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2019 AASECT Institute

 2019 AASECT Institute

The Body Whisperers: Understanding Body Work in the Sexuality Realm

New Orleans, LA
Friday, November 1 at 6:00 pm - Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 pm

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter

About the Theme

Although most AASECT Certified members do not practice hands-on touch in their work, many others do, and it's important for members to know about them! The 2019 AASECT Institute will feature multiple leaders in the fields of bodywork who will offer detailed information about their work, demonstrations of certain aspects of their work, benefits for clients and the ethical codes by which they live and practice.

If you have never been to an AASECT Institute, you're in for a treat! The venue is more intimate, the sessions are all plenary, and you have the opportunity to connect with presenters, network with colleagues and meet new friends.

The Institute will take place in New Orleans on November 1-3, 2019 in the French Quarter. For those who can travel a bit early, New Orleans is a great place to be on Halloween, and on the Day of the Dead! The Institute is open to 50 people, so register early! It is almost sure to sell out.


About the AASECT Institute

The AASECT Institute complements AASECT’s Annual Conference, both attracting a mix of experts, new members, and seasoned colleagues, who come to touch base with each other and professional innovations. Clinicians and educators have access to training sessions that update best practices in optimizing sexual pleasure, dispelling dissatisfaction and building hope for better connections and communities. The AASECT Institute, like our Annual Conferences, introduces members to new tools, perspectives, and strategies for advancing sex positivity, fostering an appreciation for difference, and working for sexual freedom and social justice.

Differences between these two forms of AASECT’s professional development include depth, intensity, and focus. While a Conference may attract 700 attendees, Institutes are limited to 50 and usually have a 5-1 ratio of faculty plus facilitators to participants. While a conference offers a panoply of plenary sessions, concurrent workshops, poster sessions, film screenings, business, and award-conferring meetings, the Institute focuses on one current, critical theme and investigates it in sessions attended by everyone. During the AASECT Institute, noted experts on the chosen theme explore with participants assumptions, dimensions, implications, frameworks and what’s at stake in working on these particular issues.

More intimate conversations with Institute faculty and other participants can shift worldviews and transform how participants see and want to work with clients and students. Each day of learning ends with a process group, where feelings about the day are expressed, recognized, explored, and valued. Facilitation aims to help participants see more fully the meaning of their work, the core values that are guiding them, and how they feel. Meals are taken together and informal conversations with faculty and other participants can lead to long-lasting professional relationships that go beyond networking. The AASECT Institute is designed as transformative education. Feedback from participants indicate Institutes surpass expectations, objectives, and other training participants have previously encountered. 

The AASECT Institute can lead to new ways the organization and its members work!  Position statements can grow out of Institute discussions, and work with newly met colleagues can lead to new initiatives and projects.  When smaller groups of sexuality professionals take time out to think together deeply, engage holistically, and reflect personally on their work, growth is likely to take place—in the individual, in AASECT, and in the field.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

AASECT: 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.