IMBT Surrogate Training: Syllabus
Module 1: History, Core Ideas, and Values
In this module, we look at the history of surrogacy, its ancient roots, and how it was brought into modern therapeutic work. We’ll look at a few key parts of surrogate therapy. We also consider our core values, why they are so critical, and the consequences for stepping outside of these. We finish this work with a shared group conversation, reflecting on what we learned and any open questions.
Lecture Session 1: May 3rd, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)
- Founders of surrogate therapy: Masters and Johnson
- The Triadic model
- Sensate Focus
- The first surrogates
- Sacred sexuality and sacred prostitutes
- The Sacred Prostitute (please read the whole book – it’s short)
- Sex work and “prostitution”: the stereotype in culture
Lecture Session 2: May 17, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)
- Our ValuesWhat our core values mean
- The critical importance of client-centered practice
- Ethics: violations and consequences.
- Group Reflections (group Zoom call – required)
Review session: June 1, 7 pm to 8 pm (Central time)
Qualls-Corbett, Nancy (1988). The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of the Feminine. Inner City Books
Some things to consider…
- As you read The Sacred Prostitute, how do you see the connection between the ancient idea of sex as sacred and sex today that is often hidden and criminalized?
- Think about how the overarching cultural view, and common stereotypes of s*x work informs your own perception of values in this field. What explicit or implicit messages have you received about SW and SWers?