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Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Review

Kristen Lilla, MSW, LCSW, CST

Gina Ogden takes therapists on a journey into the development and use of the ISIS model in her latest book, Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy. This integrative and easy-to-read book offers a whole new perspective on working with clients in sex therapy. Ogden offers new alternatives to therapists utilizing a model that is focused on helping clients find empowerment and a path to self-discovery.

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Latest Member News: New Members, New Degrees, Book Contributions, and More

Steph Auteri

What's new this month among our members? First of all, Certified Sex Therapist Yvonne Makidon recently earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University.

AASECT members Alexandra Milspaw and Nancy Fish are two of the founders of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain. The organization held its first annual retreat in April of 2013, composed of providers who host educational retreats for people with chronic pelvic, genital, and sexual pain disorders. This year's retreat is scheduled for March 8 and 9 in New York City, NY. More information is available at  www.allianceforpelvicpain.com.

Certified Sex Therapist Lori Schwartz contributed a chapter titled "Inhibited Sexual Desire in Women" to the book Translating Psychological Research into Practice. The book, edited by Lisa Grossman and Steven Wallfish, was published by Springer in November, 2013.

On a more somber note, Hugh E. Chavern, MD, board-certified psychiatrist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, died November 22, 2013. Chavern received part of his training as a sex therapist from William Masters and Virginia Johnson and, along with AASECT Diplomate in Sex Therapy Catherine Ravella, practiced their co-therapist model in the 1970s and 80s. He was married to Certified Sexuality Educator June Harnest Chavern, the creator of Teach-A-Bodies anatomical dolls, and the two of them were frequent presenters at early AASECT meetings. Chavern spent a great deal of time traveling in his retirement and managed to visit all seven continents. Hugh Chavern was 90 years old. 

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New Certification Available: Sexuality Educator Consultant

Steph Auteri

AASECT is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Certification, Sexuality Educator Consultant.

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New Certification Available: Sexuality Counselor Supervisor

Steph Auteri

AASECT is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Certification, Sexuality Counselor Supervisor.

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Women’s Masturbation: "It's Nasty!"

Paul Joannides, Psy.D.

Since I'm asked to speak at colleges about sex, I've become aware of the ways that today's young adults are different from those that came before.

This is the first generation whose view of the world has been shaped by videos that last for less than a minute. They consume massive amounts of information, but usually in short bursts that are between five and 250 words. They have seen porn on their laptops and phones since middle school, and they can't remember a time when couples didn't text or sext. The quality of the camera on their phones is more important than the sound. (Casual sex? No big deal. Some do, some don't.)

So I spent the past year trying to create a unique new talk that would capture the attention of today's college students who are used to texting and checking social media during lectures and presentations. With Wikipedia at their fingertips, I figured the last thing today's students would want to hear from me are the basics about sex.

And then it happened...

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