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Click here for the 49th Annual AASECT Conference Final Program.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017        

12:00 pm - 6:00pm  - Registration and Information

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  - Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) - Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES & Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE

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


Thursday, June 15, 2017       

7:00 am – 5:00 pm - Registration and Information

9:00 am – 5:00 pm - AASECT Board of Directors’ Meeting

8:30 am – 12:30 pm  - Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

SAR (continued) - Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES & Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE

Sex Therapy 101: Core Knowledge - Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, DST, CSTS & Francie Stone, PsyD, CST, CSTS

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

Somatic Sexual Healing - Charlie Glickman, PhD

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (on own)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Pre-conference Workshops (additional fees apply)

SAR (continued) - Wayne Pawlowski, MSW, CSE, CSES; Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE

Sex Therapy 101: Core Knowledge (continued) - Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, DST, CSTS & Francie Stone, PsyD, CST, CSTS

Male Sexual Dysfunction - Melissa Novak, LCSW, CST

5:00 pm – 9:30 pm - Exhibits Open

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm - Volunteer Check-in & Orientation

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm - Students’ and First Timers’ Meet & Greet

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Meet and Greet: People Seeking AASECT Certification Supervisors (CSC, CSE and CST)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm -  Brainstorming Session: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Dinner (on your own) 

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm - Engaging Diversity Opening Plenary - Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG

8:15 pm – 9:30 pm - Welcome Reception & Poster Session, Sponsored by Adam & Eve

Poster Presentations:

50 Shades of Training: Exploring the Need for Sexuality Training Among Clinicians- Molli E. Bachenberg, MA, EdD, NCC, LCPC

Animal House Revisited? Student Perceptions of Sexual Behaviors on Campus – Tami James Moore, MS, PhD, CFLE

Dimensionalizing What It Means to Come from a Sex Positive or Sex Negative Household –Jacob J. Coutts & Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES

Increasing Awareness of Lesser Known Sexual Identities & Expressions Within the LGBTQ+ Community – Leandra J. Desinord

Intimacy and Connection in Recovery – Carol Clark, MA, PhD, CST, CSTS

Knowing More: What College Students Say They Want to Learn in a Human Sexuality Course – Hannah C. Harris & Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES

‘Melania Said This Was Okay’: Investigating the Acceptability of Marital Infidelity – Alyssa G. Billington & Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES

Moving the Spectrum Forward: Assessing Sexual Identity and Behavior in the New ACHA-NCHA LLC – Laurie M. Wagner, MEd, PhD, MCHES

Neurobiological and Attentional Underpinnings of Female Sexual Arousal – Janna Dickenson, MS

Saving Sex: The Widener University Sexuality Archives & the Preservation of Sexuality Materials – Molly Marie Wolf, MS, MEd

Sex, Stress and School: Sexual Satisfaction of Graduate Students During the Span of Graduate School – Kelsey Louise Steele, MA & Kate Jansen, PhD

Sexual Healing: Physician Attitudes About Sexual Dysfunctions – Cheryl Jones & Kate Jansen, PhD

Sexualities of Latino and Caucasian-identifying Men: Similarities and (Some) Differences – Daniel F. Enriquez; Jacob J. Coutts; Eion G. Cashman & Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES

Sexuality Across CACREP Accredited Counseling Programs: Current Discrepancies and Future Growth – Megan Speciale, PhD, MS 

The Effect of Viewing Collaborative Porn on Intimate Relationship Quality in Heterosexual Couples - Katherine Hertlein, PhD, LMFT & Brittany Farrow 

The Hidden Curriculum of Sexuality Counseling: Pedagogy, Ideology and Discourse – Megan Speciale, PhD, MS, NCC

The History and Future of Surrogate Partner Therapy – Vena Blanchard, DHS, CSE

The Power of Acceptance: What Having Accepting Parents Can Do for LGB Adults – Kimberly Fuller, PhD, MSW, MEd


Friday, June 16, 2017     

7:00 am – 4:00 pm - Registration and Information

7:00 am – 8:00 am - Tantric Meditation: Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS

7:30 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

7:30 am – 5:00 pm - Exhibits Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Sexuality & Aging SIG Meeting - Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE, CSES
Alt Sex SIG Meeting  - Lori Michels, LMFT, CST
Sexuality & Disability SIG Meeting - Mary Jo Podgurski,  RNC, EdD, CSE, CSC
Tantra SIG Meeting - Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS
Medical Sexology SIG Meeting - Lawrence Siegel, CSE
People of Color SIG Meeting - Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH, CSE
Military & Sexuality SIG Meeting - Marilyn Volker, EdD
Trans SIG Meeting - Carol Clark, MA, PhD, CST, CSTS

9:00 am – 10:30 am - General Plenary: Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, JD - Combatting Sexual Misconduct in Schools: Education, Prevention and Response

11:00 am – 12:30 pm - 1.5 hour Concurrent Sessions 

Bringing Perimenopause into the Light: Dispelling the Mystery Around Women’s Midlife Reproductive Transition – Megan Torrey-Payne, MSW, LCSW, CST & Laurie M. Wagner, MEd, PhD, MCHES

What You Always Wanted to Know About AASECT Supervision and Did Not Know Whom to Ask – Sallie M. Foley, LMSW, DST, CSTS, CSE, CSES; Konnie McCaffree, PhD, CFLE, CSE, CSES; Evelyn Resh, MPH, MSN, CNM, CSC & Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, DST, CSTS

Out of Control Sexual Behavior – Treatment Interventions Part I – Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST, CSTS & Michael A. Vigorito, LMFT, LCPC, CGP

Swinging in the Black Community – Chanta Blue, MSW, MEd, LCSW, SSW

Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach – Dianne Berg, PhD, CST, CSSP, LP

The Art of Supervision – James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS & Richard Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS

Simmer with Communication, Care & Challenge Until Just Done: Tried & True Teaching Tips from Two Seasoned Sexuality Educators – Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES & Judith E. Steinhart, MA, CSE

Historic/Modern Views of Disability, Chronic Pain & Illness & Sexuality – Judiann Simon, PhD, DHS, MA, OTA, CSE

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm - Lunch Break (on own)

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm - 1 hour Concurrent Sessions

Changing the Conversation: A Sexual Empowerment Model for Faith Communities – Beverly Dale, DMin & Rachel Keller, MSW MEd, LSW

Guiding Ethical Decision-making for Sexuality Educators: A New Model – Joleen M. Nevers, MAEd, CSE, CSES, CHES; Heather Eastman-Mueller, PhD, CSE, CHES & Sara Oswalt, PhD, MPH, CSE

Out of Control Sexual Behavior – Treatment Interventions Part II – Michael A. Vigorito, LMFT, LCPC, CGP & Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST, CSTS

Sex & Reproductive Trauma – Julie Bindeman, PsyD

Life Work of a Sexual Health Educator and Researcher – Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, CSC, CSE

The Sex Ed Mixtape: At the Intersection of Hip-Hop Literacy and Sexuality Education – Cindy Lee Alves, MEd, ABD & Lindsey Cain, MEd

Original Research Session: Perceived Facilitator & Barriers to Intimacy Among People 65 and Over – Vincent Marasco, MA

UNC NASH: A Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Sexual Health of University Students – Kristan Rosenthal & Mary Koenig

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm - 1 hour Concurrent Sessions 

Dialogue Panel Presentation: At What Cost? – Kristin Marie Bennion, MSW, LCSW, CST; Natasha Helfer-Parker, MFT, CST; Ruby Bouie Johnson, MSSW, LCSW, LCDC & David J. Ley, PhD, MS

A New View of Therapy and Research with African American, Latino & Afro-latino Same-sex Attracted Men – Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST

Coping with Jealousy: Tools for Individuals and Relationships – Erica Marchand, PhD

Hello Medicine, Meet Sex – Phillis Cherie Mims Gillum, MD, CSC & Nisha McKenzie, PA-C, CSC

It’s Debatable: Time for a New Look at Old Teaching Methods – Susan Milstein, PhD, MA, MCHES, CSE & Melissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE

Who’s Afraid of Choice? Transgender Identity Today – Laura A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW-R

Research Panel Presentation: Effects of Consistent Vibratory Stimulation of the Pudendal Nerve on Symptoms of Chronic PTSD in Men – Taylor N. Turosz 

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm - Whipple Plenary & Symposium: David M. Buss, PhD - Strategies of Human Mating

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - 50th Anniversary Social Event


Saturday, June 17, 2017

7:00 am – 4:00 pm - Registration and Information

7:00 am – 8:00 am - Tantric Meditation: Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS

7:30 am – 4:00 pm - Exhibits Open

7:30 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am - 1 hour Concurrent Sessions 

AASECT Certification Meeting 

Providing Training and AASECT Continuing Education (CE) Credits – Prem K. Pahwa, LCSW, CST & Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Not All Homophobes are Straight: How Past Oppression Affects Our Current Gay Community   - Jostin Derrick Schimmoeller 

9:15 am – 10:45 am - Schiller Plenary: Byllye Y. Avery, MEd - Discovering Our Lives, Our Bodies and Our Sexuality: The Journey of a Women’s Health Activist

11:00 am – 12:00 pm - 1 hour Concurrent Sessions 

Dialogue Panel Presentation: 50 Years of Masters & Johnson: Past Stories, Present Influences & Future Directions – Constance Avery-Clark, PhD, DST & Linda J. Weiner, MSW, DST, CSTS

Dialogue Panel Presentation: Gender Divergent or Gender Creative? Changing Perspectives on Trans Youth and Young Adults – Eion G. Cashman; Judith E. Steinhart, MA, EdD & Andrew S. Walters, PhD, MPH, CSE, CSES

Bodysex as Somatic Sex Education: Adding to the Research – Lisa Meyers, PhD, MSW, CST & Betsy Crane, PhD, MA

Curated Profile & Embodied Identity – Roger Kuhn, MA, LMFT

Hungers & Hypersexuality: Locating Sex Addiction in Fairy Tales, Novels & Overheated Uteruses – Lucie Fielding, PhD & Jeana Jorgensen, MA, PhD

Research Panel Presentation: Bound to Exclusion: A Phenomenological Examination of South Asian Americans' Experiences of Racism Within BDSM Communities – Ramya Avadhanam, MEd, EdS, NCC & Victoria Haynes, MEd, NCC

The Ghost of Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts, Heaven and Sexual Relationships of Mormon Women and Men – Natasha Helfer-Parker LCMFT, CST & Carol Lynn Pearson, MA

The Art of Brief Assessment: From Convoluted Story to Coherent Treatment – Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm - AASECT Awards Luncheon & Luncheon Plenary: Doug Braun Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST, CSTS - Envisioning Sexual Health

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm - 1.5 hour Concurrent Sessions

Ethics and Multiple Relationships When Therapists Serve Their Sexual Minority Communities – Eric J. FitzMedrud, PhD & Anna Randall, MSW, DHS, MPH

I F^#*ed Up! Here's What I Learned and How I Apologized – Bianca Laureano, MA, CSE; Emma Kupferman, MSW, LICSW & Sara Flowers, MPH, DrPH

Paraphilic Disorders: Ask the Experts How to Assess and Treat – R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD, CST; J. Paul Fedoroff, MD; Lisa Murphy, MCA & Hannah Stewart

Sexual Ageism and Its Effect on the Psycho-sexual Well-being of Women – Debra S. Wickman, MS, MD, FACOG & Saida Desilets, PhD

Surviving Miscarriage: Living Through Devastation – Elliott Kronenfeld, MSW, LICSW, MS, CST & Lori Leo

The Real Lives of Sexperts: When Sexuality Professionals May Need Sex Education and Therapy for Themselves – Kristen Lilla, MSW, LCSW, CST, CSE & Bill Taverner, MA, CSE

Dialogue Panel Presentation: Updating Traditional Sex Therapy Approaches for Contemporary Sex Therapy – Zoe Peterson, PhD; Constance Avery-Clark PhD, DST;  Laurie Mintz, PhD & Linda J. Weiner, MSW, DST, CSTS

Why 'Coming Out' Feels Like Exhibitionism and How Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Can Help – Angela Moore, MA & Miranda Taylor

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm - 1.5 hour Concurrent Sessions

Facing Your Shadow: The Healing Potential of Psychological Edge Play – Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST

Making Love After Making War: Supporting Intimate Relationships for Injured Veterans and Families – Mitchell Tepper, PhD, MPH, CSC, CSE, CSES & Mark Schoen, PhD

AASECT: Fifty Years of Sexual and Social Revolution 1967-2017 - Twinet Parmer, PhD, LPC, CST, CST-S, ACE; Konnie McCaffree, PhD, CFLE, CSE, CSES; Eric Garrison MAEd, MSc, DLSHTM, CSC, ACS; Phillis Cherie Mims Gillum, MD, CSC; James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS; Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, CSC, CSE & Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH

Pedophilia as a Sexual Orientation: Breaking Down the Current Narrative – Kelly Jenny

Sexual Behavior Patterns in Custody Matters – Lori Schwartz, PhD, CST & Alex Hutchings, JD

Sexuality Issues in Addiction, Treatment and Recovery – Richard M. Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS

The Future Ain't What It Used to Be! HIV, Sexuality and Same-sex Male Couples – Daniel J. Alonzo, PsyD, CST, CSTS

With White Privilege Comes Great Responsibility: Using Privilege to Promote Racial Justice in Sex Ed – Mark Levand, MA, MEd, Sonalee Rashatwar, MSW, MEd & Lisa Swinney

Sexless Sex Therapist – Liz Dube, MA, MS, LMFT, CST & Shannon Chavez Qureshi, PsyD, CST

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

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Mentor Meet & Greet  

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Regional Meetings 

Eastern Region
Western Region
Mid-continent Region 
International Region

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm - Film Screening: “The Year We Thought About Love” - Ellen Brodsky, Director; Trae Weekes & Kemani ‘Niccole’ Williams


Sunday, June 18, 2017   

7:00 am – 10:00 am - Registration and Information

7:30 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am - Exploring the Spirituality of Sex - Reverend Beverly Dale, DMin

8:30 am – 10:00 am - 1.5 Hour Concurrent Sessions

Sex Education for Autistic Spectrum Youth – Sigal Vintor, MS & David S. Ribner, MS, MSW, DSW, CST, CSTS

Black & Sexual with a Disability: Addressing the Intersectionality of Race & Disability When Addressing Sex... – Keleigh Blount, MS, NCC, CCMHC

Dialogue Panel Presentation: The Ethics of Sex Therapists, Sexuality Counselors and Sexuality Educators Dating and Hooking Up in the Modern Age – Reece Malone, DHS, MPH, CSE, CST; Russell Stambaugh, PhD, DST, CSTS & Ruby Bouie Johnson, MSSW, LCSW, LCDC

Protective Factors in Sexual Learning: A Model for Holistic Sexual Development – Jessica Floresta, MSW, MEd, LSW & Katherine Edelson, MSW, MEd, LSW

Sex, God, Client & Couch - Increasing Cultural Competence & Healing Religious Sexual Shame – Tina Schermer-Sellers, PhD, CST, CSTS & Kristin B. Hodson, LCSW, CST

Sexual Disorder, Interest or Crime? When Is a Fetish, Just a Fetish? – Anna M. Randall, MSW, LCSW, MPH DHS

From Hirshfeld to Tailhook – Ilyssa Lynn Boseski, CDP

The SexChat: A New Protocol and Instrument for Expanding Sexual Self-efficacy – Susan Ekberg Stiritz, PhD, MSW, MBA, CSA, CSES

10:15 am – 11:15 am - 1 Hour Concurrent Sessions

Original Research Session: Sexual Behaviors of People in Partnerships Lasting at Least 25 Years: Findings from the NSSHB – Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH

Original Research Session: Deployment and Its Effects on Sexual Functioning and Relationships of United States Military Members – Sarah Jutrzonka, PhD

Original Research Session: A Genealogical Framework of Intellectual Disability Through Sexuality – Nick Winges-Yanez, PhD, MSW

Writing That Works: Providing WPATH-compliant Letters for Transgender Clients – Natasha Lewis-Grinwis, MSW, LMSW, CST

Raising Sex-savvy Kids: Helping Parents Turn 'The Talk' into a Life-long Conversation About Sex and Relationships – Megan Torrey-Payne, MSW, LCSW, CST

Professional Pause: Self-care for Human Sexuality Professionals – Joli M. Ienuso, MEd

Original Research Session: Planned Parenthood's Chat/Text: Efficacy Trial and Results – Nicole Levitz, MPH

11:30 am – 12:30 pm - 1 Hour Concurrent Sessions

Dialogue Panel Presentation: Foremost in Our Minds?: Accessibility Approaches & the Sexuality Professional – Melissa Keyes DiGioia, CSE & Jarret Allende, MHA, CHES 

Dialogue Panel Presentation: Interdisciplinary Approach to Sexual Pain – Hollis Herman, DPT, PT, OCS, WCS, BCB-PMD, IF, CSC; Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS & Jenna Benyounes, CNM, WHNP, BSN

How Surrogate Partners Teach Consent and Boundaries – Andrew Heartman, IPSA

Research Panel Presentation: Translating Bollywood: Exploring Cultural Identity and Sexual Expression of South Asian American Second Generation Immigrants – Ramya Avadhanam, MEd, EdS, NCC & Stacey Litam, MA, NCC, LPC

Inclusive Sexuality Healthcare: Are We Ready to Move Beyond Safe Signs? – Trisha Hicks, MSW, MEd & Sigmund Hough, PhD, ABPP, CST

Dialogue Panel Presentation: The Clitoris: Past, Present & Future – Laurie Mintz, PhD; Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, CSC; Rebecca Chalker, PhD & Juliana Guitelman

Management of Low or Absent Libido in an Annual GYN Visit - Examples from Clinical Practice – Evelyn Resh, MPH, MSN, CNM, CSC

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm - Closing & Looking Ahead to 2018 in Denver, CO!








June 14 & 15, 2017





5:00 pm  – 9:00 pm &
8:30 am – 5:00 pm 

Sexual Attitude Reassessment
Limit 35 Participants

Wayne Pawlowski
Kathleen Baldwin



5:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

Sex Therapy Supervision Part I

Limit 8 Participants

Richard Siegel
James Wadley


June 15, 2017





8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sex Therapy 101 - Core Knowledge
Limit 20 Participants

Gretchen Fincke
Francie Stone



8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sex Therapy Supervision Part II

Limit 8 Participants

Richard Siegel
James Wadley



8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Somatic Sexual Healing

Charlie Glickman



1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Male Sexual Dysfunction

Melissa A. Novak


SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment)

Wayne V. Pawlowski, LICSW, CSE & Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE

June 14, 2017, 5:00 pm  – 9:00 pm & June 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 

The Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore their attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs about the wide range of human sexual experience and behaviors and to assist them in understanding how these attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs affect them professionally and personally. The goal of the SAR is for participants to develop sufficient self-awareness of their sexual attitudes, values, feelings and beliefs so that their personal feelings do not intrude into their professional work. 

This SAR will use a combination of short, didactic presentations, large-group activities and small-group discussions. The large-group presentations will utilize sexually explicit media and/or activities to elicit reactions in participants. These experiences will be followed by small-group discussions that will enable participants to explore their reactions and hear the reactions of others. 

While there will be many sexually explicit media depictions and sexually explicit conversations taking place throughout the SAR, no live nudity or sexual activity will occur during the program. 

Among the topics the SAR will address are partnered sexual behaviors, masturbation, sexuality across the lifespan, body image, the complexity of gender, physical and developmental disabilities, sexual variations and sex in cyberspace and social media.  

The program will be led by two experienced SAR facilitators, Wayne Pawlowski and Kathleen Baldwin. 

Participants must attend the entire program and are expected to participate actively in all activities as well as in the small and large-group discussions.

Wayne V. Pawlowski, LICSW, CSE 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), 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.

Kathleen Baldwin, MSW, CSE has been an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator since 1995 and has served on various AASECT committees, including the Advocacy Committee and CE Approval Committee and was also the Chair for the 2009 Summer Institute.

Kathleen received her Life Coach Certification from the Coach Training Alliance in early 2008 and is certified as a Relationship Coach with the Relationship Coaching Institute. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, graduating with highest distinctions, from Indiana University in 1987, where her study concentration was social policy and social justice, and she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree, graduating with honors, from Indiana University in 1986.

Since 2002 she has worked as an adjunct faculty instructor teaching Human Sexuality at Indiana University in Indianapolis in the Physical Education Department and recently added a course to her teaching roster called How to Teach about Sexuality to be offered on the campus. She has taught Advanced Social Policy to MSW students in the Graduate School of Social Work at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

From August 1987 to August 2008, she worked at Planned Parenthood of Indiana, where her role there was Vice President of Education and Training and feels blessed to have had the responsibility and joy of doing work there to promote sexual health and literacy. Prior to doing this work she lobbied for Planned Parenthood at the state and national level and also lobbied for the Indiana Chapter of the National Organization for Women and Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

In 1992, she was recognized as Best New Education Director by the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education. The Indiana Council on Adolescent Pregnancy awarded her with the Marilyn Green Award in 1997 for outstanding service in promoting programs to prevent adolescent pregnancy, and she was recognized as the 2001 Education Director of the Year by the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education. 

Kathleen was a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education from 2005 – 2009. She has served on various boards, including serving as Vice-president for the Friends of the Kinsey Institute, Secretary for the Board of the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education and President of the Board of STEP-UP, an HIV prevention organization. Kathleen was also President of the Indiana Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and served on the Board of the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Board of the Indianapolis Campaign for Healthy Babies.

Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part I  

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

June 14, 2017, 5:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

This pre-conference workshop is geared for sex therapists, sexuality counselors and sexuality educators who are working towards AASECT Certification and currently under contract for supervision and offers four hours of clinical supervision toward AASECT Certification. Part I of this supervision session will involve participants reviewing cases related to sex therapy and discussing various modalities of treatment. Participants will be required to present at least one sex therapy case during the session to allow for feedback from supervisors and the group. Issues of transference and countertransference will be addressed, as light will be shed upon the relationship that exists between clients and their therapist. Consideration will be given to assumptions about race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other sociocultural constructs that enable or obstruct the therapeutic process. Finally, ethical issues will addressed throughout this pre-conference supervision experience.

Sex Therapy Supervision: Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Part II 

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

June 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

This pre-conference workshop is geared for sex therapists, sexuality counselors and sexuality educators who are working towards AASECT Certification and currently under contract for supervision and offers four hours of clinical supervision toward AASECT Certification.  Like Part I, this second supervision session involves participants reviewing sex therapy cases and appropriate modalities of treatment. Participants will be required to present at least one sex therapy case during the session to allow for feedback from supervisors and the group. Spatial, time and organizational boundary issues will be addressed as well as issues of countertransference. Telephonic, Internet and other therapeutic media will be considered. Attention will also be afforded to AASECT Supervision Requirements and practice expectations. In addition, assumptions about race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other sociocultural constructs, which can enable or obstruct the therapeutic process, will be explored. Finally, ethical issues will be addressed throughout this pre-conference supervision experience.

Richard Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS 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.  Dr. Siegel is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Sex Therapist and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Therapist 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 Annual Conference Program Planning Committee Co-chair for three consecutive years, followed by two elected terms to the AASECT Board as Secretary and is the current Chair of the AASECT Supervisor Certification Committee.  He is also a Clinical Member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and serves as its Membership Committee Chair.

He recently finished 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.

James Wadley, PhD, CST, CSTS 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.

His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and recently authored twenty-two courses for the Master of Science in Counseling Program for The Lincoln University (PA).  In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator Certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990s.  

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his 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.

Sex Therapy 101 – Core Knowledge

Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, CST, CSTS & Francie Stone, PsyD, CST, CSTS

June 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

As AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisors, over the course of supervising therapists for AASECT Certification, Gretchen Fincke and Francie Stone began to see the need for more in-depth training in the Core Knowledge Areas of Sex Therapy Training…particularly for those therapists who had not attended an AASECT Approved program where the core of how to do sex therapy is taught. This workshop will demonstrate how to put into practice the core interventions and techniques of doing sex therapy, including: how to do a thorough sexual history assessment; how to structure sex therapy sessions; how to evaluate, diagnose and treat sexual disorders; how to utilize interventions and explain the medical components of psychosexual disorders, as well as develop appropriate treatment plans.

Gretchen Fincke, LCSW, CST, CSTS is a retired psychotherapist and an AASECT Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy and Sex Therapist Supervisor. She also is a current member of the AASECT Supervisor Certification Committee and the former Chair.


Francie Stone, PsyD, CST, CSTS is currently as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and works with children, adolescents and adults. In addition to general psychology, she is also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Therapist Supervisor and works with sexual health/dysfunction for women and men.

Somatic Sexual Healing

Charlie Glickman, PhD

June 15, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Talking about sexuality and pleasure can go a long way towards helping your clients overcome their challenges; however, there are also limits to what words can accomplish, which is where experiential practices can be useful. Somatic Sexuality 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.

Charlie Glickman, PhD is a sex & relationship coach 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 (@charlieglickman) and Facebook (

Dance Monkey Dance: Assessment and Treatment of Male Anxious Performers

Melissa A. Novak, LCSW, CST

June 15, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

As long as men have had penises, they have worried about them – their size, their shape and their function. It is estimated that over 100 million men have sought erectile dysfunction medications, and at least 20% of men worry about their ejaculatory control. While medications can be helpful, for many that is just the beginning of their treatment journey. This dynamic workshop seeks to bridge the foundational knowledge of the greats, like Masters and Johnson, with new, innovative techniques to address not only the performance-based anxiety but also the anticipatory anxiety that often plagues our clients. Participants will learn a structured, multifactorial assessment used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan with clear objectives, effective techniques and interdisciplinary referrals, as needed.

Melissa A. Novak, LCSW, CST is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) in Chicago, IL, specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and personality disorders, as well as depression and anxiety related disorders. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused her studies on human sexuality and sexual therapy. During her Master's Practicum, she served as a staff therapist and sexuality educator for the South Palm Beach and Broward County Planned Parenthood clinics in South Florida. She then went on to work at North Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a Medical Social Worker, where she gained extensive experience working with those diagnosed with chronic diseases, chronic pain and mental illness.

In 2009, Melissa moved to Chicago where she worked as a staff therapist for the Family Works Program, providing group and individual psychotherapy for those in public housing. In 2011, Melissa completed a yearlong fellowship program at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic, focused on further developing skills within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other empirically validated approaches.  She continued in private practice until launching MN Therapies in 2013. She has experience working with teens, adults and couples with a variety of issues such as sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. Melissa has a particular interest working with those struggling with sexual dysfunction, sexual impulsive/compulsive behavior and survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In addition to providing individual therapy, Melissa serves as an educator and supervisor within the Chicagoland community and currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.  She is a member of AASECT, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and a member of PROS-Network Chicago. She has completed Levels I and II of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Engaging Diversity Opening Plenary

Optimizing Sexual Health Care for Refugee Women: Special Focus on Sexual and Gender-based Violence & Female Genital Cutting

Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG

In recent years, the United States has resettled increasing numbers of refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries due to war and conflict. Sexual health providers are caring for these vulnerable populations and may grapple with the many challenges in optimizing culturally competent and quality sexual health care for refugee women who may be survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence, as well as such cultural practices as Female Genital Cutting. This presentation will provide an overview of the global refugee crisis underscoring the particular vulnerabilities of refugee women and threats to their sexual health; identifying factors that may influence health disparities in sexual outcomes. Best practice strategies will be proposed and suggested tips on optimizing quality sexual health care. Prevailing gaps will be identified for future research and health policy directives towards improved quality of sexual health care for refugee women.  

Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ, where she is the Founding Director of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic. She is also a Clinical Research Affiliate of the Center for International Translational Intervention Research (CITIR), part of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Center (SIRC), which is a health disparities exploratory research center of excellence funded by a NIH/NIHMD at Arizona State University. She received her undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University, medical degree from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the George Washington University Medical Center. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and then became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan where she obtained her Masters in Health and Health Care Research examining disparities in reproductive health care among refugees/immigrants through mixed-method Community-Based Participatory Research. She has presented nationally and internationally on the challenges faced by health care providers in the care of refugee women as well as the opportunities to improve the quality of care for this vulnerable population. Her current research focuses on investigating strategies to improve reproductive health outcomes for newly-arrived refugee women, particularly those who have undergone Female Genital Cutting (FGC) as well as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV); with the aim of improving health care access and utilization, reproductive health education, counseling, community engagement, as well as health care provider cultural competency.

General Plenary

Combatting Sexual Misconduct in Schools: Education, Prevention and Response

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, JD

In January 2014, President Obama and Vice President Biden issued a Presidential Memorandum creating the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force). The Task Force was created to: raise awareness of the frequency with which sexual assault occurs at all school levels; let survivors of sexual assault know that they are not alone and that there are resources to help; ensure that colleges and universities across the country know how to develop a comprehensive plan to keep students safe from sexual assault and help schools live up to their obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and effectively respond when sexual assaults occur. 

In the nearly three years that the Task Force was in place, unprecedented attention was directed to the issue of sexual assault on campus and in the K-12 setting. Schools across the nation have developed, deepened and/or re-examined their approaches to educating students and preventing and responding to sexual misconduct and dating violence. This session will provide an overview of some of the major developments in this space and assess where schools should go in the future to create safe and equitable learning environments for all students.

Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-López, JD 

is a Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. She recently completed a two year term in the Obama Administration as the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Senior Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. In Fall 2014, she was a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor and Acting Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Professor Bettinger-López’s scholarship, practice and teaching concern international human rights law and policy advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights and clinical legal education. She focuses on the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level, principally in the United States and Latin America. Professor Bettinger-López regularly litigates and engages in other forms of advocacy before the Inter-American Human Rights system, the United Nations and federal and state courts and legislative bodies.

She is lead counsel on Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 2011), the first international human rights case brought by a domestic violence victim against the U.S. She has worked extensively with advocates and government officials in Canada on issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls and collaborated with local advocates in Miami and Haiti to challenge U.S. deportations to post-earthquake Haiti.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews and online and traditional media, including: Harvard Human Rights Law JournalColumbia Human Rights Law ReviewAmerican Journal of International LawClearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and PolicyThe New York TimesThe Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post and Jotwell.

Prior to joining Miami Law, Professor Bettinger-López was the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute and Lecturer-in-Law and Acting Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. There, she helped to coordinate the Human Rights in the U.S. Project and the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers' Network, a network of over 900 lawyers who are actively involved in domestic human rights strategies in the U.S. Before that, Professor Bettinger-López worked as a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project, where she focused on employment, housing, civil and human rights of domestic violence survivors; and as a law clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. Professor Bettinger-López earned a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar; and a BA from the University of Michigan, where she studied cultural anthropology and earned Highest Honors for her senior thesis, which was later published as a book, Cuban-Jewish Journeys: Searching for Identity, Home and History in Miami (Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2000).

Schiller Plenary

Discovering Our Lives, Our Bodies and Our Sexuality: The Journey of a Women’s Health Activist

Byllye Y. Avery, MEd

Thirty-four years ago, two thousand Black women gathered and declared: ‘We are sick and tired of being sick and tired,’ echoing the words of Fannie Lou Hamer. They stood at the precipice of a crusade when they attended the first conference of the National Black Women’s Health Project in Atlanta, GA. Together, they broke the conspiracy of silence that imprisoned, paralyzed and robbed them of their power as Black women. They made a commitment to improve their health and lives. Byllye Avery put that promise into action and has been a health care activist dedicated to bettering the welfare of African American women through self-help groups and advocacy networks.

This presentation will cover Avery’s journey as an activist at the heart of the women’s health movement. She will share intimate experiences from 1970 to 1987 as women began to learn about themselves, their bodies and the health-related issues they were facing. Self-discovery and mutual sharing of stories and an analysis of their experiences became a way to build awareness, stimulate activism and contribute to the then developing field of women’s health.  

Byllye Y. Avery, MEd, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative, formerly the National Black Women's Health Project, and the Avery Institute for Social Change, has been a health care activist for over 30 years, focusing on the specific needs of women. She is a Co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need and a member of the LLuminari and Be Well Health Expert Network.

Byllye’s commitment to women’s health began in the mid-1970s, when along with several other feminists co-founded both the Gainesville Women's Health Center and Birthplace, midwifery service birthing center, in Gainesville, Florida, known today as the Birth Center.

In 1983, she founded The National Black Women's Health Project committed to defining, promoting and maintaining the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Black women and their families. The Avery Institute for Social Change, organized in 2002, has focused its work on health care reform.

Byllye has combined activism and social responsibility to develop a national forum for the exploration of the health issues of Black women. She continues to gather, document and speak on Black women's health experiences in America, rallying support for Black women. Her work with Black women sparked a movement of women of color to become involved in defining and work on health issues important to their constituencies.

Byllye has been the recipient of many honors and awards. In 1989, she received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Social Contribution and the Essence Award for Community Service. In 1994, she received the Academy of Science Institute of Medicine's Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care and the Grassroots Realist Award by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. In 1995, she received the Dorothy I. Height Lifetime Achievement Award and the President's Citation of the American Public Health Association. In 1998, Business and Professional Women presented her with the New Horizons Award, and she accepted a Leadership Award from the University of Florida's School of Medicine. In 2008 she received the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, and in 2010, she received the Audre Lorde Spirit of Fire Award from the Fenway Health Center in Boston.

Byllye has served on the Charter Advisory Committee for the Office of Research on Women's Health of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has served two years as a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has received honorary degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, State University of New York at Binghamton, Gettysburg College, Bowdoin College, Bates College and Russell Sage College.

She and her partner Ngina Lythcott live in Provincetown, MA

Saturday Luncheon Plenary

Envisioning Sexual Health

Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST

Sexual health based psychotherapy, as Stephen Covey says, "Begins with the end in mind".  How does a sex educator and/or therapist motivate people to promote and maintain a personal vision of sexual health?  Doug Braun-Harvey proposes six sexual health principles as a foundation for effective and ethical sex therapy and education. Consensus elements of global sexual health definitions favor a principled sexual value system that balances pleasure and safety while protecting sexual rights.  Twenty-five years of working with men who experience their sexual behavior as out of their control provides poignant examples of therapist and client collaboratively shifting their gaze from ameliorating sexual disorders to envisioning sexual health.

Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST – Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment and child maltreatment.

Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB). His new book Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction written with Co-author Michael Vigorito was published in 2015. Previous publications include Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009).

Mr. Braun-Harvey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Therapist Supervisor. He currently serves as Treasurer on the AASECT Board of Directors and is honored, as alumni of the University of Minnesota, to join their Advisory Board for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.

Whipple Plenary

Strategies of Human Mating

David M. Buss, PhD

The session will discuss theories and empirical evidence on the science of human mating and sexual strategies. These include long-term mating, short-term mating and sexual infidelity. The session will examine the domains in which women and men are similar and different in their sexual psychology.

David M. Buss, PhD is one of the founders of the field of evolutionary psychology. His primary research focus is on strategies of human mating. He is most well-known for his studies on mate selection, tactics of mate attraction, infidelity, tactics of mate retention, tactics of mate poaching and the mating emotions of jealousy, lust, and love. He has taught at Berkeley, Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.

His recent research focuses on the dark side of human nature, including conflict between the sexes, jealousy, stalking, intimate partner violence and murder. He also has active research programs on the mating emotions and the psychology of prestige, status and reputation.

David has authored several books for wide audiences, such as The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating and textbooks such as Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind. He lectures widely within the United States and internationally, and he has appeared on television many times in science documentaries and in breaking news stories as an expert on human mating strategies.

AASECT will be tracking all CE credits electronically during the 2017 Annual Conference. Attendance at education sessions will be recorded through a name badge-scanning system at the entrance to each education session. Each conference attendee badge will have a unique barcode to allow you to be scanned into sessions. You will need to be scanned into every conference session to verify your attendance. To most accurately track your participation and receive CE credit, you must scan your badge at the beginning and again at the end of each session you attend. Please note: Your badge may be scanned at only one concurrent session at a time.



This program meets the CE requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. The 49th Annual Conference will be approved for up to 33 AASECT CE credits. Up to 21 CE credits at the general conference and up to 12 CE credits through pre-conference workshops. 



AASECT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AASECT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



AASECT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. #6056. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AASECT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Social Workers

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

AASECT is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as a provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 50-5057)