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Virtual Streaming Schedule

Wednesday, June 12 – Saturday, June 15

The following schedule of events will be streamed live from the AASECT Annual Conference in St. Louis for virtual participation via Zoom. Please note that these sessions will not be recorded. Visit the registration page for virtual rates.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Conference Welcome

Join Conference Committee Chair, Chris Belous, and Program Committee Members as they extend a warm welcome to kick off the conference and set the stage for an exciting event ahead!

6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Schiller Plenary
Presenter

Zooey Zephyr

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Thursday, June 13, 2024

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9:00 am – 10:30 am
Whipple Plenary: Black Male Sexual Victimization
Presenter

Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D, LPCC, NCC, CST-S

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Black males are disproportionately victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence/homicide (IPV/IPH), and suicide. Recent data from the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS/2022) indicate that 58 percent of Black males report sexual violence, physical violence, and or stalking by an intimate partner. Black males overwhelmingly report being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, and unwarranted sexual contact where the primary perpetrators are female. Frameworks such as intersectionality fail to adequately capture Black male vulnerability. Most frameworks that attempt to explain the experiences of Black males are deficit and pathology-oriented frameworks that lack empirical evidence and are inherently racist. This presentation provides comprehensive information on Black male sexual victimization that fills a critical and urgent void in the mental health field. Therefore, professionals will be able to begin to adequately recognize and articulate the sexual victimization of Black males and provide responsive care and clinical interventions that inform treatment approaches.

11:00 am  – 12:00 pm

The Rise of Rough Sex: What Sexuality Professionals Need to Know About Today's Emerging Trends"
Presenter

Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE (she/her)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

In the past decade, rough sex (e.g., choking, smothering, face slapping, genital slapping, name-calling) has increased dramatically in prevalence. A 2020 campus-representative survey of nearly 5000 college students showed that 80% had ever engaged in rough sex. Also, 1 in 3 young adult women were choked/strangled during their most recent sexual encounter – usually consensually. This presentation will draw from several recent studies on rough sex to address its prevalence, frequency, styles, as well as implications for communication, consent, mental health, and physical health.

2:00 pm  – 3:30 pm

A Collective Journey: Unlocking Existential Wisdom in Sex Therapy
Presenter

Chelsea Yang, MS, LCPC (She/Her)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Join our roundtable discussion for a transformative perspective on sexual dysfunctions. Rather than treating them as isolated symptoms, we’ll explore how they convey profound existential messages about our existence and being. From hyper-sexual activity to delayed ejaculation, inability to experience pleasure, or the complexities of infidelity, we’ll uncover the deeper meanings within these challenges. Together, we’ll discuss how therapists can attune themselves to these existential messages and create a space for clients to be heard, understood, and guided toward personal growth and healing.

4:00 pm  – 5:00 pm

General Plenary
Presenter

Pidgeon Pagonis (they/them)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Complex Interplay: Sexual Response & Sexual Functioning within Reproductive Grief and Loss
Presenter

Emily Morehead, MA, LPC, PMH-C (she/her)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

This workshop will offer an evidence based treatment model for practitioners who are serving in the reproductive grief and loss community. Practitioners will leave this workshop feeling empowered to implement innovative treatment with practical application for healing in sexual response and functioning in the reproductive grief and loss community.

Friday, June 14, 2024

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9:30 am – 11:00 am

General Plenary: Reclaiming Pleasure, Revolutionary Pleasure: Embodied Sexuality Healing As Social Change
Presenter

Kai Cheng Thom, MSW, MSc

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

How can a pleasure-focused and Transformative Justice-based approach to our work as sexuality counselors and educators support people to reclaim embodied sovereignty? How can the fields of sex therapy and sex education embrace their singular potential not only for individual healing and edification, but social transformation as well? Join award-winning author and Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education Kai Cheng Thom for a powerful and inspiring conversation on the role of embodied sexuality healing as a mode of collective change. Kai Cheng brings her unique perspective as a former Couple & Family Therapist and currently practicing Sexological Bodyworker and Somatic Coach to this presentation, outlining anti-oppression, embodied transformation, and collective healing as the foundations of a revolutionary approach to sexuality coaching, counseling, and education. Participants will leave with new frameworks and techniques for anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, socially conscious practice, as well as key principles drawn from the field of Somatic Sex Education.

11:30 am  – 12:30 pm

Sex & Love Around the World: A Deep Dive Into Cultural Influences on Sexuality & Sexual Function
Presenter

Tatyannah King, MSW, MEd

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

While physical and psychological factors are heavily acknowledged and identified within the biopsychosocial approach to sex therapy, the influence of social and cultural factors often receives less attention in clinical settings. In reality, our cultural upbringing sets the tone for what we value in regard to sexual values, from beliefs regarding conventional sexual behavior and appropriate expression of sexuality to decisions we make regarding mate selection. This panel presentation analyzes how sociocultural factors may influence sexual development, sexual relationships, and sexual function.

2:30 pm  – 3:30 pm

Trauma Sits in Your Body and Makes You Shut Down
Presenters

Gabrielle Evans, PhD, MPH, CHES (she/her)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Sexual health education programs should be trauma-informed and inclusive while reflecting one’s cultural values and traditional teachings to align with community assets and reproductive health values. Due to colonization, Native Americans face higher rates of sexual and reproductive health inequities. Therefore, this presentation will discuss sexual and reproductive health professionals’ perspectives on how collective trauma affects the sexual health of Native American older adolescents and young adult women between the ages of 15-25 years old.

4:00 pm  – 5:00 pm

Finding the Room Next Door (to the Room Where It Happens)
Presenters

Emily Nagoski, PhD (She/her)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Let’s take a whole-brain approach to ‘loss of desire’ and other changes in sexual responsiveness, by mapping our ’emotional floorplans.’ Grounded in affective neuroscience and applying lessons from the Polyvagal theory, the dual control model, and Internal Family Systems, this workshop will teach participants to ‘map’ the 7 primary process emotions and trace paths from the pleasure-adverse spaces where we get stuck, to the pleasure-favorable spaces that lead into a sexy state of mind – the LUST space. This is a practical tool for exploring how to greater create access to pleasure.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Engaging Diversity Plenary: De Aquí y De Allá…Centering Latinidad in Sex Education, Counseling, y Therapy
Presenter

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST (he/him/el)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Does Latinidad (the experience of a pan-Latino identity) exist? And if so, is there a common experience of sexuality? Latine(x/a/o) peoples come from 32 countries across the world and are a heterogenous mix of Indigenous, European, and African ancestries (González Burchard, et. al., 2005). Using a frame of “y” the Spanish word for “and,” the plenary will focus on duality as an integral experience of Latine(x/a/o)s living in the United States. As a collective of sexuality professionals we will explore concepts that seem in opposition, such as sexual indulgence and purity, through a mixture of data y música. We will also consider how professionals may be using whitewashing interventions in the treatment of sexual trauma through rationality, boundaries, and individualism without considering the importance of familismo, personalismo, dichos, aguantarse y desaguarse. Participants will also be asked to add more conexión y sazón to their work across populations.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

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9:30 am  – 10:00 am

Looking Ahead to 2025!

Join the Conference Committee Chair and Program Committee for a look ahead to 2025!

10:15 am  – 12:15 pm

AASECT Ethics: Complaints, Representation, & Consumer Welfare
Presenter

Kristen Lilla, LCSW, CST-S, CSE-S (she/they)

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Session Description

Understanding the AASECT Code of Conduct can take months, even years, but this workshop will help people understand how to file a grievance, identify how they can represent themselves as members, and how the welfare of the consumer impacts both of those. So come on consumer, represent yourself, and file a grievance in this interactive and informative workshop!

This schedule above features sessions to be live-streamed from the in-person conference in St. Louis. View the Full Conference Schedule for a complete picture of this year’s program.