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The Smitten Kitten offers professional enrichment opportunities for doctors, nurses, therapists, EMTs, bodyworkers and any other professional who works in mental or physical health care. Contact us at [email protected] to join our professionals mailing list and find out about upcoming events. You can also book our educators for an event at your location, or work with us to arrange a private event at our Minneapolis store.
Our staff sex educators can present on a wide variety of topics related to sexual health and pleasure. Our current offerings are listed below. To book one of these workshops or to request a presentation on another topic, please e-mail us at [email protected].
Lube seems pretty simple - it's all just slippery stuff, right? Perhaps you've learned about the different basic types of lube as well. But the science of lubricant goes way beyond choosing water-based, silicone or oil.
We know that personal lubricants have the ability to increase sexual pleasure, stamina, sensitivity, and relieve symptoms of sexual dysfunction. But many popular lubes can actually be harmful to the body’s mucous membranes, can increase susceptibility to STIs and cause infection, irritation, or allergic reactions, and lack appropriate testing and regulation. If that seems scary, don't worry! This workshop is designed to help you sort through the details and acquire the latest, most thoroughly researched information about lube, as it pertains to consumers, manufacturers and medical professionals. This class is also available as a webinar, if you're not in the Minneapolis area.
In this workshop you'll learn:
Smitten Kitten has developed this class as a collaboration with oncologists and nurses to meet the needs of folks who have gone through cancer treatments, like radiation and/or chemotherapy. These treatments, along with many other factors, can change sexual function, genital health, arousal, and desire. We’ve worked with many educators and oncologists to provide this education to bridge the gaps of knowledge and communication around how cancer, and cancer treatments, manifest in sexual function, and how to teach patients and clients how to move forward towards sexually fulfilling futures.
Menopausal and postmenopausal bodies often experience changes in sexual function, desire, and pleasure, but it’s important to remember that change can be good! This workshop will go over the physical changes that accompany menopause and low-estrogen, focusing on the tools and education that work best to empower folks experiencing these changes to take care of their genital and sexual health. After collaborating with medical professionals, we've developed this class to bridge the gap between health and pleasure, and provide alternatives to prescription treatments when possible.
Globally, over 1 million people contract an STI daily, 500 million people yearly seek care for curable STIs, and in the U.S. roughly 16% of people are living with genital herpes; it’s obvious STIs are common, require adequate acknowledgment, and we need better STI education. But what about those of us living, permanently or temporarily, with an STI? This workshop focuses on the needs STI positive folks, from education, healthcare, safer sex practices, and counseling, to destigmatization and support.
This workshop explores the importance of developing an intentionally inclusive vocabulary, offers practical tips, and tales from the trade of speaking inclusively in sex education. Inclusive language has been shown to be a key element in creating the safe, welcoming spaces necessary for facilitating sex education or therapy. Through years of providing sex education to a diverse population at The Smitten Kitten we've learned how validating, refreshing, and empowering the intentional use of inclusive language can be for all identities.