Sexual issues can be as difficult for clinician to address as they are for clients to share. While it is easy to leave these issues unexplored, they are ever present. sExploration is a yearly event that offers students and faculty an opportunity to explore the intersection of human sexuality with culture, identities and clinical practice. sExploration is produced by PASD as a catalyst for discussions (in and out of classrooms) on integrating sexuality issues into all elements of our work as mental health professionals: assessment, consultation, research, practice, education and development. Scroll down to see the events for this year's sExploration, as well as events from previous sExplorations.
Sexual Justice Now: Exploring psychology’s role in pursuing equity in reproductive and sexual healthcare, access to comprehensive sex education and affirmative mental health services.
Sexual and reproductive justice exists when all people have the power and resources to make healthy informed decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction. That means everyone has the right to:
Access evidence-based, culturally informed, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education.
Control their body and self-expression.
Define their sexuality and gender and have them recognized and affirmed.
Engage in consensual sex between adults in its many forms, or not.
Choose to have or not have children, and the conditions under which to give birth or create a family.
Adapted from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene statement. The term "reproductive justice" was coined by a group of Black women in 1994. From this group, a framework and SisterSong, a collective led by indigenous women and women of color, emerged.
These rights exist in an environment free from sexual or reproductive oppression enacted through legislation, social coercion, and healthcare restrictions. The degree to which individuals may exercise these rights reflects how their socially constructed identities and positions intersect to marginalize and privilege them. sExploration 2023 explores psychology’s role in securing and defending these rights.
You can download the program for sExploration 2023 here.