ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
ASPSH's Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, May 01, 2014 at the Lister Conference Centre on the University of Alberta Campus. Open to all members of ASPSH.
ASPSH'S 2012-2013 ONLINE WORKSHOP CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE. Please click here to go to it for workshop descriptions, facilitator bios, and registration and payment options.
Online workshop for teachers offered by Alberta Health Services - Teaching Sexual Health website. Please click here for more information
ASPSH's 11th Biennial Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference, "Being Sex: Moving from Exploitation to Empowerment, May 1st and 2nd, 2012 at the Lister Conference Centre on the University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton, Alberta.
Our sincere thanks to our tremendous committee of volunteers and staff who worked so diligently and show such commitment to ensure this year's conference will be the best ever. Thanks go to our Conference Co-Chairs:
- Heather Cobb - Calgary
and Committee Members:
- Barbara Fowler - Toronto
- Larry Brockman - Edmonton
- Jo-Lynn Ajtai - Lethbridge
- Edward Sandberg - Vancouver
- Melanie Anderson - Calgary
Feedback from participants indicate the conference was a great success and they particularly appreciated the wide range of diverse topics and presenters. We would like to express our profound thank-you's to Corey Silverberg and Meg Hickling, our keynote speakers for their very thought provoking presentations, and to all of the amazing presenters who so generously shared their expertise and information with the conference participants.
Conference Pictures 2012:
During every conference ASPSH awards a deserving 'Sexual Health Pioneer' with our Pioneer Award to recognize their lifetime accomplishments in the area of sexual and reproductive health. This year we are very pleased to announce that our 2012 winner of the Pioneer Award is Meg Hickling. Please click here to view Saleema Noon's nomination letter to recognize Meg for the Pioneer Award.
Our thanks to the conference presenters who shared their power point presentations with us to share with you on our website. Please go to Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference to find these presentations.
What is a SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) and why should you arrange a SAR for your community sexual health professionals or others interested in sexual health?
SAR provides an opportunity to explore and understand your own beliefs, attitudes, values and biases within the realm of sex and sexuality. This self-exploration and self-understanding facilitates comfort that ultimately fosters improved communication skills, both on a professional and a personal level.
By becoming increasingly aware of your perceptions, beliefs, and feelings, you will become increasingly comfortable with the wide variation of existing sexual attitudes, behaviours, practices, and even sub-cultures. This comfort is necessary for any sexual health professional, and is also beneficial for individuals striving for personal growth and the development of healthy personal relationships.
During the SAR, you will examine sexuality and sexual attitudes from numerous perspectives using a variety of images. The nature of SAR requires that some of the media be explicit. The use of explicit media is necessary for increasing self-awareness and personal comfort with the many areas of sex and sexuality. In addition to the personal growth, the event involves small group discussions during which you will be challenged with the opportunity to practice your professional or interpersonal skills.
If you are interested in having a SAR training workshop come to your community please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.