Professional Training: Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring

Posted On: November 16, 2017

Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/11/2017 - 17/11/2017
8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Location
The Blue Lotus

Categories


What is a SAR?

Simply put, a Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR) is an unique growth event. It was a creation of National Sex Forum in San Francisco back in the 1970s, and has become an integral part of training in sexuality in USA. SAR was first introduced into Singapore through certified clinical sexologist and AASECT certified sexuality educator, Dr. Martha Tara Lee of Eros Coaching (www.ErosCoaching.com) in 2011 .

SAR is a process-oriented, structured group experience to promote participants’ awareness of their values, beliefs and attitudes on various issues in sexuality, and to assist them in understanding how these attitudes and values affect them professionally and personally. Also, an unusual opportunity for becoming more aware of one’s unexamined beliefs and for clarifying one’s values, SAR is neither a traditional academic experience designed to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a powerful way to increase one’s sexuality comfort and change attitudes that may interfere with effective communication and teaching about sexuality.

Why is my Attitude towards Sexuality important?

Our attitudes express themselves through words and actions. Your attitude is an outward expression of who you are, rather than what you do or know. Attitude reflects behaviour: your attitude towards another determines the other’s attitude towards you. In short, your attitude determines outcome and the quality of the life you have. Have you examined what you stand for and why when it comes to sexuality? SAR allows you to do so!

What do you do at SAR?

The SAR experience involves viewing a series of videos and discussing reactions in a small group facilitated by an experienced sexuality educator. The workshop is designed to increase understanding of the wide spectrum of human sexual arousal and behavior. Topics to be explored include fantasy; sexual myths; masturbation; heterosexual, gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships; transgender; alternative relationships; disability and aging. [No nudity or touch is ever required of participants.]

Small group process drives the understanding and impact of the elements of the presentations in this course. SAR is not a clinical training in sex therapy nor is it traditional sex education; rather it enables the participant to move emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and psychologically into a zone of greater knowing, acceptance, and tolerance of human sexuality in all of its possible dimensions.

Who should attend SAR?

Because SAR provides innovative and practical information, training and skills necessary for more competent, sensitive, professional and personal functioning, anyone who wish to better understand their own sexuality and that of others, as well as for people who are working in the fields related to sex and sexuality should attend a SAR. The SAR is for:

  • Psychotherapists:  Psychologists, MFTs, LPCs, LCSWs, MSWs, psychiatric nurses
  • Health care providers:  Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists
  • Sex educators of all types, from family planning to college and university instructors

Course Recognition by AASECT

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 16 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied towards AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Attendance at SAR is a requirement towards becoming a certified sexuality educator, sexuality counsellor or sex therapist with AASECT. This SAR fulfills the 10-hour requirement toward AASECT Certification and earns 16 CEUs. Eros Coaching is an AASECT-approved organisational provider of CE.

Disclaimer: Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact info@aasect.org.

Testimonials

“I attended Martha’s SAR workshop in 2012. It was very good and refreshing. Watching the different videos made me more accepting of myself and others by the end of the workshop. & from the workshop, I actually gained comfort that there were other people who felt the same way, and supported people with different sexual preferences and behaviours. It was very comfortable attending the workshop, and not that awkward. In particular, I liked the clip of people sharing their masturbation experiences openly. It was discussed openly and without shame in the video, which was intimate and informative. Also, it made me realize that it was normal for people to start masturbating at a young age, making me think that perhaps it was a natural behavior and something many people instinctively know what to do, but it’s sad that we are shameful of it. Overall, it really challenged my perspective, and it was a pleasure to learn positive information, instead of the more rampant judgments and commercial media which ultimately close us up, because it’s not authentic and loving. Thank you for conducting the workshop!!!” – YQ

“I have to say I knew not what to expect when I first attended SAR. I knew I was going to experience discomfort; but having known Martha for some time, I knew she made a wonderful facilitator; and I was correct. Martha made sure that the whole situation was as comfortable and guided as possible. SAR made me more open on my attitude towards sex. The various type of sex, the various preferences, and how all of such can actually be a calming, freeing experience.” – Male Participant

“I first attended SAR with a fair amount of resistance to the notion that it will be uncomfortable and weird to be viewing material with a group of strangers. However as the sessions proceeded, I found myself transformed through the process and the openness in discussion and sharing our views and perspectives definitely helped to challenge the various pre-conceived notions or pre-judgements that we have about certain things. Having gone through it, I do think that the process helps in broadening our perspectives and becoming more tolerant individuals capable of appreciating people for who they are and to see beyond stereotypes. Credit must go to Dr. Martha Lee for administering the process and for creating an environment where frank, honest discussion is possible.” – Male participant

Dates/ Times: Thurs 16 Nov (9 to 5p.m.) and Fri 17 Nov (9 to 5p.m.). Lunch included on both days.

Venue for all workshops: The Blue Lotus, 39 Tembeling Road Singapore 423582

Directions: Bus 33. If coming by cab (advisable), you may wish to tell the cab driver that it is a shophouse, diagionally opposite Kuam Im Tng Temple, and at the cross-junction of Joo Chiat Place.

Size: Maximum of 10

Fee: S$650 per person / Couple rate is S$1,000. Tuition includes lunches during the 2 days of SAR, and your AASECT Certificate. A non-refundable S$150 deposit is required to secure your space. 

Pay for my deposit – S$150

Pay for my seat now – S$650

Paying as a Couple – S$1000

Please note that no refunds are possible once you have paid and cannot make it for the workshop. Replacement allowed. Do check out our media policy as well.

Questions? Email Martha here.

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and has most recently completed her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling. In practice for more than seven years, she is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Southeast Asia.

Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the host of weekly radio show Eros Evolution on the OMTimes Radio Network.  She has published three books: Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, Orgasmic Yoga and From Princess to Queen.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

 

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