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606 | The Impact of Culture: Diversity in Addressing Sexual Issues

Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health, Workshop Tracks


Danisa Suarez M.A.; Jorge Suarez, D.Min.; S. Lashay Dowley, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Cross-cultural psychology plays a vital role in understanding behavior throughout the world’s cultures. While much of psychology research remains primarily Western and Eurocentric, there is a stronger awareness of the importance of representation and diversity in the research process. In this workshop, licensed professional counselors and ministry leaders will learn about the latest research in diversity and in what direction it guides our field. Some of the aspects that will be discussed will be understanding how child-rearing practices in different cultures impact the development of clients, as well as teachers, educators, and curriculum designers who create multicultural sex education lessons and materials. This workshop will explore how cultural differences impact social behavior and individual personality and how they relate to sexuality. The presenters will also discuss some of the most common “silent objections” faced in the office, such as a professional’s experience working with minorities, civil/marital status, how to address both partners, and the purpose of sex. While all these things are relevant when working with Anglo clients, they hold a higher priority and more profound meaning in some ethnic groups.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the current research about sexuality from a cultural perspective
2. Outline various issues in sex therapy, such as family of origin issues, multicultural education on sex, and cultural impacts on social behavior and personality
3. Formulate personal responses to “silent objections” that can occur when working with sex with a couple who is culturally different from the professional’s culture
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