Professional development

Linda Kirkman:

Relationship skills for life

Bendigo sex therapy, counselling, professional development, and seminars on relationships and sexuality for all ages. Based in Bendigo, Victoria; will travel. Sex-positive and diversity-friendly.

PD for human service workers and teachers

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Sex after 50 workshop

-I learnt that I am not alone

Talking to Kids About Sex workshop

-Good pedagogy

-I learnt things I did not know

-This is important


-Knowledgeable, happy and confident

-I love coming to your class

-Funny, kind, thoughtful, smart


Would you like to enhance your workplace's capacity to respond to matters relating to sexuality and relationships, including policy, staff development, and person-centred care? Would your job be easier if you could develop your comfort level discussing sexuality with clients or students? What would you like to know more about or do better? Professional development can be tailored to suit your specific workplace needs.

Starting the conversation about sex: health professionals

How comfortable are you at initiating and conducting conversations about sex and sexuality? Would you like some strategies for working better with clients to address their sexuality and sexual health needs? In this presentation Dr Linda Kirkman presents information about sexual health and sexuality concerns that your clients might have, and offers strategies for starting the conversation in a way that is safe and inclusive. A resource list will be provided.

For aged care providers and staff

Professional development on the topic of working and communicating more effectively and efficiently around sexuality and relationships with older people. Healthy sexual expression can enhance quality of life at any age, and the evidence supports the benefits of intimate relationships for people in aged care. The professional development can be tailored for individual workplace needs.

What can be covered:

Complying with workplace policies on person-centred care and quality of life;

What is included in 'healthy sexuality'? Define terms and expand possibilities beyond limited assumptions;

Communicating about sexuality and gender in ways  that are comfortable and respectful;

Supporting people with their expression of intimacy as they experience life transitions;

Raising awareness about ageing and sexual expression;

Advocacy for excellence in supporting individuals to continue to enjoy sexual intimacy in a psychologically and physically safe environment.

For social workers

This workshop aims to develop understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity so clients of all ages can be supported. This PD covers the terminology of diversity, with time to reflect on personal beliefs and experiences. Participants will learn strategies and build networks to assist with more effective relationships.

For teachers: preparing to teach sex ed

There are some great resources available for teaching sex education but are you or your colleages comfortable to start teaching it? This one day PD will help prepare teachers to approach sex education with confidence and enthusiasm.

For early childhood practioners

Not sure how to refer to body parts or to respond to sexualised behaviour? Want to give children a confident, age-appropriate grounding in sexuality without shame? This half-day professional development uses evidence-based approaches to understanding and responding to sexuality, body, and relationship matters in early childhood.

Bespoke PD:

What are the unmet needs in how to respond to matters sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and relationships in your workplace? Linda can prepare an evidence-based, friendly, professional development program to suit your needs. Topics include (yet are not limited to): communication skills and consent for adolescents (or any age group), sexuality and ageing, pornography, gender, and feminism.


Full day PD $2,000. Travel expenses for places outside Bendigo or Melbourne are extra and charged at cost.

Half day $1,100. Travel expenses for places outside Bendigo or Melbourne are extra and charged at cost.

Non-profit organisations or private groups fee by negotiation.

A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required on booking.