Module 1: History

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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)

Required Readings:

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?

Class documents