SAR- 3 Day Values Training
WHAT IS A SAR ? (Sexual Attitudes Reassessment)
The Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminar (SAR) is a process-oriented, structured group experience to promote participants' awareness of their attitudes and values related to sexuality, and to assist them in understanding how these attitudes and values affect them professionally and personally. Since the primary purpose of SAR is the examination of attitudes and values, it is not a traditional academic experience designed to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems.
APPLICATION OF THE SAR TRAINING
Many individuals educate or counsel in the area of human sexuality or wish to be trained in the discipline. It is crucial that people who deal with issues of human sexuality be aware of their own attitudes and understand how they may impact the work that they do.
The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (aasect.org) requires the completion of an Attitude/Values Training Experience as a portion of the requirements for certification as an AASECT Certified Sex Educator, Sex Counselor, and Sex Therapist. Certification in this area is an important part of practicing in the field of sexuality, and candidates most often satisfy this requirement by participation in a Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminar (SAR).
The SAR is an intensive workshop experience that gives participants an opportunity to examine their own values, beliefs and attitudes on various issues in sexuality. Through panel speakers and exercises, the sexual issues that will be explored include: developmental sexuality, sexual myths, masturbation, extra-couple relationships, gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships, HIV and AIDS, alternative relationships, BDSM, disability and aging.
Methods used in the workshop will include brief presentations, small group discussions, individual reflections, videos, and panels of individuals sharing personal experiences. Media used in the SAR will often be sexually explicit and potentially emotionally evocative. These presentations will be followed by small group discussion where participants will have the opportunity to process their feelings. Personal exploration and sharing are generally enhanced by the trust promoted through participant confidentiality