SAR is a process-oriented, structured group experience to promote participants’ awareness of their values, beliefs and attitudes on various issues in sexuality and to assist them in understanding how these attitudes and values affect them professionally and personally. The SAR experience involves viewing a series of videos and discussing reactions in a small group facilitated by an experienced sexuality educator.
What is a SAR?
Sexual Attitude Restructuring (SAR) was a creation of National Sex Forum in San Francisco back in the 1970s, and has become an integral part of training in sexuality in USA. It is being introduced into Singapore through certified sexologist, Martha Lee of Eros Coaching (www.eroscoaching.com).
SAR is a process-oriented, structured group experience to promote participants’ awareness of their values, beliefs and attitudes on various issues in sexuality, and to assist them in understanding how these attitudes and values affect them professionally and personally. Also an unusual opportunity for becoming more aware of one’s unexamined beliefs and for clarifying one’s values, SAR is neither a traditional academic experience designed to disseminate cognitive information, nor is it psychotherapy directed toward the resolution of personal problems. It is a powerful way to increase one’s sexuality comfort and change attitudes that may interfere with effective communication and teaching about sexuality.
Why is my attitude towards sexuality important?
Our attitudes express themselves through words and actions. Your attitude is an outward expression of who you are, rather than what you do or know. Attitude reflects behaviour: your attitude towards another determines the other’s attitude towards you. In short, your attitude determines outcome and the quality of the life you have. Have you examined what you stand for and why when it comes to sexuality? SAR allows you to do so!
What do you do at SAR?
The SAR experience involves viewing a series of videos and discussing reactions in a small group facilitated by an experienced sexuality educator. The workshop is designed to increase understanding of the wide spectrum of human sexual arousal and behavior. Topics to be explored include fantasy; sexual myths; masturbation; heterosexual, gay, lesbian and bisexual relationships; transgender; alternative relationships; disability and aging.
Who should attend SAR?
Anyone who wish to better understand their own sexuality and that of others, as well as for people who are working in the fields related to sex and sexuality should take a SAR. SAR provides innovative and practical information, training and skills necessary for more competent, sensitive, professional and personal functioning.
Dates: Sat and Sun, 16 and 17 March 2013
Time: 9a.m. to 5p.m.
Venue: To be announced to confirmed participants
Fee: S$350 nett includes refreshments
Size: Min 8 – Max 15
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“I attended Martha’s SAR workshop in 2012. It was very good and refreshing. Watching the different videos made me more accepting of myself and others by the end of the workshop. & from the workshop, I actually gained comfort that there were other people who felt the same way, and supported people with different sexual preferences and behaviours. It was very comfortable attending the workshop, and not that awkward. In particular, I liked the clip of people sharing their masturbation experiences openly. It was discussed openly and without shame in the video, which was intimate and informative. Also, it made me realize that it was normal for people to start masturbating at a young age, making me think that perhaps it was a natural behavior and something many people instinctively know what to do, but it’s sad that we are shameful of it. Overall, it really challenged my perspective, and it was a pleasure to learn positive information, instead of the more rampant judgments and commercial media which ultimately close us up, because it’s not authentic and loving. Thank you for conducting the workshop!!!” – YQ
“I have to say I knew not what to expect when I first attended SAR. I knew I was going to experience discomfort; but having known Martha for some time, I knew she made a wonderful facilitator; and I was correct. Martha made sure that the whole situation was as comfortable and guided as possible. SAR made me more open on my attitude towards sex. The various type of sex, the various preferences, and how all of such can actually be a calming, freeing experience.” – Male Participant
“I first attended SAR with a fair amount of resistance to the notion that it will be uncomfortable and weird to be viewing material with a group of strangers. However as the sessions proceeded, I found myself transformed through the process and the openness in discussion and sharing our views and perspectives definitely helped to challenge the various pre-conceived notions or pre-judgements that we have about certain things. Having gone through it, I do think that the process helps in broadening our perspectives and becoming more tolerant individuals capable of appreciating people for who they are and to see beyond stereotypes. Credit must go to Dr. Martha Lee for administering the process and for creating an environment where frank, honest discussion is possible.” – Male participant
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