Leading Adult Retailer Focuses on Sexual Health through a Robust New Education Program
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2010 -- Good Vibrations (www.goodvibes.com), the legendary San Francisco-based company that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, is proud to announce the expansion of their education program.
For over 30 years, Good Vibrations has provided in-depth, objective information on a broad range of sexual health issues. People turn to Good Vibrations to answer their most pressing and personal sexual health care questions. Through nationwide public education campaigns and personal assistance, Good Vibrations has supported and promoted the advancement of sexual health.
Good Vibrations’ Education and Outreach department now boasts seven programs. The new 2010 line-up of education programs include:
Ask Our Doctors
When Good Vibrations was founded in 1977, advice from qualified sex experts and specialists became a significant part of the company’s mission and foundation. Good Vibrations employs two in-house PhDs, Carol Queen (www.carolqueen.com), an award-winning, world-renowned sexologist, author and founder of The Center for Sex and Culture (http://sexandculture.org/about-us/founders.html) and Charlie Glickman, who received his doctorate in Adult Sexuality Education from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He offers classes on sexuality for psychotherapists and workshops on teaching for sex educators. Together, Doctors Queen and Glickman lead the company’s education and outreach initiatives.
No other adult retailer can boast the collective knowledge and know-how of these two. Dr. Queen, who has been with the company since 1992, has long been a resource for dozens of national magazines and television outlets. She has been featured on ABC Nightline, NBC News, HBO’s Real Sex, The History Channel, Redbook, Playboy, SELF Magazine and many more. The Ask Our Doctors program is a hands-on advice session in Good Vibrations’ stores featuring Good Vibrations' staff sexologists, other sex educators and experts. Customers at the stores can get personalized information and advice from Dr. Queen, Dr. Glickman and their presenting colleagues. Ask Our Doctors focuses on topics dealing with sexuality and health concerns, including sex and menopause, sex and pregnancy, sexual enhancement tips and practices, polyamory and relationships.
New! Pleasure-Ed Series
The Pleasure-Ed Series is a collection of educational films developed by staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. The films include information from recognized sex experts, as well as personal experiences from real people. In addition to instruction, authentic pleasure is depicted to inspire and enhance viewer's sexual exploration. They are offered as on DVD at Good Vibrations and other adult stores, as well as Video on Demand (VOD) at Goodvibes.com. The first title, “Going Down: the Official Guide to Cunnilingus” releases on February 12, with more educational titles soon to follow.
After Hours Programs
One of the most popular educational offerings from Good Vibrations, these are dynamic, in-store, interactive sex and relationship presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics including relationships, polyamory, BDSM, anal sex, erotic massage, sex and pregnancy, flirting, lap dancing and role play. In 2009, Good Vibrations hosted 76 workshops for 1130 customers. For the After Hours schedule, visit http://www.goodvibes.com/content.jhtml?id=298 for San Francisco or
http://www.goodvibes.com/content.jhtml?id=1738 for Brookline.
Good Vibrations University (GVU)
This is an interactive webinar program for sex retailers and pleasure party providers. Good Vibrations realized there are many retailers in the U.S. who do not have the resources to educate their sales staff. So, Good Vibrations Education Program Manager Dr. Charlie Glickman built a series of unique, one-of-a-kind classes that cover 6 topics: sexual anatomy, vibrators, dildos and harnesses, condoms and lubes, anal and sex-positive sale techniques. Dr. Glickman teaches the courses online. On-location courses may be arranged upon special request.
Off-Site Sex Ed Program
Good Vibrations takes great pride in the fun and engaging workshops they produce for community groups, service agencies, university groups and classes. Clients include Stanford University, Brown University, AmeriCorps, Planned Parenthood, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The most popular classes are The Physiology of Pleasure, Sex Toys and Sex-Positivity. Workshops with customized curriculum can also be created by request. Good Vibrations' Education department led 131 workshops in 2009, with over 4000 attendees.
Sex Educator/Sales Associate Training
Working at Good Vibrations requires an open, non-judgmental approach to sex, and the company takes education and providing a safe space very seriously. Since communication, boundaries, sexual health practices, anatomy, toy knowledge and keeping up with the latest information are all essential, they go the extra mile to make sure that their staff members have the information and training they need. Good Vibrations coined the term SESA, Sex Educator/Sales Associate, and pioneered the rigorous training model. To obtain the title of SESA, staffers must go through a series of classes and more than 20 hours of education on all things sex related. Employees are also part of a continuing education program to keep them updated on products, materials, health issues and more. Good Vibrations is the only retailer in the country who requires that their staff members complete this extensive training in order to be allowed on the sales floor or on the customer service phone line.
NEW! GV House Calls
The newest Good Vibrations education offering, GV House Calls, is the web version of Ask Our Doctors. Customers can get quick and accurate responses to all their sexuality and sexual health questions in real time, online. http://www.goodvibes.com/
"With these new additions to our education and outreach portfolio, Good Vibes continues our tradition of bringing valuable resources, accurate information and excellent products and services to our customers," said Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. "We see education not only as our mission, but our responsibility."
Good Vibrations' COO Jackie Strano added, "Our educational mission is in direct lockstep with our retail mission. It always has been. We take tremendous pride in all of our educational workshops and classes, and stay current with the newest sexual health news and information. As they have for over 30 years, customers and retailers can count on our expertise and acumen, and people can look forward to more educational offerings from Good Vibrations in 2010."
About Good Vibrations:
Good Vibrations is the San Francisco-based retailer trusted for more than three decades to provide a comfortable, safe environment for finding sex-positive products and educational materials to enhance one's sex life. Good Vibrations offers its products through its retail stores and website www.goodvibes.com.
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