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A training modality assisting in the understanding of sexual identity and fluidity

A training modality assisting in the understanding of sexual identity and fluidity

Objectives: Deconstructing fixed and linear notions of sexual and gender identity and sexual behaviour and assisting in addressing heteronormativity, reduction of stereotypes and debunking of myths.

Methods: Through active participation and experiential learning, the four “boxes” – sex as a biological concept, gender as a social construct, sexual orientation as more than just sexual attraction, and lastly, sexual play, are focused on. The most fascinating element of the training is making the linkages between all these concepts, which put a refreshing new light on sexual identity and fluidity. It focus on the deconstruction of sexual and gender binaries by allowing each participant to construct a new affirmative view of themselves as a sexual being, as well as their patients / clients, in a very subtle way. Ways of thinking about sexuality, especially the influence of heteronormativity and homoprejudice, are challenged. This is done in a supportive and authentic manner, with a good dose of humour, acknowledging the increased level of anxiety of participants.

Results: Since 2009, more than 10,000 individuals throughout South Africa, various African countries, as well as internationally, have been exposed to this training.

Conclusions: Africans are in dire need for understanding the complexity of human sexuality, with a specific focus on sexual and gender identity. This training modality is a powerful tool which successfully addresses homophobia and heteroprejudice, specifically among health care providers in the continent.

Speakers: Delene Van Dyk
Conference: WAS Singapore 2015
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2015

WAS 2015

How to Avoid Professional Sexual Misconduct: Sexual Attraction in Psychotherapeutic Relationships

Analysis of all gender dysphoria persons attending Sta Maria university hospital gender unit

The concept of gender dysphoria is a subject of intense controversy and debate. Objectives: The aim of this study is to assess demographic and clinical characteristics, comorbid disorders and sexual behavior of 84 gender dysphoric (gender identity disorder) persons, diagnosed according to DSM-5 and divided into 54 female-to-male (FTM) and 30 male-tofemale (MTF).

A controlled study of depression and suicidal ideation among homosexual students in Nigeria

Introduction and objectives: Homosexuality has been considered a mental health disorder and this pathological view was challenged four decades ago culminating in diagnostic systems (the ICD and DSM) regarding it as an alternative lifestyle rather than a pathological state. Homosexual individuals are prone to psychological distress, which may manifest as depression and suicidal ideation. This has been attributed to the lingering discrimination homosexual individuals are exposed to. There is a dearth of information in Nigeria with regards to this topic and this work is an attempt to fill this gap. The objectives of this study were to determine and compare the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideation in homosexual students and heterosexual controls in a Nigerian university.

The survey of sexual health for wrinkly and elderly women in China

Objective: Through this research on the sexual life of wrinkly and elderly women in China, we hope to understand the status of sexual health of the aged Chinese women.

We know more than what you think: Parents' understanding, through their children’s drawing, the importance of sexual education

Mandatory sexual education in Mexican elementary schools still faces parents’ opposition under the arguments that their children are not old enough to be exposed to the subject. Through their own children’s drawings, this research proved to parents that their children had already been exposed to great extent of sexual information that needs scientific and correct guidance. The main objective of this exploratory study was to assess, through children’s drawings, their views about pregnancy at an early age and use the results to promote, among the parents, the acceptance of sexual education programs at the schools.

Engaging, practical and empowering: Sexuality and relationships education at Curtin University, Australia that supports pre-service teachers

An audit of Western Australian universities found pre-service teachers have limited opportunity to study health-related courses (termed units in Australia), and when they are offered there is often little focus on Sexuality and Relationships Education (SRE). Curtin University has recently established an undergraduate course for Bachelor of Education students, which focuses solely on the delivery of evidence-based SRE. 

Sexual Dysfunction in Infertile Females

The sexual response in women is complex. The association of infertility and sexual dysfunction is overlapping. Sexuality is an important and integral part of every woman’s life. The aim of this study was to assess the degree of sexual dysfunction among infertile women and its correlation with age, duration of marriage and aetiology of infertility in women.