Plenary Sessions

Pleasure Through Life’s Changes and Challenges

Navigating Sexual Wellness in a Digitized Landscape: A Panel Discussion

Opening Plenary – Thursday, June 10

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted
Core Knowledge Area: C

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CSTShadeen Francis, LMFT, CSTTracie Gilbert, PhDKristen Lilla, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CSE, CSES

Moderator:
Tanya Bass, PhD(c), MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE

Navigating Sexual Wellness in a Digitized Landscape: A Panel Discussion

Opening Plenary – Thursday, June 10

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted
Core Knowledge Area: C

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CSTShadeen Francis, LMFT, CSTTracie Gilbert, PhDKristen Lilla, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CSE, CSES

Moderator:
Tanya Bass, PhD(c), MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE

The dual pandemics of COVID and racial violence have had a significant impact on our professional and personal worlds as we seek to provide meaningful services while dealing with collective trauma. Educators and clinicians had to shift from primarily in-person services to exclusively online, and now hybrid services. The panel will discuss their experiences of providing supportive, connected, and inclusive online services while navigating personal struggles and constant calls to action. In a conversation amongst AASECT colleagues, panelists will discuss their vision for the future of sexual health and wellness services that allow for increased accessibility across a variety of formats, while considering the intersectional challenges and opportunities for each panelist.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will consider the unique opportunities and challenges of navigating sexual wellness in a digitized landscape.
  • Participants will envision the future of sexual health and wellness.

Giving Teens a Voice: Lessons About Sex, Sexuality, and the Internet from Research with Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents

Whipple Plenary – Friday, June 11

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, D, H, K

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD

Moderator:
Rachael E. Gibson, PhD, MPH, MS, MEd

Giving Teens a Voice: Lessons About Sex, Sexuality, and the Internet from Research with Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents

Whipple Plenary – Friday, June 11

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, D, H, K

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD

Moderator:
Rachael E. Gibson, PhD, MPH, MS, MEd

Attention to issues faced by LGBTQ and other sexual and gender minority adolescents has been steadily increasing in research and society at large. Yet they still remain underrepresented in research, and underserved in practice, in large part because of paternalistic beliefs, fears, and assumptions about adolescent sexuality (particularly LGBTQ sexuality) that exacerbate disparities in their sexual health and well-being. In addition, rapid technological innovations in the last decade have transformed how LGBTQ adolescents learn about their gender and sexuality and meet friends and partners. These technologies also present significant opportunities for sexual health research, education, and outreach with this population. The speaker will review lessons learned about these topics in the context of her research, which has focused on social media and technology and ethical issues in sexual and gender minority adolescents’ sexual health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe ethical issues in sexual health research with sexual and gender minority adolescents.
  • Describe how sexual and gender minority youth use technology to explore their sexuality.
  • Identify ways technology can be used to reach these youth for sexual health research and education.

Towards Collective Liberation: A Conversation with Dominique Morgan & Eli Green

Social Justice Plenary – Friday, June 11

AASECT CE Credit ONLY
1 AASECT CE Credit – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D

Eli R. Green, PhD, CSES and Dominique Morgan

Moderator:
Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSES, CSE

Towards Collective Liberation: A Conversation with Dominique Morgan & Eli Green

Social Justice Plenary – Friday, June 11

AASECT CE Credit ONLY
1 AASECT CE Credit – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D

Eli R. Green, PhD, CSES and Dominique Morgan

Moderator:
Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSES, CSE

For this year’s Engaging Diversity Plenary, you are invited to attend a virtual fireside chat with Dominique Morgan, Executive Director of Black & Pink, and Eli Green, CEO of The Transgender Training Institute.  Dominique and Eli are two transgender leaders of national organizations, both dedicated to creating change for our communities — but from very different vantage points. The Transgender Training Institute is a group of transgender and non-binary educators working with cisgender people to reduce the harm caused by anti-transgender prejudice, while Black and Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners, working for the abolition of the prison industrial complex.  As these two leaders come together to share their journeys, hopes and learnings, they will challenge us as sexuality educators, counselors and therapists to think more deeply about what it means to authentically engage with community, how to leverage privilege and opportunities for meaningful contributions towards collective liberation. 

Young Sex, Old Sex: The Porn Star and the Little Old Lady Reveal What Therapists Should Know

Ogden Plenary | Saturday, June 12

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: B, E, I

Joan Price, MA and Jessica Drake

Moderator:
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE

Young Sex, Old Sex: The Porn Star and the Little Old Lady Reveal What Therapists Should Know

Ogden Plenary | Saturday, June 12

1 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
1 AASECT CEs – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: B, E, I

Joan Price, MA and Jessica Drake

Moderator:
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE

The collaboration of adult star/sex educator jessica drake and author/senior sex educator Joan Price led to the creation of the AASECT award-winning film, “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex.” It also led to an intense friendship and many discussions – no topic off limits. jessica shared her work speaking to college students, and Joan shared hers speaking to seniors. They discovered that the sexual concerns of young adults and seniors were sometimes drastically different, but sometimes identical. In this lively dialogue, jessica and Joan reveal what young people and old people really think, question, and need. What are the primary misconceptions that prevent young people and seniors from getting the help they need? How should therapists reach and welcome these groups?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe two sexual concerns that are specific to young adults.
  • Describe two sexual concerns that are specific to older adults.
  • State the difference between porn for fantasy and explicit educational material.
  • Describe one change you can make in your marketing efforts to reach young adults.
  • Describe one change you can make in your marketing efforts to reach seniors.

Come As You Are was first published in 2015 and has been revised and updated this year. A lot has changed in those six years, both in the science and in social justice. Let’s talk about where adult sex education is as a profession, how we got here, where we still need to go, and what truly matters.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes that have happened in mainstream publishing around gender and sexual health over the last 5-10 years.
  • Describe how current affective neuroscience and other research influence trauma-informed, evidence-based sex education.
  • Identify challenges for professionals who wish to translate peer-reviewed science into language adult sex education students can apply in their lives.

Pleasure is the Measure

Schiller Plenary – Saturday, June 12

AASECT CE Credit ONLY
1 AASECT CE Credit – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, E, I, M, N, P

Emily Nagoski, PhD, MS, BA

Moderator:
Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST

Pleasure is the Measure

Schiller Plenary – Saturday, June 12

AASECT CE Credit ONLY
1 AASECT CE Credit – Live or on-demand attendance permitted

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, E, I, M, N, P

Emily Nagoski, PhD, MS, BA

Moderator:
Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST

 

Come As You Are was first published in 2015 and has been revised and updated this year. A lot has changed in those six years, both in the science and in social justice. Let’s talk about where adult sex education is as a profession, how we got here, where we still need to go, and what truly matters.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify changes that have happened in mainstream publishing around gender and sexual health over the last 5-10 years.
  • Describe how current affective neuroscience and other research influence trauma-informed, evidence-based sex education.
  • Identify challenges for professionals who wish to translate peer-reviewed science into language adult sex education students can apply in their lives.