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A 2-day intensive for practicing and emerging sexuality professionals.

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Bianca Laureano, MA, CSES and Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT dreamed of working together and are making it a reality! Two dynamic co-presenters for this intensive, two-day training for practicing and emerging sexuality professionals, is an opportunity not to be missed!

The ANTE UP! x MN SAR is unique because we will be trauma-informed and guided by the goals of liberation with a focus on gender, racial, reproductive, disability, and media justice!

The investment for this professional development training, a requirement for AASECT certification, is only $450. Send your questions to Bianca at AnteUpPd@gmail.com.

Bianca uses she/her and they/them pronouns and Alex uses they/them and he/his pronouns.

This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselor, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 14CEs that can be used toward obtaining or maintaining AASECT certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org. We will also seek CEU approval from the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy in Minnesota.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Each participant must be 18 years old to participate.

What can I bring into the event?

All meals are on your own. Bring any medication you need. Please find childcare, as this is a childfree event. Address will be sent to participants via email.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Bianca at AnteUpPD@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

Full refund for those who paid in full upfront if cancellation is received more than 30 days in advance.

Partial refund less the deposit for all payment plans.

Only a 50% refund within 30 days of the event for all ticket types.

Accessibility Information

The space is ADA accessible, we may not have control over the scents used for cleaning and we use markers that are low scent. All videos will have English subtitles, font size on powerpoint will be 24+. We will send out information about being low scent for the comfort of all participants. Please contact Bianca to confirm your needs are supported and honored.

What is a SAR?

Sexual Attitudes Reassessment (SAR) is a very clinical way of describing a professional development experience focused on sexuality topics. When done with compassion and intention, a SAR is an extensive sexuality training and workshop for individuals who support clients in various ways in their work.

SARs are not only for people in the sexuality field, they are for all of us! If you work with people in a therapeutic, healthcare, educational, social service, support, or adjacent environment, you need a SAR. When done with an interdisciplinary approach, a SAR allows each participant the opportunity to examine their own personal beliefs, understand how those beliefs inform their work and identify areas in which they need to develop more cultural competence.

ANTE UP! x MN SAR is an experience unlike any other SAR or any other professional development experience. Moving beyond common practices and attempts of inclusion and diversity, the ANTE UP! SAR combines racial justice, disability justice, reproductive justice frameworks and practice with tools for self-analysis and embodiment. Participants are welcome to bring their full selves into a learning and an unlearning space. Our intention is to make connections, be challenged, expand, and go all-in for collective and individual liberation and freedom. In other words, ANTE UP!

The world we have inherited is not the same one that we were trained in to do this work. It’s a different world for each of us and there is an urgency to make crucial decisions about the practice we have connected with and caring for other human beings.

The ANTE UP! xMN SAR requires each of us to go all in and not half step when doing this work—it is for community members who are ready for a next-level experience of un/learning. We will explore how to identify how -isms may still manifest and unlearning as a lifelong practice. This SAR is a unique space to be honest about our feelings, where they are held in our bodies, and how they show up for us. It will help you identify internalized societal norms, challenge language and stigma, become more reflexive, understand your boundaries—as human beings and professionals—and communicate them more effectively. In all the work we do, we make decisions that have consequences, and this SAR will allow you to clarify your own path, grounded in your ethics and values, and step up to the challenge of facilitating more healing, resilience, and autonomy for the communities you serve.

Where does my money go?

When you pay for your ticket $450, 100% of event fee, goes directly to Bianca and Alex, minus what is paid to the space hosting us. There is a small fee from Eventbrite to manage ticket sales. This is an event and training that is by and supporting a fat disabled queer Latinegra Puerto Rican femme sexologist (Bianca) and a trans, nonbinary, queer, disabled author, independent scholar, licensed marriage and family therapist in Minneanapolis (Alex)! This is economic justice.

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