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8/01/24 Sexual Health, Justice, and Disability; Holding Space

8/01/24 Sexual Health, Justice, and Disability; Holding Space

Sexual Health, Justice, and Disability, Ligia Andrade Zuniga


Sexual health, justice, and disability is designed to change the perception of sexuality and disability as it relates to ableism. Traditionally sexuality is not something included in the experiences and realities of individuals with disabilities. It is typically not explored or discussed. Historically sexuality as it relates to disability has been negative and repressed. In this workshop participants will learn how to understand pleasure, communication, intimacy, as it relates to disability. There will be opportunities for participants to express their ideas through open communication in a safe space. Historical attitudes and ideas will be explored. There will also be an opportunity to explore reproductive justice and the lack of access within the institutional medical model of disability. Participants will also receive information on where to access information, services, and education around sexuality and disability. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.


“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 3:00 to 5:40 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. Then the guest speakers will leave us, and there will be an additional half hour, from 5:40 to 6:10, which will be a facilitated discussion and integration of the prior content. This last half hour is optional, so if you’ve had enough at that point you are welcome to skip it. If you choose to stay, you will be invited to consider questions, either all together or in breakout groups, like “What most impacted you from today’s session?” “How do you think you can incorporate this in your work as a surrogate partner?”


SPC Members can attend for 60% 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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