The Summit will empower mental-health professionals, medical professionals, clergy, students and the general public with information they need to address what some call ‘Utah’s pornography crisis -- event organizer Kristin Hodson
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) August 31, 2016
Against the backdrop of growing concern over pornography, the first “Rocky Mountain Sex + Intimacy Summit” will be held Sept. 23-24 in Salt Lake City, it was announced today.
“The Summit will empower mental-health professionals, medical professionals, clergy, students and the general public with information they need to address what some call ‘Utah’s pornography crisis,'” said event organizer Kristin Hodson, a Salt Lake clinical social worker and owner of The Healing Group clinic.
The Summit will feature presentations by world-renowned sex experts Gina Ogden and Emily Nagoski. Dr. Ogden is an award-winning therapist, family therapist, researcher, leader and author. She founded the Relational Sexuality Network, an international collaboration of practitioners whose mission is to expand the practice of therapy and sex therapy. Dr. Nagoski is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life.” She also is a frequent presenter at international conferences and symposia on human sexuality.
Hodson said the Summit will address “how not to become a victim of the porn crisis by empowering yourself and others with information about personal sexual awareness and healthy sexuality. Understanding our sexuality is absolutely necessary when determining the effects pornography has on our relationships as a society and individually. Developing healthy sexuality also is essential to creating healthy and loving relationships."
“Most Utahns simply haven’t ever received any positive education about their sexuality since quality sex education isn’t provided at a state or national level,” Hodson said. “The goal of the Summit is to help people create amazing intimate lives with their partners and, more importantly, with themselves. This is the first event that approaches sexuality through a positive lens providing healthy solutions rather than using fear-based tactics.”
Hodson cited five trends that indicate society needs more information about how to achieve healthy sexuality:
1. An estimated 15-20% of marriages have a “dead bedroom,” with sex occurring fewer than 10 times per year.
2. According to the Deseret News, Utah is ranked #1 pornography subscriptions.
3. There are no clinical psychology or social work programs in Utah colleges and universities that require any training courses on sex or relationships.
4. Classes that are offered by local institutions do not have any measures for accuracy or content quality.
5. It’s estimated that only 5-10% of therapists have any formal training in sex education.
The Summit will be held at The Courtyard Marriott in Salt Lake City. The conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. September 23rd and 24th and the public is invited to attend. Registration is $275 for the two-day event, and interested persons may register by going to http://www.rockymountainsexsummit.com or may register the day of the conference.