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AASECT Virtual Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 7:30 PM ET

We are thrilled to unveil the recipients of the prestigious 2024 AASECT Awards during this engaging virtual event.

This ceremony precedes the much-awaited AASECT Annual Conference in June, ensuring that all members of our community can participate in this momentous occasion.

Stay tuned for further details – you won’t want to miss it!

AASECT Annual Awards: Amplifying Voices of Excellence in Sexual Health Education, Counseling, and Therapy

Digital Media Awards

AASECT Social Media / Web Series Award (YouTube, Instagram, etc.)

This award is for the producer(s) of a web series (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook Live, TikTok, etc.) that makes a significant contribution to increasing sex-positive online content and information. The nominated web series can be developed for a professional audience or for a general audience.

Eligibility:

  • Published in 2023.
  • For a general or professional target audience.
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Nomination checklist:

  • Minimum of three (3) media links representing the nominated work may be uploaded to the nomination form. Please ensure that the materials provided will be viewable to our committee members, check your share settings as needed.
  • Contact information for the producer and/or creators.
  • Please make sure that share settings enable viewing by the review committee.
AASECT Podcast Award

This award is for the creators of a Podcast that makes a significant contribution to AASECT’s vision of sexual well-being, and education, and which elevates the standards of the field. The nominated Podcast can be developed for a professional or general audience and must have been produced in 2023. To nominate a Podcast, send three linked episodes for review to the committee members along with contact information for the producer and/or creators. Include a brief letter of support of no more than 250 words. Please make sure that the committee can access and view the episodes suggested, or the nomination will not be considered. This award is open to all.

Eligibility:

  • Published in 2023.
  • For a general or professional target audience.
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Nomination checklist:

  • Contact information for the producer and/or creators.
  • Minimum of three (3) episodes for consideration. Please ensure that the materials provided will be viewable to our committee members, check your share settings as needed.
  • Please make sure that share settings enable viewing by the review committee.
AASECT Film Award

This award is for the producer(s) of an explicit or non-explicit film, video, or DVD that makes a significant contribution to AASECT’s vision of sexual health: “AASECT affirms the fundamental value of sexuality as an inherent, essential, and beneficial dimension of being human.” The nominated work will amplify diverse voices while expanding the clinical and educational standards of the sexual health field. The nominated film can be developed for a general or professional audience. It must be produced in 2022-2023. Please make sure that the committee can access and view the links and/or DVDs or the nomination will not be considered. This award is open to all.

Eligibility:

  • Produced in 2022-2023.
  • For a general or professional target audience.
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Nomination checklist:

  • Nominated content for committee review. Please make sure that share settings enable viewing by the review committee.
  • Contact information for the producer and/or creators.

AASECT Awards

AASECT Sexuality Educator Award

This award is presented to a current Sexuality Educator who has made long-standing contributions, outstanding achievements, or otherwise had a major impact in one or more areas of sexuality education. Areas of impact may include but are not limited to teaching in the community, teaching in higher education, raising public awareness of sexual issues, or public advocacy/lobbying policymakers.

Eligibility:

  • Sexuality educator
  • Current AASECT Member

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support (minimum) of up to 500 words from folks who are familiar with their work.
  • 1-3 items (documents or media) representing the nominee’s work may be uploaded to the nomination form. Please ensure that the materials provided will be viewable to our committee members, check your share settings as needed.
AASECT Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award recognizes a sexuality professional whose work is building towards a more sexually liberated world. Nominate your colleagues and friends who are disrupting systems of oppression by raising awareness about and transforming harm, injustice, or inequity in our professions and our world. The AASECT DEI Award celebrates the accomplishments of historically marginalized sexuality professionals enacting real change in our communities. Areas of impact may include, but are not limited to, art, activism, organizing, leadership, education, public advocacy, or media.

Eligibility:

  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT membership is not required.

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support (minimum) of up to 500 words from folks who are familiar with their work.
  • Send up to 3 links to resources like the nominee’s website, bio, social media, or projects.
AASECT Award for Emergent Professional

This award is presented to an AASECT member (educator, counselor, or therapist) who currently has made impactful contributions in the field of sexuality within their first 3 years of stepping into the sexuality field. This may include students as well as recently graduated AASECT members. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical body of work, including (but not limited to) providing training, retreats, online courses, videos or publishing a paper or book.

Eligibility:

  • Current AASECT Member (within first 3 years of membership.)

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support of up to 500 words from folks who are familiar with their work.
  • Send up to 3 links to resources like the nominee’s website, bio, social media, or projects.
AASECT Professional Standard of Excellence Award

This award is presented to an individual (or group/organization) who has worked extensively to represent or advance the field of human sexuality through activities including, but not limited to, the development and implementation of sexuality education curriculum; clinical programs or other original clinical contributions; scientific research; and art, print, radio, television or internet media contributions. The recipient of this Award will be an individual who is recognized by their peers as an accomplished and visionary colleague, an expert in their field, and an exemplary bearer of the standards of professional and personal ethics as well as the standard of excellence in achievement. This award is open to all. The nominee should have 1 letter of support, no more than 500 words, from individuals familiar with their work.

Eligibility:

  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT membership is not required.

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support of up to 500 words from folks who are familiar with their work.
  • Send up to 3 links to resources like the nominee’s website, bio, social media, or projects.
Distinguished Service to AASECT Award

This award is presented to an AASECT member in good standing who is certified in at least one area and has worked to promote the mission of AASECT, advocating for sexual health through the development and advancement of sexuality education, counseling or therapy. This individual will have served the organization through activities including, but not limited to, recruitment of new members; presentation of a paper or workshop at AASECT meetings; serving on the Board of Directors, a committee or task force; developing publications for or about the organization; assistance in the development of AASECT policy; and representation of AASECT in the public sector.

Eligibility:

  • Current AASECT Member

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support of up to 500 words from folks who are familiar with their work.
  • Send up to 3 links to resources like the nominee’s website, bio, social media, or projects.
Humanitarian Award

This award is presented to an individual or group who has contributed to the field of human sexuality through private endeavor, charitable event(s), public awareness campaign, organizing effort, sex-positive educational offering, or political platform, and who has received national and/or international recognition for their contribution.

Eligibility:

  • Any professional or organization. AASECT Membership is not required.

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support of up to 500 words
  • Relevant documentation may include links to websites, event pages, photos, and/or video documentation.
  • The committee will view a maximum of 5 minutes of video documentation, so please cut your media accordingly, or include a time signature to reference for longer submissions.
AASECT Award for Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy

This award is for creative applications of an integrative and interactive approach to sexual issues in clinical work with individuals, couples, groups, and/or supervisees of all ages, genders, and other diversities. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical body of work, including (but not limited to) training, retreats, online courses, videos or a published paper or book. Nominees should be AASECT Certified sex educators, therapists or sexuality counselors who have demonstrated a clinical consciousness that is multidimensional: inclusive of some combination of physical, emotional, cognitive and/or spiritual dimensions of sexual experience, along with relational and/or social contexts.

Eligibility:

  • AASECT Certified Membership

Nomination Checklist:

  • 1 letter of support of up to 500 words
  • Relevant documentation may include links to websites, event pages, photos, and/or video documentation.
  • The committee will view a maximum of 5 minutes of video documentation, so please cut your media accordingly, or include a time signature to reference for longer submissions.

Book Awards

AASECT Book Award for Children under 18 years old (audience focus)

This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECT’s vision of sexual well-being and education, specifically as it applies to children/adolescents (kids) and elevates the standards of the field.

Eligibility:

  • Published in 2020-2023.
  • For an audience under the age of 18
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Each subcommittee member must receive a copy of the book to read/review no later than January 5, 2024. While we suggest contacting the author(s) and/or publisher to have the book sent directly to the subcommittee members, nominators are ultimately responsible for ensuring all copies are received by January 5, 2024, in order for a book to be considered. Please note that submitting the materials may accrue a cost (i.e. hard copies and shipping). Some committee members require a hard copy, while others on the committee are willing to accept a PDF/digital version. Nominees will be provided with the list of members including the mailing address of the members that require a hard copy in the confirmation email.

AASECT Book Award for Sexuality Professionals (professional focus)

This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to the field of clinical sexology, sexual health, and/or sexuality education. The nominated book must be written for other sexuality professionals by a sexuality professional(s) and elevate the standards of the field.

Eligibility:

  • Published in 2020-2023.
  • For sexuality professionals.
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Each subcommittee member must receive a copy of the book to read/review no later than January 5, 2024. While we suggest contacting the author(s) and/or publisher to have the book sent directly to the subcommittee members, nominators are ultimately responsible for ensuring all copies are received by January 5, 2024, in order for a book to be considered. Please note that submitting the materials may accrue a cost (i.e. hard copies and shipping). Some committee members require a hard copy, while others on the committee are willing to accept a PDF/digital version. Nominees will be provided with the list of members including the mailing address of the members that require a hard copy in the confirmation email.

AASECT’s Sexuality Professionals Book Award for General Audience (audience focus)

This award is presented to the sexuality professional(s) who authored a book that makes a significant contribution to the general public’s knowledge of sexuality.

Eligibility:

  • Published in 2020-2023.
  • For the general public.
  • This award is open to all professionals and AASECT Membership is not required.

Each subcommittee member must receive a copy of the book to read/review no later than January 5, 2024. While we suggest contacting the author(s) and/or publisher to have the book sent directly to the subcommittee members, nominators are ultimately responsible for ensuring all copies are received by January 5, 2024, in order for a book to be considered. Please note that submitting the materials may accrue a cost (i.e. hard copies and shipping). Some committee members require a hard copy, while others on the committee are willing to accept a PDF/digital version. Nominees will be provided with the list of members including the mailing address of the members that require a hard copy in the confirmation email.

Awards Committee

Chair: Anne Mauro, LMFT DHS, CST-S, CSE (she/her)

Members:
Molly Adler, LCSW, CST
Terri Barrios
Donna Blumenfeld, LPCC, NCC
Jennifer Bires
Alana Crawford
Ciera Coyan
Dorian Head LPC, ACS
Xuan Ho, she/her, LMFT
Claudia Johnson, LMFT, CST
Mel Kohler, LMFT (they/she)
Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, CSE (she/her)
Lisa Meyers, PhD, MSW, MEd, LCSW, CST
Jeannie Miller, MSSA, JD (she/her)
L. Morris, LMFTA, MA-AQR, MA-CFT
Allie Peyton, LMFTA
Jenny Shealy, LCSW, CST
Marissa Stein, LMHC, CST (they/them)
Avery Whittington
Mystkue Woods, MEd

Past Award Recipients

2023

AASECT Sexuality Book Award
Refusing Compulsory Sexuality: A Black Asexual Lens on our Sex-Obsessed Culture!
by Sherronda J. Brown

AASECT Book Award for Children under 18 years old (audience focus)
Vaginas and Periods 101: A Pop-Up Book by Kristen Lilla and Christian Hoeger
You Know, Sex by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

AASECT Book Award for Sexuality Professionals (professional focus)
Gender Trauma by Alex Iantaffi

AASECT Book Award for General Audience (audience focus)
Whole Body Sex by Melissa Walker

AASECT Audiovisual Award
A Sexplanation
Alex Liu, director/co-writer
Leonardo Neri, co-writer, co-producer
Steven Flynn, producer

AASECT Live Web Series Award (YouTube, Instagram, etc.)
Akinyi Emily Ochieng

AASECT Podcast Award
Safeword Podcast
Kamil Lewis, co-host
Casey Tanner, co-host
E.T. Townsend, producer

AASECT Award for Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy
Dr. Estefania Simich Munoz

AASECT Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Juan Camarena

AASECT Award for Emergent Professional (“Rising Star Award”)
Casey Tanner

Service to AASECT Award
Neil “Nelly” Cannon

Humanitarian Award
Dr. Alex Iantaffi

AASECT Sexuality Educator Award
Marla Renee Stewart