I deliver sexuality education across South East Queensland and around Australia for; sexuality professionals, healthcare workers, community groups, individuals and couples, parents, and students from prep to year 12.
My work in schools explores sexuality throughout childhood, learning about body parts and safety with younger students and building on knowledge to discuss sexual relationships with Senior Secondary students. I also work closely with teachers to develop programs for their classrooms. Sexuality Education should be integrated across a range of subjects exploring what relationships and taboos existed throughout time, how culture impacts understandings of ourselves, and critical literacy around media, body image, and pornography.
While schools have a unique opportunity to provide comprehensive sexuality education, parents and carers are a child's first educators and households that encourage discussion about sexuality in shame-free ways raise healthy and happy adults. I am passionate about supporting parents by offering a range of packages that develop communication skills and understandings of age-appropriate conversations. I have a particular interest in the influence of media, and porn, on our authentic sexual selves, focussing my thesis on the impact of sexually explicit media on teens. I now work with both parents and teenagers to navigate and understand pornography, often following an incident or exposure to online sexual media.
I am an experienced and qualified Sexologist, who studies the science of human sexuality. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) I worked in the community sector before opening one of the Gold Coast's first pole dancing studios. It was in this industry that I began having conversations with people about their sexuality, providing a non-judgemental space for people to share their sexual experiences, both good and bad. I soon began developing workshops to educate and inspire the people I was meeting. It was during this time that I gained the nickname Frank, for my ability to speak openly and honestly about things that others find awkward.
This journey led me to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health with a focus on Sexual Health Promotion, followed by a Masters in Sexology. I have many years of experience in different fields of counselling and education, as well as extensive training in sex therapy. I have worked both in Australia and internationally as a Sexuality and Media Specialist, designing and implementing projects and sexuality education for audiences ranging from community groups to United Nations staff.
I am committed to addressing gender-based violence through my work and ensuring that my words and actions contribute to decolonisation. Through my international work, I was an invited member of the United Nations Theme Group for Gender and contributed to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). I also managed data collection on a Johns Hopkin University led population study on sex workers in Ulannbataar, Mongolia. In Australia, I have worked closely with the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence to develop a number of programs for young people, including #WhatDoYouExpect which provides practical and shame-free advice about hookups, sexting, and porn.
With specialist training in; sexuality education, health promotion and planning, psychosexual therapy, and relationship therapy, I am committed to providing a sex-positive, confidential and inclusive service that fosters openness around sexuality. I have completed Level 1 training at the Gottman Institute of Couples Therapy and implement their approach in my work especially with teens.
Kerrin Bradfield is an Accredited Clinical Sexuality Educator with the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. She adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice.
To find out more, go to www.societyaustraliansexologists.org.au
Masters of Sexology (Curtin University)
Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health (Curtin University)
Bachelor of Arts/Psychology (University of Tasmania)
Diploma of Counselling (AIPC)
Certificate III & IV in Fitness (AIF)
President- Society of Australian Sexologists (QLD)
Deputy Chair- Society of Australian Sexologists (National)
Australian Counselling Association
Australasian Society of HIV Medicine