Love & Boundaries: It’s exciting to be with a new dating partner.However, even if things are casual, it’s important to set boundaries. Happy and healthy relationships are built on open, honest and respectful communication, and that includes setting appropriate boundaries that make both you and your new dating partner feel respected. To have a healthy dating relationship, whether casual or exclusive, both partners need to know each other’s limits. This workshop will cover the challenges that come with dating and self-love while also including tips and advice. Presenter: Monica Manuel, LPC is the CEO and Founder of Joie de Vivre Counseling and Therapy a holistic and mental health practice for women focusing on mind body wellness Register for the Workshop.
Hookup Culture 101. “Hook-up” culture, a widespread and commonly-used phrase within society today has taken many implications, especially regarding female stigmas. While it is more of a recent idea, it is most applicable to our current generation due to the dating culture we’ve adopted. Women must begin to feel more powerful setting rules and boundaries for themselves and their bodies. It is okay to show up to the table knowing and demanding what you want. This workshop will feature several speakers sharing their advice and professional knowledge on what and why women should be free to define their own idea of “hooking up” while also putting a stop any stereotypes or preconceived ideas. Panel Presenters: Dr. Rachel Anne Kieran an Atlanta-area therapist with knowledge and experience in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity. Dr. Kieran provides individual therapy that is LGBTQIQ-affirmitive, sex-positive, polyamory-friendly and kink-knowledgeable ; Cherlisa Jackson, LPC, Founder and CEO of S.H.E.E.R Sexual Health Education, Esteem, & Relationships, LLC, S.H.E.E.R. offers therapy services, workshops, and sexual health education. Cherlisa provides psychosexual Trauma Systems Therapy and actively works with HIV prevention of other sexually transmitted infections and diseases; and Katrina Pointer, LPC is a licensed psychotherapist, speaker and therapist specializing in helping African American women define self-love and all things relationships. Register for the Workshop.
Hookup Culture: A Male Perspective. The "hook-up" culture is something that is more prevalent in today's society although it is not a new concept. This concept can also be confusing to those who participate in it; as women and men tend to view the definition of this differently. The number one consistent rule tends to be that this is not a relationship and should not be viewed as one. During this workshop several men will share their views and dating experiences on the hookup culture. Panel Presenters: Aaron Walker, TBA. Register for the Workshop.
STD Prevention: Women Negotiating Safer Sex: This panel discussion will provide an overview of common STDs, including HIV, with a discussion on the unique factors that put women at greater risk for STDs. Presenters will review existing STD knowledge and provide a better understanding of STDs, and key strategies for dating and women’s sexual health . Panel Presenters: Cicely Paine with the Feminist Women’s Health Center an organization that empowers women with the information they need to make decisions about their health and well-being. The organization works through community education, grassroots organizing, public affairs and advocacy programs to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice; TBA. Register for the Workshop.
Finding Balance: Dating and Career Choices. In today’s modern day, women are continuously striving towards advancing towards bettering their education and career, especially in such a competitive and individualistic era. However, what does that look like in regards to dating and love? In this workshop, we will explore and discuss how to have both a successful career and fruitful dating life-without compromising one or the other. Presenter: Alli Kuder, LMSW , who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a special focus in Marriage and Family Therapy will be speaking and providing advice on this important topic. In her private practice, Alli enjoys working with those who want to learn to be more intentional with their time, relationships, behaviors, spirituality, and/or professional direction. Register for the Workshop.
Building A Union: An Open Dialogue on Bringing Your Whole Self To A Relationship: Dr. Ikeranda Smith presents a highly introspective presentation that fosters a unique way of creating a union that promotes autonomy + agency. In this heart centered presentation we will explore how to build a solid union that allows for a thriving career and healthy relationship. By the end of our time together we will have a better sense of how to develop a partnership that is sustainable and mutually beneficial. Presenter: Dr. Ikeranda Smith is the Founder and CEO of Radical Unlearning + Becoming and a compassionate professor and therapist focused on serving humanity through efforts that aim to build and strengthen communities. She conducts workshops, classes and trainings on issues that help individuals find their place in the world through authentic and healthy living. Register for the Workshop.
Sexual Prejudice: Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace. In this workshop participants will gain knowledge on: illegal versus unfair workplace policies, current legal protections and who is covered, strategies for handling unfair treatment and illegal discrimination, and what we can do to end illegal discrimination at work through organizing and advocacy. Presenter: Allison Glass. Allison is a Training Coordinator with Georgia 9to5, a chapter of the National Association of Working Women which advocates and organizes for economic justice for women. Register for the Workshop.
Ending the Silence: Sexual Assault Intervention for Women. Being a victim of sexual assault can take a major toll on a persons physical and mental well being. Not knowing where to go or who to turn to often leaves victims silent and scared. In the United States alone, 1/ 6 women are a victim of attempted or completed sexual assault. Victims are not alone. In this panel discussion, we will talk the issues faced by sexual assault victims and provide support victims, friends, and families. Panel Presenters: Dr. SaDohl Jones Founder and CEO of the Atlanta Mental Health & Wellness Center whose practice provides holistic mental health and wellness services to adults dealing with sexual, physical and environmental trauma recovery; Elizabeth Corona a volunteer speaker with WellSpring Living an organization dedicated to serving survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation; and Mindy Askea advocate with the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault a non-profit coalition of sexual assault agencies and concerned individuals that share the common goal of ending sexual assault. Register for the Workshop.
Love is Never Painful: A Panel Discussion on Interpersonal Violence. Interpersonal violence is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used by one person to gain power and control over another person. In this panel discussion hear from professional speakers about the dynamics and complexity of relationship violence, warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and how to support a friend or family member who is in an abusive relationship. Panel Presenters: Volari Morgan Founder and CEO of Shifted Masterpiece a survivor of domestic violence herself works to assist others on their journey from spiritual, emotional, physical, verbal and financial bondage to total liberation- and in the process of serves as an advocate for others facing abuse. Register for the Workshop.
Mindful Compassion. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help you live with greater calm and balance. When we practice mindfulness, we cultivate self-care skills that are essential for human living. This class teaches principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. The three key components of self-compassion are: self-kindness, a sense of connection to humanity, and mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Presenter: Monica Manuel, LPC. Register for the Workshop.
Mindful Eating: A Health Journey. Through mindful eating, we learn how to use the senses, intuitively listen to our needs, and feed our body with the intent to thrive and find healthier versions of ourselves. Mindfulness is a practice of living in the present moment, cultivating a connection of the body and mind. Explore meditation and mindfulness exercises which highlight using food choice as an opportunity to take care of yourself. Join Joie De Vivre for a workshop to discuss the importance of a mindful relationship with food and the positive changes it can bring into life. Presenter: Julie Newton, RDN. Register for the Workshop .