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.
sExtracurricular: Exploring Sex and Sexualities in Youth Populations
While the sexual issues encountered by adolescents are well recognized, those of children are largely ignored. To parents of infants and toddlers, thoughts of addressing their sexuality may seem a long way off. But actually, sexual development begins in a child's very first years. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-aged kids develop an emotional and physical foundation for sexuality in many subtle ways as they grow. Like it or not, development is shaped by the larger culture outside our homes and classrooms. In today’s society children are exposed to sex and sexual images through media, television and music. With the Internet youth have access to almost anything and sex is everywhere.
sExploration 2019 will examine the sexual lives of those under the age of eighteen, exploring sex education models, concepts of consent, messages on pleasure, gender development, sexual orientation, trauma impacts, social media influences, and much, much more! Exhibits and colloquia will be scheduled throughout the Spring semester, with an academic poster fair planned for the week of March 18th.
You can download the program for sExploration 2019 here.