Bridging the Divide: Shedding Light on the Taboos and Pleasures of Sexuality

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) will host its 50th Annual Conference June 14-17, 2018 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. We invite you to join us in celebrating fifty years of advancing the understanding of human sexuality by joining us in Denver this year!

The pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 and Thursday, June 14, 2018. The conference kicks off on Thursday June 14, 2018 at 7:00pm and will conclude at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

As AASECT moves forward as an organization, we remain focused on expanding our professional reach and welcoming innovative ideas into the field of human sexuality. In doing so, we must also create space for sexuality topics and related issues that have traditionally existed within the margins of our profession, society, and culture. This includes limited affirmation and inclusion of intersectional identities and behaviors, as well as alternative sexualities and practices.

As we learned during our most recent conference, pleasure is often absent from both mainstream and professional discussions of human sexuality; however, there is a need to push this and other taboos into the forefront of dialogue and practice. The current political climate brings new obstacles, and many individuals are left seeking guidance, comfort, and support. These challenges provide opportunities for important conversations within the field. As such, we seek to make space at AASECT’s 2018 Annual Conference for members to gather and exchange ideas that will ultimately shed light on the various taboos of sexuality and offer best practices for sexuality education, counseling, therapy, and research. We encourage members to move beyond contention, lean into discomfort, and strive for understanding and connection.

Who Attends?

The AASECT Annual Conference averages 500-600 conference attendees from around the world in disciplines such as sexuality education, counseling, therapy, research, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine and more. The conference attracts therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, sociologists, clergy members and students – all sharing an interest in promoting the understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

Why Attend?

The AASECT annual conference offers the opportunity to learn from and connect with other like-minded professionals working to promote the understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. The latest clinical techniques, research applications and educational approaches in the field of sexual science are featured each year, along with some exciting social events and networking opportunities you won’t want to miss!

Join us as we celebrate 50 bold and important years of AASECT’s history and look toward the future of the organization!

CE Info

AASECT will be tracking all CE credits electronically during the 2018 Annual Conference. Each attendee will have a personalized barcode on their nametag that will be scanned entering and exiting all educational sessions which will track your attendance. CE certificates will be distributed via email upon completing the online evaluations after the conference concludes.

AASECT: This program meets the CE requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

APA: AASECT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AASECT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling: AASECT is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as a provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider Number 50-5057, Exp. 03/31/2019).

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): AASECT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. #6056. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AASECT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW): This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886515262-2570) for 35 continuing education contact hours. 

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