How Parental Shame Impacts Childhood Sexual Development

In this seminar, Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, reviews each developmental age and stage sharing the emotional and behavioral tasks children tend to try and accomplish, as well as the sexual curiosities most commonly expressed. She shares the shame these sexual curiosities often trigger in parents/caregivers who did not receive adequate sexual health information as children and/or who grew up in conservative or sexually shaming environments.She provides clues on how parents can reduce shame as well as sharing some of the leading resources for parents and kids at each age and phase. Toward the end of the seminar, Dr. Sellers, talks about resources specifically designed for professionals - medical, psychosocial, educational, coaching, clergy, etc. that can be used when working with parents.

Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers is a nationally known speaker, author and researcher on religious sexual shame. She is professor emerita of sexuality, and marriage & family therapy and served on the board of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. As a preeminent voice on purity culture and Hebrew Mystic Sexuality, Dr. Sellers is frequently featured on podcasts, TV, documentaries, articles and radio, including Spirituality & Health magazine, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In her acclaimed 2017 book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy, Dr. Sellers reveals how the western conservative church in collusion with consumer driven culture and politics, has infiltrated our core ability to attach to our partners, and instruct our children to attach to theirs. Her latest book, June 2021, Shameless Parenting – Everything You Need to Raise Shame-free, Confident, Kids and Heal Your Shame Too! was a New Release Bestseller in eight categories while in presale. She speaks throughout the world on how to heal, and how to raise shame-free relationally confident children. She can also be followed on Instagram @DrTinaShameless @InstituteOnIntimacy or Twitter @TinaSSellers

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EPDC CE Hours: 2.5
Presenter: Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CSTS

Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CSTS is a licensed sex and gender feminist psychotherapist, writer, researcher, supervisor, and public figure whose expertise spans sex therapy, spiritual intimacy, medicine, parenting, and social justice. Dr. Sellers' book Sex, God, & the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy has had a global impact exposing the damage of sexual shame. She now speaks throughout the world sharing how to heal, and how to raise shame-free relationally confident children. She can be followed on Instagram @DrTinaShamelessSex