Virtual Conference Schedule

Experience the 2022 Virtual Conference program From Disruption to Direction: Stories of the Journey to Deeper Connections.

 

 

Spirit Week

May 18-22

Carefully scheduled for 2 weeks before the conference to avoid digital fatigue, AASECT Spirit Week is an expanded opportunity for networking and education. Member meet-ups and Special Interest Groups are open to AASECT members whether or not you’re registered for the conference. Zoom links will be sent to you via email prior to the event. Additional Spirit Week events will be open to non-members who are registered for a pre-conference workshop or general program.

Spirit Week Events: Speed Networking: Show n’ Tell Me More, Confidence Under the Covers, Erotic Interoception.

Members-only Events: Member Meet-Ups, Special Interest Groups

Pre-conference Sessions

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Day 1 of pre-conference sessions

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10:30 am – 6:30 pm EDT

(additional fee required)

Sex Therapy and Sex Counseling Supervision Group - Limit 8 attendees

Speakers:
Neil “Nelly” Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CST-S
Kimberly Castelo, MS, LMFT, CIIP (She/Her/Hers)
Mesha Ellis, PhD, CST (She/Her/Hers)
Aleece Fosnight, MSPAS, PA-C, CSC-S, CSE, NCMP, IF (She/Her/Hers)

Supervision Hours Only

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

11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

AM Pre-con (additional fee required)

Disabilities and Sex Education: How We Can Do Better

Speaker: Makenzie Danis

Moderator: Megan Kuykendoll, MS, CFLE

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

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.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Sexuality and Spirituality Special Interest Group (SIG)

AASECT members will be sent a link to join prior to the event. Registration is not required.

SIG Leader: Christopher Ryan Jones, PsyD

The mission of this group is to:

  • Promote religious competency among clinicians, counselors, and educators.
  • Encourage sex and sexuality training for clergy.
  • Facilitate networking among clinicians, counselors, and educators working with religious clients.
  • Offer events for religious clients to help foster healing and personal growth.

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

PM Pre-con (additional fee required)

Art Therapy and Sexual Healing

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

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.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

POC Special Interest Group (SIG)

This group is open to those who identify as a person of color. AASECT members will be sent a link to join prior to the event. Registration is not required.

SIG Leader: Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, CSE

The People of Color (POC) SIG is an intentionally curated space for AASECT members who identify as a person of color (non-White racial/ethnic identities of Black/African, Indigenous, Latino/x/a, Asian, Middle Eastern, or another cultural identity). While this is the newest iteration of the SIG; we honor the founding POC SIG members who created the space we now hold. This group intends to:

  • Bring AASECT members who hold intersectional identities relating to race (POC) together in community
  • Provide a safe space (POC specific) to share experiences, research & support
  • Discuss the visibility & engagement of POC folks within & outside of AASECT
  • Provide networking opportunities among POC members of AASECT

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Day 2 of pre-conference sessions

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11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

AM Pre-con (additional fee required)
Decolonizing and Unsettling Erotic Colonization

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

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.

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

PM Pre-con (additional fee required)
Erotic Self Expansion for Trauma Survivors

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

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.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Member Meet Ups

A virtual space to network and connect with AASECT members and colleagues who align within the same track: Educators, Counselors, or Therapists! Spend some time sharing insight and hopes for this year’s conference with your fellow sexuality professionals.

Facilitators:

Catie Brauer, LMSW
Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE, CSES
Shadeen Francis, LMFT

Friday, May 20, 2022

Day 3 of Pre-conference sessions

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10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

First round of Speed Networking: Show n’ Tell Me More

Narrate your knick-knacks and network with folks as we bring a part of our AASECT story with us in a show-and-tell fashion! Choose one item or story from your journey as a sexuality professional and bring it here to showcase as we fast-track the “getting to know you” phase in private break-out rooms.

This event happens again at 6 pm ET.

Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW (she/they)

11:00 am – 3:30 pm EDT

AM Pre-con (additional fee required)
Disrupting Ageism while Building Sexual Resilience: New Directions for Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Speaker:
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

“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.

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Virtual SAR Day 1 (additional fee required)
AASECT Virtual SAR - Go Deep: Disrupt, Create and Connect - Limit 50 People

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

14 total AASECT CEs (3-day series) – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only.

During this SAR we will explore our sexual attitudes, values and feelings through explicit and non-explicit media, interactive exercises, small and large group discussion, guest speakers, and panels. 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!

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.

CONTENT AREAS COVERED

  • 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
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Somatic Sexuality Special Interest Group (SIG)

SIG Leader: Brian Gibney

The Somatic Sexuality Professional (SSP) special interest group seeks to create a space for professionals who utilize intimate touch in their practice. These professionals may include, but are not limited to: surrogate partners, somatic sex educators, clinical sexologists, and cuddilists.

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

PM Pre-con (additional fee required)
The Intersectionality of Law and Therapy: Know how the law is affecting your LGBTQ+ clients

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

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.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Sexuality and Aging Special Interest Group (SIG)

AASECT members will be sent a link to join prior to the event. Registration is not required.

SIG Leader: Melanie Davis, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSE-S

The Sexuality and Aging SIG is a Facebook group that provides space for participants to ask and answer questions, share expertise, and share resources.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Second Round of Speed Networking: Show n’ Tell Me More

Narrate your knick-knacks and network with folks as we bring a part of our AASECT story with us in a show-and-tell fashion! Choose one item or story from your journey as a sexuality professional and bring it here to showcase as we fast-track the “getting to know you” phase in private break-out rooms.

Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW (she/they)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Day 4 of pre-conference sessions

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12:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Virtual SAR (Continued) Day 2 (additional fee required)
AASECT Virtual SAR - Go Deep: Disrupt, Create and Connect

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

14 total AASECT CEs (3-day series) – This workshop is eligible AASECT CE credit only.

During this SAR we will explore our sexual attitudes, values and feelings through explicit and non-explicit media, interactive exercises, small and large group discussion, guest speakers, and panels. 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!

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 and process at least two (2) sexuality topics that are personally challenging and at least two (2) that they are comfortable discussing
  • 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

CONTENT AREAS COVERED

  • 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

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Day 5 of pre-conference sessions

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12:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Virtual SAR (Continued) Day 3 (additional fee required)

AASECT Virtual SAR - Go Deep: Disrupt, Create and Connect

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

14 total AASECT CEs (3-day series) – This workshop is eligible for AASECT CE credit only.

During this SAR we will explore our sexual attitudes, values and feelings through explicit and non-explicit media, interactive exercises, small and large group discussion, guest speakers, and panels. 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!

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 and process at least two (2) sexuality topics that are personally challenging and at least two (2) that they are comfortable discussing
  • 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

CONTENT AREAS COVERED

  • 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

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Part of AASECT Spirit Week

Erotic Interoception: Interactive Practice with The Pleasure Mechanics

As we consider disruption and connection both, it is essential to create opportunities to practice tuning into our internal felt sense and get in touch with our feeling states, where we discover our most resounding, authentic Yes’s and the No’s that guide our most productive disruptive acts.

Join the Pleasure Mechanics, somatic sex educators Chris Maxwell Rose and Charlotte Mia Rose, for an interactive opportunity to drop into your own felt sense, tune into your pleasure and connect with your joy. All practices are clothed, optional and solo!


Moderators:
The Pleasure Mechanics
Chris Maxwell Rose (they/them) and Charlotte Mia Rose (she/her)

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

    Part of AASECT Spirit Week

    So, You’d Like to Get Certified: Tips and Tricks for an Optimal – and Successful – Experience

    Join Eric Garrison, former Chair of the Sex Counseling Certification Committee and the outgoing Chair of the Certification Committee, for an hour of tips and tricks prior to embarking on this adventure – from deciding which certification fits your past and future to selecting a supervisor to submitting a (theoretically) rejection-proof application.

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

    Part of AASECT Spirit Week

    Confidence Under the Covers

    3 Shortcuts to Eliminate Self-Sabotage, Revive Your Deepest Desires and Supercharge Your Pleasure

    Moderators: Katie Roberts, Lindsey Harper, and Madison Holland

    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

    Details coming soon.

    12:30 pm – 2:10 pm EDT

    Opening Reception 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

    sSpeaker: 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
    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
    Connecting Event: Morning Embodiment Practice

    Details coming soon.

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

    Details coming soon.

    Faclitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW

    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.

    4:30 pm – 5:15 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!

    Details coming soon.

    Saturday, June 4

    Day 3 of Virtual Conference general programming

    All times are displayed in Eastern Time

    10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT

    Exhibit Hall Open

    10:30 am – 10:55 am EDT

    Connect Event: Morning Embodiment Practice

    Details coming soon.

    11:00 am – 11:25 am EDT
    Connect Event: Community Coffee Shop

    Details coming soon.

    Facilitator: Catie Brauer, LMSW

    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 am – 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.

    Facilitator: Aly Oseth