Workshops and Presentations
All of my workshops can be customized to the specific interests of community groups, schools, religious organizations, workplaces, healthcare practices or professional associations. The following list is just a sample of the many workshops available.
Sexuality Training for Seminarians and Clergy
Delivered annually at Harvard Divinity School and also popular at Boston University and regional ministerial clusters, this 3-hour program addresses essential topics including gender identity, sexual orientation, healthy relationship skills, connections between spirituality and sexuality, sexuality education, professional boundaries, responses to sexual predators in a congregation, counseling and therapy referrals.
Sex Education Skills for Teachers
Activities and discussion increase teacher comfort with language related to sexuality, which improves communication when students need factual information or simply a caring adult’s perspective. Learn how sex ed can happen even in schools without a formal curriculum. Examples of comprehensive sexuality education materials and a range of resources are included.
Sexuality Talking Points: How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex
Parents and caregivers learn to talk comfortably about sexuality during this fun, informative workshop that emphasizes identifying personal values and sharing them with children and teens so they can make smart choices. Includes a copy of Sexuality Talking Points: A guide to thoughtful conversations between parents and children (Melanie Davis, 2013).
The Care & Feeding of Your Changing Body: A Workshop for Adolescents
This fun, two-evening workshop coaches adolescents about the physical, emotional and social changes puberty brings. The program helps adults and their children learn about each other and speak more candidly about sensitive subjects.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Decision-Making Skills for Teens
Lively activities help teens identify their personal values and anticipate how to make social and sexual decisions in keeping with them. The two-hour program accentuates the importance of choices that protect teens emotionally, physically, and legally.
Looking Within: Key Questions That Unlock Your Sexuality
This six-week course helps women explore their sexuality from new perspectives. The interactive program is both fun and transformational. While homework includes journaling, no personal disclosure is expected among participants. Registration includes a copy of Look Within: A Woman’s Journal (Melanie Davis, Open Door Publishing).
Offered jointly with a gynecologist, this popular program addresses the biological, emotional, and sexual side of perimenopause and menopause. You can enjoy these life stages as a sensual, sexual woman.
Bring Back That Loving Feeling: A Workshop about Cancer and Sex
This program, often hosted by medical centers and cancer support groups, helps individuals with cancer make the emotional and physical adaptations that enable them to enjoy greater sexual pleasure. Partners are welcome.
Learning to Love Your Vs
This workshop is part anatomy/physiology class, part lesson in appreciation for often mis-understood female genitalia, the vulva. Interactive discussion ranges from language to healthcare issues. Appropriate for mature teens and adults with vulvas.