2022 Conference Agenda

  • Please note this is a preliminary agenda, subject to change.
    The following lists sessions available to ALL participants, both online and in person. There will be additional networking sessions, meals, etc. for in-person participants.

    December 13, 2022

    Eastern: 10am to 7:00pm
    Central: 9am to 6:00pm
    Mountain: 8am to 5:00pm
    Pacific: 7am to 4:00pm
    Alaska: 6am to 3:00pm
    Hawaii: 5am to 2:00pm

    December 14, 2022

    Eastern: 9am to 8:00pm
    Central: 8am to 7:00pm
    Mountain: 7am to 6:00pm
    Pacific: 6am to 5:00pm
    Alaska: 5am to 4:00pm
    Hawaii: 4am to 3:00pm

    December 15, 2022

    Eastern: 9am to 4:30 pm
    Central: 8am to 3:30pm
    Mountain: 7am to 2:30pm
    Pacific: 6am to 1:30pm
    Alaska: 5am to 12:30pm
    Hawaii: 4am to 11:30am

    Click here to look up other time zones not listed.

    Featured speakers will be recorded, so if you cannot attend live you may watch at your convenience.

    6 live streaming featured speakers (3 in-person, 3 remote in real time)
    25+ pre-recorded webinars
    Awards, Networking Sessions, Special Interest Groups
    Continuing Education Credits: AASECT, CFLE and CHES

    2022 National Sex Ed Conference Sessions

    Live Streaming Keynote Sessions and Speakers

    All featured speaker presentations will be recorded for later viewing.
    More coming soon!

    Fixing Sex Ed
    What Does It Take?

    Tanya M. Bass, PhD, CHES, CSE

    Sex education is critical learning through the lifespan. Often the most utilized curricula are centered on the binary, heteronormative worldview and lacks overall inclusion. Many of the organizations and writers of the materials do not represent marginalized communities. Sexuality professionals must rely on their own knowledge and experience to modify and adapt these lessons and curricula. This leaves a gap in the materials available to meet the needs of students. Many trainings for implementation do not center students of color, students with developmental or intellectual disabilities, queer identities, or other marginalized identities. It is time we review materials and trainings to ensure it is more inclusive and culturally relevant.

    My Black Health is Beautiful

    Dianne R Browne, PhD, CFLE, AASECT, CSE
    Crystal D. Charley, MBA, CD
    Jatesha “Jaye” Madden-Wilson, LPN
    Moderated by
    Tara Norman

    This panel presentation will familiarize participants with the brand new curriculum My Black Health Is Beautiful. Contributing authors will discuss the lesson plans they wrote and their insights on the intersection of reproductive and Black maternal health. Participants will receive a FREE copy of the curriculum.

    Pre-Recorded Webinars

    Acceptable Use
    Online Censorship and Its Impact on Sex Education

    Suzannah Weiss, CSE
    Anna Richards

    This talk will discuss the repercussions of online platforms’ censorship of sexual content, which came largely in response to the passage of FOSTA-SESTA in 2018, and how sex educators can get their voices heard online in the face of these restrictions.

    Affirming Puberty Conversations for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

    Mary Cupelo
    Jessica Dennison, CHES

    This presentation will give caregivers and educators the language and resources to have affirmative and inclusive conversations about puberty. While applicable to all youth, this presentation focuses on how to have puberty conversations with transgender and gender diverse youth that are experiencing gender dysphoria.

    Autistic-Focused Sex Education

    Dylan Kapit, MA

    This webinar will cover best practices for teaching sex education to autistic individuals, content that should be covered in sex education for autistic folks, as well as suggestions for pedagogical approaches that are most effective with autistic learners.

    Centering the Disability Experience
    Normalizing Sexuality

    Rachel Kaplan, MPH

    Youth with disabilities are a population who are excluded from sexual health education. Rachel will address biases and assumptions regarding people with disabilities to help reframe thought processes about their ability to engage in healthy, loving sexual relationships to ensure they receive appropriate education that prevents abuse and exploitation.

    Child Advocacy Centers
    Comprehensive Sexuality Educators Needed!

    Kelly Ace, PhD, JD, AASECT

    This workshop provides an overview of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model, forensic interviews in cases of suspected child sexual abuse/exploitation, and treatments commonly offered by CACs and affiliates. It describes how sexuality educators can play a critical role in CAC operations, including abuse prevention, professional training, and intervention efforts.

    Cultivating Community and Resilience Through Online Sex Ed

    Kehaunani Gunderson
    Zoe King

    In early 2020, three California organizations came together to create an online sexual health education program for youth in foster care. Presenters from the Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) will describe the implementation of live, online, inclusive sexual health education using healing-centered practices tailored for youth in care.

    Educating Everyone
    Teaching Teachers, Parents, and Students How to Create an Affirming Environment for All

    Stacy Robustelli, PhD

    Workshop attendees will learn about a new program model offered to implement systemic education in schools, with a focus on creating and maintaining an affirming environment. Trends in student and teacher perceptions of safety and belongingness and content knowledge of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression will be discussed.

    Embracing the Feelz Within Sex Ed

    Steph Zapata

    This workshop proposes a seismic shift of sex education entirely. We are here to explore how 97% of sex ed disregards our emotional wellness, and create a framework that centers a full person with thoughts, feelings, and yes, sexuality!

    Empowering Urban Youth to Make Informed Choices

    Regine Elie, MEd
    Jazmine Brazier

    This interactive workshop presents a successful blueprint for sex education among the urban poor. Participants will (1) Identify sexual health inequities and risk factors for urban youth (2) Engage in hands-on learning that works for this population (3) See how to build strong community partnerships to support target youth.

    Ethical Decision-Making for Sexuality Educators
    A New Model

    Joleen Nevers, MAEd, CHES, CSE, CSES
    Sara Oswalt, PhD AASECT

    While there are many models of ethics that are available, there hasn’t been one specifically for sexuality educators. For the first time, an ethical model for sexuality educators was published earlier this year. This session will explain the model and provide participants opportunities to apply the model to their practice.

    Fat Positivity in Sex Education

    Tory Sparks

    This webinar will review approaches to body size diversity ranging from fatphobia to fat liberation. We will talk about fat discrimination and oppression and review best practices for integrating fat positivity into key areas of sex education.

    Findings From a Comparative National Study
    Sex Education as a (Non)Moral Imperative

    Abigail Newell, MA

    The webinar summarizes findings from a comparative, multi-state study on sex education implementation and offers recommendations for educators. Findings illustrate how educators struggle to pursue social justice in the face of powerful opposition. Results suggest sex education should be reframed as a moral imperative to achieve racial/gender equity.

    “F*ck No” … And Other Radical Self-Care Strategies for Sex Educators

    Catherine Dukes, LCSW, PhD
    Christopher Moore

    In this workshop, participants will be invited to explore and challenge older or traditional views of self care and instead conceptualize developing a trauma-informed life, meaning, a nurturing life you are not working to escape from. Self-care as practice, elements of trauma informed approaches, mindfulness and boundaries will be explored.

    Glitches, Hiccups, and Snags, Oh My!
    Controversy in School-Based Sex Education

    Wendy Sellers, RN, MA, CSE, FASHA

    This session will use real-life examples to illustrate controversy in school-based sex education. Then, participants will explore five strategies for avoiding controversy that they can apply to their own settings. Resources that support the strategies for avoiding controversy will be provided.

    I Saved You a Seat
    How to Create a Sex Ed Group in Your Community

    Andrea Brand, MPH, MSW, ACC

    Wendy Sellers, RN, MA, CSE, FASHA

    This session describes the “dining room table” model I created for a group of kids whose parents were dissatisfied with the school sex ed and also uncomfortable talking with their kids themselves. A replicable and customizable blueprint will be shared to simplify the creation of a group in your community.

    LARPing for Sociosexual Education

    Nicholas Maio-Aether, MS, MA, LBA, CSC, BCBA

    For humans with social anxieties and/or Autism, Live Action Roleplaying (i.e., LARPing) can be a fun way of gaining experiences in a safe and affirming environment. Experiencing is at the heart of learning, and this presentation looks at how LARPing can be an effective teaching tool regarding sociosexual behaviors.

    LGBTQIA+ Behavioral Health
    Beyond Rainbows and Unicorns

    Philip McCabe, CSW, CAS, DRCC

    LGBTQIA+ people are more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs than the general population. Additionally are nearly four times more likely to experience violent victimization.

    Mandatory to “Fun”datory
    Revolutionizing Title IX Education

    Stacey Rose, MA

    Let’s stop simply meeting mandates for Title IX and sexual violence prevention! Schools often lack sex positive, trauma-informed, and practical conversations around consent, focus too much on reducing harm instead of perpetration, and throw in legal jargon that disconnects with students. Let’s learn a fun and functional way to teach.

    More Than a Vessel
    Recentering the Pregnant Person in Sex Ed Pregnancy Curricula

    Coi Jones
    Jessica Melear

    An enriching discussion designed to challenge current education centered around pregnancy. Join us as we explore the current maternal health crisis and how sex education can improve outcomes. This webinar focuses on implementing a pregnancy inclusive framework where the identity and health of the pregnant person is prioritized and centered.

    Pleasure Beyond Pain
    Maintaining Sex and Intimacy With a Chronic Illness

    Breanna Lewis, MPH

    This presentation will examine the intersectionality of sex and intimacy with individuals living with chronic illnesses and bring awareness about common concerns about sex and chronic illness, ways to communicate with partners, and general advice to stain maintain an a pleasurable sex life with a chronic illness.

    Identity and Relationships

    Oronde Cruger
    Mackenzie Bartlett

    What is power and how does it affect consent, attraction, and dating? This webinar integrates lived experiences, pop culture, and social science to explore how young people can navigate power differentials and empower one another.

    It’s About Science, Not Sex:
    Looking Behind the Eyes of Children to Discover Their True Educational Needs

    Deborah Roffman, MS, CSE, CFLE

    Most “sex education” decisions are based in adult needs and preconceptions about what children should know and when they should know it. Remembering instead to look at the world as children see and understand it is crucial to establishing families and schools—working in authentic partnership—as their primary educators.

    Second Puberty
    Sex Education Including Older Adults

    Nathalie Huitema, PhD

    The stigma around aging bodies has serious consequences for older adults, such as an increase in plastic surgery in older women and an increase in the use of Viagra to keep feeling young and potent. Informing youth what normal bodily changes are can alter their sexual health in later life.

    Sex After Sexual Violence
    From Grounding Exercises to Kink and BDSM

    Quinn Pellerito, BFA, SAC

    In this workshop we will discuss the diverse and non-linear ways that people grow, heal, and navigate sex after experiencing trauma. We will focus on expanding our definitions of sex, grounding strategies, and ways to make the implicit power dynamics in sex explicit to give agency back to the survivor.

    Sexuality Education and Social Media
    Do’s, Don’ts, and Navigating Restrictions

    Gillian Singer, MPH, CSE

    Based on personal experience as the founder of her own digital sexuality education platform, Gigi will detail the state of sexuality education on social media today, discuss the rules and restrictions of doing so, and give tips on how to navigate these restrictions to grow your platform.

    Teaching Sexuality in the Era of Don’t Say Gay

    Andrew Porter, PhD
    Spring Cooper, PhD

    The current political climate and ongoing legislation across the United States negatively impact both access to and the delivery of evidence-based sexuality education. This workshop will provide resources and easy-to-facilitate hybrid lessons and activities that are delivered in ways to circumvent the harm caused by bills like “Don’t Say Gay.”

    Teaching to Transgress Stigma in Sexuality

    Susan Rahman, PhD
    Remi Newman, MA
    Nathan Bowman, MA

    Sexuality, the Self and Society is an open educational textbook that will be in use in many institutions of higher learning. The authors will share their collaborative process and discuss how their approach differs from standard texts on the subject. Free access to the text will be included for participants.

    The Cultural Impact of the Deep South on Sex Education and Professional Development

    Joyee Washington, PhD, MS, MPH, CHES

    The purpose of this session is to explore cultural factors impacting sex education and professional development in the Deep South, specifically Mississippi. Furthermore, this session will explore implications, best practices, and lessons learned on how exploration of cultural context can be applied in other communities.

    The Non-consensual Dissemination of Intimate Images
    How Digitalization Challenges Wellbeing and Sex Education

    Aurélie Gilen, MSc

    This webinar presents the psychosocial consequences of the non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII), its impact on consent and youngsters’ perspectives on supportive and educational initiatives within the context of NCII. The Belgian data, from the @ntidote study, will be transformed into guidelines for school teachers and other sex educators.

    The Pleasure Principle
    Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Health, and Taking a Successful Sexual History

    Ivan Monforte, MFA
    Courtney Ciervo, MPH

    “The Pleasure Principle: Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Health, and Taking a Successful Sexual History” will increase participants’ awareness about the connection between anatomy, pleasure, and health, which are rarely addressed when conducting traditional sexual health education. This webinar will include guidance around taking a sex-positive, client-centered, sexual history and risk assessment.

    Then and Now
    A Sex Ed Story 30 Years Apart

    Kelley Dennings, MPH, FPHW
    Sarah Baillie, MS
    Syd Cole

    This webinar will highlight a video campaign called “Contraception Conversations” and will include a live discussion about public school sex education in Nebraska between two people who went to the same high school 30 years apart. We will also share comprehensive sex education advocacy options.

    Understanding the Healthcare Needs of Kink/BDSM Practitioners

    Conor Smith, PsyD
    Kaela Joseph, PhD

    This webinar aims to share information on the healthcare experiences of kink practitioners in healthcare settings, including harm reduction strategies. We will provide skills for educators to utilize when working as advocates/consultants on behalf of their clients/patients who are BDSM community members.

    Using Sexuality for All Abilities to Support and Adapt Evidence-Based Interventions

    Katie Thune, MEd
    Anna Hayek, RYT

    In this webinar, we will demonstrate how to incorporate Sexuality for All Abilities Sex Education curriculum and other inclusive strategies with the current Sex Education curricula and logic model you are using in order to better support learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    What You Need to Know About Sex During Pregnancy

    Sadia Arshad, MPH, MSN, WHNP-BC

    Everyone has something to say about pregnancy, even if they’ve never been pregnant! Sex during pregnancy is often overlooked in sexual health education spaces. I will go over pregnancy myths, pregnancy facts, and tips for ensuring that people can have the best and safest sex during their pregnancy.

    Evening Entertainment

    Reina del Cid
    and Toni Lindgren

    December 14

    Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren are an indie folk duo based in Los Angeles, CA. With over 100 million views on YouTube, they are known for their “Sunday Mornings” video series in which they play a different song every week, often in unique locations all over the world. Del Cid’s original music has been released across five studio albums, the most recent of which is Candy Apple Red, a collection of songs recorded during the pandemic. Reina del Cid is an advocate for reproductive rights, and her pro-choice rewrite of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” has been streamed over 3 million times on TikTok and aired on National Public Radio. 

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