Education & Workshops

Are you a group of mental health professionals in private practice interested in learning more about sex work? Do you want to get together as a group to develop your cultural competence in working with this population? 

I offer two-hour, half-day, and full-day workshops for mental health professionals interested in broadening their understanding of what it means to work within an anti-oppressive framework with sex workers. Based on the needs of your practice, I develop tailored workshops to meet and exceed your expectations. My presentation style is semi-formal, with opportunities for discussion and questions. 

For more information on my upcoming workshops, see below. 

All workshops are approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for Continuing Education Credits.

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Example full-day workshop topics include overviews of:

  • Bedford v. Canada 
  • Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA)
  • The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) 
  • How municipal by-law impact sex workers
  • How tax law impacts sex workers
  • Demand for the full decriminalization of sex work, including sex workers, clients and third parties
  • Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform and affiliated organizations
  • Legal context
  • Labour context
  • Individual context
  • Systemic oppression, including whorephobia
  • Drug use 
  • Alcohol use
  • Disability, including neurodivergence 
  • Complex trauma and PTSD
  • Sex work and attachment
  • Relationships between self and other from the lens of separation/individuation, mentalization, and self-object psychology
  • The corruption of intimacy through the marketplace (e.g., challenging the idea of “pure love” and/or “intimacy.”)
  • Intersection between state bodies and whorephobia 
  • Stigma and discrimination against sex workers  
  • HIV non-disclosure and sex work
  • Sex worker friendly language
  • Clinically relevant questions for assessment

Upcoming Workshops

Drawing on a decade of sex workers’ rights activism, personal experience and peer-reviewed literature, I offer a series of Basic Trainings on topics related to sex work for mental health professionals, including Sex Work & the Law, the Interpersonal Relationships of Sex Workers and the Intersecting Identities of Sex Workers. Cumulatively, these trainings provide mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills required to work with this population. Please note, these workshops do not need to be taken sequentially. All knowledge levels welcome!

The Interpersonal Relationships of Sex Workers

This three-hour workshop provides an overview of how sex workers understand their interpersonal relationships and how they maintain boundaries between their personal and professional lives. …

The Intersecting Identities of Sex Workers

In this two-hour workshop, I provide an overview of the multiple and intersecting identities of sex workers and the challenges they face in the industry, …