Chicago | Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy Department
Program Director of Sexology, Couple and Family Therapy Department
Providing education is a bit like therapy. People come in with different levels of information, a different motivation, a different relationship to the materials they will engage with over the course of their education. To facilitate an adult’s education, I need to meet them where they are starting from. This starts with creating a safe space for all folx to express themselves in conversation, an invitation to lean in, and permission to be curious and not-knowing. Similarly, education is a person-centered experience that is subjective to the person having the experience. Each student learns differently – some of my students are visual, others auditory, and some prefer talking an idea through.
I integrate significant amounts of technical information with real life experiences to bring the data to life, which is then reinforced with experiential applications of the data provided. Education requires inclusivity as part of the work. Research and writing strive to catch up from behind to reflect the changes we see in the world around us and in our clinical spaces. Education requires additional inclusivity of topics – various forms of relationships, multiple and intersecting identities, sexuality beyond orientation and identity.
My research has also been focused on connecting CFT and Sexology. I have worked on theoretical adaptations of CFT models to be used with sexological topics. I also use my research to give space for voices often overlooked or ignored to have a seat at the proverbial table – such as the intersections of autoimmunity and painful sex, or clients that have been stigmatized by therapists when discussing sexological topics. My future research agenda will continue systemically looking at the connections between people as systems, the systems they occupy, and their sexual selves.
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