Deconstructing Sexuality: Beyond Sensitivity Training - Seminar

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"Deconstructing Sexuality: Beyond Sensitivity Training" is a two day training session designed for professionals who work with the Queer community and beyond.

Sessions are being led by Dr. Deborah Woodman, PhD. Dr. Woodman has been teaching courses concerning the Social Construction of both Gender and Sexuality at Algoma University for the past six years. The curriculum for this seminar comes not only from her experiences in the classroom, but from her years working on Queer issues in community. She is actively involved in the local Queer community, currently working with various groups including Welcome Friend Association, the Algoma University Queer-Straight Alliance, and the newly-formed Sault Ste. Marie Chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays). She is an award winning professor, and her students describe her interactive classes as challenging, rewarding, and “never boring”!

You can expect to:

  • Become aware of gender/sexuality identity and understandings – how it impacts clients
  • Address issues of sexual health and sexual safety – with Dr. Michael Graydon, PhD
  • Learn how to work with Queer clients—Identifying life stages and needs
  • Be introduced to the Queer family – needs and issues
  • Learn how to create safe spaces

Due to the success of this seminar, we have decided to take it on the road. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a seminar.


Day 1

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.What is Gender?- Gender variety – what do all the letters stand for?

10:30 a.m. to noonHow does Gender differ from Sexuality?- Inclusive language – using respectful language – neutral pronouns

1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.Queer Clients- Is sexuality an important part of the picture? - What might be some of the concerns? - Variety of Queer identities

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Queer Clients ContinuedNeeds at different life stages Youth – coming out Adult – support services Elderly – back into the closet?

Day 2

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.Health Concerns- Physical and mental health concerns affecting the Queer community

10:30 a.m. to noonSexual Safety- Address how to discuss sexual safety with clients

1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.Queer Families- What do Queer families look like? - How can we support them and what might they need?

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.Creating Safe Spaces- How to create safe spaces


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