Update from the Ethics Advisory Committee Chair Daniel N. Watter

It is with a great deal of pleasure and excitement that I agreed to chair this committee several months ago. The EAC is a terrific group of hard-working individuals who are striving to create an ethically sound and ethically sensitive AASECT environment. The committee members include Reece Malone, Heather Raznick, Larry Siegel, and Lisa Schwartz. We have been meeting every month or two to deal with ethics matters including complaints and educational programming.

2019 Conference Planning Committee Update

Hello colleagues, Conference planning is underway and we wanted to provide you with more information on this year’s extraordinary conference. Last fall, we gathered input from a wide variety of sources. We scoured the evaluations from the last conference, we invited others to offer new ideas, and we asked our committee members to offer suggestions for the theme for this year. We all agreed on it enthusiastically. Let the Body Rejoice: The Interplay of Sexuality Education, Sex Counseling and Therapy

President's Letter - December 2018

Happy Holidays, Colleagues, I hope you will be with those you love during your holidays. Before we all get totally into the flow of holiday schedules, however, I want to take a moment to share some of what AASECT board members have been working on since July 1, when we assumed our new leadership roles.  We had our first in-person board training and meeting November 2 and 3, and I want to share some of these highlights.

2018 Call for AASECT Award Nominations!

Each year at the AASECT Annual Conference, we honor leaders in the sexuality field. We invite you to nominate someone in one or all of the following award categories. Please send your completed nomination forms to conference@aasect.org by February 16, 2019.

Volunteer @ the AASECT 2019 Annual Conference!

Volunteers are an integral part of the annual conference as they provide various services to help attendees get the most out of the conference experience. The primary responsibility of the conference volunteer team is scanning attendee badges for CE credits, however your contributions could also include: welcoming attendees, moderating workshops, and directing attendees to appropriate conference locations. The conference organizing committee is looking for volunteers who can embody a welcoming and friendly disposition so that attendees can feel a personal connection to AASECT.

2018 AASECT Certification Updates

Dear Members, As the Chair of the Certification Steering Committee, I want to keep you updated on the latest news regarding certification policies, rules and procedures. Once each year in the fall, the chairs of the Certification Committee (Educator, Counselor, Therapist & Supervisor) meet to review and discuss all issues related to certification. Over the course of the past year, we have been keeping track of “wrinkles” in our processes and suggestions by you, the members, to make the process smoother and keep up with best practices and technology.

President’s Letter – August 2018

As I write this first column as AASECT President, I am emerging from four intense, rewarding days at AASECT’s 2018 Summer Institute, Decentering the Norm: Social Justice Transformations in Sex Therapy, Counseling and Education. Participants, presenters and organizers left the Institute with this consensus: We need to expand our work beyond trying to help heal only individuals, couples, and families.  We need to embrace work as change agents in our communities. Would it be too much to claim that until we all can expect social justice, none of us will experience the freedom and affirmation needed to optimize sexual health?