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48th Annual AASECT Conference

The 48th AASECT Annual Conference
June 8-12, 2016 • San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is holding its 48th Annual Conference June 8-12, 2016 at the Condado Plaza Hilton in Puerto Rico. The Annual Conference averages 500-600 conference attendees from around the world in disciplines such as sexuality education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine and more. The latest clinical techniques, research applications, and educational approaches in the field of sexual science will be featured. We look forward to celebrating our 48th Annual Conference with you!

The conference theme is Putting the Pieces Together: Inclusivity in Practice. A mosaic is made of numerous pieces, each one unique, and equally important in the end result. In order to construct one, intricate and unique tiles are brought together to create an overall picture. If a single piece is unaccounted for, the mosaic is unfinished. The full beauty of a landscape cannot be actualized if any piece is lost, neglected, or destroyed.

A mosaic cannot come together without a solid foundation upon which to build. As a part of sexuality work, it is essential that we examine the foundations of our profession, our individual practices within the profession, and our individual selves. Despite social gains, the foundations of our field are continually threatened by systems of prejudice, including racism, classism, ableism, ageism, sexism, heterocentrism, genderism, and transphobia. These systems work against us as sexuality professionals, inhibit our students’ and clients’ success in creating their own sexuality mosaic; thus, resulting in an unfinished landscape.

As we gather together in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2016, we will explore the various pieces in the landscape of human sexuality, with an eye towards expanding our understanding of the utmost importance and significance of practicing inclusivity and impact-awareness in the field of sexuality. Beyond naming a vision of inclusivity for our field, we will also focus on identifying and implementing steps toward forming this mosaic together.


Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration Rate By April 15, 2016
  By April 15 After April 15
Member Rates
Member $435 $535
Student $275 $375
Retired $305 $405
Presenter Rates $385 $485
Non-member Rates*
Regular Non-Member $675 $775
Student $375 $475
Single Day $250 $285
Please note that Friday, June 10, 2016 will be our Spanish speaking day!

Pre-conference Workshop Registration Fees

Wednesday Evening and Thursday
Sexual Attitude Reassessment - SAR Den Temin, MA, ACS $475
We Make the Road by Walkin' and Movin': Pursuing Racial Justice in Our Work as Sexuality Educators Shreya Shah, MPH
& Nico Amador
Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part 1 James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSSP &
Richard Siegel, MS, LMHS, CST, CSSP
Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part 2 James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSSP & Richard Siegel, MS, LMHS, CST, CSSP $160
The Circles of Sexuality: A Conceptual Model of Human Sexuality Dennis Dailey, DSW, DST, CSES $300
Fifty Shades of What?! Understanding the Sexuality in 50 Shades of Grey. Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES $160
Somatic Sexual Healing Charlie Glickman, PhD $160
Social Justice, Politics & Pleasure: Exploring the Intersections & Conquering the Divides Monica Raye Simpson $160


For full details on our Pre-conference Workshops, please choose ‘Program’ and then ‘Pre-conference Workshops’.

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20% group discount for 10 or more registrants excluding single day, pre-conference workshops and ticketed events. The group must register before April 15th early bird deadline.

The pre-registration deadline is May 20, 2016. Onsite registration will begin June 8, 2016.
*Non-member full conference rate includes membership with AASECT through December 31, 2016.

All cancellation requests must be sent to No refunds will be given for cancellations made after May 1, 2016. All requests for refunds made prior to the deadline date will be honored, less a $100.00 administrative fee.

PDF Registration Form


2016 Volunteer Subcommittee Chair - Lizbeth Cruz

Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer at the AASECT conference!

Volunteers are essential to the AASECT Annual Conference, an important piece to our mosaic. The volunteer team provides service throughout the conference to help attendees get the most out of the conference experience. Welcoming attendees, onsite conference registration, workshop moderation, and directing attendees to appropriate conference locations are just a few examples of the assistance volunteers provide at the conference.

The 2016 AASECT Annual Conference will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is possible that some attendees will be primarily Spanish speaking. In honor of this year’s conference theme, Putting the Pieces Together: Inclusivity In Practice, we would like a handful of the volunteers to be proficient in communicating in Spanish language. This will help to foster a welcoming and affirming environment.

Volunteering at the AASECT Annual Conference is an honor and a privilege. Volunteers get the opportunity to be exposed to a wonderful organization that offers knowledge, expertise, skill-building, continuing education credits and certification information in the area of human sexuality. They also receive a 50% discount in conference registration as gratitude from AASECT for their service.

Applications will be carefully reviewed for consideration for the volunteer team. A complete application with CV or resume must be submitted by February 19, 2016 for consideration. A volunteer team will be selected from the application submissions. Individuals selected for the volunteer team will be notified by March 1, 2016.

Please send questions and inquiries about volunteering at the 2016 AASECT conference to:
Lizbeth Cruz - Volunteer Subcommittee Chair

English PDF Registration Form

PDF Forma Registro en Español

48th Annual Conference Scholarships

The Bill T. Jones Scholarship Fund

Bill T. Jones is an internationally acclaimed dancer, director, writer, and choreographer. His work has collided with, and challenged gender roles, violence, love, war, illness, HIV, survival, strength, sexuality, and eroticism. Robert Wierzel, Bill’s lighting design collaborator since 1985, and P. Michele Sugg, MSW, LCSW, CST honor Bill’s fierce passion by funding a scholarship in his name, to encourage and nurture diversity within AASECT.

This $500 scholarship will be awarded once per year, as funds are available, to a qualified applicant as a credit toward the registration cost of AASECT’s Annual Conference.

Those interested in applying to the Bill T. Jones Scholarship Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a person of color.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate commitment to pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation documenting this person’s commitment to the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Essay/personal statement addressing how this scholarship award might help in accomplishing one’s personal career goals.

To apply:Please submit your essay/personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and statement of financial need electronically to
Deadline: March 1, 2016

John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship

Joan Sughrue, MEd, BSN, RN, DST, CSSP, in memory of her beloved husband, John Sughrue, Jr., MD, is offering a $1000 scholarship to a medical or nursing student to receive sexuality education and training by attending the AASECT 2016 Annual Conference. The scholarship is open to both US and international students.

John became an AASECT member in the late 1970s. He was certified as a Sex Therapist in 1983 and awarded Diplomate of Sex Therapy status in 2003. John loved attending and learning at AASECT conferences and felt that physicians and nurses should be adequately trained in the sexuality field.

To apply:Please send your current curriculum vitae and a letter of application stating your interest in the sexuality field and how you plan to incorporate sexuality education and counseling in your medical or nursing practice. Email:
Deadline: March 1, 2016

48th Annual Conference Award Nominations

Each year leaders and students in the sexuality field are honored at the AASECT Annual Conference. Take the time to recognize a deserving candidate with a nomination!

Award Descriptions

Professional Standard of Excellence Award
(Service to field of sexuality by a professional)
This award is presented to a member or non-member of AASECT who has worked extensively to represent or advance the field of human sexuality through activities including, but not limited to, clinical programs or other original clinical contributions; the development and implementation of sexuality education curriculum; scientific research; and art, print, radio, television or internet media contributions. The recipient will be an individual who is recognized by peers as a competent and accomplished colleague, an expert in the field, and an exemplary bearer of the standards of professional and personal ethics as well as the standard of excellence in achievement.

Distinguished Service to AASECT Award
(Service to the organization)
This award is presented to an AASECT member in good standing who is certified in at least one area and has worked to promote the mission of AASECT, advocating for sexual health through the development and advancement of sexuality education, counseling or therapy. This individual will have served the organization through activities including, but not limited to, recruitment of new members; presentation of a paper or workshop at AASECT meetings; serving on the Board of Directors, a committee or task force; developing publications for or about the organization; assistance in the development of AASECT policy; and representation of AASECT in the public sector.

Humanitarian Award
(Service to field of sexuality by private citizen)
This award is presented to an individual or group who has contributed to the field of human sexuality through some private endeavor, charitable event(s), public awareness campaign, sex-positive educational offering, or political platform and who has received national and/or international recognition for the contribution.

Sexuality Educator Award
This award is presented to a current AASECT certified sexuality educator. This award recognizes individuals who have made long-standing contributions, outstanding achievements, or otherwise had a major impact in one or more areas of sexuality education. These areas of impact may include, but are not limited to, teaching in the community, teaching in higher education, raising public awareness of sexual issues, or public advocacy / lobbying policy-makers.

AASECT Audiovisual Award
This award is for the producer(s) of a film, video, or DVD that makes a significant contribution to AASECT’s vision of sexual health and to the clinical and educational standards of the field. The nominated audiovisual can be developed for a professional audience or for a general audience, and must have been produced in 2015.

AASECT Book Award
This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECTs vision of sexual health and to the clinical and educational standards of the field.  The nominated book can be written for a professional audience or for a general audience and must have been published in English in 2015.


Submit a completed Nomination form to by March 1, 2016.


Find inspiration in every direction at The Condado Plaza Hilton. As the only hotel in San Juan with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon, we invite you to discover this magical island from a truly unique vantage point. It is a short, scenic stroll to the beaches and fashionable shopping and nightlife of Condado and five minutes to the colonial charms of Old San Juan, but don’t be surprised to find yourself drawn in by the many pleasures of our urban resort. Award-winning fine dining at Pikayo, the flagship restaurant of acclaimed Puerto Rican Chef Wilo Benet. A tucked away beach and exhilarating water sports. Four oasis-style pools, including the only saltwater pool in Puerto Rico. The special room rate will be available until May 7, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

The Condado Plaza Hilton
999 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone: 1-787-721-1000

Make a Reservation!

Tour Puerto Rico

While visiting Puerto Rico for the AASECT 48th Annual Conference, make the most of your trip and take a tour of the island! From the wonders of the Bioluminescent Bay and El Yunque National Rainforest, to shopping and more than 500 years of history, Puerto Rico has it all. Whether you gather a group of friends/colleagues, or tour the island solo, you are just one click away from experiencing the best of Puerto Rico!

  • Tours are open to AASECT Conference attendees and also family, friends, and guests of attendees.
  • Tour rates include transfers and prices listed are per person.
  • If tours fail to meet the minimum they may not be exclusive to AASECT or may have to reschedule.
  • If you need assistance please contact us at 787.925.2145 or by email at

Tour Information

Puerto Rico

AASECT is monitoring the Zika virus situation in Puerto Rico, and we are in constant communication with the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. All of the workshops, special events and meals for the AASECT 48th Annual Conference will be held indoors to reduce mosquito exposure. Please see the attached statement and frequently asked questions about the Zika virus.

Zika Virus FAQs

Zika Virus Statement

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of green mountains, waterfalls and the tropical rainforest of El Yunque National Forest. It's known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, popular for snorkeling, diving, surfing and sailing. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its beach bars, nightclubs and casinos. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth and the U.S. dollar is the official currency; U.S. citizens don’t need a passport or a currency converter!

Puerto Rico is a modern progressive vacation spot that maintains the charm and hospitality of days gone by. You will find everything that the Caribbean has to offer in this all around family destination - and with it is a people whose warmth is equaled only by the sunshine that graces its shores. Puerto Rico offers countless cultural experiences and many historical locations. Whether you enjoy nature or history, nightlife or adventure, culture or sports, pack your bags and discover this unique island full of interesting contrasts and surprises! Friendly, welcoming people most of whom speak English (in addition to their native Spanish), exotic locations, miles upon miles of white sand beaches, plus an unbelievable rain forest and mountains, are all waiting for you in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society that has been molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences.

CLIMATE: The climate is as close to perfect as it can get, averaging 83°F (22.7°C) in the winter and 85°F (29.4°C) in the summer. A rainier season starts in August and ends in October, but due to our tropical climate you can expect brief rain showers at any time.

TIME ZONE: Atlantic Standard (AST), which is one hour later (+1) than Eastern Standard Time (EST) and four hours earlier (-4) than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

SUNRISE/SUNSET AVERAGE: 6:54 am to 6:21 pm

SIZE AND POPULATION: Puerto Rico is approximately 100 by 35 miles (160 by 56 km), which is roughly the size of Connecticut. The Island's population is 3.9 million.

CURRENCY: United States dollar (US$). Major U.S., Canadian, and European banks have branches on the Island.

DOCUMENTS: Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth with U.S. citizenship. Therefore, passports are not necessary for U.S. citizens.

LANGUAGE: Spanish and English are the official languages, but Spanish is without a doubt the dominant language.

TECHNOLOGY: Puerto Rico is considered the most technologically advanced island in the Caribbean. Most cell phone carriers from the United States work here.

Visit Puerto Rico

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Dialogue Panel Presentations

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Pre-conference Workshops

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pre-conference Workshops 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR), Part 1

(limit 20 participants)

Presenter: Den Temin MA, ACS

Den Temin is a board certified sexologist by the American College of Sexologists, and a gender specialist with a Master of Arts degree in Gender and Peace Building that they received, in 2005 from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. Den is a passionate being that considers intimacy and pleasure as revolutionary. Their vision of sex, sexuality, and gender is holistic. It is based on an understanding of social justice where individuals have a right to find paths towards self-empowerment within and outside sexual spaces. Den is the founder of Sexplore with Den Temin. An organization that provides a healthy sex-positive environment where knowledge exchange is facilitated in order to support folks towards self-empowerment by exploring and improving their own and/or other people’s sexual lives and health. Within Sexplore, Den facilitates sexual education workshops, develops sexuality continuing education programs for professionals, and provides sexual counselling in a clinical sexology setting.

Description: A sexual attitude reassessment workshop allows participants the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, and beliefs about various sexual subjects in a non-judgemental environment. Den Temin is proud to provide you an innovative perspective, with unique lens. The SAR Den facilitates is rooted in a sexual justice, anti-oppression ~ anti racist framework.

The SAR workshop is designed as a facilitated journey to promote open, honest self-exploration and understanding in order to reach comfort and self-awareness as the basis for your growth and development. This SAR workshop is targeted specifically at participants whose work requires interpersonal relationships in order to provide services to other individuals.

This SAR journey is a shared experience amongst participants and personal exploration is enhanced by the trust promoted through confidentiality. In order to delve deep into the process our workshop will include the potential for emotional and evocative sexually explicit material. This material will include media, small group dialogue, individual reflections, and brief presentations.

We Make the Road by Walkin’ and Movin’: Pursuing Racial Justice in Our Work as Sexuality Educators

Presenters: Shreya Shah, MPH & Nico Amador

Shreya D. Shah is a South Asian femme facilitator, healer, artist, and activist, with over 10 years of experience providing workshops/ education across the states. Some of the most rewarding work Shreya has been involved in is that of a sexual health educator at a one-stop youth health center in Chicago before receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Columbia University. She is Training for Change’s JCJ Fellowship Program Co-coordinator for trainers of color; a member of the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, mobilizing resources for community organizing by and for LGBTQI communities; and part of S&T generative somatic 2015 cohort, building somatic healing skills to share with community.  Shreya’s art and design work seeks to share out liberatory, healing messages. She enjoys writing up blog posts and comedic stories to share our social change tools, playing with her nephews, dancing, and laughing loudly with loved ones.

Nico Amador is an organizer, educator and writer who has spent the last eight years working as Co-director of Training for Change, a national organization focused on helping movements for social justice build the skills they need to take action effectively.  Nico's involvement in social justice work stems from a deep passion for racial justice and a motivation to support transformation and empowerment in the people of color, queer, and trans communities that he is a part of.  He has worked with everyone from ACT UP activists to union organizers, leading workshops on anti-oppression, strategy, facilitation and grassroots organizing in locations across the US, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

Description: Racism, economic inequality, gender roles and expressions, and immigration status are just some of the issues that impact the lived experiences, needs and desires, and opportunities that students, clients, and colleagues in the field of sexual education have access to.  As sexuality educators it is critical that we develop active ways of addressing how these dynamics show up in our work: from thinking about culturally relevant and liberatory approaches, to curriculum content and design, to creating equitable relationships and access to power with(in) the communities we serve, to supporting the leadership and visibility of people of color in the field of sexuality education.

This workshop will explore issues of racial and economic justice through interactive small and large group activities and opportunities for self-reflection and honest dialogue.  We'll go beyond theory, exploring and shifting behaviors and practices at the systemic, organizational and interpersonal level that can otherwise limit genuine inclusion, equity, and opportunities for people of color.  This workshop meets educators wherever they are at in their anti-oppression journey and analysis; it is intended to be a space for transformative (un)learning, not shame and blame, as we navigate the impacts of oppression in ourselves, as well as our work and communities.

Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road, Part 1

(limit eight participants)

Presenters: James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSSP & Richard Siegel, MS, LMHC, CST, CSSP

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 Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, 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 and educational leadership has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy 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 in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his BA in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and several other state certifications that enable him to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians.

Richard M. Siegel is Co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute training sex therapists and sexual medicine specialists at multiple sites throughout the country. Mr. Siegel is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and Board-certified sex therapist, and is certified by AASECT as a sex therapist and supervisor. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and a private sex therapy practice, as well as being a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists.

Ricky has served AASECT as Conference Co-chair for three consecutive years, followed by two elected terms as Board Secretary, and has been appointed as the incoming Chair of the Supervisor Certification Committee. He is also a Clinical Member of SSTAR and will be serving as its next Membership Committee Chair in 2016. He is currently completing his Doctoral dissertation at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists in Orlando, FL, with a research focus on the integration of healthy sexuality and addiction treatment. He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emergent specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.

Description: This Supervisors workshop offers clinical supervision and training in sex therapy, with four or eight hours, valid toward Certification as AASECT Sex Therapist or Supervisor. The leaders 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 eight participants who are already actively engaged in supervision for AASECT Sex Therapists or Supervisor Certification.  A pre-approved supervision contract will be required.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pre-conference Workshops 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR), Part 2

See Session Description from Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

The Circles of Sexuality: A Conceptual Model of Human Sexuality

Presenter: Dennis M. Dailey, DSW, DST, CSSP

Dr. Dennis M. Dailey was a Professor in the School of Social Welfare, the University of Kansas from 1969 to 2005, retiring in June of 2005 as a Professor Emeritus. From 1979 to 1996 he was an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. He holds a BA degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, an MSSW degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Sex Therapist and Supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT), a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology and a Clinical Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. At the university his primary teaching responsibilities were in human sexuality and advanced clinical practice. He was also active in research, had a limited private practice and did extensive training and consultation nationally and internationally. His primary research interests have been in variations in psychological sex-role in variant life situations.

He is the editor of a book entitled: Sexually Unusual: Guide to Understanding and Helping, and he has published numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals. For nine years he wrote a column regularly for the international journal, Renal Family, and has a special concern for the many sexually oppressed groups in our society. He has written weekly question and answer columns and radio programs and regularly appears in the print and broadcast media, with recent articles in Redbook, McCalls, Seventeen, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle and Cosmopolitan, various newspapers, most recently the Wall Street Journal and an appearance on the Joan Rivers Show.

Description: This workshop will present the Circles of Sexuality conceptual model developed by Dr. Dennis Dailey and used fairly extensively by sexuality educators and others in the field of sexual health. Major concepts will include: sensuality, intimacy, identity, reproductions, sexualization, social/cultural context, and sexual beingness and how these concepts form an interactive and integrative systemic model.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pre-conference Workshops 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road, Part 2

(limit eight participants)

See Session Description from Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

50 Shades of What?! Understanding the Sexuality in 50 Shades of Grey

Presenter: Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES

Wayne V. Pawlowski is an independent consultant, trainer and clinical social worker based in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Washington, DC areas. Previously, he was Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) first and only Director of Training. Prior to joining PPFA he served as the Director of Training for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC for ten years. Wayne is a nationally and internationally recognized sexuality/reproductive health/family planning trainer and educator, having provided training in all 50 United States as well as in 14 nations. He has worked for over 30 years in sexuality education, reproductive health and family planning. Wayne’s work over the years has been recognized with such awards as the First annual Educators Award from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (1995), and the Planned Parenthood Mary Lee Tatum Award (2004) and Golden APPLE Award (1993). He is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia, and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). He is also an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Sexuality Educator Supervisor.

Description: The books and movie, 50 Shades of Grey, were cultural phenomena. Unfortunately, the press and popular discussion about the characters and behaviors described/depicted were generally judgmental, biased, often "sex-negative," and spoken from ignorance rather than from a knowledgeable understanding of BDSM. This session will explore the multiple/overlapping “worlds” of BDSM sexuality emphasizing the role psychology can play in interpreting sexual behaviors. BDSM will be explained in “layman’s terms” and explored through the lenses of health sexuality and safer sex.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pre-conference Workshops 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Somatic Sexual Healing

Presenter: Charlie Glickman, PhD

Charlie Glickman is a sex & relationship coach, a certified sexuality educator, and an internationally-acclaimed speaker. He’s certified as a sexological bodyworker and has been working in this field for over 20 years. His areas of focus include sex & shame, sex-positivity, queer issues, masculinity & gender, communities of erotic affiliation, and many sexual & relationship practices. Charlie is also the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners. Find out more about him on his website or on Twitter and Facebook. For Charlie’s sex coaching services, visit Make Sex Easy.

Description: Talking about sexuality and pleasure can go a long way towards helping your clients overcome their challenges. But there are also limits to what words can accomplish, which is where experiential practices can be useful. Somatic sex educator Charlie Glickman will teach you a series of safe, powerful, and effective tools to teach your clients about embodiment, boundaries, consent, and communication, while also giving you valuable and clinically-relevant information that will help you to support them. Some of these exercises include touching the hand, and possibly the forearm, so if you can shake hands with a client, you can integrate these skills into your practice immediately.

Social Justice, Politics & Pleasure: Exploring the Intersections & Conquering the Divides

Presenter: Monica Raye Simpson

Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. She has organized extensively against civil and human rights violations, the prison industrial complex, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon the minds, bodies and spirits of African Americans with an emphasis on African American women and the African American LBGT community in the South. Monica is also a full circle Doula trained by the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, and she is an “Artivist” dedicated to using her gifts of singing and spoken word in her activism to bring awareness to social justice issues around the world.

Description: In these times, where police brutality is at all-time high, attacks on our reproductive freedom are unrelenting and the most marginalized communities are over policed and over criminalized in ways that make it difficult to live without fear, the very necessary conversation around pleasure and sexual freedom seems to fall further down the “need to discuss” list. The phrase “the personal is political” has been resurrected and more people find it impossible to talk about our bodies, our sexuality and our need for pleasure without talking about how systems of oppression, and politics impact our sexual lives. There is a need for a commitment to social justice across movements and there is a need for cross movement collaborations where there is an intentional investment in radical collective action.  In this institute, leaders of the Reproductive Justice movement, will lead participants through interactive discussions and exercises that will interrogate participants preconceived notions on race and sexuality and push them beyond the comforts of a single issue lens through the intersectional framework of the Reproductive Justice movement in order to create a collective vision for social justice for the sexual freedom movement.

Plenary Sessions

The Colonization of Sex Positivity

Presenters: Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy & Sonalee Rashatwar

Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy is a sex educator at The Smitten Kitten, abortion doula and reproductive justice advocate. She is the Director of Clinic Partnerships at SPIRAL Collective, a non-profit based in Minneapolis supporting people in all of their pregnancy outcomes. She completed her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and anthropology at New York University and is currently completing post-baccalaureate studies in preparation for medical school. Nafeesa sees through a sex-positive and historically-informed lens, invigorating her work in the medical field. Committed to expanding narratives and perspectives from folks of color, Nafeesa broadens mainstream narratives on sex positivity, pleasure, sexual health, and feminism in the US. Her hope is to increase abortion and sexual health access in post/neo colonial nations, particularly in her homeland of Sri Lanka.

Sonalee Rashatwar is a fat-positive, anti-oppression activist of color based in Philadelphia. She receives her MSW/MEd from Widener University in May 2016. A second-generation immigrant of Indian parents, Sonalee has vested research interest in reformulating an ethno sexual identity development model for South Asian immigrants. Her organizing work is rooted in facilitating discussion groups that politicize South Asian adolescents and adults. In developing workshops on topics like decolonizing sex positivity and fat sexuality, Sonalee is able to intersect her activism with sexuality issues. She hopes to develop sexuality education curricula for South Asian parents and youth groups in places of worship, which weave in lessons on anti-black racism, anti-capitalism, disability justice, colonialism, and imperialism.

Description: Why is it important to understand how macro systems of oppression like racism, sexism, classism, cisheteropatriarchy, and ableism intersect? Setting the tone for a radical lineup of workshops, this opening plenary will deconstruct the global intersections of colonial and imperial influences on sex positivity, sex research, and sexual liberation. At the heart of mainstream sex positivity is the idea that its creation was an antithetical response to a culture of sex negative shame. However, the white occupation of dominant sexual ideals has become a new form of colonized sex positive thought. Using an anti-oppressive framework, this plenary will elucidate the value of using a lens attuned to intersecting systems of power and privilege. In highlighting the importance of inclusivity in practice, this plenary will also discuss the significance of counter movements in expanding conceptions of indigenous, black, and brown sexual liberation.

Ethical Storysharing: How to Disrupt Stigma and Promote Wellbeing

Presenter: Aspen Baker

Aspen Baker is the Founder and Executive Director of Exhale; and author of Pro-Voice: How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight. Called a “fun, fearless female” by Cosmopolitan, Baker gave the first TED talk on abortion at TED Women 2015. Her talk has over 1.3 million views. She is an award-winning leader who has been featured by CNN, Fox, the New York Times, NPR and many more print and broadcast media. She is the most prominent voice in the nation on how to transform the abortion conflict into peace.

Description: We develop community and build collective power by sharing our personal stories. Yet, sharing comes with significant risk – from judgment and hostility to violence - and the narratives of stigmatized groups are easily judged and dismissed as irrelevant. The way through this tension is a practice called ethical storysharing, which puts the wellbeing of the storyteller front and center. Storytelling can disrupt social stigma on marginalized experiences and this presentation will address why it doesn’t always work, including the common challenges storytelling efforts face when using stories to change culture and policy. You will learn a philosophy and practical tools to help you celebrate the voices of people with hidden experiences and create a culture more welcoming to each person’s unique story. This talk is sure to stimulate conversation and storysharing among the conference participants.

Love Hormones:  The Nature and Function of Love

Presenter: D. Narayana Reddy, MD, PhD, DST, CSSP

Dr. Reddy is a medical graduate who obtained his Doctorate in Endocrinology. His doctoral thesis Sexual Disorders in Human Males is considered a landmark research in India. He has been in clinical practice of sexual medicine for the more than three decades. As a Chairman of Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International (CSEPI), the largest Sexology Association in India, he is instrumental in promoting the cause of sexual medicine. Dr. Reddy has created sexual health awareness throughout India, a country of diverse linguistic groups, by being a columnist for 11 Media agencies and by authoring 27 books on sexual health.

For his work he has been honored with many awards, notable among them are: Life Time Achievement Gold Medal Award by World Association for Sexual Health in 2007 and Life Time Achievement Award by The TamilNadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University in 2012.

Description: The word love has a variety of related but distinctive meanings in different contexts. In its various forms it acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships. It is a component of human behavior. Universally it is considered an emotion or a feeling. Romantic love leads to sexual motivation or desire which in turn triggers other physiological sexual responses. Until recently it was thought that love is solely a product of the mind. Evolutionary psychology has attempted to provide various reasons for love as a survival tool. Evolutionary biology, anthropology and neurosciences have now documented the biological basis of the emotion called love. It is now realized that emotions trigger thoughts which in turn create our moods. The moods are dependent on the proper balance of hormones and neurotransmitters in the body.

The physiological processes involved in these behaviors are under the control of the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus does this through a process called Neuroendocrine Integration. In this process communication signals from the brain are transmitted through the nervous and endocrine systems to the target organs. This presentation will elaborate on the nature and function of love. It will explain the inter-connection between hormones and emotions. It will also detail how hormones and neurotransmitters impact love. This will help the clinician to understand better the psychosomatic concept of the wonderful feeling called love.

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Exhibitors and Sponsors

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is holding its 48th Annual Conference at the Condado Plaza Hilton in Puerto Rico. AASECT is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary, professional organization that has a membership of approximately 2,000 professionals. Conference attendees share an interest in promoting the understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

The Annual Conference averages 500-600 conference attendees from around the world in disciplines such as sexuality education, counseling, therapy, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine and more. The latest clinical techniques, research applications, and educational approaches in the field of sexual science will be featured. We look forward to celebrating our 48th Annual Conference with you!

We invite you to be an exhibitor and/or sponsor at AASECT’s 48th Annual Conference. The event will be held June 8-12, 2016 at the Condado Plaza Hilton in Puerto Rico. The conference theme is Inclusivity in Practice: Putting the Pieces Together.

Reservation Deadline: April 15, 2016
Payment Deadline: May 1, 2015
NOTE: Returning exhibitors from 2015 may receive a 20% discount if paid by December 15, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (202) 449-1099.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus

Exhibitor Hours

Exhibitor Set-Up

Set-up must be completed by Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:00 PM.

Exhibit Hours

Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:00PM – 9:00PM **Please note: the Opening Reception will be taking place during this time. Exhibiting during these hours is optional
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Move-Out

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Exhibitors may begin dismantling displays at 5:00 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Exhibits may not be dismantled or removed before that time.

Any display space not set up/occupied by Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:00PM may be cancelled without refund unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
This schedule is subject to change. All exhibitors will be notified if there are any changes to the exhibits schedule.

AASECT is not responsible for storage fees incurred due to early shipment of materials or handling fees imposed by the hotel. AASECT is not responsible in any way for any shipping costs for you to display at the conference. All materials handling, delivery, packing charges or actual transportation/shipping charges are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor to the shipper to the Hotel and not AASECT. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to arrange for return shipment of exhibit material. Please bring your pre-printed shipping labels with you to the conference.

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