical disability.

I will both offer some 'rehabilitation sexology knowledge', and it will enter as well some more touchy areas.

Dealing with sexual health has a rather different meaning in part of the disabled population. Their sexual and intimate life starts at the end of our comfort zone.

Sexual assault: Addressing hidden vulnerabilities

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Inge Hansen (USA).

Sexual assault is a global problem, which brings urgency to the question of how to intervene most effectively based on current knowledge. When we think of situations that increase risk for sexual assault, we might think of women being warned not to walk down dark alleys at night or wear revealing clothing. However, a more powerful, and often overlooked, risk factor for sexual assault is when roles or boundaries are unclear.

Sexual assault tends to be depicted in the media in a specific way and according to a specific narrative: for instance, that victims are female and helpless while offenders are large and male. When sexual assault happens outside of our role expectations (e.g., in LGBTQAI communities) we can fail to recognize it as such and intervene effectively. In this workshop, we will explore how our dominant narratives of sexual assault impact recognition of victims and offenders and how awareness of diverse communities can allow us to perform sexual assault outreach, prevention and intervention more effectively.

We define sexual assault as sexual contact without consent, but what exactly IS consent? Who is able to give consent and what does it look like when it is given – for instance, must it be verbal? When boundaries are ambiguous because it is unclear whether consent has been given or whether the parties involved are capable of giving consent, there is increased risk for sexual assault. We will explore the nuances of consent, as well as intervention with populations who may be more vulnerable to struggling with consent, such as young adults.

Binaries & Boxes (or Not!) – Understand Human Sexuality – Understand Life!

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–10:00

This workshop is organized and held by Delene van Dyk (South Africa).

The Binaries & Boxes (or not!) Sensitisation Training for Health Care Providers is a training modality which assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings as well as their clients.

It was born out of the need to sensitise Health Care Providers to understand the health challenges experienced by sexually and gender diverse people, in the African context.

It assists participants in finding practical ways of supporting a client that live a life outside the heteronormative and cisgender box, without prejudice, with compassion and in a sex positive manner.

Through active participation and experiential learning, the four “boxes” – sex as a biological concept, gender as a social construct, sexual orientation as more than just sexual attraction, and lastly, sexual play, will be focussed on. A fascinating element of the training is making the linkages between all these concepts, which put a refreshing new light on sexual and gender identity, expression and fluidity.

The aim is to deconstruct fixed and linear notions of sexual and gender identity and sexual behaviour and to assist in addressing heteronormativity, reduction of stereotypes and debunking of myths.