Professional Leadership Training (Level #1)

Teaching an inclusive, science-friendly, sex-positive Christianity
Philadelphia, PA

This intensive training is for those who have successfully completed at least 1 year of academic training in theology or human sexuality/ sex therapy.  Leaders and guest speakers will present a sex-positive Christianity, and participants from both fields will discuss and share their academic and professional expertise with each other.  14.5 CEU credits are available through AASECT. Space is limited and applicants will be selected to achieve a racial, gender, orientation, and specialization balance.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for AASECT CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification.

RATIONALE

The purpose of this educational training weekend is to give tools to those theological and sexological professionals who are on the front lines and confronted with the reality of both the sexual wounding and ignorance of parishioners, clients, and students that diminishes sexual potential and creates personal and interpersonal difficulties. The tools we provide show how to frame a different narrative than the traditional one that has been promoted since the earliest Church Fathers. It joins a sex-positive, biblically grounded Christian gospel focusing on pleasure, grace, and abundance with scientific research of what constitutes healthy sexuality and satisfying intimate relationships. The goal is to teach clergy to become more aware of sexual diversity and the extent of sexual wounding and teach sexologists a liberating Christian teaching that supports sexual health and well-being.

Coordinated under the leadership of an ordained Christian clergy this training is advised by a team of nationally recognized sexologists and academic theologians and practitioners whose academic research and liberative perspective are included in the curriculum (see Advisors). In addition, this training includes significant opportunities for participants to interact with those from a contrasting discipline thereby enriching the wealth of experiences, knowledge, and insights of professional colleagues.

SAMPLE TRAINING MODULES INCLUDE:

  • “How to Reframe Christian Theology to Remove the Sex-Negativity”

  • “When is Sexual Freedom Not Free?”

  • “How did the Church Became so Sex-Negative?”

  • “Who Resists Sexual Justice?”

  • “How do Race and Class intersect with Homophobia and Sexism?”

No text is required at this time but participants will receive a bibliography of science-related articles and theological writings of easily accessible texts. Reading and watching videos will be expected in preparation for the training.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Friday
(Dinner provided)

1:30-2:00 p.m. Registration & Orientation

2:00-9:00 p.m. Training

Saturday 

(Lunch is on your own. Breakfast, dinner and happy hour are provided)

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Training

Sunday

(Brunch provided)

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Training

APPLICATION PROCESS

Attending Level #1 training does not obligate participants to attend Level #2 but it is encouraged. A separate application for subsequent training and certification is required.

To apply, participants must provide the contact information to two references, one personal and one professional, a 300-500 word essay providing the reasons for wanting this training, and submit a non-refundable first deposit (This will be applied to the registration fee. If applicant is not selected it will be refunded in full.)

Level #1 may be offered virtually if travel is a problem.

PRICING AND DEADLINES

Registration Fee includes swag bag of treats, resource sheets, continuing access to IISF copyrighted material, all meals (except Sat. and Sun. lunches.) and access to all training power points. Inexpensive housing is available from $50-65 per night. Details will be accessible upon approval of application.

What clergy and sexologists are saying about this training:

  • "It engaged my heart and my intellect, was presented clearly, and was well-developed."

  • "I believe this to be the kind of training that people can take out into all facets of their world and communities. Our influence has been and will continue to expand."

  • "This training helps us all do more healing work with the faith based community. It allows us to articulate that it’s okay to love pleasure and God!"

  • "….left me wanting more than I received, affirmed there is a lot of work to be done and that I am not alone in my efforts to address a significant challenge …(in our) approach to sexuality."

 

Training
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Certification Requirements for Sex & Faith Educators

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