Expired Ackerman Institute for the Family Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) Seminar

This training is part of the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s sex therapy course collection. Our programs offer expert sex therapy training and education to mental health professionals. The Ackerman Institute for the Family is an AASECT-Approved Continuing Education Organizational Provider.

Ackerman Institute for the Family, an AASECT-Approved Continuing Education Organizational Provider, presents the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) seminar. The 14-hour SAR is a requirement for certification as an American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Educator, Counselor or Therapist.

This virtual 14-hour (2-day) SAR is an experiential process-oriented seminar that attends to social identities and locations, such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, spirituality, and gender identity in exploring sexual values, attitudes, behaviors, and biases. This SAR includes lectures, media, experiential methods, activities, and small group discussions. The SAR aims to deepen participants’ awareness of the self, including their own social identities, values, behaviors, attitudes, and biases (conscious and unconscious), and how the self of the professional impacts the helping relationship.


May 3rd – 4th, 2024
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (ET)


Ruby Bouie JohnsonRuby Bouie Johnson, LCSW, LCDC, is a sex therapist in private practice in Plano, Texas. Her areas of specialty are open/polyamorous partnerships/families, Kink/BDSM, desire discrepancy, and multicultural relationships. She is the founder and CEO for PolyDallas Millennium which was an annual symposium that centers BIPOC and consensual nonmonogamous [CNM] voices and experiences. Ms. Johnson is a speaker, writer, and therapist who has several publications and interviews in many media outlets discussing BIPOC experiences with BDSM/Kink and CNM relationships. Ms. Johnson has presented, including keynote, at several national and international conferences such as Association of Black Sexologist and Counselors, American Association of Sexologists, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Loving More (Philadelphia and Denver), ABSC Spring Roundtable Series, Southwest Love Fest, Black Poly Pride, Creating Change, and others. Ms. Johnson facilitated workshops Black Woman and Sexuality: Cultural Humility in Practice at Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Ackerman Institute, and Ohio Institute for Relationship and Sexual Health.

Anabel Perez-GonzalezAnabel Perez-Gonzalez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist working in private practice in New York City. She received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from CUNY Hunter College and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. Further postgraduate training includes: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Sexual Health Certificate Program (SHCP) at the University of Michigan where she is now a member of faculty. Anabel’s experience includes working with domestic violence, perinatal women’s health, children and families in community mental health settings, harm reduction and substance use, and LGBTQ experience. Anabel is a proud bicultural and bilingual clinician committed to increasing access to mental and sexual health services in Latino communities and beyond.

Melissa ThoenMelissa Thoen, LCSW, CST, is the Clinical Director at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. In this role, she oversees how the protocols and procedures at the Ackerman treatment clinic are implemented and reinforced, while ensuring that families receive the highest quality of care. Melissa is also an AASECT-certified sex therapist, and is a member of the teaching faculty for Ackerman’s Sex Therapy Training Program. She is a graduate of Ackerman’s Clinical Externship Program and holds a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.

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  • May 3, 2024
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • May 4, 2024
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Ruby Bouie Johnson, LCSW, LCDC
Anabel Perez-Gonzalez, LCSW, CST
Melissa Thoen, LCSW, CST

14 CE hours


Location:   Online Event


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