Certificate in Somatic Sex Education™ (CSSE)
THE UK, IRELAND & PORTUGAL CSSE
Directed by Katie Sarra & Phoebe Garland
In each of Modules 1, 3 & 5 there are 6 online community meetings attended by first and second-year students and the core teacher team 3 pm – 8 pm Wednesday. Here, we come together as a whole community for online teaching sessions and practice. Included in this time will be CSSE group reflective supervision calls, where the CSSEs come together to deepen their learning, as well as “pod meetings”, where CSSE coaches meet together with their 3 students and facilitate focused supervision and reflective practice. During each of these modules, visiting teachers contribute their specialisms to the curriculum alongside core teacher team facilitated webinars.
Module 1: 5 June – 6 August 2023
The curriculum includes self-practice, working with volunteers, assignments, study, and reflective practice with our first Wednesday community gathering creating our course container and relationship agreements that support inclusivity for everyone’s ability to participate. This part of the curriculum facilitates students inhabiting ethics on the inside with the foundational relational embodiment practitioner micro-skills that will be practised throughout the training. These practices support developing practitioner core competencies in emotional and erotic fluency and response flexibility.
The areas of exploration include somatic and semantic communications of self-expression using “Body Focusing”, “Clean Language” and “Body Poem” coaching models, We also study and practice “The Wheel of Consent”, and learn about “The Right use of Power”. Affective relational neuroscience and ecosystem perspectives are woven in with all of the teachings and practices.
Throughout this module, your students will engage in self- assessment of the core competencies that are being practised, writing a reflection piece of 300 words and posting this on our online learning management platform.
CSSE coaches follow the syllabus and engage in self-reflection alongside their students and will then respond to their students’ posts, further illuminating the core competencies. CSSE coaches will also reflect on this process and post their reflections in the CSSE forum. CSSEs will also study coaching and supervision models and put these learnings into practice as well as attend the group CSSE reflective supervision practice calls.
In addition to the Wednesday webinar structured time, CSSEs will be giving and receiving monthly peer supervision sessions and posting their reflections and learnings after each session.
Module 2: 5 – 10 September 2023
We meet together as a community for 6 days in-person to practice the curriculum from Module 1 with education and practices that prepare for working with volunteers as part of the Module 3 curriculum. Students practice in groups of 3 in the Client, Witness and Practitioner roles enhancing practitioner understandings in each role.
Students learn the Engage, Study, Activate and Integrate model of facilitating group work for learning and inhabiting new ways of being in community.
The days begin with morning practice at 8.30am and end each day at 6.30pm with one evening session on day 4.
CSSE coaches will be assisting the teacher team, supporting and coaching their students as well as planning and teaching lessons to the group. CSSEs may also be required to participate in bodywork sessions in any of the roles if this is required to make up numbers.
Module 3: 2 October – 5 November 2023
The curriculum includes self-practice, working with volunteers, assignments, study, and reflective practice with the continuation of the online community Wednesday gatherings in the same format as Module 1. This part of the curriculum focuses on understanding the differences between the treatment and coaching models in relation to genital and anal mapping, sensation and pleasure mapping and “Scar Tissue Remediation”. We are visited by Ellen Heed who guides our understanding of genital and anal anatomy, the nervous systems, the enteric nervous system and working with scars. Alongside the biological anatomical and chemical models of understanding, genital identity, gender identity, sexual expression, emotional and physical repair processes are explored. Ethical enquiries are continued with understanding visible and invisible disability and the ability to belong and participate.
During these explorations, aspects of the self are touched and awakened into awareness and this self- reflective practice begins the illumination of core erotic themes that may be emerging that can prepare the ground for understanding your unique purpose as a practitioner in service.
CSSEs will continue to study supervision processes and put the learning into practice during the peer supervision sessions, pod calls and responding to students’ posts, and will continue to join in the group CSSE reflective supervision calls for group learning.
CSSEs will also begin to develop a piece of educational material of their choice.
Module 4: 28 November – 3 December 2023
We meet together as a community for 6 days in-person to practice the curriculum from Modules 1,2 & 3 with education and practices that prepare for working with Clients as part of the Module 5 curriculum.
Students continue learning the Engage, Study, Activate and Integrate model of facilitating group work for learning and inhabiting new ways of being in community.
The days begin with morning practice at 8.30am and end each day at 6.30pm with one evening session on day 4.
During these 6 days the focus is on continuing to develop the relational embodiment and sexological bodywork core competencies. The curriculum includes session structure, creating relationship agreements, somatic assessment practices, genital mapping, anal mapping, active receiving and arousal, the ethics and care when working with limerence and hostility and working outside of attraction and dis-attraction. We will explore common presenting concerns that a client might bring and review core competencies and learning edges, and in groups of 3 in rotation practising authentic sessions with each other using the full session structure in the Client, Witness and Practitioner roles enhancing practitioner understandings in each role.
CSSE coaches will be assisting the teacher team, supporting and coaching their students as well as planning and teaching lessons to the group. CSSEs may also be required to participate in bodywork sessions in any of the roles if this is required to make up numbers..
Module 5: 8 January – 24 March 2024
The curriculum includes self-practice, working with clients and engaging in reflective practice with the continuation of the online community Wednesday gatherings in the same format as Modules 1 & 3.
During this module, as part of the online Wednesday community gatherings, students facilitate a 75 min online class of their choice from a list of suggested topics in groups of 3.
During this module, students practice 30 full sessions “Learning Credits “ translating learning edges into learning objectives and relationship agreements that support the learning of the client inhabiting new ways of being. The first 5 “Learning Credits” are self -directed sessions that address practitioner learning edges in preparation for working with supporting clients with their learning edges.
CSSEs will continue to attend the CSSE reflective supervision group calls, facilitate pod meetings and give and receive peer supervision sessions, deepening your coaching and supervision skills.
In addition CSSE coaches will meet their students in a 1-1 supervision call after every 5 learning credits, to review and facilitate your students to self-assess core competencies and explore learning edges with these.
After 15 learning credits, students submit 5 videos of sessions alongside the session report forms. After the final coaching session, after 30 learning credits have been approved, certification to practice is submitted to the School.
CSSEs continue to develop their piece of educational material and submit this to the school to be made available to other students and practitioners as a CPD resource.
Somatic Sex Education™
The Certificate in Somatic Sex Education (CSSE) is an advanced second year training for Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (CSBs) to further develop their coaching, supervision and teaching skills in the field of somatic sex education.
This is an experiential training where CSSEs will coach and supervise first year students, give and receive supervision to other CSSEs, offer group facilitation and space-holding alongside the teaching team, and deepen skills as educators and practitioners in the core Relational Embodiment and Sexological Bodywork™ modalities.
This training will provide an excellent foundation for those wishing to develop as supervisors. There will also be an opportunity to explore and develop areas of special interest and to create educational material, contributing to the CPD resources available through The School of Relational Embodiment.
Certificate in Sexological Bodywork™ (CSB). Priority is given to graduates from the School of Relational Embodiment and The Sea School of Embodiment. We will consider applicants from other CSB trainings who can demonstrate embodiment of our core competencies.
Attendance on one of the Foundations of Relational Embodiment prerequisite 6-day training (Nov/Feb/April).
Experience of session work with clients, both in-person and on-line, and an ongoing practice with clients.
Embodiment of the core practitioner qualities and a good understanding of the core practitioner skills and modalities (self-assessment form to be completed after submission of your application).
Availability for all the CSSE roles outlined for the duration of the training.
By attending the training you must agree to the School of Relational Embodiment Agreements & Etiquette.
An interest in developing supervisory skills and educational materials.
For more information please join one of our CSSE Enrolment Meetings with Katie.
Fill in the Enrollment form below to register your place on the Certificate in Somatic Sex Education training
CSSE training fee: £2500
Payment excludes travel and accommodation on the embodiment intensive retreats.
Enrolment open until 12th May 2023
CSSE : 5 June 2023 – 24 March 2024
Pre - Requisite Training
Foundations in Relational Embodiment
CSSE fee for the Foundations in Relational Embodiment training: £270
(The retreat accommodation is paid separately)
Portugal: 24 – 29 January 2023 /or/ 3 – 8 February 2023
UK: 24 – 29 April 2023
Please make sure you have read and signed the following Agreement forms before booking.
These agreements cover the Foundations in Relational Embodiment
and the Certificate in Somatic Sex Education trainings
Foundations in Relational Embodiment (Teacher Team): £270
Certificate in Somatic Sex Education (Modules 1 – 5): £2,500
All course fees must be paid in full or with a payment plan by 12th May 2023.
A non-refundable* deposit of £500 plus £270 for the prerequisite training reserves your place.
Instalment payment plans are available by arrangement and can begin any time in the lead-up to Module 1 and must be paid in full by the end of Module 5. (There is a 5% charge for this loan and we also recommend you research possible better rates elsewhere as we are not a financial institution)
The course fees include:
- Online access to the curriculum and CSB & CSSE student forums
- Demonstration videos and learning how to create these as part of teaching practice
- Live CSB community webinars with the course directors and visiting teachers
- Live CSSE community webinars and reflective practise sessions with the course directors and visiting teachers
- Regular practice in the coaching role with 3-5 CSB students in online for Modules 1 & 3
- Attending 2 six-day In-person CSB & CSSE Embodiment retreats choreographed by the course directors and co-facilitated by the CSSE teaching team
- Option to be on the teaching assistant team for one or more of the six-day in-person CSB Foundations in Relational Embodiment pre-requisite training
- Receiving Learning edge coaching sessions during Modules 1 – 5
- Coaching CSB students with 1-1 Supervision for Module 5
- One-year membership to The New School of Erotic Touch and The Orgasmic Yoga Institute, the major online resources for Somatic Sex Educators.
The course fees do not include:
- Travel, food or accommodation for the 6-day Embodiment retreats.
- Required books. You can view recommended reading list below.
The Sea School of Embodiment has a commitment to capacity-building in disadvantaged groups who may be under-represented in the field of somatic sex education. We, therefore, offer a bursary of 70% of the full course fees, to two or more Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) and/or trans students, equal to 10% of our available places on the course.
In addition, The Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB) has a worldwide “BIPOC Scholarship Fund”. For these awards, the Sea School of Embodiment donates 30% of the figure received back to the ACSB BIPOC Scholarship Fund.
If we were to cancel the training, for any reason, the deposit would be refundable.
If we were to cancel parts of the training, for any reason, you will receive the appropriate percentage refund of modules that you have missed, unless you re-enter the training at the next scheduled opportunity, which would be from Module 2 at the beginning again. In this circumstance, there would be no refunds given and no extra course fees would be required.
If you are unable to complete the training, for any reason, there is no refund but we will, in some circumstances, consider deferral of your place to the following year.
The training is a community learning experience with everybody co-creating the course container agreements from the beginning. Therefore, it is not possible to come back in, part of the way through the training, due to the intimate depths of community learning and participation that is central in this curriculum. You will, therefore in these circumstances, be required to attend and pay to reattend from Module 2 up to the end of the module that you left in. (excluding Module 1, unless addressing core competencies in erotic and emotional fluency is required to re-enter Module 2).
If you are not accepted onto Modules 1-5 after you have completed the prerequisite training, and you have paid in full for Modules 1-5 already (e.g. to qualify for the Early Bird price), you will receive a refund minus the price of the pre-requisite training (£660)
See full terms and conditions here.
‘We create a culture of mutual welcoming. This means we invite people into our experience. This means quieter voices are invited and welcomed. This means that everyone in this gets to belong fully to this group. Through acts of positive affirmation, celebrating each other’s risks, failures and successes, and offering loving feedback when requested, we come to belong to each other as educators weaving a world of liberation.’ – Pavini Moray
The Sexological Bodywork Certification Training is a professional development training, and the expectation is that communication between participants will be inclusive and kind.
The Somatic Sex Education Certification Training is a professional development training, and the expectation is that participants will have their own support structures in place inline with their personal needs.
Our private learning forum supports connection, houses our reflections and provides a place to post questions during and after the training. There will be group supervision in your place, understanding our rhythms, timings, choices, resonances and attuned with our gut and heart’s felt sense and the dynamics of why and how it supports integration, acceptance, and belonging.
To enroll for the Certification in Somatic Sex Education training please complete the enrollment form together with your training sign-up.
You will be invited to a group zoom call with facilitators where you can ask questions and find out if this is the right training for you.
After the zoom call you will be invited to join the 6 day Foundations In Relational Bodywork pre-requisite training teacher team in either the UK or Portugal.
Locations for Embodiment Intensives
We have two beautiful retreat centres for the in person modules in Ericeira (On the coast near Lisbon) and
Castanheira de Pêra (In the mountains of Central Portugal)
Full venue details, travel directions and payment links for accommodation will be provided during enrolment.
Each day’s schedule is 10am to 6:30pm
Please note training costs are in UK pounds and accommodation for Portugal is in euros please ensure to pay the current market exchange rate at the time of booking.
(Cost of accommodation 330 euros for the 7 nights everyone arriving the day before and departing the day after)
Please note – breakfast included in Ericeira and Lunch included in Castanheira de Pêra