Joy of Intimacy: Communication & Relationship Skills- Portland, OR

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Joy of Intimacy: Communication & Relationship Skills- Portland, OR

October 16, 2018

What is intimacy? How does it affect our lives? Is it inviting or terrifying? In this full day class, we will have open discussions and embodied exercises to clarify what it means to have intimacy with ourselves and others. We will distinguish the differences between sexual expression and intimacy. We will explore the history that we hold in our minds and bodies about who we are and the obstacles of identity that block intimacy in our lives. By facilitating experiences that involve non sexual interaction, we will still get to a deeper understanding of what challenges us and what excites us about feeling connected to ourselves and others.

We will practice presencing skills, and respecting people within their boundaries. This class will be an experience into being seen for the fullness of who we are and how intimacy is essential in moving forward through the complexities of sexual relationship.

This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

APA CE’s: AASECT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AASECT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ISEE offers AASECT CE’s, which can also be applied toward APA certification or recertification. Please check your state licensing board to make sure that your state accepts all APA approved sponsors, in a few cases states do not. For more information see

Core Knowledge Area: Intimacy Skills

Location: Temple Medicine Healing, 1716 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break from 12:00-1:30 PM

Registration: $150.

Course Objectives
  • Participants will identify the purpose of somatic and verbal boundary awareness exercises.
  • Participants will be able to discuss various meanings of intimacy.
  • Participants will recognize common blocks in communication.
  • Participants will discern the differences and overlaps between sexual behavior and intimacy.
  • Participants will be exposed to a spectrum of human intimacy levels and styles.
  • Participants will develop skills for communication in various levels of intimacy.
  • Participants will practice active listening and direct communication.
  • Participants will be able to identify typology as one tool among many for recognizing differences in intimacy and communication needs.
  • Participants will practice somatic and verbal boundary awareness.
  • Participants will examine the impact of psychological projections on intimacy.
  • Participants will identify their personal areas of competency and areas to work on in communication.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 2 communication skills they already have and differentiate ones they could add to their repertoire.
  • Participants will develop exercises for noticing micro-moments of intimacy.