Socio-Cultural Factors in Sexual Values and Behavior

Speaker: Don Dyson, Ph.D., M.S.S

This highly engaging and interactive workshop provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop “value aware” professional practices related to sexuality for clinicians. The course uses interactive learning methods supported by adult learning theory to ensure high levels of not only retention, but also participant engagement, self-efficacy and application.  The Primary goal of this portion of the training is to develop a practical understanding of the often unexamined but changeable perspectives held by each person about the world around them with regards to sex and sexuality, the ways in which those perspectives guide behaviors, and the ways that clinicians can work effectively from a relativistic perspective to best assist clients in their personal journeys.


Brief Rationale

Building on the theoretical foundations of both Intercultural Studies and Sexology, the training uses the foundation of “Sexological Worldview” (Sitron & Dyson, 2012) to develop awareness of one’s own perspectives on sexuality, to identify the social and cultural underpinnings of those beliefs, to practice hearing the perspectives of clashing belief systems and to develop a relativistic perspective that represents ‘best practice’ in working around sexuality issues in clinical practice.  The workshop provides practical tools for assessing one’s own values and behaviors, a model for contextualizing issues in sexuality, and a practical plan for the ongoing development of understanding and compassion within one’s clinical practice.

At the conclusion of this course/event, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine theoretical approaches of societal framing of sex and sexuality;
  2. Identify their own sociocultural values and beliefs related to sex and sexuality;
  3. Differentiate between multiple sociocultural value sets related to sex and sexuality;
  4. Analyze the social and cultural influences that support differing values about sex and sexuality;
  5. Compare and discuss differing sexological worldviews in practice;
  6. Identify their own personal sexological worldview about sex and sexuality;
  7. Identify and discuss real world scenarios in which conflicts may arise between the clinician’s and the client’s sexological worldviews;
  8. Develop action plans for both the self and the therapeutic milieu that will help to address or minimize worldview conflicts in practice.