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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.

Conference Committee Team

Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, CSE - Conference Co-Chair

Mariotta Gary-Smith is a native of Portland, OR and a third generation social justice activist. Her experiences growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave her a unique perspective and led her to pursue her educational career and interest in sexology, public health and human behavior starting in high school. She served on several youth councils, including Planned Parenthood Teen Council and NARAL Pro-choice America National Board Youth Representative. Mariotta decided to head south and completed her undergraduate and graduate work in Atlanta, GA (Agnes Scott College ’95 and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University ‘08). In 2008, she was one of five nationally selected scholars for the 2008-2009 inaugural class of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH) Scholars Program at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Smith has over 15 years of experience working with diverse/multi-cultural communities and organizations on reproductive/sexual health and justice, health education and harm reduction. She continues to advocate for and provide safe spaces for open discussion/collaboration, as well as presenting at professional conferences (AASECT and SSSS), conducting trainings and workshops that educate women and girls of color about sexual health, sexuality, safer behavior practices and sexual health advocacy.

Currently, Mariotta is the AASHEP (African American Sexual Health Equity Health Program) Health Educator in the STD/HIV Program for the Multnomah County Health Department, in Portland, OR.

Melissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE - Conference Co-Chair

Melissa Keyes DiGioia is a Certified Sexuality Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. As Co-founder and Director of Education, she facilitates professional development workshops and education sessions on varying sexuality and sexual health topics and specializes in program delivery for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Melissa is author of Taking a Special Education Approach - a guide for religious educators implementing Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 (2nd Ed.) to adapt lessons and methodology for audiences with special needs. She is coauthor of Game On! The Ultimate Sexuality Education Gaming Guide and contributing author to Unequal Partners: Teaching about Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships (3rd Ed.), Older Wiser Sexually Smarter, Teaching Safer Sex (3rd Ed., Volumes 1 & 2), and Positive Images: Teaching About Contraception and Sexual Health (4th Ed.). She has a graduate certificate in Human Sexuality from Montclair State University and received her BA with concentrations in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey.

Stephanie C. Chando, MSW, LSW - Sponsorship Sub-committee Chair

Stephanie C. Chando is a palliative care social worker on Pennsylvania Hospital’s inpatient palliative care consult team. In this role, she helps individuals and their families understand and adapt to life with a serious illness at various points along the continuum of their disease process. Stephanie also serves as the Education Coordinator for Passion 101 Classes at Sexploratorium and Passional Boutique. In this role, she contacts potential educators and coordinates monthly sex-positive class schedules, creates promotional materials and maintains various social networking sites (WordPress, Facebook, Google Calendar), and monitors classroom activities and attends to needs of participants and guest educators.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice with her Master’s of Social Work degree in 2008. She holds a license in social work from the state of Pennsylvania. Stephanie also completed a Master of Education in Human Sexuality degree from Widener University in 2014. Stephanie is still attending Widener University as a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Sexuality student, with a particular focus on the intersections of sexuality, intimacy, and palliative care. Stephanie has done several trainings for healthcare professionals on sexuality and palliative care and wishes to continue this work far into the future.

Lizbeth Cruz - Volunteer Subcommittee Chair

Lizbeth Cruz has been teaching sexuality-related topics for over a decade to youth and adults with diverse backgrounds and ability levels.  She is certified to provide several CDC approved, evidence-based interventions, which focus on HIV/AIDS prevention education to specific populations. As a bilingual community educator, she provides sexuality prevention education and awareness to the Latino population.  Currently, Lizbeth coordinates a parenting group that focuses on developing assets, skills, and resiliency among members through education and support. Lizbeth currently works at Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey. She is a contributing author to Game On! The Ultimate Sexuality Education Gaming Guide, Teaching Safer Sex (3rd Ed.), and Positive Images: Teaching about Contraception and Sexual Health (4th Ed.).

Susan Stiritz, MBA, MSW, PhD, CSE, CSES - Continuing Education Sub-committee Co-chair

Susan Stiritz, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Sexual Health and Education Specialization at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, has been teaching sexuality courses for almost twenty years. Dr. Stiritz serves as AASECT’s Chair of its Professional Education Steering Committee and for the past three years, Director of AASECT’s Summer and Winter Institutes. She is also a member of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region’s Board of Directors, a Certified Sexuality Educator, an AASECT Individual CE Provider, and a Certified Sexuality Education Supervisor.  She has published papers in various peer-reviewed journals, including "Cultural Cliteracy: Exposing the contexts of Women’s Not Coming” in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice, and "Teaching Men’s Anal Pleasure: Challenging Gender Norms with Prostage Education, in the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, FAACS, CST, CSTS - Continuing Education Subcommittee Co-Chair

Dr. Sally Valentine holds a doctorate in clinical sexology, is a licensed clinical social worker, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, certified EMDR therapist, certified hypnotherapist, certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and a registered Sivananda yoga teacher. She has extensive training in sex therapy, hypnotherapy, EMDR, trauma resolution and tantric mind-body therapy. Sally has a private practice in Boca Raton, FL and specializes in relationship/intimacy issues, sexuality concerns, trauma and life stressors. She facilitates a program in Personal Transformation Intensive which focuses on co-dependency, addiction, sexual abuse, mind/body issues and relationships. Additionally, Sally is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor and a state approved Clinical Supervisor for Licensees of Clinical Social Work. She works toward empowering new therapists with a solid foundation of clinical experience, direction and support which ultimately benefits the clients they counsel.

Dr. Valentine is a national and international presenter and workshop facilitator. She teaches in areas of enhancing sexuality, tantra sexuality, healing the mind-body connection of trauma, and personal growth transformation. Sally is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. She is an active  member of the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the National Association of Social Workers, Imago Relational Therapy International, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy Association and the EMDR International Association.

Jarret Allende, MHA - Translation and Accessibility Sub-committee Chair

Jarret Allende is a community health educator in New Jersey. For the last few years, he has worked directly with youth in public and private schools, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations. His experience includes working with students with intellectual disabilities providing comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education. Jarret holds a BS in Community Health from New Jersey City University and a Master’s of Health Administration with a concentration in Education from the University of Phoenix.


Mark Levand, MA, MEd - Social Media Sub-committee Co-chair

Mark Levand is a sexuality educator and trainer based out of Philadelphia. Formally trained in both human sexuality and Catholic theology, Mark’s passion for the field of sexuality stems from the belief that sexuality is an integral part of the human experience and that all people deserve a safe place for discussions about sexual issues. Within this, his main areas of interest include: sexual ethics and diversity, cross-cultural sexuality, and the intersection of sexuality and faith.  As a part of his work, Mark teaches human sexuality courses at Delaware and Montgomery County Community Colleges and conducts professional trainings to increase sensitivity towards sexual differences, self-reflective sexuality, and faith and religion within sexuality. In 2015, he received the AASECT Student Presentation Award for his co-presentation of Kink-positive, Patient-centered Care for Health Care Professionals. Mark holds Masters’ degrees in Theology and Religious Studies (John Carroll University, 2011) and Human Sexuality (Widener University, 2014).  He is currently completing his PhD in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Mark has co-chaired the social media sub-committee for AASECT’s annual conference for the past two years.

Cindy Lee Alves, MEd - Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair

Cindy Lee is a sexuality educator and consultant who is pursuing her PhD in Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Her research focuses on the intersection of race and sexuality, with particular interests in racial justice and professional development. Cindy Lee has taught college courses in NY, NJ, and PA, including several CUNY colleges and Temple University. Her passion for facilitating challenging conversations has led her to also engage audiences of online radio stations and online/print magazines, as well as provide workshops on a myriad of topics. In addition to her independent work, Cindy Lee is the Program Coordinator for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in the Bronx.

Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE, CSES - Moderator Subcommittee Chair

Richelle Frabotta has been a professional sexuality educator since 1992, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator since 1996, and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor since 2014. Richelle has taught, trained, and consulted about numerous and varied topics of sex/ual/ity to schools, organizations, faith communities ...anywhere she is invited... for thousands of people. Richelle currently serves as Director of Education Services for Southern Ohio Sexuality Education and Consultation Services (SOSECS) and is a full-time doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Department at Miami University (Oxford, OH). Richelle values her long-time committed relationship with AASECT and currently serves as Public Relations, Media, and Advocacy Steering Committee Chair on the Board of Directors as well as other volunteer roles throughout the last 22 years. Richelle has a profound respect for diversity of all kinds, believes strongly in prevention education, endeavors to empower people to make healthy choices for sexual expression and recognizes the power of mentoring relationships with those who want to be in the sexuality field. Teaching sex/ual/ity is Richelle’s passion. She loves her work and can think of nothing else she’d rather do than talk about sex and get paid for it.


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 a translation service will be available for select sessions as part of the Bilingual Translation Track!

Pre-conference Workshop Registration Fees

Wednesday Evening and Thursday
SOLD OUT - 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 Dinesh Shah, MPH
& Nico Amador
SOLD OUT- Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part 1 James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS &
Richard Siegel, MS, LMHS, CST, CSTS
SOLD OUT - Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part 2 James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS & Richard Siegel, MS, LMHS, CST, CSTS $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


Back by popular demand at the 48th Annual Conference is the AASECT Conference Bookstore...with a twist! This year's bookstore will be online!

Want to sell your books at the conference? You don't need to bring any to Puerto Rico! Want to buy books? You won't have to pack them in your bag; they'll get shipped to you once you're home! Managed by The Center for Sex Education (CSE), the Conference Bookstore is not only a place to access new resources in the field but also to celebrate the published works of our community.

If you are a published author and are interested in having your published works available, please click here for more information and to submit your titles. Once the titles are available for sale, you can visit the bookstore here:

If you have specific questions about the bookstore, please contact Jeffrey Anthony at

48th Annual Conference Scholarships

AASECT Creating Community Scholarship

AASECT is excited to announce two scholarship opportunities available for the 48th Annual Conference through the Creating Community Scholarship Fund! The fund was created to aid in overcoming obstacles that may prohibit those from attending its annual conference. Because of the generosity of our members and supporters, we are excited to offer these two scholarship opportunities for this year's conference.

The scholarship recipients will receive full conference registration to AASECT’s 48th Annual Conference, June 8-12, 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and three nights’ accommodations at the conference hotel - The Condado Plaza Hilton.

The scholarship is open to graduate students and new sexuality professionals who demonstrate a need for the scholarship in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Financial difficulties in accessing AASECT's Annual Conference.
  2. Reside in an area where there is limited or no support for/presence of sexuality educators, counselors or therapists.
  3. Reside in an area where there is limited to no support for/representation of racial, ethnic or diversely identified sexuality educators, counselors or therapists.
Those interested in applying must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a current member of AASECT in good standing.
  • 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 one’s commitment to the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research or sexual health.
  • Provide an essay (600 words or less) demonstrating the need for scholarship based on the criteria above and how this scholarship award would help in accomplishing one’s personal career goals.

Please submit all of the above criteria in one file (PDF) to Incomplete or piecemeal applications will not be accepted. Scholarship recipients will be announced by May 16, 2016.

Please note - If interested applicants have already registered for the conference, they may still apply. If selected to receive the scholarship, the cost of registration will be refunded, and hotel reservations will be paid at the time of the conference.
Deadline - Monday, May 2, 2016.

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 AASECT's 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

Zika Virus CDC Resource

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 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

Schedule at a Glance

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Wednesday |  Thursday |  Friday |  Saturday |  Sunday

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration and Information
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

SOLD OUT - Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) (Part 1)
Den Temin MA, ACS

SOLD OUT - Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road (Part 1)
James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS & Richard Siegel, MS, LMHC, CST, CSTS

We Make the Road By Walkin’ and Movin’: Pursuing Racial Justice in Our Work As Sexuality Educators
Shreya Shah, MPH & Nico Amador

Thursday, June 9, 2016

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration and Information
8:30 am – 4:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

SOLD OUT - Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) (Part 2) (Continued)
Den Temin MA, ACS

SOLD OUT - Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road (Part 2)
James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS & Richard Siegel, MS, LMHC, CST, CSTS

We Make the Road By Walkin’ and Movin’: Pursuing Racial Justice in Our Work As Sexuality Educators (Continued)
Shreya Shah, MPH & Nico Amador

The Circles of Sexuality: A Conceptual Model of Human Sexuality
Dennis M. Dailey, DSW, DST, CSTS

50 Shades of What?! Understanding the Sexuality in 50 Shades of Grey
Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break (on own)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

SOLD OUT - Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) (Part 2) (Continued)

SOLD OUT - Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road (Part 2)
James Wadley & Richard Siegel

We Make the Road By Walkin’ and Movin’: Pursuing Racial Justice in Our Work As Sexuality Educators (Continued)

The Circles of Sexuality: A Conceptual Model of Human Sexuality (Continued)

Somatic Sexual Healing
Charlie Glickman, PhD

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

5:00 pm – 9:30 pm Exhibits Open
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Volunteer Check in & Orientation (Lizbeth Cruz)
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Students and First Timers Meet & Greet (Point Person TBD)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner (on own)
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm Engaging Diversity Opening Plenary: The Colonization of Sex Positivity
Sonalee Rashatwar & Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy
8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Welcoming Reception & Poster Session
Sponsored by Adam & Eve

Friday, June 10, 2016

7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration and Information
7:00 am – 8:00 am Tantric Meditation (Sally Valentine)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
8:00 am – 9:00 am Regional Meeting (Region TBA)
Regional Meeting (International)
Meet & Greet for People Seeking Certification Supervisors
3 Special Interest Group Meetings (TBA)
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Dialogue Panel - Intersections in Sexuality and Disabilities Education: How We Can Work in and Out of the Classroom
Richelle Frabotta, MSEd, CSE, CSES; Barbara Thomas, MEd, JSOC, CSE, CSES & Carolyn Peterson, MA

What You Want to Know About AASECT Certification and Supervision
Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, DST, CSTS & Jo Kessler, MS, NP, CSE, DST

The Veracity of Queer Black Femmes in the Sex Ed Classroom
Bianca Laureano, MA

The Sexless Sex Therapist: Suffering in Silence
Shannon Chavez, PsyD, CST & Liz Dube', MA, MS, CST

What to Expect When You Have a Vagina (or a Uterus, Cervix, or Ovaries): Vulvovaginal Health Across the Lifespan
Sarah Mueller

Does This Come with Attachments? Integrating EFT and Sex Therapy
Karlaina Brooke, PsyD, CST, CSTS

¿Marianismo, la Familia, y Yo?: Deconstructing Sex Therapy with Latina Clients
Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST & Julissa Coriano

Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior - Rethinking Sex Addiction
Michael Vigorito, MA, LMFT, LCPC, CGP & Doug Braun-Harvey, MA, LMFT, CGP, CST

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

SIG Round Table: Evolution of Alternative Sexuality: Evolving Facts and New Perspectives to Help you Build Inclusivity with Your Sexually Expansive Clients
Lori Michels, LMFT, S-PSB,CST; James Fleckenstein; Tammy Nelson, PhD, CIT, LPC, LADC, CST, CSTS; Tamara Pincus, MSW, CST & Anna Randall, MSW, MPH, DHS, ACS

Dialogue Panel: Shifting Privilege: Leveraging Our Power as Individual Allies and Advocates Toward Meaningful Social Change
Eli Green, PhD, CSE; Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST & Aida Manduley

Master Conflict Theory In Action: A New Model for Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy
Stephen Betchen, DSW, DST, CSTS, LMFT & Heather Davidson, EdM, MA, EMDR, LPC, CST

Experiential in Session Techniques: Using Cross-Cultural, Mindfulness, and Movement
Jacqueline Mendez, MA, CST & Kamara McAndrews, MA, CST

Autism, Puberty & Sexuality
Nicholas Maio, MS/P, BCBA, LBA

Trauma Informed Sex Ed
Laura Jean McGuire

At the Margins of the Mosaic: The Intersection of Ethnicity, Sexuality, and Same-Sex Relationships
Daniel Alonzo, PsyD, CST

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch Break
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Chat & Chew Sessions (coinciding with lunch time)

How to Become an AASECT Provider of Training and AASECT CE Credits
Susan Stiritz, MA, MBA, MSW, PhD, CSE, CSES & Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Reacción de Hombres Heterosexuales de 25 Años o Más Ante el Empoderamiento Sexual de la Mujer
Alicia Fernandez Villanueva, EdD, MS, MSHTP, PHSC, CPAS & Gerardo Padin Zamot, PhD

Is It Easier for Her? Afro-textured Hair and Its Effects on Black Female Sexuality
Donna Oriowo

The 5 Dishes of Sexuality: Creating A Sex Ed Cook Book
Bill Taverner, MA, CSE & Jeff Anthony

Supported Decision Making and Sexuality for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Donna Bernert, PhD, ECED, ELEM, SPED, SHED & Jane Cox, PhD

Sexual Health and Wellness Benefits of Sex Toys and Aids
Joanne Bird, PhD, LMHC, CCBT & Chuck Bird, PhD, LMHC, RN

Sexual Health Interventions for Latino Youth: What Works
Andrew Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES & Annabelle Nelson, PhD

Serving LGBTQ Youth Through Digital Support Groups
Deborah Levine, MSW, MAT & Leslie Kantor, MPH, PhD

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Beyond Risk Reduction: A Human Rights Approach to Sexuality Education
Alison Oliver, MSW

Picking Up The Pieces: Sexual Trauma in Modern Maternity Care - Prevalence, Prevention, Support
Vera Casey

Sexuality Education for the Spinal Cord Injury Patient
Trisha Hicks, MSW, MEd & Sigmound Hough, PhD

In Case You're Curious: Reaching Los Jovenes
Rebecca Engel & Brenda Hernandez

Integrating the Fractured Pieces of African American Female Sexuality
Myrtle Means, MA, PhD

Individual Grief, Couple Loss: Exploring Biological and Behavioral Responses to Grief and Intimate Partner Intimacy and Sexuality After the Loss of a Parent
Brittani Oliver, MA & Nicole Sheppard Van Ness, MA, PsyD

Engaging Youth in New Media Social Marketing
Mary Grace Pagaduan, MPH; Kenny Shults; Louse Marchena, MSW; Emily Hanlen, MPH, MEd & Jonathon Rodriguez

Non-Monogamy in Gay Male Couples
Prem Pahwa, MSW, CST

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Dialogue Panel: Sexuality Social Justice: Examining our Practice as Sexuality Professionals
Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST; Rebecca Anthony, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST; Elicia Gonzales, MEd, MSW & Michael Diaz, MA

Whose Ethics? Ethical Guidelines, Privilege, Power, and Service Provision in the Field of Sexuality
Den Temin, MA, ACS & Stephen Biggs, MA, RP

Consent 201: Consent and Its Discontents
Russel Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSTS; Susan Wright, MA & Derrell Cox, MA

Military and Veterans 101 for Sexuality Professionals
Elizabeth Powell, PsyD; Harmony Larson; Julie Landry-Poole, PsyD, ABPP; Fabia Gomez Salas, PsyD & Rebekah Broady, PsyD, MA

Diseño Exploratorio Y Experimental Del Código Deontológico Para La Práctica De La Sexología En Puerto Rico
Juan Malavé-Rexach, MS, MHS, DSG, PHSC

Sex Positive Self Defense
Diane Long, BCTMB, SEP

Healing the Pieces of Our Sexual Selves: For Sexuality Professionals
Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES & Gina Ogden, PhD, DST, CSTS

Cross-Cultural Code-Switching in Sexuality: Adaptation for Inclusivity
Lorena Olvera Moreno, MEd, MPsT & Mark Levand, MA, MEd

4:45 pm - 6:45 pm Whipple Plenary & Symposium: Community-Based Participatory Research for Sexual Health Promotion and Advocacy: Experiences from the Field in Puerto Rico
Moderator: Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE
Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES; Brian M. Dodge, PhD, MPH & Erika Collazo-Vargas, PhD, MPH

Saturday, June 11, 2016

7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration and Information
7:00 am – 8:00 am Tantric Meditation (Sally Valentine)
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am Regional Meeting (Region TBA)
AASECT Certification Meeting
Meet & Greet for People Seeking Mentorship
3 Special Interest Group Meetings (TBA)
9:15 am – 10:45 am Schiller Plenary: Love Hormones:  The Nature and Function of Love
D. Narayana ReddyMD, PhD, DST, CSTS
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dialogue Panel: Working with Aging Populations in the Field of Sexology
Katelyn Regan, MSW, MEd; Eli Coleman, PhD, CST, CSTS; Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, CSC, CSE & Jane Fleishman, MS, MEd

SIG Roundtable: Tantra, the Spiritual, Political, and Practical
Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS; Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, MFT, PhD, CSE, CSES; Francesca Gentillé & Mark Michaels, MA, JD

Ethical Considerations and Dilemmas when Recommending, Distributing or Selling Sexual Assistive Products
Neil Cannon, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS; Heather Raznick, MSW, LCSW, CST; Reece Malone, DHS, MPH, ACS, CSE; Lynne Li-Ying Wang, MD, CSC, CSE; Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST, CSTS & Dan Watter, EdD, DST, CSTS

Educators as Transgender Allies: Essential Strategies for Inclusive Teaching and Learning
Eli Green, PhD, CSE & Luca Maurer, MS, CSC, CSE, CSES

Putting The Pieces Together: A New Theory
Charles Miron, PhD, DST & Amy Miron, MS, CST, CSE

Being an Ally for Racial Justice in the Field of Sexuality
Marlene Pray, MEd; Trina Scott & Cindy Lee Alves, MEd

Pleasure As An Ally: Utilizing Pleasure Positive Education to Reduce Sexual Misconduct and Increase Healthy Relationships on College Campuses
Sarah Wright, PsyD, CST & Reid Mihalko

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Luncheon- Sponsored by Trojan
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Dialogue Panel: Challenging Perceptions and Cultural Considerations When Working with Latinx Clients
Estefania Simich, LCPC, NCC; Lorena Olvera Moreno, MEd, MPsT; Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST; Julissa Coriano, MEd, MSW & Yara Perez, MA, LCPC, EMP, CST

Assessment and Treatment of Premature Ejaculation
Melissa Novak, MSW, LCSW, CST

Open Relationship Contracting with Gay Male Couples (In the Age of Same Sex Marriage)
Arlen Leight, DDS, MSW, PhD

BDSM The Naked Truth - From Basics to Edge Playing Dominance & Submission
Charley Ferrer, DHS, MA, ACS, CHt

Decolonizing Sex Positivity: A Practical Guide
Sonalee Rashatwar & Nafeesa Dawoodbhoy

Modeling Consent: Giving ALL Youth the Tools They Need
Deborah Levine, MSW, MAT & Julia Bennett, MPH

Training Programs: Measuring Outcomes & Impact on Sexual Health
Carey Bayer, EdD, MEd, BSN, RN, CSE; L. Lerissa Smith, MPH; Fengxia Yan, MS & Harry Heiman, MD, MPH

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Dialogue Panel: Safe Zone: Creating an Environment of Inclusion
Alexandra Marshall, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES; Heather Hudson, PhD, MPH, CHES & Katy Allison, MPH, CHES

Skin Deep: Intersections of Colorism, Colonialism, and Sexuality
Trina Scott & Bianca Laureano, MA

Dating and Dogma: Reframing Our Conversations to Advance Sexual Health in Religious Communities
Beverly Dale, MS, MDiv, DMin & Rachel Keller, MSW, MEd

Engagement of Latino/Hispanic MSM in HIV Prevention: Strategies and Findings
Sofia Jawel-Wessel, Natividad Hernandez & Jason Coleman

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Palliative Care
Stephanie Chando, MSW, LSW, MEd

The Bonobo Way: An Alternative Great Ape Paradigm for Human Sexuality
Susan Block, PhD

Why Sex Is Good for Teens
Susan Stiritz, MA, MBA, MSW, PhD, CSE, CSES

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner (on your own)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Making Love After Making War: Documentary Short & Dialogue
Mitchell Tepper, PhD, MPH, CSC, CSE, CSES

Sunday, June 12, 2016

7:00 am – 10:00 am Registration and Information
8:00 am - 8:30 am Interfaith Service
8:00 am - 9:00 am Regional Meeting (Region TBA)
1 Special Interest Group Meetings (TBA)
7:30 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 11:30 am Exhibits Open
9:00 am – 10:30 am

SIG Roundtable: Integrating Sexual Medicine, Therapy, Counseling, and Education: What Can We Learn from Each Other?
Lawrence Siegel, MA, PhD, CSE; Deepak Arora, MD, EH, ACS, ABS, MWAS; Madeleine Castellano, MD, CST; Melanie Modjoros; Robin Siegal, MSW, LCSW & Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, CSC, CSE

Dialogue Panel: Erasing Anti-Blackness from Human Sexuality: Lessons from the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
Tracie Gilbert, MA, MSEd, MEd & LaShay Harvey Jones, MEd

Coming of Age at the Time of Stonewall: Sexual Satisfaction of Older Adults in Same-Sex Relationships
Jane Fleishman, MS, MEd

From Egg and Sperm to Worm: African American Sexual Scripts by Gender Across the Lifespan
Twinet Parmer, PhD, LPC, CST; Asher Pimpleton, PhD & James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS

Sexuality and the Spectrum: Creating Sex-Positive Space for Folks Living with or Around ASD
Laurie Wagner, MEd, PhD, MCHES

Sex Support Outside the Box for Sex Clients of Sex Workers: Ethical, Inclusive, & Affirming Treatment Models
Francesca Gentille &amp Lex Bartlow, MS, CSP

Ọ̀ṣunality for Pioneering Sexuality Professionals
Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, MSW, MEd, PhD

10:45 am - 12:15 pm General Plenary: Ethical Storysharing: How to Disrupt Stigma and Promote Wellbeing
Aspen Baker
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Closing & Looking Ahead to 2017 in Las Vegas...

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)

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

Shreya Dinesh 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)

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

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

Dennis M. Dailey, DSW, DST, CSTS

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Community-Based Participatory Research for Sexual Health Promotion and Advocacy: Experiences from the Field in Puerto Rico

Scientists from the sexual health promotion field, Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES, Brian M. Dodge, PhD, MPH, Erika Collazo, PhD, MPH and Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE will deliver this special panel. They will share their experience building and conducting community-based participatory research for sexual health promotion and advocacy in Puerto Rico. Additionally they will discuss how their approach to research led to collaborations to address sexual health inequities in Puerto Rico, especially in the development of culturally-specific sexual health promotion interventions. Directly after the panelists’ presentation a cultivated symposium of various sexuality professionals working in different capacities in Puerto Rico will share their experiences.

Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES is a health promotion and health education scientist. As a public health educator by training, his work has focused principally on sexual health promotion, HIV/AIDS, and health equity. He has been working in the public health field for over a decade addressing the needs of multiple populations at increased risk, including Latino/Hispanic populations in the US, prison populations, gay and bisexual men, other MSM, and trans populations. Since early in his career Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz has been engaged with community-based organizations in PR, initially as an outreach worker in programs for the prevention HIV among MSM and male sex workers and later as a researcher and advisor to the implementation of HIV and sexual health promotion programs, capacity building, and managerial efforts with several organizations. The findings from some of these collaborations have been presented at major scientific conferences and published in peer-review journals. Dr. Rodríguez-Diaz has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and private organizations. All these funding sources have supported a research agenda to address inequities in the HIV epidemic and sexual health promotion in the US, the Caribbean Region, and Puerto Rico. Currently, Carlos is the Program Coordinator of the University of Puerto Rico - School of Public Health Doctoral Program in Public Health (DrPH) with specialty in Social Determinants of Health. As leader in this unique academic program, he has been developing a research and public health practice agenda to address social determinants of health among disenfranchised populations. He teaches courses and seminars on research methods.

Brian Dodge, PhD, MPH is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Our center is a collaborative of sexual health scholars from across the campuses of Indiana University and strategic academic institutions globally who, in partnership with practitioners from community-based health organizations, government and industry, work toward advancing the field of sexual health through our research, education and training initiatives. He has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific publications on sexual health and behavior in a wide range of populations. To date, his research has focused on understanding social and behavioral aspects of sexual health in relation to HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and other aspects of well-being among a wide range of diverse populations, particularly sexual minorities. He has collaborated on a range of assessments of sexual behavior in a variety of probability samples of adults and adolescents in the U.S., including as a co-investigator of the ongoing nationally representative National Survey of Sexual Health & Behavior (NSSHB) since 2009. In addition, Brian has explored sexual risk and protective behaviors among a variety of understudied and underserved sexual minority communities, with a specific emphasis on bisexual men. This line of work resulted in some of the first NIH-funded exploratory studies on HIV/STI and sexual risk behavior specifically among bisexual men, relative to their exclusively heterosexual and homosexual counterparts. As a result of both of these lines of research, Brian has particular expertise in the role of sampling in sexual health research on sexual and gender minority populations, at the levels of the general population as well as of specific sub-populations, such as racial/ethnic sexual minorities.

Dr. Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE is an associate professor at Indiana University, a research fellow and sex educator at The Kinsey Institute, and the author of six best-selling books about sex and love. Her newest book is The Coregasm Workout (Seal Press, 2015), as seen in Vogue, Cosmo, Women’s Health, Buzzfeed, Men’s Health, and many more. Dr. Herbenick has served as a sex expert for television shows like Tyra, Katie, The Doctors, and The Today Show. Her work has been profiled everywhere from magazines like Cosmo and Glamour to Discovery Health television to industry media like The Chronicle of Higher Education. Debby is also a frequent guest on the Savage Love podcast and on Men’s Health Radio. A widely read sex columnist, Debby has written thousands of columns for Men’s Health magazine, Time Out Chicago, Glamour, and Nuvo and also writes the Kinsey Confidential columns and podcasts. Her TEDx video, “Making Sex Normal”, has more than one million views.

Dr. Erika Collazo-Vargas, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Dr. Collazo received her Master of Public Health from the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus and a PhD in Health Behavior from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington where she also worked with the Kinsey Institute and the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. To date, her research has focused on women’s health, sexual health among minority women and the intersection between drug use and sexual health, particularly within the context of marginalized communities such as female Injection Drug Users (IDU) in Puerto Rico.

Love Hormones:  The Nature and Function of Love

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.

Dr. Reddy, MD, PhD, DST, CSTS 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.

Ethical Storysharing: How to Disrupt Stigma and Promote Wellbeing

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.

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.

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Poster Session

Thursday, June 9, 2016

8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Sex Education in the United States and Its Relationship to Rape Culture: Silence, Shame and Exclusion
Isabel Abraham-Raveson

Exploring Sexual Experiences Among Women Who Inject Drugs Through a Qualitative Event-level Analysis
Kathryn Barnhart, PhD

Support for Sexuality Education: Meeting the Needs of All Youth
Elissa Barr, PhD; Michele Moore, PhD; Kristina Wilson, PhD & Stacey Griner, MPH, CPH

Utilizing the Community Readiness Model as a Needs Assessment Tool for Sexuality Education Policies
Donna Bernert, PhD, ECED, ELEM, SPED, SHED & Julie Chaya, MEd

Sexual Conduct, Sensation Seeking and Religiosity in a Sample of Puerto Rican Adults
Leonardo Candelario-Pérez, PhD

Exploring Adolescents' Needs of Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) in a Context with High Rates
Jessica Castillo Nuñez, PhD, MPH

A Transformative Approach to Sexual Health Research with IDU Women in Puerto Rico
Erika Collazo-Vargas, MSc

Training Clinicians to Practice from a Sexual Wellness Model
Shannon Dermer, PhD, MS & Molli Bachenberg, EdD

A Phenomenological Exploration of African American Female Counselors Addressing Sexuality
Alicia Ellis, EdD, MS

Sexual Compulsion: Dichotomy Coalesce Made Possible by Technology
Tania Escobedo

A Survey on Atypical Sexual Behaviors and General Well-being Among a Sample of the General Population
Edward Fankhanel, PhD, EdD, MA, CST

Senior Sex and Intimacy- Desires Unspoken
Renee Flores, MD & Jason Burnett, PhD, MS

Internalized Homophobia of Hispanic Gay Men
Rafael Fuentes, PhD

Swinging Jealousy Scale
George Gaither, PhD, MA; Elizabeth Tobin & Edward Fernandes, MEd, PhD

A Dissertation Informed from Within: Developing and Testing a Sexual Health App for Women of Color
Sonia Gonzalez, MPH

Bibliotherapy & the Black Boni: Rebuilding the Pre-colonial Condition of Queer Black Boys
Patrick Grant, MPH

The Misogyny in Video Games and the Effect on Women
Kaiyan Griffith

Sex Coach Certification for Hispanics: Including Hispanic People into the Field of Sex Coaching
Aleida Heinz, PhD, CSC, ACS & Pedro Briceno, PhD, ACS

An Intersectional Approach to Understanding the Perceptions of Social and Intimate Relationships, Marriage and Parenting of Individuals with Schizophrenia and Key Family Members
Paula Helu-Brown, MS

Solace of Faith: City of Refuge UCC, Inclusivity in Action
Tanya Henderson, PhD, MBA

A Mosaic of Voices: Using Teen Theatre Outreach to Promote Communication About Sexuality
Lorraine Jackson, PhD

Perceived Relevance of Preventive Sexual Health Topics to Social Work: A Study of MSW Students
Shanna Kattari, MEd; Kimberly McKay, PhD, MSW, MEd; Stephanie Begun, MSW & Ginny Winter, PhD, MSW

Promoting Access to Safer Sex Products to College Students Guided by Sex Positive and Health Equity Approaches
Merril Lavezzo, MPH, CHES & Polly Paulson, MPH, MCHES

Let's Talk About What?! Increasing Medical Students' Awareness of & Comfort Discussing Sexual Health
Michelle Linschoten, MSW, MPH & Ann Conrath, MSW, LCSW, CST

Doing Transnational Sexology from Poland- Critical View on Sex Positivity
Agata Lowe, MA, PhD

Perceived Reproductive Health-related Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
Shanna Kattari, MEd; Kimberly McKay, PhD, MSW, MEd; Stephanie Begun, MSW & Ginny Winter, PhD, MSW

Exploring How Adults with Physical Disabilities Define Sexual Activity and Their Sexual Satisfaction
Shanna Kattari, MEd & George Turner, PhD, MEd, MSW

Somnus Orgasm: Prevalence, Predictors and Experiences of Women Who Orgasm During Sleep
Lyndsay Mercier, MEd

Instructional Design for Inclusive Sexuality Education
Katrina Miller, EdD, CRC, NCC, LPC; Alice Hinck, PhD & Damara Paris, EdD, CRC, NCC, LPC

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Medical Edition! How Silence About Sexuality May be Hurting Us All
Phillis Mims-Gillum, MD

Widows Reluctant to Remarry: Cohabitation as a Coping Strategy
Tami Moore, PhD, CFLE

Pleasurably Positive: Supporting Safe & Pleasurable Sex Lives for Folks with STIs
Sarah Mueller

Upping Your A-game: Improving Sex Therapy Outcomes Through Client Feedback
Tom Murray, PhD, LMFT, LPC-S, CST, FMHE & Sam Sanabria, PhD, LMHC

Commitment and Sexual Fidelity in Today's Gay World: How Are They Defined and Implemented?
Leor Ram & Linda De Villers, PhD, DST, CSE, CSTS

Reclaiming Sexuality and Gender After Religious/Spiritual Abuse
Carise Rotach-Beard, MA, LMFT & Rachel Halliday, LMFT

Is Non-monogamy Non-negotiable? A Semi-structured Interview for Clinical Use
Caryn Stark, MS, MFT

SafeTeens Answers!: Disrupting Marginalized Teens’ Information Seeking Practices to Achieve Health Equity
Nicholas Sufrinko

I Say, 'I Love You' as Much as I Can: Latino Men's Narratives on Creating Romance
Andrew Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES & Ivan Valenzuela, MA

Between the Sheets and Beyond the Binary: Trans Persons’ Partners’ Sexualities
Andrew Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES & Eion George Cashman

Toys for a SexAbled Life: Adaptable Uses for Sex Toys for People with Disabilities
Robin Wilson-Beattie

Bringing the 'Rents in the Loop: Facilitating College Students' Trauma Disclosure to Parents
Sarah Wright, PsyD, CST

Sexual Health in the LGBTQI Community: The Intersection of Addiction, Mental Health and Trauma

Phenomenology of Extra-marital Affairs and Clinical Implications
Nicolle Zapien, PhD, EdM, MA, MFC, CST

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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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