Women & Sex CE

Women & Sex

Course Description:

The latest research by gender theorists points out that when the majority of women’s experience don’t fit into our traditional models of understanding, we have to interrogate the models themselves. It turns out that the traditional models of sexuality and sexual functioning are male-based models of sexuality, and they therefore pathologize women and are inaccurate in describing women’s sexual identities, processes, and pleasures. This lecture seeks to relay the most recent research by neuro-psychiatrists, sexologists and sociologists, while also outlining the important political and historical contexts thatcontinue to shape women’s understanding and experience of their sexuality. We’ll explore topics like: why today’s “purity balls” are an extension of 18 th and 19th century white-patriarchal property rights; why Freud called women “rigid” and how he got it all wrong; and how women can resist the “Madonna/whore” binary that society still indoctrinates. We’ll also give special attention to how sexual stereotypes of women are infused with racist and classist attitudes—a critical topic for understanding how women’s sexuality is simultaneously objectified, policed, and demonized in contemporary US culture.

Course Objective:

The purpose of this lecture is to examine the socio-cultural foundations upon which female sexuality has traditionally been understood. The latest research from neuro-psychiatrists, sociologists, experts in gender studies and sexologists will provide principles for critical thinking about women’s sexuality so that participants can challenge common myths with data culled from contemporary research.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the history of the sexual commodification of women.
  2. Recognize the objectification of women.
  3. Describe the social context into which the birth control movement came into being.
  4. Knowledgeably debate reproductive rights.
  5. Discuss the sexualization of women.
  6. Diagram the brain-body-behavior intersections involved in women’s sexual functioning.
  7. Identify patterns of sexual fluidity.
  8. Inventory factors of health within women’s sexuality.
  9. Devise treatment strategies to facilitate women’s authentic sexual expression.

Continuing Education Hours:

This course is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 2 Continuing Education Units.

Instructor: Susan Hall, D.Min., LMHC

Dr. Susan Hall is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington and has worked in social service and counseling settings since 1991. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she co-founded a transitional housing program for women and children in central Indiana where she directed the program until her entry into graduate training in 1998. Susan obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2000. In 2004, she opened Greenlake Counseling Services (GCS), a counseling community that provides low-cost office space for private practitioners; GCS is now home to nearly 30 practitioners. Dr. Hall received her Doctor of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in May of 2008; she was fortunate to study abroad with women from every continent while learning the perspectives of feminist theologians from around the world. In 2009, Susan co-founded Seattle Therapy Alliance (STA) with her colleague Julie Cake, M.A., LMHC. STA was established with the two-fold vision of training graduate counseling students in feminist psychotherapy while simultaneously making low-cost therapy available to local women in their movement toward self-actualization. Dr. Hall has also received post-graduate training in art therapy, marriage and family therapy, gender and violence, attachment theories, feminist ethics, Clinical Supervision, and the residual psychological effects of slavery. She is qualified as an Approved Supervisor in Washington State for therapists seeking ongoing supervision.


Susan Hall Seminars is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors, provider #6630, to sponsor continuing education for counselors. Susan Hall Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

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Women & Sex CE

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Women & Sex w/o CE