Virtual Conference Schedule

The following schedule at a glance is subject to change. Times are displayed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Pre-conference Workshops run June 8-9 and General Programming Continues June 10-12.
The AASECT 2021 Virtual Conference will be approved for AASECT CE Credit and APA CE Credit. Learn more

Pre-Conference Sessions

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT

Sex Therapy and Counseling Beyond the Binary: Trans Erotic Embodiments

Lucie Fielding, PhD

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

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

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

4:00  pm – 8:00 pm EDT

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

Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST, CSTS

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

This workshop clarifies the relationship between multiple body systems, illness, midlife, aging, 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

Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST and Raquel Savage

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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10:30 am – 6:30 pm EDT

Sex Therapy and Sex Counseling Supervision Group

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

This workshop qualifies for 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 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.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT

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

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

Moderator: Erin Ross, PhD, LMFT, LPC

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

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

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Sexuality Educator Supervision

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cost – $150

Virtual Conference – Day 1

Thursday, June 10

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10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 am – 11:55 am EDT

Connect Event

Join us on Zoom for a brief Speed Networking as a perfect opportunity to have an informal way to virtually meet other professionals with shared interests. During this time you can share your hopes for the virtual conference, what gifts you bring to the conference and what you have received from the conference thus far. We will also share details about our fantastic new virtual networking space, Welo Space! You have to be here!!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Opening Ceremony 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

AASECT Awards Ceremony

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm EDT

Break

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm EDT

Opening Plenary: Navigating Sexual Wellness in a Digitized Landscape: A Panel Discussion

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST; Shadeen Francis, LMFT, CST; Tracie Gilbert, PhD; and Kristen Lilla, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CSE, CSES

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

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

Core Knowledge Areas: C

Learning Objectives:

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

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Break

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Trans and Intersex Centric Sex Ed Across the Lifespan

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA and Dr. Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE, CSES and Willow Rosen

Moderator: Miranda L. Galbreath, MA, MA, LPC

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

Core Knowledge Areas: D

Training Areas: SE4

Sex education relies on developmental milestones to shape age-appropriate instruction methods, content, and goals, however transgender and intersex milestones are under-researched and often left out of the equation. Additionally sex education typically ignores early learning and adult education needs. This workshop will examine data from the 2019 Trans Spectrum Conference roundtable “Sex Ed Needs Across the Lifespan” along with current research on needs and best practice, and will equip participants to utilize curriculum that actively centers transgender and intersex learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Actively demonstrate use of a transgender and intersex centric sex ed curriculum based on developmental milestones across the lifespan.
Sex & Cannabis: A Full Lifecycle Perspective

Chelsea Cebara; Ashley Manta; Jordan Tishler, MD; and Reba C Thomas

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

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

Core Knowledge Areas: E, H, I, L, M

Numerous studies show that cannabis can be helpful for an array of illnesses and symptoms. While there are not many options for pharmacologic intervention in sexual health, cannabis is increasingly understood to be effective across various age-groups, genders, and illnesses. We will discuss evidence for cannabis use for sexual health, how it is best employed for various conditions, as well as risks, best practices, and key considerations for outcomes on the individual psychological level and in partnered situations.

Learning Objectives

  • recognize the viability, efficacy and risks of cannabis for sexual health
  • demonstrate knowledge of best practices, modalities and contraindications of cannabis use for sexual health.
Kink in Color: Celebrating Black Bodies in Kink Spaces

Shanae Adams, MA, LPCC

Moderator: Andrea D. Echols, M.Ed., ALC, NCC

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

Core Knowledge Areas: A, B, C, D, F, J

Mainstream depictions of kink center white bodies creating the misconception that kink is “white people sh*t” and black kinksters don’t exist. When kink is applied to melanin, it creates beauty not seen or celebrated by the mainstream. Kink can be a form of art, liberation, and empowerment. This presentation will discuss the barriers that black kinksters experience, how to support black kinksters in kinky spaces, and highlight the beauty of melaninated kink.

Learning Objectives:

  • Support black kinksters in and out of kinky spaces.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Connect Event

Please join us for a warm welcome reception by our new AASECT President, Dr. Chris Fariello. This is open to everyone. This event will be on Welo Space, a place where we can really interact! Bring your favorite beverage, snack, and favorite hat.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Poster Sessions

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

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, F

Kristina Brown, PhD, LMFT
Using BDSM to Manage Endometriosis Pain: A Clinical Case Report

Jennifer Gess, LMHC, LCPC
Building Community with Parents of Transgender, Non-binary and Gender-Diverse Children

Heather Hudson, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CSE
Exemplary Sexuality Health Education: Student Outcomes

Annie Karamanukayan
Premarital Virginity Loss of Armenian-American Women: Influence of Ethnic Identity

Michael Pelts, PhD, MSW and George W. Turner Jr. PhD, MEd, MSW, CST
They Were the Best of Times They Were the Worst of Times

Michelle Weyhaupt, MS3
Scripting Sex: How Pediatricians Determine When and How to Educate their Patients about Sexuality and Sexual Health

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

Cured Film Screening

Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review), and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and the winner of Audience Favorite awards at NewFest and Frameline — CURED, directed and produced by Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon, takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973. The film spotlights a diverse group of activists who achieved this epic victory in the movement for LGBTQ equality. Learn more about the film on the CURED website. 

While CURED highlights a little-known story from the past, its lessons are profoundly relevant today. Ultimately, the documentary celebrates the pathbreaking contributions of LGBTQ pioneers while demonstrating that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, determined individuals can work together to create lasting social change. 

This film will reach millions of people globally, including a national broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens on National Coming Out Day: October 11th, 2021. An ambitious outreach campaign is amplifying the film’s impact in communities and educational institutions.

Singer and Sammon are also honored to have received the 2021 AASECT Audiovisual and Film Award for this film. Educating viewers about this moment in LGBTQ history, as well as its modern-day implications, including the ongoing harmful practice of conversion therapy, is a central focus of the project’s outreach campaign. The filmmakers are thrilled to share this story with the AASECT community.

Virtual Conference – Day 2

Friday, June 11

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10:30 am – 11:45 am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 am – 11:40 am EDT

Connect Event

Join us on Zoom for a brief Speed Networking as a perfect opportunity to have an informal way to virtually meet other professionals with shared interests. During this time you can share your hopes for the virtual conference, what gifts you bring to the conference and what you have received from the conference thus far. We will also share details about our fantastic new virtual networking space, Welo Space! You have to be here!!

11:45 am – 12:45 pm EDT

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

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD

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

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

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

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

Learning Objectives:

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

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

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

Eli R. Green, PhD, CSES and Dominique Morgan

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

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

Core Knowledge Areas: C, D

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

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm EDT

Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm EDT

When Pornography is an Issue: Couples in Conflict and People who Watch Too Much

Marty Klein, PhD, CST, CSTS

Moderator: Leslie Massicotte, M.Ed. student, Widener University

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

Core Knowledge Areas: B, E, I

Training Areas: SC1, SC3, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST5

When couples or individuals are disrupted by porn use, there are always other things going on. How can therapists discover what they are–and help resolve them? With couples, these difficulties may involve the collapse of their sex life, unresolved infidelity, poor body image, or power struggles; with individuals, they may involve performance anxiety, shame, depression, or low desire. We’ll examine ways to help both couples and individuals whose lives are disrupted by porn use–or beliefs about porn use.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the Narrative Approach to addressing unwise or guilt-ridden pornography use.
  • List three interventions to assist couples in conflict about one partner’s porn use.
Coming into our Own: The Sexual Life Stories of Post-menopausal Women

Jane Epstein, MSN

Moderator: Brittany Bolden, MA, NCC, CADCI, LMFTA

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

Core Knowledge Areas: B, C, I

How do women discover orgasm and sexual pleasure? What factors support the maintenance of enjoyable sex through the lifespan? This workshop will explore the impact of early messaging around sex, masturbation, social status and communication on the empowerment of those who identify as women. Information presented is based on the recorded sexual life stories of post-menopausal women and the presenter’s experience providing sexual health care to adolescents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of masturbation and orgasm in the sexual lives of women.
  • Name two factors people can use to support sexual satisfaction into the elder years.
Exploring Sexual Communication, Pleasure, and Freedom For Gender Minorities With Chronic Illness, Pain, And Other Disabilities

Melvin Lee Phillips, EdD, LCSW, CSAC, CST

Moderator: Michelle McShane, MA, LPC, CST

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

Core Knowledge Areas: E, H, M

Training Areas: ST1, ST3

In the field of sexuality, there is limited research on exploring sexual communication, pleasure, and freedom of sexually marginalized adults such as those who identify as LGBTQ, practice kink and BDSM, and those who identify as polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities. This workshop will introduce and explore sexual communication, pleasure, and freedom through a sex positive lens using clinical interventions such as acceptance & commitment therapy, kink as communication, sensate focus, cognitive-behavioral therapy and imago relationship therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 5 myths associated with sexuality and disability
  • Utilize 5 interventions when working with gender minorities who experience chronic illness, pain and other disabilities.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EDT

Affirmative, pleasure-based therapy for young adolescents exploring gender and sexuality

Coreen Haym, MS, LMFT

Moderator: Crystal Frederick, MA, LPA

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

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

Training Areas: SC2, SC3, SC4, SC5, ST6

Adolescent sexual empowerment has been shrouded in negativity about masturbation and safer experimentation for decades. Often, the primary aim of many parents is for their children to delay sexual “activity,” often having the opposite effect and disempowering sexual communication. Access is further critical for adolescents marginalized by poverty, race/ethnicity, ability, and/or appearance. This interactive workshop will explore attitudes and address ways to increase knowledge and skills in addressing sexual issues in young adolescents. Resources will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply experiential activity to assess their own attitudes regarding young adolescent sexuality
  • Describe and discuss their beliefs and conclusions
  • Share the research-identified knowledge and skills needed to empower young adolescents in safer sexual exploration in clinical practice
  • Discuss and actively demonstrate ways to implement the identified clinical approaches suggested for working with young adolescents and their families surrounding sex and gender identity exploration.
Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Addressing Religious Guilt and Sexual Shame

Beverly Dale, Dmin and Rachel Keller, LCSW-C, CST

Moderator: Wardeh Hattab, LCSW

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

Core Knowledge Areas: C, E, I, M

Training Areas: SC1, SC2, SC3, ST3,

A pastor and therapist will consider present-day implications of Christianity’s contentious history of instilling religious guilt and sexual shame and often commending sexual ignorance. Far from creating community faith circles for healing such religious beliefs can damage the possibility of intimately rewarding relationships as well as deter healthy sexual development for an entire lifetime. The workshop is a demonstration of faith-friendly tools that guide religious clients and students toward an affirming, body-positive view of their sexuality consistent with their faith.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify three aspects of the historical and cultural context of Christianity that influence modern-day U.S. culture and Christians. This objective seeks to provide learners with direct knowledge about the topic through the use of outlining the material, visually and verbally, and repetition of key facts,
  • Apply three faith-friendly tools and interventions to a current case in which a client or student is affected by Christian erotophobia. This objective also moves participants into the application phase of learning by utilizing an experiential approach of case studies.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Connect Event

Want some “downtime” but in a shared virtual space to get creative in a space with others. You can bring a painting, a poem, share a playlist, or something else that you are working on to show others. You will also have the experience of being in our new Welo Space for virtual engagement.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT

AASECT Business Meeting

Virtual Conference – Day 3

Saturday, June 12

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10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 am – 11:25 am EDT

Connect Event

Join us on Zoom for a brief Speed Networking as a perfect opportunity to have an informal way to virtually meet other professionals with shared interests. During this time you can share your hopes for the virtual conference, what gifts you bring to the conference and what you have received from the conference thus far. We will also share details about our fantastic new virtual networking space, Welo Space! You have to be here!!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

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

Joan Price, MA and Jessica Drake

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

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

Core Knowledge Areas: B, E, I

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

Learning Objectives

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

12:30 pm  12:45 pm EDT

Break

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm EDT

Genital Practices Around the World and Implications for Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, DipPST, CSC

Moderator: Lourdes Montecon-Garza, MD, MBA, AASECT CSC, ISSWSH IF

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

Core Knowledge Areas: A, C, D, E, G, I, K

Training Areas: SE3, SE4, SC2, SC4, SC5, SC6, ST1, ST2, ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6, ST7

As providers of sexuality education, counseling and therapy we often do not have the professional license to examine our clients’ genitalia clinically and this might leave out critical information regarding their presenting issues and concerns. This research is the account of six years of data collection from more than 70 countries around the world with the purpose to offer an overview of genital practices (including alterations, grooming, naming) to shed light on this important aspect of our clients sexuality.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify and differentiate between various genital practices that are informed by cultural contexts and trends
  • Become familiar with their own hidden biases and assumptions towards various genital practices and this impacts their work.
Adopting a Sex Positive Approach to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Sexual Health

Nhakia Outland, MSW

Moderator: Ariyanna White, LMSW

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

Core Knowledge Areas: D, F, H, M

Training Areas: SE4, SC4, SC5, ST6

his workshop will look at moving beyond using a pathology based model to a sex positive model when discussing sexual health within the LGBTQ communities. Using a “sex positive” approach to LGBTQ health can help remove stigma and shame from sexual choices. When using a sex positive approach, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of your own bias, privilege and the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and religion to promote healthy sexual outcomes for LGBTQ communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: incorporate at least one sex positive approach into your practice/workplace.
  • Understand why adopting a sex positive approach for LGBTQ sexual health is needed.

1:45 pm  2:00 pm EDT

Break

2:00 pm  3:00 pm EDT

Schiller Plenary: Pleasure is the Measure

Emily Nagoski, PhD, MS, BA

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

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

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

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

Learning Objectives:

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

3:00 pm  3:30 pm EDT

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