Provocative Exploration Plenary | Friday, June 5, 2020

Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence

Presented by: James C. Wadley, Ph.D., L.P.C. (PA & NJ), ACS, NCC, IMHF, CST, CSTS

This interdisciplinary invitation contextualizes sexuality leadership as an important precept for the field of sexology in that it serves as an innovative commencement for us to engage with communities and constituents differently. As the field of sexology begins the transition from the social justice to the leadership movement, sexuality professionals will need to be vigilant and competent about utilizing educational, clinical, and consultative strategies that seek to empower and liberate those who have been traditionally marginalized, underrepresented, and misrepresented. In order to access these communities, sexuality professionals need to be competent, emotionally intelligent, socially agile, humble, and creative to lead difficult conversations about wellness and sexual health. This conversation highlights the necessity for organizational collaboration, strategic decision making, increased access to resources, and the capacity to navigate individual and systemic change. Finally, this plenary seeks to build community among sexologists by inviting participants to conceptualize some of the implications of transformational influence and the creation of nuanced and relativistic sexuality programs. Are you ready?
About Dr. Wadley

Dr. James Wadley is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Master of Human Services department at Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary medium, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education, educational leadership, and program development has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world by hosting conferences in Philadelphia, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), Cape Town, South Africa, Prague, Czech Republic, and Havana, Cuba. His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and authored twenty-two courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored thirteen doctoral level courses for the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990’s. In 2016, he helped develop sexuality education curricula and conducted a sexuality education course at the University of Muhimbili in Tanzania for the nursing and midwifery programs. Later that year, he developed and taught an applied research methods course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Wadley’s work and advocacy domestically and abroad allowed him to complete his first documentary, Raw to Reel: Race, Drugs, and Sex in Trenton, New Jersey, which captures some of the challenges that emerge in addiction and recovery. In 2018, Dr. Wadley co-edited The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge) which is a book devoted to the clinical experiences of supervisors and supervisees in the field of sex therapy. The book won AASECT’s 2019 Book of the Year Award. Finally, in 2020, his new edited book, The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence (Routledge) carves a new path for sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists in that it serves as an invitation for re-conceptualizing leadership and consultative roles that sexuality professionals engage in and the responsibilities that they must embrace as social justice advocates and influencers.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. These credentials and a wealth of domestic and international clinical experiences, has catapulted Dr. Wadley to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians and consultants.