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"Revitalizing the Soul of the Healer: Sex-Positivity and Embodiment Practices - On Zoom"

  • January 09, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


"Revitalizing the Soul of the Healer:

Sex-Positivity and Embodiment Practices"

with Jacqueline Mendez, MFT, CST

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

Join us in bringing in the new year with our

first meeting of the year.

We hope to bring back out Annual Experiential Event soon!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Revitalizing the Soul of the Healer

Change happens by giving clients a new experience of themselves in the moment. Often, therapists hesitate to bring experiential work into the room and hesitate to bring up themes related to pleasure and sexuality. This workshop discusses theories of body-oriented psychotherapy, pleasure-focused techniques, sex therapy perspectives and their application to therapy. The presenter teaches skills and exercises for getting clients connected to the body and its sensations and discusses guided visualizations, movement, and mindful interventions.

Recently, clinicians and their clients have been facing endless cycles of stress, chaos, and loss. Because humans are evolutionarily wired to unconsciously and automatically respond with certain somatic behaviors to protect themselves, including fleeing, bracing, stiffening, and collapsing, it is important to find ways that support healing in ways that involve experiencing the body in different ways.

Pleasure is also a form of activism. Feeling good is not frivolous. It is freedom and an essential part of self-care and self-love.

What the focus is here is the wisdom of the body and how it relates to healing and integration beyond the use of language and linear thinking. For those of us in the healing arts, it is vital that we are aware of our own discomforts and of our own body’s messages. Movement and integration of body, heart, mind and spirit assist clinicians to be able to better help their clients in examining the role of spirituality, religion, and belief systems and the ways these cultural institutions intersect with sexuality by going beyond language, religion, and ability, one can begin the journey of healing. It is about assisting others to value their embodied sense of knowing.

Educational goals include:

  • To develop the basics of a mindfulness embodiment practice
  • To increase capacity for somatic awareness (awareness of bodily sensations)
  • To increase capacity to use pleasure for healing express their widest range of feelings and thoughts, and to explore their emotional and somatic experience
  • To enhance each participant’s awareness to learn from burnout while honoring our own needs and experience.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and practice 3 skills drawn from embodiment practice to revitalize the soul of the clinician.
  2. Describe 5 interventions and promote creative, pleasured-centered outcomes for self and in order to improve clinical problem solving.
  3. Identify and practice 3 skills drawn from sex-positive and body-centered techniques to teach clients how they can regulate emotions in order to improve clinical issues surrounding sex and sexuality.


Jacqueline Mendez, LMFT, CST  is an AASECT certified sex therapist and sex therapist supervisor. She provides sex therapy supervision virtually to clinicians nationally and internationally. She is the founder of The Center for Relationship and Intimacy Well-Being that serves clients throughout California as well as Latinx Sex Therapy that supports sex education and sex therapy resources to the greater Latinx community. Jacqueline is integrative and holistic in her approach weaving spiritual practices, multi-cultural rituals, and body-focused techniques with more traditional therapy modalities. She is a fierce advocate of sex positivity and is determined to make it easier for others to talk more about sex, pleasure, and relationships, no matter where one starts. Jacqueline also believes in the importance of revitalizing the soul of the healer—helping mental health clinicians in the practice of self-care. She is a regular contributor to various media outlets and podcasts such as the New York Times, Univision, Telemundo, Refinery 29, Well + Good and NPR among others. A dynamic speaker, Jacqueline has spoken at various platforms including the annual AASECT Conference and the Motion Picture Television Fund’s Deal With It Conference and has co-led week-long workshops at Esalen Institute, Big Sur. She is currently working on her first book on Latinx Sex Therapy.

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Sunday, January 9, 2022


9am-9:15am Check-In*

9:15am-10am Chapter Announcements/Chapter

                        Awards/Financial Report*

10am-11:30am CEU/Speaker Presentation

No Member Announcements, Opportunity Drawing, Board Meeting.

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


Online via Zoom

(Link to Zoom meeting will be sent in confirmation email upon registration).


SFV-CAMFT chapter members

$15 (online until day of)

Non chapter members

$25 (online until day of)


$20 (online until day of)

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CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

   Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT at least one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

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