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What is 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 hundreds of attendees, Institutes are limited to a smaller group and usually have a smaller ratio of faculty plus facilitators to participants. While a conference offers a variety 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.

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. We hope you can join us in April for our first Virtual Institute! 


April 9, 2021

11:00 am - 02:00 pm EST    Virtual Programming Part I
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm EST    Brain/body Break
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm EST    Virtual Programming Part II

Continuing Education (CE) Credit 

6 AASECT CE credits will be offered for this program in accordance with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists requirements and may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Session Information

Unsettling Genders: Honoring Emergent & Indigenous Conversations of Diversity

11 am - 2 pm EST  |  Presenter: Roger J. Kuhn PhD

Experience a day of what it means to unsettle your patterns, thoughts, feelings, and ideas around gender. The morning session centers on the sacred work and Ways of Knowing and Being by way of Indigenous scholar, Roger Kuhn (Poarch Creek). Roger is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on Two-Spirit love, sexual sovereignty, and erotic survivance. The second half of the day will be a circle of convergent conversation with panelists who will continue the exploration of unsettling gender.


2 pm - 4pm EST 

Plurilogue of Indigenous Perspectives Panel

4 pm - 7 pm EST

The afternoon panel celebrates decolonial perspectives about genders that honor and center Indigenous voices. You will be invited to lean into your curiosity around diverse perspectives that may challenge limited notions of genders informed by white supremacy, settler-colonialism, and cissexism. The panel will introduce a plurilogue of Indigenous perspectives beyond western conceptualizations of genders. The panel will be an unstructured format that may disrupt pedagogical and epistemic hierarchies.

Meet Our Presenters

Roger J. Kuhn PhD

Dr. Roger Kuhn is a Poarch Creek Two-Spirit Indigequeer soma-cultural sex therapist and sexuality educator. Roger’s work explores the concepts of decolonizing and unsettling sexuality and focuses on the way culture impacts and informs our bodily experiences. In addition to their work as a licensed psychotherapist, Roger is a faculty lecturer of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and recently earned their doctoral degree in the Human Sexuality program at CIIS.

Additional Panel Presenters coming soon!