Sex Positive, Neuro-Affirming Counseling

Presented by Robyn Flores, LMFT, LPC, NCC, ACS

Friday, July 19, 2024

8am-10am PT / 10am-12pm CT / 11am-1pm ET

Event held online via Zoom, link to access provided upon registration.

Everybody deserves to experience a healthy, satisfying sex life, if they choose to do so. Many times, marginalized groups (i.e., neurodivergent, disabled), are ‘desexualized’ through mainstream media sources that promote dominant societal standards and norms (Brooks, 2018). This presentation provides an overview of the intersecting lived experiences occurring in domains of neurodivergence and disability in relation to sexual practices that fall into the erotically marginalized category (Constantinides, Sennott, & Chandler, 2019; Gunning et al., 2023; Jackson-Perry, 2020; Parchomiuk, 2019).

The neurodiversity paradigm (Walker, 2021) and sex positive models focus on aspects of ‘difference’ as ‘diversity’, rather than ‘deviance’ or ‘deficit’. The presenter addresses common issues that arise within this population and ways that a sex positive approach can help transform trauma. Models of conceptualization, ranging from the deficit perspective (Dinishak, 2016) to sex positivity (Burnes, Singh, & Witherspoon, 2017) are presented in detail to represent the historical roots of where we have been, where we are now, and where we want to be as clinicians in regard to awareness, representation, and training to best support the needs of this population.

Zoom link will be available on course page in “My Courses” upon event registration. 

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists, 2.0 IL CEUS for Counselors and Social Workers, 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSWs, and LMFTs, or 2.0 AASECT CEs for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.