Pre-Conference Workshops

AASECT is excited to present this dynamic line-up of pre-conference workshops to add to your conference experience!

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)

Cindy Lee Alves, MEd

June 12, 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm &  June 13, 2019, 8:30 am  – 5:00 pm 
12 CE – Limit 40 participants

Registration fee: $475.00

Description: All sexuality professionals come into the field with knowledge and attitudes shaped by our past experiences. In order for people to provide the best level of sexuality education, counseling, and therapy, their own values and beliefs must be identified and examined.

For decades, Sexual Attitude Reassessment workshops have been an opportunity for people to familiarize themselves with various topics and populations, as well as to process any feelings that arise. This not only benefits the professional but it can also greatly impact the work they do and the people they serve.

Through the curation of mixed media and experiential learning, Cindy Lee Alves will facilitate discussions that allow participants to process their own learned messages around sex and sexuality including, but not limited to: gender, pleasure, sexual and relationship diversity, sexual behaviors and identities.

Cindy Lee Alves is an award-winning sexologist, educator, and writer with over a decade of experience in facilitating challenging conversations with both adults and young people. She has taught thousands of people on topics including, but not limited to: comprehensive sexuality education, pleasure, gender, and social justice.

Her interest began early on, as she and her junior high school peers constantly sought accurate information and a non-condemning voice of reason. Taking her curiosity and interest to the library and the internet, she searched for sexuality professionals that looked like her, only to be met with Dr. Ruth. While Dr. Ruth is a legend in her own right, Cindy Lee was looking for someone that looked like her to connect with and share stories. This ignited her dedication to be what she did not see.

Rejected by the peer education program at her high school, Cindy Lee took her passion and incorporated it into her undergraduate work, obtaining a dual Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in Psychology and Women’s Studies. As a first-generation college student, she found every way possible to incorporate sexuality into her education, minoring in Human Sexual & Gender Development, as well as volunteering for Planned Parenthood. She also tailored her Resident Assistant and sorority programming to her love of inclusion, pleasure and sex positivity. After completing her graduate studies at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies’, she gained a Master’s in education, and has worked with non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, government agencies around the country, as well as engaged audiences of podcasts, online radio stations and contributed to online/print magazines.

Currently, Cindy Lee is an independent consultant, offering workshops, keynotes, and private coaching on various topics involving, human sexuality, intersectionality, and personal transformation. When she is “off the clock”, Cindy Lee enjoys music, yummy food, and shimmying often.

The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision Part 1

Richard Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS & James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS
June 12, 2019, 5:00 pm  – 9:00 pm
4 CE – Limit 8 participants

Registration fee: $160.00
Description: This pre-con offers clinical supervision and training in sex therapy, with 4 or 8 hours, valid toward certification as Sex Therapists or Supervisors. The facilitators are seasoned sex therapists and supervisors with expertise covering a wide range of skills, including sexual dysfunction, relationship problems, sexual compulsivity, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues, and diverse sexual expression and relationships.

Limited to 8 participants who are already actively engaged in supervision for AASECT sex therapy or supervisor certification.  A pre-approved contract will be required. Attendees can register for Part I and Part II of this workshop, or either session independently.

The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision Part 2

Richard Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS & James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS

June 13, 2019, 8:30 am  – 12:30 pm
4 CE – Limit 8 participants

Registration fee: $160.00

Description: This pre-con offers clinical supervision and training in sex therapy, with 4 or 8 hours, valid toward certification as Sex Therapists or Supervisors. The facilitators are seasoned sex therapists and supervisors with expertise covering a wide range of skills, including sexual dysfunction, relationship problems, sexual compulsivity, substance abuse, LGBTQ issues, and diverse sexual expression and relationships.

Limited to 8 participants who are already actively engaged in supervision for AASECT sex therapy or supervisor certification.  A pre-approved contract will be required. Attendees can register for Part I and Part II of this workshop, or either session independently.

Dr. Richard Siegel is Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute training sex therapists and sexuality counselors.  He is a FL-licensed mental health counselor and AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor.

Dr. James Wadley is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services Program at The Lincoln University.  As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the states of PA and NJ.

“Treating” Low Desire by Creating Optimal Erotic Intimacy

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD, DST, CSE, CSTS, CSES*

June 13, 2019, 8:30 am  – 12:30 pm
4 CE

Registration fee: $160.00

Description: Since 2005, we have published a series of studies on the components of optimal sexual experiences, lessons from extraordinary lovers and contributing factors to magnificent sex. Since 2013, we have applied our findings to develop an accessible, cost-effective, group therapy intervention for gay and straight couples distressed about sexual desire/frequency, aiming to improve the quality – rather than the frequency – of erotic intimacy. This presentation will identify how therapists can shift their focus from treating disorders to creating optimal connections.

Peggy J. Kleinplatz, PhD, DST, CSE, CSTS, CSES, is Professor of Medicine and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. Kleinplatz received the AASECT 2013 Book Award for New Directions in Sex Therapy and the Professional Standard of Excellence Award in 2015.

*Co-Presenters: Maxime Charest; Nicolas Paradis; Shannon Lawless; Marlene Newfeld; Danielle Pratt; Lianne Rosen; A Dana Menard; Bogdan Buduru; Myddryn Ellis

Sexual Losses and Altered Sexual Self-schema After Invasive Medical Procedures: Reclaiming Body After Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy and Hormone Therapy

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CAS

June 13, 2019, 8:30 am  – 12:30 pm
4 CE

Registration fee: $160.00

Session Description: Medical procedures to treat various illnesses may result in loss of body parts, scarring, loss of sensation, hypersensitivity and altered sexual self-schema. Dr. Pillai-Friedman will describe how these sexual losses can devastate one’s sense of self as sexual beings. She will use the Pillai-Friedman & Ashline model for grief work to provide a comprehensive model for assessment and treatment of sexual losses and provide techniques for guiding clients in reclaiming and eroticizing their bodies after medical treatments.

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS, CAS is an Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. She is also a psychotherapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist and an AASECT approved supervisor.

Facilitating Contention within Sexuality Education

Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, CST; Ryan W. McKee, MS, MEd; & Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

June 13, 2019, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
4 CE

Registration fee: $160.0

Session Description: This pre-conference workshop will provide participants with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for facilitating controversial discussions in sexuality education. Participants will be challenged to move beyond the foundational understandings of conflict resolution and classroom management to embrace conflict as a meaningful, targeted approach for encouraging learning and growth around contentious sexuality topics. Additionally, participants will learn and apply a strategic model for navigating conflict that takes an intersectional approach to pedagogy while centering marginalized students in sexuality education lessons.

Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, CST, Associate Professor of Social Work at Shippensburg University. Her practice is firmly rooted in her passion for sexuality social justice. Co-editor of the Taking Sides: Clashing Views of Human Sexuality book series.

Ryan W. McKee, MS, MEd, is co-editor of the Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality book series. He is an AASECT Certified educator and consultant with over fifteen years of experience and is a doctoral candidate at Widener University

Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD is an educator and researcher, with over 20 years experience in youth development. Her topics of interest include African American sexuality development, sexuality and faith, and social justice-based sexuality education.

Treating and Preventing the Hidden Ways American Childbirth Damages People’s Sex Lives

Stephanie J. Buehler, PsyD, MA, MPW, CST, CSTS & Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., AdvCD/BDT(DONA), CSE

June 13, 2019, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
4 CE

Registration fee: $160.00

Description: American healthcare providers often deny or ignore the fact that the organs and hormones involved in reproduction are the same as those involved in the expression of sexuality. This denial may create physical, emotional, and relational injuries during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. In this workshop, attendees will learn approaches and interventions to help couples enjoy their sexual relationship after baby. There will be ample opportunity to put information into practice at the end of the workshop.

Stephanie J. Buehler, PsyD, MA, MPW, CST, CSTS is a psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist.  She is author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex, and Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Intimacy and Sexuality Issues.

 Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., AdvCD/BDT(DONA), CSE researches doula labor support, women’s sexuality, and infant mental health. She teaches at Madison College and for DONA Int’l and written The Heart of the Doula: Essentials for Practice & Life.

SAR Facilitator Training

Justin Sitron, PhD, MEd

June 13, 2019, 1:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
4 CE

Registration fee: $160.00

Description: This training for Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR) facilitators will be grounded in a social justice pedagogy, wherein participants will learn an innovative approach to designing and facilitating SAR programming; they will learn about sexological worldview, perspective transformation, pluralism, the limits of American pluralism for sexological practice, and how these foundational frameworks can be incorporated to build and facilitate SAR programs. Rather than learn a broad and generic approach to a SAR, faciltators will learn to design their SAR curriculum to meet the needs of the learners in the room.

Justin Sitron, PhD is associate professor of human sexuality and the Director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Dr. Sitron has written about the history of research on Sexuality Attitudes Reassessment training and has been working to develop the construct of sexological worldview development as an alternative goal of SAR training in lieu of attitudes reassessment. His other work focuses on the development of curriculum and training programs to teach professionals to work in culturally responsive ways with those they serve.