“Everything in our lives has the potential to wake us up or put us to sleep. Allowing it to awaken us, is up to us.” —Pema Chodron
There is much sex-negative and body-negative messaging in our society and many of our clients (as well as many of us practitioners) carry these “sexual madness” messages in ways that negatively determine our self-worth and sexual well-being. These beliefs and emotions are so uncomfortable that we may continually run, numb, distract, or lash out in the face of them, thereby maintaining problematic patterns in intimacy and sex, and sometimes undermining our best intentions with clients.
Mindfulness and self-compassion are powerful tools that can uncover patterns that interfere with intimacy and communication, and then support us in making choices that weren’t previously available. These skills help us awaken to the opportunity for new, healthier, and more heart-centered relationships, sex lives, and professional service.
This training is a combination of a lecture about research and health benefits, experiential activities, personal reflection, and group interactions. Mindfulness is a simple concept, but a lifelong practice in building nuanced awareness and emotional resilience. We’ll be exploring mindfulness and compassion practices together and working on how these can be immediately applied to each participant’s personal and professional life.
Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, is the author of the new book, From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women.
In addition to being a sociologist and sexologist, Dr. Jenn is a mindful intimacy coach and frequent speaker about sexual consent, healthy relationships, body image, erotic play, women’s sexual empowerment, sexual health, and mindfulness. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the San Diego morning news. Dr. Jenn is also an active philanthropist with Women Give San Diego, the founder of World Sexual Health Day–San Diego, and on the executive team for Sex Positive San Diego. Her In the Den with Dr. Jenn educational video series has 1.5 million hits on YouTube and she is an expert in the documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story.
Dr. Jenn recently launched the humorous and educational Sex Talk with Clint & the Doc podcast through I Heart Radio. Additionally, as a martial arts practitioner, she was promoted to black belt in Soo Bahk Do (Korean karate), so watch out for this badass doctor!
AMHTI is approved as a provider of continuing education by numerous national agencies and routinely applies for continuing education credits for professionals from state agencies when needed.
There are many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations that will grant continuing education credit for attendance at AMHTI’s seminars and activities. If you have questions as to whether AMHTI’s continuing education credits will count for your state, please contact us.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AMHTI maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6901. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes [1787, 1/7/22-1/7/23], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider#: 50-11996. AMHTI is an approved provider with the The Florida Certification Board. Provider #5273-A.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Provider # 07-110-J.