The mission of ACSSW is to promote sexuality as a central aspect of being human that includes the intersection of interpersonal and intrapersonal influences on sexual expression and identities inclusive of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender and gender expression, physical and mental health and abilities, and socioeconomic status.

Upcoming ACSSW Live Webinars:

Report on Research Findings from ACSSW Survey on Knowledge, Skills, and Self-Efficacy about Sexuality and Sexual Wellness

Presented by Shannon Shoemake, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Friday, March 19, 2021

8:00AM-10:00AM PDT/ 10:00AM-12:00PM CST/11:00PM-1:00PM EST

Program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 2.0 CEUs for Illinois state Counselors and Social Workers*, and 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

RCT Approach toward Sexual Health of Women who have Sex with Women                                       

Presented by Joy Whitman, Ph.D., LPC, LCPC, NCC & Jennifer Gess, LMHC, LCPC

Friday, April 16, 2021

8:00AM-10:00AM PDT/ 10:00AM-12:00PM CST/11:00PM-1:00PM EST

Program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 2.0 CEUs for Illinois state Counselors and Social Workers*, and 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

Pleasure Advocacy: A Sexual Wellness Model

Presented by Frances McClain, Ph.D. LCPC, NCC & Lisa Salvadore, MSW, LCSW, LCPC, CADC

Friday, May 21, 2021

8:00AM-10:00AM PDT/ 10:00AM-12:00PM CST/11:00PM-1:00PM EST

Program offers 2.0 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 2.0 CEUs for Illinois state Counselors and Social Workers*, and 2.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs

ACSSW Courses Available for Homestudy

The Ethics of Sexual Issues in Therapy

Sexual health and wellness topics in therapy are often ignored, deprioritized, or even pathologized by clinicians. Sexual issues are one of the few issues still considered to be so taboo that they can only be treated by specialists (e.g., sex therapists). Though, of course, sex therapists may be able to provide more specialized treatment of sex-related presenting issues, it is often unnecessary for clients to see a sex therapist for sex-related issues that are only tertiary components of a clinical presentation. Nonetheless, mental health clinicians continue to avoid sexual topics during their care, sometimes missing important components of the issue’s history, etiology, and/or symptomatology. One of the largest barriers to clinicians broaching the topic of sex is the ethical concerns of professionals. There are fundamental misunderstandings of the ethics of treating sexual issues in clinical practice. This program will provide information related to these ethical considerations, including models for arriving at appropriate ethical decisions related to treatment of sexual issues.

Let’s Do It! A Sex Positive Approach to Sexual Health and Counseling

Although sexuality is part of the human experience, it is often disregarded in counselor training, in clinical practice, and professional counseling literature. With so few formal resources and training opportunities, students and counselors alike are left to explore human sexuality on their own – if they do it at all. More often than not, the mental health field as a whole, simply leave human sexual concerns to the “specialists”. Considering the wide variety of mental health concerns that are intertwined with the human sexual experience, it is imperative for counselors to receive a foundational training in human sexuality. Aligning with counselor identity and the wellness approach to mental health, this program will address the differences between a wellness model versus medical model approach to sexual concerns; explore the differences between sexuality counseling and the specialty field of sex therapy; and examine values, biases, and assumptions associated with personal sexual scripts by engaging audience members to examine their own beliefs about sexuality. Lastly, the audience will receive information on how to incorporate a sex positive framework that is guided by radical respect and approached from an intersectional lens.