The "Sexcessible" Practice

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The "Sexcessible" practice: sex and disability for somatic sex educators

A 6 week online course beginning Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Course Format: online and in your local community


Course Objectives: To prepare somatic sex educators—skillfully, emotionally, and culturally—to support the learning goals of clients with disabilities or chronic conditions with confidence, professionalism, and respect.


Prerequisite: Completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) Core Course #3 (for students of the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sexology) or certification in sexological bodywork (from any of the international certification programs).  Other sexuality professionals are welcome; please contact Shauna to assess eligibility.


Course Details: Course participants will attend online class meetings; post assignments responding to required readings, videos and podcasts in the class’ online forum; attend a disability-related event in their community (or online); and complete a brief research project (see more information below) in their community.  Topics to be covered include:

·      Historic perspectives on sexuality and disability

·      Current perspectives on sexuality and disability

·      Disability etiquette and disability justice

·      OT for SSE: making our tools accessible

·      Sexuality considerations unique to folx with disabilities or chronic conditions

·      Disability and consent

·      Accessibility for the practical aspects of your practice


Course Investment:

Time: This course requires 7.5 hours “in class” (online); 6 hours media viewing/listening; 4 hours reading; 2 hours attending a local or online event; 3-10 hours research project.  (Times are approximate depending on individual reading speed, events and projects chosen, etc.)

Financial: $450 until October 1, 2019. $500 after October 1, 2019. Payment can be made via PayPal, Venmo or credit card. Contact Shauna directly at to arrange payment or to discuss a payment plan if needed.


Course Textbook: (must be purchased separately)

Tuppy Owens, Supporting Disabled People with their Sexual Lives: A Clear Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals


Course Dates: Tuesday, October 29-Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  Online class video calls will be held each Tuesday from 11am-12:30pmPST (no call on November 26).


About the Research Project:  Students will meet with Shauna (online) by November 15, 2019 to determine and get approval for a brief research project of their choice.  Examples of possible projects include: working with a client with a disability for 1-3 sessions; conducting a needs assessment regarding sexual health and education with the clients of a local disability service organization; conducting a needs assessment for local medical providers or disability service providers regarding their ability to address the sexual needs of their patients/clients with disabilities; researching a particular disability or chronic condition to create a resource for colleagues on “what they need to know” and best practices.  Projects can be completed in a variety of ways to accommodate a wide-range of learning and communication styles including: a written paper or report; a verbal recording of a report; a video report; creation of a written or media-based resource for colleagues and clients; etc.

For more information or to register, email Shauna at

Shauna is awesome! I feel her energy is amazing, and her honesty and ability to hold space is incredible. I appreciate all that she shared and all that she offered to us through the program! I think that anyone in the SSE/CSB work would definitely benefit from this program, and I completely have and look forward to further integrating this resource into my work and practice!
— Malyrah Landvatter,