Dear Colleagues, I am writing to thank you for the opportunity to have served as President of AASECT over the past two years. They have been years of challenge and change, progress and promise. While as a nation we are in the midst of a devastating pandemic and of painful manifestations of white supremacy, we also seem to be at a point of positive paradigm change in our nation’s history. AASECT seems to be at similar inflection points.
The Board of Directors of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists joins its membership in collective mourning and outrage over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless other murders not captured on video or highlighted i
2020 AASECT Exhibitors and Sponsors - As you may already be aware, the 2020 AASECT Annual Conference in Palm Springs has been cancelled. The Conference Planning Committee is exploring options for hosting a virtual experience and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead. Please stay tuned for more details on their plans.
As you may unfortunately have heard through a premature communication from our conference hotel, J.W. Marriott has closed its doors until early June, and AASECT will not be hosting our 2020 Annual Conference in Palm Springs as planned. We would have preferred to have shared cancellation news with you ourselves, rather than have some of you hear the news from the hotel and others from colleagues who received the hotel’s cancellation emails. The hotel confirmed that some notices were sent out accidently ahead of notifying us earlier this week. We want to say how sorry we are for any inconvenience you have experienced and for our not being able to get the news to you first.
A note from AASECT Executive Director Kellie Braband: The COVID-19 pandemic has immediate and long-lasting implications for how people work and participate in associations. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our members and staff. The AASECT Board of Directors, staff and committees are working together to make rapid, highly-informed decisions about meetings and programs, and taking immediate actions to ensure that member services continue seamlessly.
There are no higher priorities for the AASECT community than the safety and health of our members, supporters, and staff. In response to the news in recent weeks regarding COVID-19, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update regarding membership renewal, AASECT certification renewal, AASECT approved in-person CE events and the AASECT Annual Conference.
The health and safety of our professional community is of the utmost importance to AASECT. In response to an increase in the reported cases of COVID-19, the AASECT Board of Directors is meeting on Friday, March 13th to discuss how best to support our AASECT Approved CE Providers and their attendees as well as assess any risk to the upcoming AASECT Annual Conference taking place in Palm Springs, CA in June.
Yesterday, in Denver, we had one of, if not the largest local section event ever held for AASECT. We had 200 people come to see Dr. Emily Nagoski. It was an intersection of more than 100 AASECT members, plus local members from the EFT community, plus students and faculty from Denver Family Institute, a long-time CE Provider. (Janelle Washburne, Scott Church and I are all AASECT CST's who all teach at Denver Family Institute).
Call for Nominations The future direction of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is in your hands! AASECT's Nominating Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for candidates to fill three Board of Directors' seats and two vacancies on the Nominating Committee.
Hello colleagues: July and August have been months of regrouping at AASECT. After June’s marathon Board meeting and mega-activity Conference, reflecting about where we are, who we are, and where we need to go as an organization has become the focus of board attention. Tasks put on hold to meet demands of governance and conference organizing in June now press for attention, and September annual planning is here. The themes that are preoccupying leadership this year are strategic planning and revision of governance documents and ways of doing things.