Pre-Conference Workshops

AASECT is excited to present this dynamic line-up of pre-conference workshops to add to your conference experience!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Day 1 of pre-conference sessions.

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Sex Therapy and Sex Counseling Supervision Group

Wednesday, May 18 | 10:30 am- 6:30 pm EDT (Limit 8 attendees)
Nelly Cannon
Neil “Nelly” Cannon
Mesha Ellis
Mesha Ellis
Kimberly Castelo
Kimberly Castelo
Aleece Fosnight
Aleece Fosnight


After April 21

Member: $380.00

Non-Member: $380.00

Session Description

This virtual workshop offers clinical supervision in sex therapy and sexuality counseling. Each supervisor was carefully selected based on specialties, their safe style, and their unique lens. In addition to working specific cases, these supervisors will also provide you with processes that can be applied to many of your current and future clients. The supervisors have a broad variety of expertise covering a wide range of presenting client concerns, including:

  • Consensual Non-Monogamy, open relationships
  • Gender identity, gender non-binary & transgender care
  • Kink, BDSM & Fetishes
  • LGBTQI care
  • Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB)
  • Sexual desire discrepancy
  • Sexual functioning in men and women, pelvic pain & pre-orgasmia
  • Sex therapy & couples counseling (Gottman, EFT)
  • Sexual infidelity
  • Sexual trauma, abuse & bullying
  • Zoophilia & Bestiality

The above list are examples of the supervisor’s specialties. Bring us your most complex cases and it is likely one or more of the supervisors will have experience treating it. We have limited the group to 8 supervisees so everyone will have at least 30 minutes to present a case. A case consult form will be sent to all participants by April 30, 2022.

Schedule (ET)
Part I: 10:30 am – 2 pm

Break: 2 pm – 3 pm

Part II: 3 pm – 6:30 pm

Eligibility/Scholarship Info
Eligibility of Participants

This group is limited to 8 participants who are already under a supervision contract with an AASECT Certified Supervisor or Supervisor in Training and are working toward becoming AASECT Certified. A pre-approved contract will be required. Information will be provided after registration.

Scholarships for DEI and Financial Need

This scholarship was created by the supervisors leading this pre-conference workshop in an effort to create more opportunities and access to AASECT Certification. The Supervisors leading this program have all waived the honorarium usually paid to pre-conference workshop presenters to create two (2) scholarship seats for this pre-conference workshop. The recipients of this workshop will be confidential unless the recipients ask for the award to be announced.

Criteria: One of the two scholarships is available to a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC). The second scholarship will be awarded based on financial need. Those interested in applying to the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • This group is limited to 12 participants who are already under a supervision contract with an AASECT Certified Supervisor or Supervisor in Training and are working toward becoming AASECT Certified.
  • Have a prerequisite degree (minimum bachelor’s level) for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality. counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology, or sexual health.
  • Be interested in pursuing AASECT Certification.
  • Be an AASECT member in good standing.

Application Details: Those interested in applying for this scholarship should write a personal statement based on the criteria outlined above and include your commitment to pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health. No more than 500 words.

Please submit your personal statement to Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for this scholarship is April 19, 2022

About Neil “Nelly” Cannon
Nelly Cannon is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor, as well as a WPATH Certified Gender Therapist.

Nelly is a master therapist and clinical thought leader in the field of sex therapy and supervision. Almost 10,000 hours of sex therapy supervision experience. Contributing author in the only book written exclusively about sex therapy supervision. Creator of, A Strength-Based Approach for Treating Kinky Couples. Nelly is in private practice in Denver, Colorado providing therapy and supervision services worldwide by Zoom. As an LMFT, Nelly has extensive experience treating individuals, couples, families, and teens. Nelly has treated most every presenting concern that clients bring to sex therapy. Nelly is a long-time Instructor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program, and also has 15 years of teaching sexual diversity to MFT students at Denver Family Institute.

Nelly is highly committed to the development of the next generation of sex therapists. Involved in AASECT leadership since 2007. Currently serves as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, as well as the Section Leader for Colorado. Highly committed to DEI & Social Justice. Co-Founder of The Sexuality Diversity Matters Supervision Scholarship Program for People of Color.

Nelly has a doctorate degree in Human Sexuality, a master’s degree in Public Health, post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as LGBTQ Family Systems. EMDR Trained, Gottman III, EFT I, Red Cross Trained in Psychological First Aid.

About Kimberly Castelo
Kimberly Castelo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor, AAMFT Supervisor, Washington State Supervisor, and an EFT Supervisor in training. Not only does she supervise through her practice, she also supervises clinicians through Modern Sex Therapy Institute and offers a course on using EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) with sexual issues. She works with clients on such topics as religious shame, recovering from affairs, chronic illness, sexual dysfunction, Kink/BDSM, Consensual non-monogamy and learning how to create deep connection within relationships. Kimberly is a national speaker. Speaking on topics of faith, sexuality, grief, coping with Multiple Sclerosis, High Tone Pelvic floor, Using EFT for sexual concerns and menopause. In 2000-2003, Ms. Castelo worked in North Carolina as a Chaplain for the U.S.v Department of Veteran Affairs working with groups and individuals on spirituality, addictions, grief and loss, and lead weekly meetings collaborating with the medical staff to aid geriatric patients and veterans. Kimberly currently works with adults and couples from an attachment lens. “I believe each person is unique. I have a client-centered approach and strive to meet my clients’ needs in our time together”
About Mesha Ellis
Mesha Ellis, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Sex Therapist, certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is additionally a Certified Gottman Method Therapist. Dr. Ellis has held faculty appointments at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is licensed to practice as a psychologist in California, Georgia, Nevada, and Tennessee.

Dr. Ellis earned BA degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an MA from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama where she specialized in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and received formal forensic training as a postdoctoral fellow in juvenile forensic psychology and adolescent inpatient treatment at The University of Washington.

Dr. Ellis has been practicing for over 15 years and has co-authored several peer reviewed publications. Her professional memberships include AASECT, the American Psychological Association, The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In her private practice, she specializes in treating sex and relational challenges and provides individual, couple, and family treatment services.

She also conducts psychoeducational and court related evaluations. Dr. Ellis additionally provides supervision for those pursing AASECT Sex Therapist certification.

Aleece Fosnight
Aleece Fosnight has been a physician assistant since 2011 and has been a sexual health counselor and educator since 2015. Aleece opened a private practice June 2020, Fosnight Center for Sexual Health, in Asheville, NC, that provides interdisciplinary sexual health, focusing on a biopsychosocial model. She is a provider of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, basic urologic care, and gynecological care and creates a safe, queer/LGBTQIA+ friendly space. She is also a medical advisor for Uberlube and Aeroflow Urology. Her interests include pelvic floor dysfunction, biofeedback, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, low libido, interstitial cystitis, menopause, female sexual health, low testosterone, cancer, and sexuality, peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction, and trans/GNC gender affirming hormone therapy. She is an AASECT certified sexual health counselor and supervisor, and sexuality educator and educator supervisor-in-training.

Aleece uses a trauma-informed approach utilizing an informed consent physical exam model and is BDSM/kink knowledgeable. Aleece recognized the lack of sexual health awareness not just in the Western North Carolina community but in its providers as well and founded the Fosnight Foundation in 2016. Her hope for this foundation is to provide a place for sexual health providers to collaborate, gain vital educational and up-to-date information on the ever-changing sexual health field, and to promote referral resources across WNC and its surrounding regions.

Disabilities and Sex Education: How We Can Do Better

Wednesday, May 18 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

Speaker: Mackenzie Danis

Moderator: Megan Kuykendoll, MS, CFLE

4 AASECT CEs – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only.

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C

Training Areas: SE2, SE3, SE4

Makenzie Danis


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
Comprehensive sex education is a gap that exists for every demographic, but the gap for individuals with disabilities is profound. Individuals with disabilities are too frequently de-sexualized and stigmatized when it comes to sex. In this discussion, Makenzie Danis BCBA, LBA discusses her own experiences and discoveries from working with individuals with disabilities around their sexuality. The goal of this session is not just to inform, but to walk away with concrete ways we can close this gap as a community.
Learning Objectives
  • At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to recognize 2 gaps that exist in the current sex education field for individuals with disabilities. 
  • At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to name 3 strategies for teaching sex education to autistic individuals and/or individuals with developmental disabilities. 
  • At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to name and apply two resources in their own practice, if needed, when working with families or directly with individuals with disabilities. 
  • At the conclusion of this session, attendees will internalize and develop a sexual heath behavior plan for a neurodivergent client.
About Makenzie Danis
Makenzie Danis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst dedicated to making behavioral solutions streamlined and effective. Makenzie holds degrees in psychology, child development, and graduate degrees in special education and ABA. She has worked in the public school system for over 7 years ensuring students have effective behavior support plans and now works as a Senior BCBA for an ABA Clinic in Nashville, TN.Makenzie Danis is also pursuing a specialty in sex education through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She knows there are gaps in this area of education nationwide and is dedicated to working with families in order to target behaviors that come up around sexual health with young adults with Autism. Makenzie is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Above all, she believes whole heartily that behaviors have solutions-and the path to get there can be incredibly rewarding.

Art Therapy and Sexual Healing

Wednesday, May 18 | 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

Speaker: Caroline Wade MS. LMAC-T, LPC, NCC

Moderator: Alisha Saucedo, LSCSW, RPT-S

4 CEs – This workshop is eligible for APA and AASECT CE Credit.

Core Knowledge Areas: L

Training Areas: SE4, SC2, ST3

Caroline Wade


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
This session covers the early findings from the impact of art therapy experiences in a women’s substance abuse group setting, integrating topics on: sexual healing, sexual identity, sexual health, sensuality, pleasure, intimacy, sexualization, and substance use addictions; we’ll discuss the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the process. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to join in their own art making experience regarding sexual identity, sexual exploration, and/or sexual healing to journey to deeper connections within themselves.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this session, participants will be able to: explain the impact art making has on exploring sexuality, recognize how this approach can be utilized in a group setting, and how a facilitator can incorporate it into a substance abuse treatment setting; participants will be able to identify ways with which the art making experience helped them apply new concepts on a journey to a deeper connection within themselves.
About Caroline Wade
Caroline recently completed a dual Master’s program in Clinical Counseling for Mental Health and Addictions; and Art Therapy Counseling. She is currently pursuing a certification in Sex Therapy. Caroline works in a substance abuse treatment facility conducting assessments, engaging in individual counseling, and facilitating group sessions. Caroline has an interest in helping people work on self-development, self-identity, interpersonal relationship communication, and addressing sexual concerns. Caroline combines counseling and art therapy interventions to assist clients in using self-exploration to comfortably communicate their needs; allowing the client to invest their thoughts and emotions into a positive movement forward with their treatment.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Day 2 of pre-conference sessions.

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Decolonizing and Unsettling Erotic Colonization

Thursday, May 19 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

Speaker: Roger Kuhn, PhD, LMFT, CST (He/Him)

Moderator: Tess Catlett, Sex & Relationships Editor, Healthline

4 CEs – This workshop is eligible for APA and AASECT CE Credit.

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, D, F, J, N, P, Q

Training Areas: SE1, SE2, SE3, SC1, SC2, SC3, SC5, ST1, ST2, ST5, ST6

Roger Kuhn


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
Eros has been largely ignored in the broad field of sexuality outside of the dominant Western cultural narrative as it relates to sexuality and intersectional identities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This workshop will challenge dominant narratives of eroticism and engage an ethnorelativistic framework to center BIPOC voices to decolonize and unsettle erotic colonization. Participants will learn to identify erotic colonization and integrate decolonial and unsettling ideologies into their work.
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will learn to identify erotic colonization and integratedecolonial and unsettling ideologies into their work. 
  • Participants will assess and understand the history of erotic colonization in the United States and its territories. 
  • Participants will apply techniques for self-examination of biases as well as interventions to use in their work to explore how to decolonize and unsettle erotic colonization.  
  • Participants will demonstrate comprehension of decolonizing and unsettling research methodologies regarding sexuality. 
About Roger Kuhn
Dr. Roger Kuhn (He/Him) is a Poarch Creek Two-Spirit Indigiqueer soma-cultural sex therapist and sexuality educator. He earned a doctorate degree in Human Sexuality with a Concentration in Clinical Practice from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Roger’s work explores the concepts of decolonizing and unsettling sexuality and focuses on the way culture impacts and informs our bodily experiences. He was the plenary speaker for the AASECT 2021 Spring Symposium Unsettling Genders: Honoring Emergent & Indigenous Conversations of Diversity. In addition to his work as a licensed psychotherapist, Roger is a faculty lecturer of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He is a board member of the American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco and a member of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Commission of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and is serving in the role of resident sex therapist for the AASECT 2022 Conference.

Erotic Self Expansion for Trauma Survivors

Thursday, May 19 | 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

Speaker: Rafaella Smith Fiallo, LCSW (She/Her)

Moderator: Kit Lentini, MSW Candidate 2023

4 CEs – This workshop is eligible for APA and AASECT CE Credit.

Core Knowledge Areas: I, M

Training Areas: ST1

Smith Fiallo


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
Traditional therapy for trauma survivors uses cognitive processing interventions adhering to models of sexual dysfunction and thought challenging. However, trauma is a body and brain experience and intentionally entering the erotic and including somatic practices is integral to the therapeutic and healing process. This workshop will explore methods for increasing sexual embodiment and wellness through the Erotic Self-Expansion model and a sex-positive, pleasure-centered framework.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact that trauma has on the brain and body and how it impacts sexual functioning.
  2. Compare physiological similarities in sexual arousal and trauma responses.
  3. Utilize components of Erotic Self-Expansion model for treatment of sexual concerns.
  4. Demonstrate ability to apply one (1) somatic, practical, or pleasure-centered intervention to help clients explore eroticism.
About Rafaella Smith-Fiallo
Rafaella Smith-Fiallo, LCSW (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, sexual liberation activist, and therapist specializing in relationship, sex, and trauma therapy. She owns Healing Exchange LLC, a therapy private practice, and co-founded Afrosexology, a sex-positive, pleasure-based sexuality education business. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets like HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Vibe Magazine, Broadly, and others. Additionally, she has worked in the field of suicide prevention and crisis intervention in civilian and veteran populations, and in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Day 3 of pre-conference sessions.

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Disrupting Ageism while Building Sexual Resilience: New Directions for Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Friday, May 20 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

Gretchen Frey, MD, FACOG
Melanie Davis, PhD, CSC, CSE (She/Her)
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE (She/Her)
Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST (She/Her)

Moderator: Robin Siegal, LCSW, CST

4 CEs – This workshop is eligible for APA and AASECT CE credit.

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, D, E, F, H, I, M

Gretchen Frey
Gretchen Frey
Jane Fleishman
Jane Fleishman
Kimberly Castelo
Melanie Davis
Sabitha Pillai-Friedman
Sabitha Pillai-Friedman


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
“Sex and aging” discussions often focus on challenges and loss, but this program takes a salutogenic, or wellness focus. Topics include internalized ageism, self-compassion, sexual self-schema, communication, and long-term solutions.
Learning Objectives
By the end of this pre-con, participants will be able to:

  1. List at least three age-related changes or challenges in older adults’ sexualities.
  2. Describe key components of sexual resilience in older adults.
  3. Discuss techniques and solutions that help older adults seeking sexual wellness.
  4. Identify one take-away from this program that they can use in their work with older adults.
About Gretchen Frey
Dr. Frey completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University and then attended CU Medical school, earning her MD degree. She did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology through the University of Colorado program in Denver. Over the years her practice evolved from full spectrum traditional OB/GYN, including deliveries and surgeries, to office-only gynecology and women’s primary care. She has had a lifelong interest in integrative medicine, promoting wellness and prevention as well as nutrition and complementary therapies. Her special areas of expertise in gynecology include menopause and hormone therapy, transgender hormone prescribing, sexual pain, and sexual and reproductive health. She is now retired from clinical practice and has transitioned to writing, speaking and serving as a resource in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Frey has provided educational presentations for physicians, sex therapists, educators and counselors, and physical therapists. She has also appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts dealing with sexuality and reproductive health. Dr. Frey and her husband currently split their time between Colorado and Italy. They have five grown sons and a granddaughter, and they love to bike, ski, hike and travel.
About Melanie Davis
Melanie Davis, PhD is the author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults, a comprehensive curriculum, as well as Sexuality and Our Faith: Companion to Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9. She has chapters published in The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision and the Handbook of Sexuality Leadership. Melanie is an AASECT-certified counselor, educator, and educator supervisor. She sees teen and adult clients as a partner in the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness, and she is the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a founding member and current co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and co-developed and taught the first course on Sexuality and Aging at the university. Melanie provides CSE supervision for individuals and groups both independently and through the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. Reach her at
About Jane Fleishman
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE, is a writer, an award-winning educator, sexuality researcher, and podcaster. She earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies. She is on a mission to promote sexual wellness in older adults and is particularly concerned about LGBTQ elders and elders of color. Her curious nature led to her latest accomplishment, a Nautilus Book Award winner, The Stonewall Generation: LGBTQ Elders on Sex, Activism, and Aging. She co-hosts a regular podcast on sex in the second half of life and recently completed a popular TEDx talk, Is It OK for Grandma to Have Sex? She is a proud mother of two really fabulous 20-somethings and lives in Northampton, MA. You can reach her at
About Sabitha Pillai-Friedman
Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman is an Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and a relationship and sex therapist at Rittenhouse Relationship and Sexual Health. She has served as a sexual health consultant and provider for Unite for Her since 2015 speaking to people diagnosed with cancer during their wellness programs. She is an AASECT certified sex therapist and an AASECT approved supervisor. She works with individuals and couples in her private practice in Philadelphia. She has over 25 years of experience in providing individual, couple and sex therapy. Dr. Pillai-Friedman presents nationally and internationally on wide-ranging topics related to relationships and sexuality.

The Intersectionality of Law and Therapy: Know how the law is affecting your LGBTQ+ clients

Friday, May 20 | 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

Speaker: Samantha Tenner, LCSW, CST, JD

Moderator: Courtney Geter, LMFT-S, CST-S

4 CEs – This workshop is eligible for APA and AASECT CE credit

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D, H

Samantha Tenner


Member: $250.00

Non-Member: $300.00

Member Student: $150.00

Non-Member Student: $200.00

Session Description
The year 2020 not only brought a disruption in everyone’s lives, but also introduced a legislative attack on LGBTQ+ individuals. While much legislation rightfully did not pass, this workshop will focus on educating clinicians about the legal issues many LGBTQ+ individuals face and help therapists use this knowledge in their therapeutic framework when working with these clients in helping them move from disruption to direction.
Learning Objectives
  • Identify two pieces of legislation affecting the LGBTQ+ population
  • Develop a framework for how to integrate this knowledge into the therapeutic relationship
  • Explain and identify the levels of scrutiny that are applied to laws
  • Identify two barriers the LGBTQ+ population faces when it comes to accessing services for intimate partner violence
About Samantha Tenner
Samantha is a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, Colorado with training in working with divorcing families, co-parenting skills, damaging relationship patterns, and stress related issues. She has extensive work with LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples, polyamory, consensual non monogamy, out of control sexual behavior, kink, and many other sex related issues. After obtaining her LCSW and CST she went on to law school planning to use her therapeutic skills with LGBTQ+ advocacy work. Her interests in law school included deepening her understanding of the law and studying contract law with a focus on contracts between therapists and their clients.

Friday–Sunday, May 20–22, 2022

Day 3–5 of pre-conference sessions.

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AASECT Virtual SAR – Go Deep: Disrupt, Create and Connect — Limit 50 People

Friday, May 20 | 12-6 pm EST
Saturday, May 21 | 12-6 pm EST
Sunday, May 22 | 12-3:30 pm EST

Tanya M. Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE (She/Her/Hers)
Jenny Shealy, LCSW, CST (She/Her)

14 TOTAL AASECT CEs This workshop is eligible AASECT CE Credit only.

Tanya Bass
Tanya M. Bass
Jenny Shealy
Jenny Shealy


Member: $499.00

Non-Member: $599.00

Session Description

During this SAR we will explore our sexual attitudes, values and feelings. This is a personal experience inviting you to reflect on your sexual/asexual history, including prejudices, biases, turn-ons and turn-offs. Investigating these ideas allows you to determine the impact on your professional identity as a sexual health provider. SAR learning is amplified through the depth of personal reflection, vulnerability and discussion between participants. So bring your curiosity, your bodies and minds and get ready to laugh and feel the feelings, y’all!


  • Sexual discourse (discussion that includes sexual topics)
  • Socio-cultural and intersectional considerations (including but not limited to gender, age, ability, economic class, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.)
  • Sex & aging/sexual development
  • Spectrum of Sexual orientation
  • Varieties in sexual expressions and behaviors
  • BDSM/Kink
  • Spectrum of Gender Identities
  • Sexual and reproductive anatomy variations
  • Sexuality and disability
  • Self- pleasuring/Masturbation
  • Consensual Non-Monogamy
Learning Objectives

By the end of the SAR, participants will be able to:

  • identify at least two (2) sexual identities and describe the implications of additional social identities;
  • identify at least two (2) gender identities and describe the implications of additional social identities (age, race and class, etc…);
  • distinguish assigned sex at birth, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual attraction and sexual identity;
  • classify at least two (2) sexual behaviors within the kink spectrum;
  • appreciate examining their attitudes, values, and beliefs around sexuality topics.
  • identify two (2) ways the five senses impact sexuality;
  • describe challenges within their sexuality and areas of tension or personal discomfort with their work;
  • examine pleasure experiences through laughter and play;
  • define two (2) ways sexually transmitted disease stigma impacts sexuality;
  • identify and process at least two (2) sexuality topics that are personally challenging and at least two (2) that they are comfortable discussing;
  • identify two (2) sexual attitudes people need to unlearn to obtain pleasure and sexual freedom;
  • identify two (2) insight regarding the body and faith and its relation to culture which helps shape, challenge and affirm sexuality;
  • recognize at least two (2) areas in their current work that are in need of intersectional adaptations;
  • consider at least two (2) areas in their own sexual lives that influence, impacts and informs their professional disposition.
About Tanya M. Bass
Tanya Bass, PhD, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE (she/her/hers) is the “Foundress” of theNorth Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). NCSEXCON is NorthCarolina’s only conference that provides opportunities for agencies andindividuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexualhealth across the lifespan. Dr. Bass is an award-winning sexuality educator andsubject matter expert in reproductive health and health equity. Dr. Bass is analumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public HealthEducation, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for several years and iscurrently the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She is also an adjunct instructorat East Carolina University in the Department of Health Education and Promotionwhere she teaches “Management of School Health Education Programs” and”Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Sexuality Education” She completed herPhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Bass remains committed to seeking professional development and is amember of the NC Society for Public Health Educators, the Women of ColorSexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologists andClinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators,Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist(CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). Tanya is a currentmember of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

About Jenny Shealy
Jenny Shealy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with a psychotherapy practice in Asheville NC. She is a member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She has a passion for working with people exploring their sexuality or asexuality, gender identity and relationship structure options. She supports clients in processing trauma through EMDR. Jenny believes our optimal well-being is reflected in our minds and bodies, the relationships with ourselves and others and our interconnectedness with nature. She also believes in laughter as a super-charged healing tool!