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Concurrent Sessions

Thursday June 2, 2022 | 2:30 – 3:30pm 

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Abortion on our own terms: Fighting criminalization of self-managed abortion

Speakers:
Tamara Marzouk, LICSW, MPH (She/Her)
Lauren Paulk, JD, (She/Her)

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, H

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) AND AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Tamara Marzouk

Tamara Marzouk

Laura Paulk

Lauren Paulk

Session Description
The past year has disrupted abortion access for many communities throughout the United States. Using a reproductive justice framework, this presentation introduces the concept of self-managed abortion (SMA). The audience will gain an understanding of the role of therapists and sexuality counselors in relation to SMA, legal issues, and how to help fight the criminalization of our clients for self-managing their own abortion care.
Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain the concept of self-managed abortion (SMA), list the reasons that people choose this method, describe the safety and efficacy of the practice, and identify legal issues involved with SMA and actions that may contribute to a client’s risk of criminalization.

Connecting with Sex Workers: A strengths-based liberationist approach in Educational and Clinical Interventions with Sex Workers

Speakers:
Cassandra Damm, MSW, MA
Sarah Hemphill, MSW, MA (She/Her)

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, D, F, J, SC1, SC2, SC5, ST1, ST6

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance) and AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Cassandra Damm

Cassandra Damm

Cassandra Damm

Sara Hemphill

Session Description
This workshop focuses on best practices for providing therapy and other interventions affirming sex workers. Drawing on literature, qualitative research, and pilot studies, participants will learn about different types of sex work, factors that impact sex workers lives and functioning, and challenge therapist biases around sex work. We will further explore parallels between sex work and therapy, systemic oppression, the diversity of sex work, and how past and current laws and sexual movements impact people doing sex work.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to identify 4+ sources of oppression sex workers face as a marginalized population Participants will be able to identify differences in agency across diverse sex work roles Participants will be able to discuss the impact of intersectional identities in sex work Participants will challenge their own potential to harm sex workers in a clinical setting, understanding 3+ common misassumptions and biases that come out in the therapy room.

Internalized Homonegativity Among Same Gender Loving Black Men: The Foundations of Truth

Speaker: Patrick Grant, MPH, PsyD (He/Him/His)

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, SE4, SC2, ST6

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) AND AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Patrick Grant
Session Description
Black same gender loving (SGL) men are often associated with harmful tropes due to the ways they have been characterized throughout history. However, the expansiveness of Black SGL male stories reveals a complexity in the Black SGL experience that has implications on engagement and practice of his cohort. Internalized Homonegativity Among Same Gender Loving Black Men: The Foundations of Truth seeks to broaden audience members’ understanding of Black SGL male experiences through the presentation of literature, research, and qualitative narrative.
Learning Objectives
By the end of the one-hour workshop, attendees will be able to identify at least one way homonegativity impacts the lives of Black SGL men.

June 3, 2022 | 2:15 – 3:15 pm

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Gender Freedom: Play, Pleasure, and Possibility beyond Trans 101

Speaker: Rae McDaniel, LCPC, CST (They/Them)

Core Knowledge Areas: D, M

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Rae McDaniel
Session Description

The dominant narrative of gender transition is that transition has to equal suffering. This workshop applies current research in facilitative coping mechanisms to individuals in the process of transitioning their gender in order to help our clients transition with more ease. By learning practical skills for helping clients make decisions about how to express their gender to the world, we will begin the conversation about how to change the narrative of transition into a process of self-growth, curiosity, and pleasure.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to identify two skills to facilitate effective coping skills for transgender/non-binary clients in transition. Participants will apply skills to support gender diverse clients in making decisions and coping with coming out, hormones, gender-affirming surgeries, and gender expression.

African-Centered Sex Therapy

Speaker: Zelaika Clarke, MSW, MEd, PhD

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D, E, F, G, I, M, N, P, SE1, SE4, SC1, SC2, SC3, ST1, ST3, ST5

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Zelaika Clarke
Session Description

African-centered sex therapy utilizes African-centered psychologies, pre-colonial African sexual wisdom, sexual epistemology, ontology and spiritual systems to inform our understanding of human behavior and sexual healing. This presentation will explore African-Centered therapeutic approaches, theories and models that can be used in sex therapy to promote sexual wellness and liberation. Osunality or African Eroticism will be highlighted containing rich constructs, narratives, and frameworks which can be an opportunity for sexuality professionals to increase sexual multiepistemic literacy.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this presentation participants will be able to define osunality By the end of this presentation participants will be able to describe one African centered model or theory that can be utilized in sex therapy

#FACTS About Sex Counseling: Dialogue & Discussion

Speakers:
Jay Watts, MA, MEd, ACS (She/They)
Aleece Fosnight, MSPAS, PA-C, CSC-S, CSE, NCMP, IF (She/Her/Hers)
Mary Faith Terkildsen, MD, FACOG
Dr. Allison Mitch, PT (DPT) (she/they)

Core Knowledge Areas: F, SC1, SC5

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CEs only (Live or On-Demand)

Jay Watts

Jay Watts

Jay Watts
Mary Faith Terkildsen
Aleece Fosnight

Aleece Fosnight

Aleece Fosnight
Dr. Allison Mitch
Session Description

Sex counseling is a certification level within AASECT that is often the least known but offers a wealth of opportunities to the field of sexual health. Learn from a panel of sex counselors in various stages of their career and diverse practice areas.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to distinguish the difference between sex counseling from other AASECT Certifications. Participants will be able to recognize various fields eligible for sex counseling certification. Participants will be able to identify sex counseling as a recognizable and legitimate AASECT Certification as well as sexual health profession.

June 3, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

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Kink in Clinician: Intersections of Sex Positive Kink for Sex Positive Clinicians

Speaker: Shanae Adams, MA, LPCC, NCC, CIGT (She/They)

Core Knowledge Areas: F, I, N, SC2, ST1, ST3

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Shanae Adams
Session Description

The black kink community has a bevy of nuances difficult to conceptualize by therapists and sexuality professionals. Due to lack of awareness some practices may be injurious to those that use kink as a means of affirmation and liberation. This workshop will ask participants to expand their sex-positive capacity through the exploration of clinical mental health modalities on their implications for sex and sex positivity.

Learning Objectives
Discuss the experiences of kinksters of color and how these experiences may be relevant to work with current or future clients. Explore the negative implications of mental health modalities

Jay Watts

Families of youth who sexually offend: Understanding their experiences in the aftermath of the sexual offense

Speaker: Mauricio Yabar, LCSW, MEd, CST

Core Knowledge Areas: C, Q, SC2, SC5, SC6

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Mauricio Yabar
Session Description
This workshop provides a detailed and comprehensive review of the extant literature on families of youth who sexually offend. It examines findings from early investigations that located risk factors to sexual offending within the family system. It disputes deficit-focused descriptions of families by highlighting recent research expanding on their experiences following the discovery of the offense. Challenges faced by families will be contextualized using a strengths-based perspective. Gaps in the literature and implications for research and practice will be discussed.
Learning Objectives

1) Name at least 3 overarching themes from early research with families of youth who have committed a sexual offense.

2) Describe at least 3 psychosocial challenges that families often experience following the discovery of the sexual offense.

3) Identify at least 3 gaps in the extant literature and recognize how such unexamined areas in research may contribute to an incomplete depiction of the population and their needs.

4) Describe at least 2 theoretical frameworks and how they have been used in research to explain the experiences of families in the aftermath of the offense

DEI & EBI: Incorporating Anti-Racist Strategies into Evidence-Based Sex Ed Curricula

Speaker: Leslie Massicotte, M.Ed. (She/They)

Core Knowledge Areas: C

1 AASECT CE – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only (Live or On-Demand)

Leslie Massicotte
Session Description
Many sexuality educators are required to use evidence-based sexuality curricula, yet implementing these curricula with an increasingly diverse student body presents challenges. This interactive workshop explores these challenges, particularly for students of color, and offers five strategies for incorporating anti-racist content and teaching strategies into evidence-based programs while not disrupting fidelity requirements. Join us in this collaborative space to discuss anti-racist sexuality education within the boundaries of evidence-based curricula.
Learning Objectives

1. Name at least two ways that evidence-based sexuality education curricula present challenges to students of color.

2. Identify at least four strategies to incorporate anti-racist content or teaching strategies into evidence-based sexuality education curricula.

June 4, 2022 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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In Between the Lines: The Art of Erotic Writing

Speaker: Mystkue Woods, MEd

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D, E, F, J, M

1 AASECT CE – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only (Live or On-Demand)

Mystkue Woods
Session Description
The purpose of the workshop is to explore how erotica is used as a method of recreational play.

Participants will be able to remove themselves from the professional realm and investigate how personal experiences have impacted them in the circles of sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, and sexualization. The activity framework is derived from Morin’s (1995) principle of “interplay of attraction and obstacles” from The Erotic Mind. The activities explore how sexual arousal is attained through written and oral language.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: Discuss the elements of erotica writing through using Dr. Morin’s principle and Audre Lorde’s definition of the erotic in conjunction with the elements of creative writing to include descriptive language that applies to the senses. Create a draft of an erotic writing piece (introduction/setting [foreplay], body [climax scene], conclusion [aftercare]) that illustrates one’s erotic energy through the circles of sexuality

Disrupting Compulsory Sexuality: An Asexual Perspective

Speaker: Aubri Lancaster, Sex Educator

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, D, E

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) AND AASECT CE Credit (Live or On-Demand)

Aubri Lancaster
Session Description
In a world that centers sexual and romantic relationships above all others, to exist as an Asexual or Aromantic person is to exist outside the current framework of sexuality. In order to bring visibility and awareness to the millions of Asexual and Aromantic people around the world we must first disrupt the forces of Compulsory Sexuality and deconstruct the very nature of attraction and intimacy.
Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, participants will be able to integrate language from the Asexual and Aromantic communities into their regular practices.

Sex Work, Gen Z, and the Internet: Using Relational Cultural Therapy to Bridge Generational Gaps

Speakers:
Katie Rodenkirch, MS, LPC, NCC (She/They)
Lucas DeMonte, MEd, EdS, LPC (He/Him)

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, K, N, SC1, SC2, SC5

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE credit (Live or On-Demand)

Katie Rodenkirch

Katie Rodenkirch

Lucas DeMonte

Lucas DeMonte

Session Description
Since the turn of the century, technological advances have skyrocketed; none so quickly and broadly as social media. Helping field professionals who focus on sexuality need to be confident, connective, and informed when collaborating with “Gen Z” clients who work (or desire to work) in the sex industry. This presentation will discuss the confluences of social media and sex work while providing a theoretical framework exemplar within which to conduct supportive services with adolescent and young adult clients.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to describe and apply RCT principles to supporting adolescent/young adult clients in navigating sex work and online spaces.

June 4, 2022 | 12:45 – 1:45 pm

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Transition in the Military, the Service Member Perspective

Speaker: Christina Alkire, MAJ USA

Core Knowledge Areas: D

1 AASECT CE – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only (Live or On-Demand)

Christina Alkire
Session Description
Demystifying the transition process in the military can be very daunting. There are currently 5 branches of uniformed service under the Department of Defense all of them with their own nuances and interpretations of the DOD instruction pertaining to transgender service members. This panel provides a valuable opportunity to engage with service members from across the DOD that have completed or are in various stages of transition in the military.
Learning Objectives
At the end of this session participants will be able to integrate their understanding of the transition process in the military into their individual practices and positions

Sex, Love and Superheroes: Reviewing Sexuality and Sexual Expression in Pop Culture

Speaker: Brittani Oliver Sillas-Navarro, AMFT, Certified Grief Therapist

Core Knowledge Areas: B, D, F, J, K, P, SE4, SC2, ST3

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE credit (Live or On-Demand)

Brittani Oliver Sillas Navarro
Session Description
In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to existing research and application for working with individuals through the lens of Pop Culture Psychology and Superhero Therapy through exploring sexuality and sexual expression. Using current literature, attendees will learn how to utilize Pop Culture Psychology into the sexual experiences and expressions and increase insight into sexual representation in pop culture. Attendees will be encouraged to brainstorm future research possibilities and implications to examine how pop culture influences perceptions of sexual expression.
Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation,

1-learners will have expanded their knowledge of Pop Culture Psychology and Superhero Therapy and the influence of sexuality on culture, and

2-will have executable ideas for future sexuality and sexual representation in the culture

Speaking From the Margins – No More! On a Journey to Decolonize Muslim Sexuality

Speaker: Bina Bakhtiar, MSW, LSWAA

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, D, SE3, SE4, SC2, SC5

1 CE – This workshop is eligible for APA CE Credit (Live/synchronous attendance required) and AASECT CE credit (Live or On-Demand)

Bina Bakhtiar
Session Description
Muslims living in the global north are disproportionately impacted by the hegemonic discourses that shape or mis-shape their identities and sexualities. The time lends itself to name this issue as a social justice mandate, confronting these inaccurate discourses head-on, to claim, and take charge of Muslim narratives, unapologetically. This session will aim to challenge the orientalist and monolithic representations of Muslim sexualities, share Islamic perspectives on sexuality and pleasure as it pertains to overall wellbeing, and explore creation of safe spaces to limit re-traumatization.
Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1). Identify impact of Islamophobia and ways it manifest in sexual and mental health functioning in Muslim clients and communities.

2). List two strategies to implement for a more welcoming environment for Muslim clients