Educational organization Everyone Deserves Sex Ed (EDSE) has announced an online version of its renowned 25-hour sex educator certification, scheduled July 11-12 and 18-19, 2020, via Zoom. The training is open to adult industry members and sexuality professionals looking for valuable professional development from the comfort and safety of home.
Founded and created by industry veteran Anne Hodder-Shipp, EDSE’s certification provides a foundational understanding of human sexuality — including anatomy, gender, and safer sex – in order to transform the way that professionals think about their businesses. Whether working in product design and development, sales and customer service, or content production and performance, attendees are given access to the tools and information necessary to stand out from the competition with an informed, inclusive, and sex-positive perspective.
“Because social distancing protocols will be in place for the remainder of the year, I knew it was time to create an online version of this training and I’m so excited to make it official!” Hodder-Shipp says. “Information is empowerment and I want industry professionals to have digital access to the kind of tools and information they need to feel comfortable and confident in their careers – especially during this uncertain time. The EDSE certification not only helps inform and educate, but also gives adult companies a way to differentiate themselves in this competitive industry.”
EDSE’s mission is to make accurate, unbiased, and LBGTQIA+ inclusive sexuality information available to as many communities as possible. With more than a decade of experience working within the adult industry, Hodder-Shipp recognized a need for this kind of sex education training and sought out to develop a program that would help staff have more informed, inclusive, and confident conversations about sex.
“We hear the term sexual wellness so often in our industry and it was nice to finally put a face to that name,” Lions Den buyer Danny Gibson says. “Our customers continue to grow and have become so knowledgeable, and it’s important to stay ahead of that so we can continue to guide them along their journeys. I’m so thankful for the EDSE experience and glad I could take part in it!”
Ideal for adult industry professionals, the EDSE certification prepares attendees to have informed, inclusive and confident conversations about sex. Over the course of two weekends, EDSE attendees learn key information about human sexuality, intimate health, consent, and communication skills and be trained to respond to sex-related questions in a concise and nonjudgmental manner. Attendees also leave with new insight into their own sexuality — a fun side effect of sex education training.
“Walking in, I thought I knew my fair share, but Anne and her speakers opened my eyes to a lot – from being cognizant of my own judgments to how to be a better advocate for my fellow human beings,” says Kerin De Francis, director of sales at Doc Johnson. “I think parents, teachers, just about anyone in any kind of authoritative position could really benefit from working with EDSE.”