Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
June 04, 2002
'Healthy Sexuality' theme of annual sex conference
The 24th annual Conference on Human Sexuality runs June 17 to 19 at the University of Guelph. This year’s theme is “Healthy Sexuality: Expanding Knowledge, Broadening Perspectives.”
Talks and workshops will explore topics such as using literature to promote sexual health, sexual bartering by young women and homophobia in schoolyard bullying. The event will bring together more than 500 educators, nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, clergy, students and other health professionals.
The main conference runs June 17 to 19 and includes more than 50 workshops and sessions. The conference is open only to registrants and the media. Media passes may be arranged in advance. A media registration desk will be set up on the ground floor of the Thornbrough Building.
Monday, June 17, 8 p.m.
• “Beyond Healthy Sexuality: Embracing Desire.” Keynote address will connect desire to the quest for ultimate well-being and will focus on desire as a human quality and as the fundamental dimension of human life.
Tuesday, June 18
Morning concurrent sessions, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• “Pheromones in Human Sexuality.” An introduction to the use of male and female pheromones for sexual attraction, and in treating menstrual disorders, anxiety and sexual dysfunction.
Afternoon concurrent sessions, 2 to 5 p.m.
• “Tantra: Pleasures of Body, Mind and Spirit.” An introduction to the principles and practices of Tantra, the extended form of love making that focuses on a connection that goes beyond body, to mind, heart and soul.
Plenary Address, 9 a.m.
• “The Novel Way to Promote Sexual Health.” A presentation of novels and stories that can be used to show young people how others have grappled with sexuality issues similar to their own.
• “A Giant Step: Promoting Healthy Sexuality for Youth by Supporting the Role of Parents as Sex Educators for their Children.” A session that challenges sexuality counsellors, educators and specialists to enlist parents as allies and collaborators in their children’s sex education.
• “Talking About Sexual Health is a Healthy Thing to Do.” Strategies for educators, counsellors and health professionals to help their clients open up to communicate sexual questions and concerns.
For media questions, call Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 6982 or Ext. 3338.