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Introduction to Sexual Health in Art Therapy with Tanya Burkhardt

  • 16 Sep 2022
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Sexual health and well-being are core human rights and often overlooked in many therapeutic and clinical settings.  Research shows that many practitioners believe "it's uncomfortable to talk about sex and sexual health and it is someone else's job". This session will be helpful for  practitioners who feel they may be lacking in sexual health knowledge applicable to their practice. The space will be safe, confidential, inclusive, accessible and non-judgemental.    

This experiential professional development session aims to build your confidence in starting conversations about sexual health and how art therapy might be used to address some of the basic sexual health needs of your clients.  We will collaboratively identify and explore many of the common barriers to talking about and assisting people with sexual health needs.  Models and recent Australian research findings will be shared.  This training was originally designed for practitioners working in the mental health sector with adults but much of the content will apply to other client groups such as adults living with disabilities and chronic illness. 
This session will aim to: 

  • Increase awareness of the specific sexual health issues likely to be impacting your clients   
  • Identify barriers and gaps in your knowledge and skills specific to sexual health 
  • Increase confidence and skills in talking about sexual health & beginning to use art therapy to address these needs 
  • Identify the scope of your practice and understand referral pathways 
  • Receive current resources and handouts 

WHO's (World Health Organisation) current working definition of sexual health; 
 “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a) 
Tanya Elizabeth Burkhardt AThR is a registered Arts Psychotherapist, Sexologist and Stilts Performance Artist. She has a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice (The MIECAT Institute), Graduate Diploma in Expressive Therapies (Uni of Sydney) and has a Graduate Diploma in Sexology (Curtin Uni). Tanya is a trauma-informed, pleasure activist working with individuals and groups of adults who are living with chronic illness, pain, trauma, psycho-social and mental health challenges. She works in private practice as an Arts Therapist at the Skinner Street Studios in West End.  Tanya provides individual therapy as well as facilitating several weekly art therapy groups for adults and young people in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Tanya coordinated a community and cultural development project, The Rainbow Horse Project, in Mongolia for 12 months. She established the Art Trolley program at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brisbane and facilitated the Art Program at the Brisbane Juvenile Detention Centre for 5 years. She was the General Manager of Spaghetti Circus for 3 years and facilitated art therapy groups in Lebanon with Syrian refugee families and children. She has been more recently involved in the Interlink Project supporting people living with innate differences in sex characteristics. Tanya believes in the power of creativity, embodiment and pleasure to heal, deeply connect with ourselves and others and to fulfill our greatest potential. 

When: Friday 16 September 2022
Time: 11am - 1pm AEST (9am HKT, 1pm NZST)
Where: Zoom (zoom link will be sent in the registration confirmation email)
Cost: $40 (+GST for Australian members)
Max: 20 participants maximum (minimum attendees 10) 

CPD Points: 1.5hrs
This webinar will run for 90 minutes, and additional 30 minutes are allocated for Q&A only for those participants who want to stay on for questions.

Please note this event will be recorded.

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