Outreach Steering Committee Update
AASECT Mentoring Program: Opportunities for Growth and Support: In my role as the Chair of AASECT’s Outreach Steering Committee, 2015 was a year for exploring ways to improve AASECT’s outreach both domestically and internationally. A significant part of those efforts were focused on revitalizing and enhancing AASECT’s mentoring program. The mentoring program is designed to help support members through various stages of their professional development. It is also an opportunity for more established sexuality professionals in the field to give back to the profession and help guide new and aspiring educators, counselors, and therapists.
In our efforts to improve this program, several exciting changes have been made. First, I was able to appoint a new Chair of the Mentoring Committee, Dr. Becky Anthony, PhD, LCSW, CST. In her capacity as chair, she has been diligently working with the committee members on ways to improve the experiences of mentors and mentees as well as increase the visibility of the program to AASECT’s membership. As part of this process, the committee has developed a survey, which will be distributed in the near future, to solicit feedback from membership about their needs and goals related to mentoring. In addition, at this year’s annual conference in Puerto Rico we will be hosting our first official Mentoring Meet & Greet on Saturday morning. This time and space will be designated to bring mentors/mentees together who may not otherwise have many opportunities to meet face-to-face. Furthermore, for members who are interested in either connecting with a mentor, becoming a mentor, or just curious about the program, this will be an opportunity to learn more and engage with other sexuality professionals. Who knows, you may very well make some different connections and meet your new mentor/mentee there!
As always, we’d like to hear more from our membership about their needs for mentoring. Therefore, if you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact either Becky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com). If not, we hope to see you at the Mentoring Meet & Greet in Puerto Rico!
Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW, MEd, CST
Chair - Outreach Steering Committee