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11/09/23 Clients with Disabilities, "Holding Space"

11/09/23 Clients with Disabilities, "Holding Space"

It's About All of Us: Sex and Disability for Sexuality Professionals. Shauna Farabaugh


Our field has worked hard to be inclusive of all genders and sexualities and to be trauma-informed.  Let's work together to make it disability-informed as well.  Shauna Farabaugh is a sex educator who's passionate about educating other sex educators to make our field accessible to all bodies. This talk is an intro to some foundational concepts to support that.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe their own relationship to the concept of sex and disability

  • recognize some of the ways disability history and current cultural beliefs about disability live in their bodies and impede their effectiveness as practitioners (But once we recognize them, somatic awareness gives us choice!)

  • explain why sex and disability is about all of us

  • compare the medical model to the social model of disability and person-first language to identity-first language

  • discuss the concept of Sexuality Access Professional and how it may be expressed in their practice

  • think more flexibly about what tools work for who and when and how

  • name three considerations when evaluating the physical accessibility of office or event space

  • cite at least one resource available to continue learning about sex and disability


“Holding Space” in Surrogate Partner Therapy. Andrew Heartman


A big part of SPT is “holding space” for clients. What does it mean to hold space? What do we hold space for? As part of this investigation, we will be looking at how to hold space for:

  • Client reactivity, coping mechanisms, survival strategies, and why labeling these as “resistance” is not helpful

  • Intense emotions


Advance listening: Episode 1 of the Feminist Survival Project podcast by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, “Separate the Stress from the Stressor”:


About the Presenters


This session will go from 3:30 to 6:10 Pacific time, which includes 2.5 hours and allows for a 10-minute break somewhere in the middle, at a time that is appropriate for the material.

SPC Members can attend for 50% off. To get the member price, sign in to your account and select Member CE from the Membership Menu. Become a Member

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