Number of hours (CE credits): 2hrs
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental concepts and theories that underpin the development of people’s perspectives, including: sexological worldview, transformative learning, identity development, and the goals of social justice education. This workshop will provide strategies to use in the planning of educational programs that aim to transform people's perspectives about a topic in sexuality (e.g. SAR programs, social justice workshops, etc.). The first half of the workshop will include an overview of the key elements and the second half will be interactive and provide participants with an opportunity to apply the concepts to their own work and ask questions.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe two theories of perspective transformation and apply them to a topic of interest in sexuality education
2. Develop an outline for a perspective-transformation lesson using the strategies from the workshop
Justin A. Sitron, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative. He started his career as an English and Spanish teacher and found his way into sexuality education through his work as a diversity and inclusion trainer. His research focuses on sexological worldview development and on the development and evaluation of educational programs. He is specifically interested in how people’s worldviews change either naturally or as a result of training they receive. He also works to develop and evaluate culturally-responsive and relevant sexuality education that meets people where they are and addresses the complexities of sexuality, not only the areas often targeted by public health and disease prevention programming. He is a faculty member in the pediatric residency program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he teaches about patient-centered care from a sexual rights perspective. He believes people’s sexuality should be an area of pride, empowerment, and a place where people can access their best lives. He focuses his work and prioritizes projects that change dominant cultural narratives that stigmatize, marginalize, and oppress people.