I’m a brand new AASECT Board member and chair of the Public Relationships, Media and Advocacy committee. For those who don’t know me – I was trained as a sex therapist in the early 1980’s in the post-doctoral program run by Sandra Leiblum and Ray Rosen in New Jersey’s University of Medicine and Dentristy, and I first joined AASECT shortly thereafter. I’m a licensed psychologist, certified sex therapist and sex therapy supervisor. But I entered grad school thinking of myself as an activist: I’d been active in the civil rights movement and peace movement in the 1960’s, and in the feminist and lesbian rights movements of the 1970’s. And I was deeply suspicious of ‘psychiatry,’ which I considered to be an extension of patriarchal, racist, and homophobic institutions. My activist identity has always informed my work, which since 1976 has been primarily with the LGBTQ+ community. So when I was invited to chair this committee, and was told my responsibility would primarily be to help make AASECT more active in taking public positions in line with advocacy for the populations we serve and values we hold, it was a natural for me.
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Please join us in welcoming our newest addition to the AASECT staff team, Jorie Rosen! Jorie is a Chicago native with over 15 years of corporate, social, and educational event programming experience. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Health Psychology from National-Louis University in 2007, and is excited to join the AASECT staff team to support the board in promoting the mission of the organization. As a main point of contact for membership services, Institute/Annual Conference registration and Supervision Contracts, Jorie is committed to delivering communication, program support and client services with dedication and enthusiasm. Some of her interests include: Spending time with friends & family; Organizing everything!; Sunshine/Vitamin D; Dateline and 20/20; Brunch & Bloody Marys. Jorie can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The location of the 2019 annual conference is Philadelphia! It is an amazing place that offers AASECT a multitude of diverse experiences and we are hoping to integrate as much local talent and participation as possible. We are already at work reviewing the feedback of 2018 conference attendees, putting together a conference committee, and choosing a theme that reflects our desire to further integrate the fields of education, counseling, and therapy. The conference venue (selected years in advance by staff) is the same size as the Denver hotel, so chances are that we will sell out well in advance. We promise to be in touch with the new theme, deadline for proposals, and other details as soon as they are decided.
As Spring begins, I am more and more looking forward to our 50th annual AASECT conference. Co-chairs Jayleen Galarza and Juan Camarena have put together a stellar program. Following the footsteps of recent co-chairs, they and their conference committee have looked for engaging thought leaders and have also valued diversity and inclusion throughout the plenary and workshops. I’ve checked the program multiple times already to start making my own selections about the workshops I most wish to attend.
Save the Date for the AASECT 2018 Summer Institute Decentering the Norm: Social Justice Transformations in Sex Therapy, Counseling and Education WHEN: July 26-29, 2018 (from 8am Thursday through 1pm Sunday) WHERE: the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis HOTEL: Clayton Plaza