Pre-Conference Workshops

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

The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision – Part 1 & 2

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

Part 1, Wednesday, June 3  |  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  |  4 CE Credits
Part 2, Thursday, June 4  |  8:30 am –  12:30 pm  |  4 CE Credits

This pre-conference workshop is geared for sex therapists, sexuality counselors and sexuality educators who are working towards ASECT Certification...

This pre-conference workshop is geared for sex therapists, sexuality counselors and sexuality educators who are working towards ASECT Certification and currently under contract for supervision and offers four hours of clinical supervision toward AASECT Certification.

Part I of this supervision session will involve participants reviewing cases related to sex therapy and discussing various modalities of treatment.

Participants will be required to present at least one sex therapy case during the session to allow for feedback from supervisors and the group. Issues of transference and countertransference will be addressed, as light will be shed upon the relationship that exists between clients and their therapist.

Consideration will be given to assumptions about race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other sociocultural constructs that enable or obstruct the therapeutic process.

Finally, ethical issues will addressed throughout this pre-conference supervision experience.

Limited Capacity: 8 participants per session.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

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.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)

Dulce Rodriguez & Serina Payan Hazelwood

Wednesday, June 3  |  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 4  |  8:30 am –  5:00 pm
12 CE Credits

Awareness of your personal feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs about human sexuality and sexual behavior are essential to providing the highest quality of professional sexuality education...

Awareness of your personal feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs about human sexuality and sexual behavior are essential to providing the highest quality of professional sexuality education, counseling, and therapy.

Through somatic-centered-experiential learning, facilitators Serina Payan Hazelwood and Dulce Rodriguez will hold space so you can begin the process of understanding where your heart, mind, and body are related to topics of sex and sexuality. Their intersectional approach includes gender, pleasure, sexual and relationship diversity, behaviors and identities, and more.

Registration Rate: $475

Dulce identifies as a Latina, cisgender woman of color. Born and raised between the US and Mexico, she continues to endure, confront and embrace attitudes, beliefs and feelings about different intersections in sexuality within and around her.

Serina has over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches in the wellness field, leading programs that bring people together using accessible, intersectional modalities. Serina identifies as an Indigenous-Latinx-European, queer woman of color. Her liminal identities make her a natural connector, messenger, and community healer.

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

Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST, CSTS

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  |  4 CE Credits

This workshop clarifies the relationship between multiple body systems, illness, midlife, ageing, childbearing, and other physiologic processes, and sexual function, desire, and pleasure...

This workshop clarifies the relationship between multiple body systems, illness, midlife, ageing, childbearing, and other physiologic processes, and sexual function, desire, and pleasure. Participants will gain a deep 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, role play, 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: list the 6 areas evaluated with the Will Lily brief assessment; assess 3 common issues that often contribute to lack of desire; describe the treatment and collaborative options for the 3 findings of the brief assessment that require immediate further assessment and follow-up or collaboration; implement at least one experiential exercise that builds capacity to put an improvisational sexual style into practice; describe the location and function of the hypogastric nerve plexus as it relates to sexual pleasure; describe the role of Nitric Oxide in sexual arousal, and its relationship to treatment; teach about at least 3 body systems that are crucial to sexual pleasure and function; list at least 3 actions a person could take to improve their overall sexual function 

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Martha Kauppi is an AASECT-certified sex therapist, and supervisor, with a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Martha specializes in training therapists to work with relational sex issues, sexual health and function, and marginalized populations.

Hot Sex on a Platter: Exploring how AIDS Impacted our View on Queer Sex Ed and Pleasure

Louie Ortiz

Thursday, June 4  |  2020, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  |  4 CE Credits

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

This interactive workshop will utilize multi-media to explore how the pop culture narrative of queer sex, relationship and identity have been shaped and informed by AIDS. Participants will be provided an opportunity to examine how these lessons show up both in their personal and professional interactions.

The Desire for Kink: Discerning Self-Actualizing from Destructive Motives

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH; Richard Sprott, PhD; Lori Michels, LMFT, S-PSB, CST

Thursday, June 4  |  2020, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  |  4 CE Credits

The workshop presents a deep dive into the psychological, social, and biological drives towards kink/BDSM, highlighting the unique dynamics at play...

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.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Anna Randall is a psychotherapist, sex therapist and sex researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area. A founder of TASHRA.org, she is a published researcher and educator on stigmatized sexual interests, expressions and non.traditional relational structures

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He directs research projects on identity development & health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities & non-traditional relationships, especially kink/BDSM sexuality & consensual non-monogamy.

Lori Michels is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Certified Sex Therapist. She works extensively with kink and fetish involved clients. She also specializes in addiction, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and GLBT or sexual minority issues

Accumulated Sadness and Emergent Pleasure: A Conversation About Contemporary Aging

Stephen Duclos, LMFT, CST, CSTS & Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  |  4 CE Credits

Sexuality later in life is both a source of pleasure and a narrative of relationship. The fluidity of sexuality is not seen as an aging process, or even as a primary flow of human development...

Sexuality later in life is both a source of pleasure and a narrative of relationship. The fluidity of sexuality is not seen as an aging process, or even as a primary flow of human development.

In this pre-conference inquiry, the presenters will look below the surface of this melting iceberg to uncover a complexity of exploration, sadness, and tonal change about sexual identity in 2020.

Be prepared to look at ourselves, and our sexual prospects, in a different light.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Stephen Duclos has been a therapist, supervisor, and teacher since 1973. He holds licenses in family therapy, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling (CRC), and sex therapy . He won AASECT’s Patricia Schiller Prize for his work in 2012.

Jane Fleishman, Ph.D. is a Certified Sexuality Educator with more than 30 years’ experience. She is an educator, a writer, and a researcher. She trains staff on sex and aging in assisted living communities, senior centers, and hospice conferences.

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

Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSES & Robin Wilson-Beattie

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  4 CE Credits

As the older adult population increases, so does the need to help them navigate changes in their bodies, minds, and relationships....

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.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Melanie Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSES Author, Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults. Partner, NJ Ctr for Sexual Wellness. OWL Program Mgr., UUA. Speaker, trainer, educator. Chapters in The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision; Sexuality Leadership, Empowerment, and Consultation.

Robin Wilson-Beattie Speaker, writer, advocate for disability and sexuality, commbining personal experience and medically sound research on how life and identity impact sexual expression. Contributor, Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults.

Rethinking Sex Addiction – A Sexual Health Model for Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CSTS; Michael Vigorito, LMFT, CGP, CST

Thursday, June 4, 2020   |   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM   |   8 CE Credits

Based on Mr. Braun-Harvey and Mr. Vigorito's award-winning book "Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction", this all-day workshop...

Based on Mr. Braun-Harvey and Mr. Vigorito’s award-winning book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction”, this all-day workshop will guide attendees in theory and treatment of out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). Attendees will learn practical tools for implementing a comprehensive assessment and providing treatment with clients seeking to improve their sexual health.

Registration Rate: $300 per session.

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CST-S bridges sexual and mental health to facilitate change. Authored three sexual health books, most recently co-authored the award winning book, “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction”

Michael A. Vigorito, MFT, CGP, CST is a psychotherapist, sexual health consultant, and co-author of the award-winning book, Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior – Rethinking Sex Addiction. MichaelVigorito.com

And Then They Were Bald: Black Sexuality Through the Relationship with Hair

Donna Oriowo, PhD, LICSW, CST

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  4 CE Credits

Sexuality is often taught through a white supremacist lens, with little or no consideration truly given to cultural implications...

Sexuality is often taught through a white supremacist lens, with little or no consideration truly given to cultural implications.

This workshop aims to speak about what the differences are between having a seat at the table are, and having a heard and respected voice at the table though the discussion and lens of hair texture and its impact on Black female sexuality and mental health. This workshop will include action steps to be implemented.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Dr. Donna Oriowo M.Ed, MSW, CST, is an author & speaker in the Washington D.C. metro area. The owner of AnnodRight, she specializes in working with Black women on issues related to colorism and texturism and its impacts on mental and sexual health.

Fantasies and Shadows: The Intentional Incorporation of Symbolic Elements of Past Sexual Trauma into Positive Erotic Narrative Through Fantasy Work and Shadow Play

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST; Mark Wolfe, LCSW

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  4 CE Credits

Survivors of sexual trauma often struggle with "unwanted" sexual fantasies that cause distress to them. However, the dismissal or suppression of these fantasies...

Survivors of sexual trauma often struggle with “unwanted” sexual fantasies that cause distress to them. However, the dismissal or suppression of these fantasies may inhibit the survivors’ ability to experience a range of sexual pleasures.

This workshop will describe how the trauma manifests in our sexual narratives. It will also explore the therapeutic implications of the intentional incorporation of symbolic elements of historic traumatic experiences into one’s adult erotic narrative through fantasy work and scripted shadow play.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Mark Wolfe is an individual, relational and sex therapist practicing in Philadelphia. He received his dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Human Sexuality from Widener University. His clinical practice focuses on treating all forms of trauma.

Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman 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 approved supervisor.

Bridging the Gap Between Sex Work and the Sexuality Professions: Tools to Fight Oppression, Build Community and Provide Inclusive Clinical Care Through the Lifespan

Jessica Drake; Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  4 CE Credits

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...

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.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

An iconic actress in the adult film industry turned educator and activist, Jessica Drake recognized the need for ethically produced, shame free sex ed. She created the”Jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” and became a certified sex educator.

Angie Gunn is a therapist and supervisor in Portland, OR specializing in sex work, LGBTQIPA+, kink, non-monogamy and trauma. She’s the Sexuality Expert for Talkspace and works in her local community championing sex positivity for all.

Sexuality Educator Supervision

Lawrence Siegel, CSE, CSES & Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSES

Thursday, June 4, 2020  |  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  |  4 CE Credits

This pre-conference workshop is geared toward those seeking supervision to become a Certified Sexuality Educator or SE Supervisor. The session will help participants...

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.

Registration Rate: $160 per session.

Lawrence Siegelis a Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor. He is Director of Education & Training for Sage Institute for Family Development and serves on college and university faculty, as well as faculty at Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Richelle Frabotta is coordinator of the Dennis L. Carlson Sexuality Education Studies Center at Miami University and Instructor in the Family Science and Social Work. She is an AASECT- Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor.

Prostate Massage for Male Sexual Wellness

Dr. Patti Britton and Dr. Habib Sadeghi

Saturday, June 6, 2020  |  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  |  Registration rate: $80.00

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...

Although taboos surround the topic of prostate massage, providing a medically supervised prostate massage treatment may be a new trend in medical options and in patient self-care for men’s sexual wellness. In this workshop a medical doctor/ AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor and Clinical Sexologist/AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator present an overview of anatomy, health challenges, and specific techniques for prostate massage that enhance males’ sexual wellbeing and health.

The workshop will address: Causal factors for prostate concerns; rationale for prostate massage as a component of male health care; a detailed male sexual anatomy lesson; conducting a male sexual wellness assessment; medical treatments for prostate health; options for prostate pleasure outcomes; and suggested protocols for male sexual wellness self-care. This workshop will include a live videotaped demonstration of a medical treatment and educational session with a volunteer patient, eliciting lively discussion among participants. Participants will also be provided with handouts to carry on the process of prostate massage education for their clients and patients as they deem appropriate.

Registration Rate: $80 .00

Dr. Patti Britton

Dr. Habib Sadeghi