Pre-Conference Workshops

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

Sex Therapy and Counseling Beyond the Binary: Trans Erotic Embodiments

Tuesday, June 8 | 11 am – 3 pm EDT
Lucie Fielding, PhD
Moderator: Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, CST, CSTS
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D, E, F, H, I, M,  P
Training Areas: SE3, SE4, SC1, SC2, SC4, SC5, SC6, ST1, ST5, ST6

Sex Therapy and Counseling Beyond the Binary: Trans Erotic Embodiments

Tuesday, June 8 | 11 am – 3 pm EDT
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D, E, F, H, I, M,  P
Training Areas: SE3, SE4, SC1, SC2, SC4, SC5, SC6, ST1, ST5, ST6

Lucie Fielding, PhD

Moderator: Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, CST, CSTS

We all grow up with toxic narratives of how we “should” experience pleasure. For trans folx, these narratives are particularly problematic, as they ignore trans sexualities. Unfortunately, few therapists are trained to help trans folx navigate pleasure-positive sexuality. This workshop proposes a model of hosting pleasure-centered explorations of erotic embodiment. The late writer Xan West once provocatively suggested that gender can be an “elaborate sex toy.” Learn how to support clients in using that toy and move toward embodied ecstasy!

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three (3) of the “structuring narratives” that negatively impact understanding of trans sexualities;
  • Recognize and describe at least three (3) ways sexual and relational diversity show up in clinical work with trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients.
  • Demonstrate an increased level of comfort and confidence in addressing sexual health concerns with trans, non-binary, and gender expansive folx within clinical settings.
  • Apply and deploy at least three (3) somatic, trauma-informed, and pleasure-centered techniques or interventions presented in this workshop within one’s education, counseling, or therapeutic practice to help clients come into (com)passionate relationship with their embodied sexual selves.

Cost – $150

Supporting Sexual Function Through the Life Span: A Multi-Systemic Approach

Tuesday, June 8 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST, CSTS
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
Core Knowlege Areas: E, G, H, I, M
Training Areas: SC1, SC3, SC4, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5

Supporting Sexual Function Through the Life Span: A Multi-Systemic Approach

Tuesday, June 8 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
Core Knowlege Areas: E, G, H, I, M
Training Areas: SC1, SC3, SC4, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5

Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST, CSTS

This workshop clarifies the relationship between multiple body systems, illness, midlife, ageing, childbearing, and other physiologic processes, and sexual function, desire, and pleasure.

Participants will gain an understanding of the physiology of arousal and sexual function, and a cohesive toolkit for working effectively with sexual challenges throughout the life span. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and case discussion, this workshop provides immediately applicable tools, and offers a solid framework for treating a broad variety of sex issues.

Learning Objectives

  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to assess 3 common issues that often contribute to lack of desire.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe treatment strategies for sex pain at various life stages.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to implement at least one experiential exercise that builds capacity to put an improvisational sexual style into practice.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe the role of the hypogastric nerve plexus in sexual pleasure.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe the mind/body connection and its relevance to sexual experience
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe the role of Nitric Oxide in sexual arousal, and its relationship to treatment.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to list at least 3 actions a person could take to improve their overall sexual function.
  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe a nonpharmacologic treatment for vaginal atrophy.

 

Cost – $150

Bridging the Gap Between Sex Work and Sexuality Professions

Tuesday, June 8 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
 Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST and Raquel Savage, MFT
Moderator: Cay L. Crow, MA, LPC, CST, CSTS
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, D, F, J, K, P
Training Areas: SE4, SC2, SC6, ST3

Bridging the Gap Between Sex Work and Sexuality Professions

 

Tuesday, June 8 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance r
equired
Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, D, F, J, K, P
Training Areas: SE4, SC2, SC6, ST3

Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST and Raquel Savage, MFT

Moderator: Cay L. Crow, MA, LPC, CST, CSTS

In this highly interactive pre-conference, you’ll have the opportunity to integrate the lessons from sex workers into your practice. Including a panel of a diverse array of sex work voices, we will build common ground and share strategies for fighting oppression and increasing global sexual health and well-being. We will enhance your skills in working with sex workers as clients, as well as build awareness and opportunities for collaboration with them as colleagues and educators.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and insight into the identities of sex workers, challenges faced by different marginalized populations, and ways to treat them with kindness and respect in all healing settings
  • Challenge presumptions about sex workers and their validity as teachers and leaders, and practice integrating lessons from their lives and experiences into their work
  • Recognize new ways of understanding sex worker activism and advocacy, and ways they can be allies to all identities and expressions
  • Understanding sex workers’ lives through the lifespan, including varying struggles, identity challenges, and forms of oppression.

Cost – $150

Sex Therapy and Sex Counseling Supervision Group

Wednesday, June 9 | 10:30 am – 6:30 pm EDT
Cost – $390

This workshop qualifies for supervision hours only.

Neil “Nelly” Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS; Mesha Ellis, PhD, CST.; Kimberly Castelo, MS, LMFT, CIIP, CST, CSTS; and Aleece Fosnight, MSPAS, PA-C, CSE, CSC, CSCS

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 12 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, 2021.

Schedule (ET) –
Part I: 10:30 am – 2 pm
Break: 2 pm – 3 pm
Part II: 3 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost – $390 Total for 7-hour group ($55 per hour)

Eligibility of Participants – 
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.

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 conference@aasect.org. Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications for this scholarship is April 19, 2021.

 

Sex and Aging Toolbox: A Starter Kit for Professional and Personal Skill-building

Wednesday, June 9 | 11 am – 3 pm EDT
Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSES and Robin Wilson-Beattie, BA
Moderator: Erin Ross, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, E, H, I, N
Training Areas: SE4, SE5, SC1, SC2, SC6, ST1, ST3

Sex and Aging Toolbox: A Starter Kit for Professional and Personal Skill-building

Wednesday, June 9 | 11 am – 3 pm EDT
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, E, H, I, N
Training Areas: SE4, SE5, SC1, SC2, SC6, ST1, ST3

Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSE and Robin Wilson-Beattie, BA

Moderator: Erin Ross, PhD, LMFT, LPC

As the older adult population increases, so does the need to help them navigate changes in their bodies, minds, and relationships. This immersive program fills a gap in clinical training by introducing the Experiential Learning Cycle as way clients can experience, observe, make meaning of, and put into practice new information about sexuality. Therapists, counselors, and educators will experience activities they can use in their professional practices while they gain knowledge and skills they can use personally, as well.

Objectives:

  • List three experiential methods for engaging clients in dialogue about sex and disability.
  • Illustrate at least three ways body image, aging, sexual self-esteem, and sexual self-efficacy intersect.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt an experiential learning activity for a clinical, counseling or educational setting.

Cost – 150

Sexuality Educator Supervision

Wednesday, June 9 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE, CSES and Lawrence Siegel, MA, CSE, CSES
Cost – $150

Up to 4 AASECT CE Credits – 2 Supervision hours also available for attendees who are pursuing AASECT Certification.
Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, P
Training Areas: SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5

Sexuality Educator Supervision

Wednesday, June 9 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Cost – $150

Up to 4 AASECT CE Credits – 2 Supervision hours also available for attendees who are pursuing AASECT Certification
Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, P
Training Areas: SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4, SE5

Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE, CSES and Lawrence Siegel, MA, CSE, CSES

This pre-conference workshop is geared toward those seeking supervision to become a Certified Sexuality Educator or SE Supervisor. The session will help participants focus on the dynamics inherent in the educational process and will bring to light things like biases and assumptions about race, gender, identity and ability; issues that commonly inform the education process. Lastly, systemic and personal issues that may enter the education dynamic will also be addressed and resources will be provided throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify one supervision approach that is more likely to fit your education style;
  • Identify two areas in your education experience that you feel requires strengthening or changing;
  • Name two ethical issues or concerns you have encountered or heard of when delivering sexuality education programs;
  • Identify 2 areas of your practice that you see differently as a result of this session.
  • Identify 3 pedagogic, ethical, or methods resources for further education and support when working toward CSE / CSES.

Cost – $150

What’s Driving the Desire for Kink? Discerning Self-Actualizing from Destructive Motives

Wednesday, June 9 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH and Richard A. Sprott, PhD
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, D, F, H, I, J, M
Training Areas: SE4, SC1, SC2, SC3, SC5, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7

What’s Driving the Desire for Kink? Discerning Self-Actualizing from Destructive Motives

Wednesday, June 9 | 4 pm – 8 pm EDT
Cost – $150

4 APA CEs – Live synchronous attendance required
4 AASECT CEs – Live synchronous attendance required

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, D, F, H, I, J, M
Training Areas: SE4, SC1, SC2, SC3, SC5, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH and Richard A. Sprott, PhD

 

The workshop presents a deep dive into the psychological, social, and biological drives towards kink/BDSM, highlighting the unique dynamics at play in power exchange ( e.g. D/s, M/s, Pup Play, Age Play and related relational structures). The workshop will explore the research around motivations for involvement in kink/BDSM behaviors, and present cases to highlight educational and clinical issues and challenges related to healthy and unhealthy patterns.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain at least three motivations proposed by the research literature.
  • Describe how motivational interviewing can aid in the discernment between abuse and consensual BDSM.
  • Identify motivations that are related to personal growth and healing.
  • Articulate at least one ethical issue related to clinical work with kink involved clients.