Critical Race Theory (CRT) has garnered much attention over the past ten years but has been around since the Civil Rights and feminist movements of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. With a focus on individual perspective and racial subjectivity, CRT sheds light upon some of the structural inequities embedded within White supremacy that impact individual, relational, and systemic functioning. The field of sex therapy and education is no exception as some of its research, clinical ideologies, and praxis leave minimal space for visibility and viability for practitioners of color.
This presentation highlights the evolution of CRT and its implications for sex therapy and research. This workshop assumes that practitioners hold a myriad of identities (oppressed and privileged) that are negotiated in clinical sessions that can be invitational or oppositional to clients’ needs. Self-awareness is needed it relates to how race/ethnicity are managed. Moreover, self-awareness is critical for modern sex therapists to be transformative change agents and advocates for the clients they serve.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss two key components of Critical Race Theory.
2. Discuss how Critical Race Theory impacts identity negotiation in the fields of sex therapy/research.
3. Apply Critical Race Theory to sex therapy interventions.