I had the opportunity to co-faciliate a SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring) training of students, therapists, coaches, and educators working in the field of sexuality. The group spent 3 days together being exposed to media, guest speakers and activities that are designed to evoke the participant and engage the processing of personal values and hook ups regarding expressions of sexuality. The SAR is designed to help professionals working with sexuality issues to “reassess and restructure” their values and beliefs to become more sexually aware and prepared to deal with the concerns of their clients. It is really a personal versus professional journey for the participant.
SAR trainings are offered all over the world and every SAR is different. The students that participated in this SAR had to opportunity to interact with two of the best SAR facilitators in the world – seasoned Clinical Sexologists Drs. Patti Britton and Robert Dunlap.
So why do we do a SAR?
A SAR is designed to provide a highly provocative, experiential, cognitive and affective experience where your buttons will be pushed, feeling will emerge and participants will confront attitudes, beliefs and values regarding sexuality and those of others. The topics of the SAR range from different sexual orientations, gender expressions, and sub-cultures in sexuality. One of the most valuable parts of the SAR is the small group experience where participants discuss the elements of the presentations and material as they share and process feelings that come up and look for ways to expand their own experiences of sexuality. The SAR is a journey where each participant moves emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and psychologically into an awareness of personal values, greater knowledge and education on aspects of sexuality, acceptance, and tolerance of the spectrum of human sexual expression.
For more information on SAR trainings check out The Institute for Sexual Self-Realization for upcoming trainings.