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Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW)

A Survey of ACA Members & Sexuality Training

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Program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), and 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

Workshop Description:

The Association for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness sent out a descriptive survey to counseling professionals using both CES-NET and ACA Connect Sexuality Interest Network to gauge the experiences in the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy about sexuality and sexual wellness in counseling. Nineteen questions were created by one member of the board utilizing current textbooks and research regarding sexuality training, and were reviewed and approved by the remaining members of the board. The survey was sent out two times to get as many responses as possible, and had 178 responses.

This presentation will focus on presenting the findings of this survey, and providing implications for counselors and counselor educators (as well as other mental health fields) around what this means for the helping professions in both training and professional practice. Sexuality is a part of the human experience which cannot be ignored, especially in a counseling environment, and represents a call to action for counselors to address this at the systemic level to provide the necessary education and training to help counselors be prepared in session.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the practical applications for training effectiveness of building a systematic sexuality course.

2. Apply appropriate sexuality training skills for maximal counselor growth.

Professional Bio of Presenter, Shannon Kakkar, M.Ed.

Dr. Kakkar earned her BS in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counselor Education at Bridgewater State College. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. She has ten years of clinical experience in school systems, community counseling services, and working with adults, adolescents, and families. Dr. Kakkar has presented at local, national, and international counseling conferences. She is a member of ACA, ACES, ACC, ALGBTIC, and is secretary of ACSSW.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science

Registration and Fees:

ACSSW Members: Free

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General Admission: $40.00

TCSPP Staff/Faculty: Free

TCSPP Faculty and Staff can access this program for free by registering here

TCSPP Students: Free

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can access this program for free by registering here

TCSPP Alumni: $20.00

TCSPP Alumni, can find discount codes for this program by registering here

Community Partners/Site Supervisors: $20.00

Non-TCSPP Students: $10.00


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Hall, W. J., Jones, B. L. H., Wikemper, K. D., Collins, T. L., & Rodgers, G. K. (2019). State policy on school-based sex education: A content analysis focused on sexual behaviors, relationships, and identities. American Journal of Behavioral Health, 43(3), 506-519.

Zeglin, R. J., RM Niemela, D., & Vandenberg, M. (2019). What does the counseling field say about sexuality? A content analysis. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 14(1), 55-73.

Zeglin, R. J., Van Dam, D., & Hergenrather, K. C. (2018). An introduction to proposed human sexuality counseling competencies. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 40(2), 105-121.

Wilson, M. R. (2019). Too Taboo?: Preliminary Explorations of Counselor Experiences of Client Sexuality. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 1(1), 60-68.