AASECT 2017 Winter Institute Program Update

AASECT's 2017 Winter Institute

The Reflective Practitioner and the Future of Sexual Health

January 5-8, 2017 - The Brown School, at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

24 AASECT CE credits

Register today! 

This is more than just an 'Institute'. It is a door opening to new views and practices. Reflective practitioners integrate the new, rather than clinging to shopworn theories needing revision or discard when unexpected exigencies arise. Reflective practitioners recognize change introduces new rhetorical situations. How to respond becomes a critical question in critical times. AASECT’s 2017 Winter Institute features visionary scholars and practitioners able to awaken participants’ awareness and responsiveness to new questions challenging the sexual health field today. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm
Sex, Science and a Progressive Politics of Social Change
Janice Irvine, PhD, MPH, MA, MEd


  • Understand historical politics in the field of sexology.
  • Recognize dynamics of sexual stigma related to sexuality educators, therapists and researchers.
  • Develop strategies to resist sexual stigma and advance a progressive politics of sexualities.

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Overtures, Undertones and Overlap in the Field of Sexual Health

Phillis Mims-Gillum, MD, CSC


  • Site at least three barriers to addressing sexuality in health care settings and target goals for improving or resolving these issues.
  • Name at least four disciplines which impact the field of Sexual Health, and discuss examples of collaboration between disciplines.
  • Identify a concern clients may have about sexual rights, human rights and the law in the face of the current socio-political climate.

Friday, January 6, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm
Beyond Desire
Emily Nagoski, PhD


  • Identify the multiple facets of the mesolimbic cortex-liking, wanting and learning.
  • Explain arousal non-concordance- or why a person's genitals might respond to stimulation that is neither wanted nor liked.
  • Describe the relevance of the dual control model to sexual desire and pleasure.

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Bi-literacy and Bi-competency: Conceptualizing Sexuality and Gender Beyond Binaries, Promoting Health and Wellbeing Among Bi+ Individuals and Communities

Brian M. Dodge, PhD, MSc


  • Identify health concerns and disparities faced by bisexual and other non-binary sexuality (pansexual, queer, fluid) and gender (transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid) minority individuals in a large amount of previous empirical research.
  • Conceptualize sexuality and gender beyond traditional binaries and dichotomies in order to create space for bisexual and other non-binary sexuality and gender minority individuals to flourish in terms of health, relationships and wellbeing.
  • Develop and prioritize core components of recommendations for sexuality educators, counselors and therapists for successfully working with bisexual and other non-binary sexuality and gender minority individuals in terms of health, relationships and wellbeing.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm
Sexual Fluidity, Sexual Choice and Sexual Autonomy: New Directions for Sexual Health
Lisa Diamond, PhD


  • Increase and update knowledge of same-sex sexuality, bisexuality and "mostly heterosexuality".
  • Understand immutability and change with sexual orientation (i.e, whether it is something that one is “born with” versus something that is chosen or something that can change) and the role debates about them have played in United States policy about sexuality. 
  • Build a progressive vision for the future of sexual health in which change, fluidity and choice in sexuality are no longer "dangerous" topics but instead are embraced as a fundamental aspect of human rights.

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Transformative Sexuality Development: Youth and Adult Skill-building as a Social Justice Process

Mimi Arbeit, PhD


  • Identify three sexuality-related skills, and explain their significance for individual health and wellness.
  • Formulate three examples of how a person can develop sexuality-related skills separate from engaging in sexual behavior.
  • Explain how a skills-based approach to sexuality education and counseling can be used to address urgent social justice issues.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm
Infinite Reflection: Integrations of Authority and Circumspect Privilege
J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS


  • Develop a plan to use daily reflective learning for practice improvement.
  • Construct a personal framework for contributing to sexual justice in each community.
  • Develop a personal plan for constructive engagement toward universal sexual health.

For more information or to register, please visit the 2017 Winter Institute website.

We hope you can join us in St. Louis

Susan E. Stiritz, MBA, MSW, PhD, CSE, CSES, AASECT President-elect 
Prem K. Pahwa, LCSW, CST, Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee

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