2019 Conference Planning Committee Update

Hello colleagues,

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.

Meanwhile a little about us! 

Juan is a certified sex therapist who teaches at San Diego State University, is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, and has an independent practice focused on serving diverse individuals and relationships across the spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations.  Juan is passionate about experiential teaching and learning, social justice-informed research, and combating marginalization via psychotherapy.  Juan’s primary goal for the conference is to ensure that the workshops are relevant and research-based, while providing a space to both challenge and affirm each other as professionals.

Jane is a certified sexuality educator with over 40 years of experience as a trainer and organizational development consultant.  Her work is at the intersection of sex, politics, and aging.  She co-hosts a podcast (www.ourbetterhalf.net) and has a regular column in her local newspaper on sex and aging. She believes in the fight for sexual freedom and has been an organizer and activist for most of her life. In addition to being this year's Conference Co-Chair, she is our Eastern Region Representative and develops educational programs. She sees her role in AASECT as one where educators, counselors, and therapists can form stronger bonds through education and collegiality in shared community values.

Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST
Jane Fleishman, PhD, MEd, MS, CSE
AASECT 2019 Conference Co-Chairs

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