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Deep Dive - Sexual Attitudes Reassessment

Event Details
Date: to be confirmed
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: to be confirmed - originally 16

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Organiser: Gold Coast Sexology

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Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) is a dive into the murky depths of the participant’s inner world. The purpose of this Deep Dive is to explore those parts of their sexual selves that are rejected or hidden and begin to accept them with kindness and understanding. For some participants, the challenges to their world view may be radical and extreme for others they may be small shifts that open their hearts and minds to even greater possibilities.

Through the exploration of sexual attitudes and values, participants can improve self-compassion and in turn direct it outward to approach the human experience of those they work with, using curiosity and acceptance. In the Deep Dive SAR participants are not told what to think, instead, they are supported to explore why they hold certain beliefs and how those beliefs might impact their work, positively and negatively.

The process of Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) is seen as the global standard in professional development regarding sexuality, for anyone engaged with the care of people. They are held all over the world in a variety of forms to ensure that dignity and respect for sexuality are embedded in practice. Pushing through discomfort allows for participants to reassess their own beliefs and norms surrounding the diversity of human sexual experience. A SAR is not a cognitive or educational workshop. Process-oriented discussion and experiential learning assist participants to open their hearts and minds to a new approach, restructuring beliefs and their capacity to engage with difficult moments.

Please note: sexually explicit media is utilised in the SAR process. It is not suitable for people under 18 years.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify elements that inform their ideal sexual self
  • Discuss their attitudes, values, and beliefs about a wide range of sexual expressions and behaviours
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural factors that may influence a person’s experience of sexual identity, inequality, and intimacy
  • Define and discuss elements within media showing human sexual identity, inequality and intimacy, and the impact that has on their own and others attitudes and values
  • Identify specific sexual expressions or behaviours that are outside their comfort zone
  • Evaluate and discuss the life experiences of individuals with diverse sexual experiences of sexual identity, inequality, and/or intimacy
  • Utilise exposure to new or different aspects of human sexual identity, inequality, and intimacy in their clinical or educational work
  • Assess and define the aspects of sexual expression and behaviour that would not be relevant for working with their clients
  • Evaluate developmentally appropriate sexual expressions and behaviours as a continuum based on biopsychosocial factors
  • Describe how the Sexual Attitudes Reassessment and Restructuring has affected their professional philosophy
  • Utilise an understanding of human sexual identity, inequality, and/or intimacy in their professional communication skills
  • Exercise personal reflection on sexual expression and behaviours of both self and other

Presenter details

Lead Facilitator
Kerrin Bradfield is a Clinical Sexologist and accredited Sexuality Educator. They are an intersectional feminist, who's work is grounded in the commitment to sexual rights as human rights. Kerrin is an activist, advocate, and constant learner with a facilitation style that is inclusive, informed, and carries with it a strong wit and a passion for sexuality. Their work ranges from in-school and community education, trauma-informed health promotion and program development.

Small Group Facilitator
Lisa Torney is an accredited Clinical Psychosexual Therapist and a Mental Health Accredited Social Worker. Lisa has a strong commitment to working with people to improve their sexual and interpersonal relationship, help people explore ways to have more pleasurable experiences and a special interest in supporting the LGBTIQA+ community. They have over 20 years counselling experience as a social worker in a variety of settings and have extensive experience in sexual health counselling and working with individuals, couples and people in polyamorous and open relationships.

Method of delivery and date

This event was originally a two-day intensive course, however it will be reformatted to suit an online environment.

Date to be confirmed


$750 General
$650 (members of AASW)
$550 Student
$550 (members of Society of Australian Sexologists)

Scholarships available on application



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers