Virtual Conference

General programming for the AASECT Virtual Conference starts on June 2, 2022.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Day 1 of Virtual Conference general programming

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10:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 am – 11:55 am EDT

Connecting Event: Guided Community Embodiment Resourcing (+ Audience Sharing; Collective Intention)

Facilitator: Serina Payan Hazelwood

Join our host, Serina Payan Hazlewood, as she opens our conference week with a guided community embodiment practice.

12:30 pm – 2:10 pm EDT

Opening Ceremony and Engaging Diversity Plenary

Speaker: Francisco Ramirez, MPH (they/he/él/elle)

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

Widen Your Aperture: a guide to expanding how and where we “sex ed”
Sex ed is not yet universally accepted as a human right. Locally and globally, our rights to life-saving sexuality information are regularly challenged. Despite this climate, sexuality educators are forging innovative approaches and creating spaces where sex ed can not only survive but thrive. In Widen Your Aperture we will consider the ways in which sexuality education is a revolutionary act and explore the role of educators as facilitators of expansiveness. Francisco will share his most memorable lessons learned while trying to shake up sex ed, with a focus on: empathy, joy, and trying something new

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Live Concurrent Workshops
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)

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Connecting Event: Speed Networking

Pop into this community space for some spirited and speedy intros to other magnificent conference attendees! Share a thought, a smile, a story, and network with folks across the virtual sphere as we transition into the afternoon’s events.

Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Poster Session

Healthy Relationships Initiative: Using Early Intervention and a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Develop Educational Programs for Sexual Violence Prevention | Presented by John Leman et al

Sexual Racism’s Moderation of Sexual Shame & Sexual Satisfaction of Black Womxn  | Presented by Jay Watts

“Here’s a Pamphlet, Good Luck in Life” Teens’ and Parents’ Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Sex Education and Access to Pregnancy Prevention Strategies in a Southern State | Presented by Heather Hudson, Alexandra Marshall, Lorraine Stigar, and Katy Allison

Sextual Relationships: Is Sexting a Relationship Enhancer in Intimate Partner Relationships? | Presented by Amanda Baker

What is Healthy Sexuality?: A Holistic Lesson Plan for Individuals in Substance Abuse Treatment | Presented by Renee Willett

The Unexplored Areas for Treatment and Psychological Challenges of Low Sexual Arousal Disorder | Presented by Nicole Arnn

Addressing Homelessness in LGBTQ+ Youth | Presented by Nicole Arnn

Uniquely Overlapping: How Distinct Specialties of Sexology Intersect and Stand Alone | Presented by Emily Schulz and Chris Belous

Are We Ready to Serve? Couple and Family Therapists’ Attitudes Toward BDSM and Their Perceived Competence to Help BDSM Practitioners | Presented by Zachary Berman

Virtual Outreach Using Dating Apps for HIV/STI Prevention During COVID-19 | Presented by Samantha Kwiatkowski and Audrey Thomas

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Open
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT
Mentoring Committee Welcome: “Supporting Members for Success Through Mentoring”

Moderator: George Turner, PhD, LCSW, CST

Description: Please join us for a moderated discussion on the power of mentoring within AASECT and have the opportunity to ask questions about how you might be involved as a mentor or mentee. Being a part of the mentoring program is not a substitute for the supervisor/supervisee relationship, rather a flexible an opportunity for bidirectional career advice and feedback. We would love for advanced-career, mid-career, early-career, and students to join this dynamic conversation.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
WTH is the AASECT Code of Conduct?

Speakers:
Kristen Lilla LCSW, CST-S, CSE-S
Anne Mauro, DHS, CST, CSE (She/Her/Hers)

1 AASECT CE 

Core Knowledge Areas: A ,O, C, E, F

Participants will gain a greater understanding of the AASECT Code of Conduct as they discuss one article and one principle that AASECT Certified Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists agree to abide by, in addition to the potential consequences of violating them. Participants will also apply what they learn to discuss an ethical dilemma and how to navigate difficult situations according to the AASECT Code of Conduct.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify at least one of the article and one principle in the AASECT Code of Conduct

Friday, June 3, 2022

Day 2 of Virtual Conference general programming

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10:00 am – 11:45 am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 am – 10:55 am EDT
Tantric Meditation

Facilitator: Sally Valentine, PhD, FAASC, LCSW

Join Dr. Sally Valentine, AASECT’s Tantra SIG leader, as she leads the morning embodiment practice through tantric meditation. 

11:00 am – 11:40 am EDT
Connecting Event: Community Coffee Shop

Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW

Description: Come on by the Coffee Shop for a menu of engaging refreshments and community a la carte! Bring your morning energy for some light socializing

11:45 am – 12:45 pm EDT
Whipple Plenary: LGBTQ+ Adolescent Bullying: Health Outcomes, Policy Influence, and Innovative Solutions

Speaker: Mike Parent, PhD, ABPP (He/Him)

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

LGBTQ+ adolescents face extremely high levels of bullying in schools. These forms of bullying increase the risk for mental, behavioral, and physical health concerns including substance abuse, depression, and suicide. This plenary will review nascent research on bullying, the impact of state policies on bullying, potential innovations to reduce bullying, and the roles of sexuality professionals in these endeavors.

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
General Plenary: Kissing and Telling: Embodied Eroticism and the Stories Our Bodies Tell

Speaker: Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA (She/They)

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

The body,” as Susan Bordo suggests, “is a powerful symbolic form, a surface on which the central rules, hierarchies, and even metaphysical commitments of a culture are inscribed” and continually reinforced. Nowhere is this assertion more observable than in how the cultures in which we move seek to delimit and define our erotic lives and how we embody gender. Most insidiously, these dominant narratives seek to recruit us to do the work of our own erasure. But resistance is possible! When these cultural scripts are refused spaces are created for dreaming liberation and for embodied eroticism to flourish. This plenary address will focus on tapping into the wisdom of our bodies and the erotic stories they would seek to tell.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm EDT
Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm EDT

Live Concurrent Workshops
African-Centered Sex Therapy

Speaker: Zelaika Clarke, MSW, MEd, PhD

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

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.

Gender Freedom: Play, Pleasure and Possibility beyond Trans 101

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

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

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.

#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)

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

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.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

Live Concurrent Workshops
Kink in Clinician: Intersections of Sex Positive Kink for Sex Positive Clinicians

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Speaker: Mauricio Yabar, LCSW, MEd, CST

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

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.

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm EDT

AASECT Awards Ceremony

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT
AASECT Business Meeting
Speaker and sessions details coming soon.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Connect Event: Kinky BINGO!
Facilitators: Catie Brauer, LMSW

Description: A night of play, prizes, and performance, Kinky BINGO is an event you don’t want to miss! Join a round (or join all five!) for your chance to win BIG from our extraordinary hand-selected prizes, including a FREE year of membership, FREE 2023 conference registration, a DAME product bundle and more! Winners of each round will have their choice of gift. Want to come play? Sign up to reserve your spot here.

Saturday, June 4

Day 3 of Virtual Conference general programming

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10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 am – 11:25 am EDT
Connect Event: Community Coffee Shop
Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW

Description: Come on by the Coffee Shop for a menu of engaging refreshments and community a la carte! Bring your morning energy for some light socializing before another rich day at the conference.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Live Concurrent Workshops
In Between the Lines: The Art of Erotic Writing

Speaker: Mystkue Woods, MEd

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

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.

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)

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

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.

Disrupting Compulsory Sexuality: An Asexual Perspective

Speaker: Aubri Lancaster, Sex Educator

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

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.

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm EDT

Break

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm EDT

Live Concurrent Workshops
Transition in the Military, the Service Member Perspective

Speaker: Christina Alkire, MAJ USA

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

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.

Speaking from the Margins - No More! On a Journey to Decolonize Muslim Sexuality

Speaker: Bina Bakhtiar, MSW, LSWAA

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Schiller Plenary: The Path to Professionalism: Who Gets to Be a Sex Educator?

Speaker: Goody Howard, MSW, MPH (She/Her)

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

Exploring the accreditation and regulation of sexuality education as an industry and its practitioners. Identifying the many roads that lead to being an educator and the bottleneck that is licensing and certification. Talking about my personal path to professionalism and where I stand on the necessity for regulation.

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm EDT

Connecting Event: Delicious Disruptions

Delicious Disruptions is a celebration of the unexpected. Join us as we relish the destabilizing effects of interference. Be prepared for true, personal stories and musical performances. For the exhibitionists amongst us, experience the titillating joy of anonymously sharing stories of your own disruptions. Click here to submit your story ahead of time. The form will be open for submissions throughout the event.

Featuring:

Fancy Feast is a Brooklyn-based burlesque performer, writer, and sex educator. She holds the title of Miss Coney Island 2016, and is the recipient of the Revolutionary Award at the 2017 New York Burlesque Festival. She has performed at venues including The Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Metropolitan Opera, and Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. She is the subject of Leon Chase’s documentary, Character NYC. Her burlesque work has been profiled on NPR, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post, and she is writing her first book, a nonfiction essay collection about nightlife and the sex industry.

Lark is an Oakland based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music has been featured in The Chronicle, Billboard, Upworthy, Boing Boing, Salon.com, The Savage Lovecast and more. She’s toured the U.S. and Europed extensively and built a die-hard following amongst sex-positive communities, artists, weirdos and psychonauts. Her most recent project was an original musical which she wrote, composed, produced and starred in, called Coming Soon. She has released three albums and multiple music videos, all of which she’s made happen through the support of her thriving Patreon community.

Allison Moon is a sex educator and the author of 5 books including the instant classic sex-ed guide Girl Sex 101 and Getting It: A Guide to Hot, Healthy Hookups and Shame-Free Sex. Moon is a popular sex educator, leading workshops on sexual pleasure and technique, polyamory, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. Inspired by her education work, Moon writes screenplays, stage plays, and teleplays that explore the complexities of human sexuality, identity and desire.

Kevin Allison is the creator and host of the hit podcast, RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. Since Kevin started the podcast as a DIY passion project from his bedroom in 2009, RISK! has grown to have millions of downloads per month and legions of ardent fans around the world. It has featured incredible true stories from famous folks like Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho and more, as well as ordinary people from around the USA and beyond. Slate.com called RISK! “Hilarious, jaw-dropping and just plain touching,” and Rolling Stone named it one of its top podcasts.

Marla Renee Stewart, MA (she/her) is a sexologist, author, and sexual strategist who runs her own sexuality education company, Velvet Lips, and is also a Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference. She has studied human sexuality for more than 20 years and has given over 500 workshops all over the world. She also has been featured on a variety of media outlets, including Netflix’s Trigger Warning with Killer Mike and Love & HipHop Atlanta. She co-wrote her first book, The Ultimate Guide to Seduction & Foreplay with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, which debuted in April 2020.

Facilitator: Aly Oseth