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Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment (10 hour workshop)

Presented by:
Don Dyson, Ph.D. & Brent Satterly, Ph.D.

This workshop is held at our Florida institute. To register click the button below.

Day 1 & 2: Sexuality Attitude Re-Assessment (10 Total Hours)

This Sexuality Attitude Re-Assessment (SAR) will be a ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience consisting of a process oriented exploration of the participants own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior.  This portion of the training will not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.  This will involve viewing sexually explicit and non-sexually explicit films, engaging in structured activities, and brief lecturettes.

Brief Rationale

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) have defined a SAR as follows:

...a process-oriented seminar that uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities and small group discussions. The objective of a SAR is to give participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions. A SAR is not a traditional academic experience to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a highly personal, internal exploration that will be different for each participant. Small group discussions have demonstrated efficacy in achieving this self-exploration and awareness and is essential to the SAR process. To meet AASECT standards, a SAR must be a minimum of 10 hours in length. (AASECT, 2006, p. 1)

In addition to AASECT’s definition, contemporary SAR trainings typically incorporate the viewing and analysis of sexually explicit media.  This may often include videos portraying naturalistic, undirected patterns of sexual expression.  Sitron and Dyson (2009) have explored the efficacy of the SAR for sexuality educators and therapists (sexologists):

The Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR) has been established as a routine training intervention for sexuality professionals. The SAR has been used to train American sexologists and other helping professionals to be sensitive to sexual diversity and the sexual behavior of others. (p. 158)

Sitron and Dyson (2009) cite Stayton (1998)’s work addressing that health professionals are often “placed in a position of being the ‘expert,’ and yet he or she may know less and be more traumatized, ignorant, and secretive than the patient, client or student” (p. 27). In addition, this imbalance may create challenges for sexologist’s ability to deliver culturally competent services without such SAR training.

10 Learning Objectives (one CEU per hour)

At the conclusion of this course/event, participants will be able to…
1. Identify the wide spectrum of human sexual arousal and behavior;
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C, I

2. Identify their attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs regarding these behaviors, including topics of comfort and discomfort;
AASECT Core Knowledge E, O

3. Demonstrate comfort when addressing and discussing a wide range of sexual topics encountered by the educator, counselor or therapist;
AASECT Core Knowledge A, N

4. Demonstrate non-judgmental and respectful attitudes toward others whose attitudes, values, feelings, beliefs, and sexual behaviors differ from those of the SAR participant;
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C

5. Identify the extent to which their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about particular aspects of sexuality are “scientific facts” rather than their personal attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs;
AASECT Core Knowledge A, B, C, D, E, F

6. Describe their awareness that:

a. a wide variety of sexual problems exist

b. many varieties of sexual problems are presented to the health professional

c. the professional needs more than his or her personal experience and private opinions to help students, clients, or patients

d. the professionals own personal taboos, biases, and overreactions to sexual information and stimuli frequently handicap his or her judgment.

AASECT Core Knowledge B, H, I

7. Increase participant’s tolerance (knowledgeable about, aware of, accepting of, or to bring to the surface feelings and attitudes that) of the wide spectrum of “normal” human sexual responses.
AASECT Core Knowledge O

8. Identify the various points of view in controversial sexual issues;
AASECT Core Knowledge F, O

9. Identify hasty or overreactions to sexual stimuli;
AASECT Core Knowledge F, O

10. Identify the need to gently, humanistically, and professionally understand clients’ and patients’ sexuality.
AASECT Core Knowledge B, C, O


Wednesday, March 9th, 2015 (4 hours)
5:00 PM - Welcome/Introductions/Expectations/Group Contract
5:30 PM - Bodies / Use of film
6:30 PM - Processing
7:15 PM - Break
7:30 PM - Masturbation / Use of film
8:15 PM - Processing
9:00 PM - Value Awareness and Relativistic Practice / Structured Activity - Case Studies/Small Group Work
10:00 PM - Closure

Thursday, March 10th, 2015 (6 Hours)
8:00 AM - Welcome Back
8:30 AM - Reflection and Application of Previous SAR content on Practice / Small Group Discussion
9:00 AM - Gender Identity & Expression / Use of film
10:00 AM - Processing
10:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - Sexual Orientation & Identity / Use of film
11:30 AM - Processing
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Persons with Disabilities / Use of film
2:30 PM - Processing
3:00 PM - Break
3:15 PM - Kink/BDSM / Use of film
4:00 PM - Processing
4:30 PM - Closure

Presenter Bios

Don Dyson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and PhD Program Director for the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) at Widener University.

Dr. Dyson’s research is focused on best practices for the training of sexuality professionals. His work includes streams related to ethics, developing pluralistic perspectives in training, affective education and professional development. His work at Widener has resulted in the chartering of Gamma Eta Rho, the honor society in Human Sexuality as well as HSEDSO, the Graduate Student Organization for CHSS students.


Brent A. Satterly, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BSW Program in Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. He received his Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

With over 20 years clinical experience, Dr. Satterly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania and a Certified Sexuality Educator and Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). His areas of expertise include clinical work with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) populations, GLBT professional identity management, human sexuality and social work pedagogies, and HIV/AIDS. He is well-published and is a member of good standing in AASECT, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors in Social Work (BPD).

Earlier Event: September 26
New York Institute: Dr. Dan Watter
Later Event: February 17
Human Sexual Functioning and Behavior