Please join the conference from the unique link that will be sent to you from Zoom on Thursday morning and again on Friday morning, an hour before the conference starts. Please do not share this link with anyone, as only one person per link will be admitted, and you will not be allowed to attend […]Click for more information on 'JOIN US ON ZOOM'
Sexuality is more than the act of sex, it is actually self-expression, who we are and where we are in society today. Society’s different hangups on who we really are, what sexuality really is and perception of sexuality creates hurdles in the path to create equity for all. Stigma vs real life experiences instigates these […]Click for more information on 'Sex Is More than Sex'
Somatics and vagal toning are two known ways of reducing anxiety and regulating the nervous system. Somatics is, very basically, gentle movement and/or intentional bodily engagement, while vagal toning refers to the act of stimulating the vagus nerve, the 10th cranial nerve and a fundamental component of the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. […]Click for more information on 'Kinky Somatics and the Diverse Bodymind'
Somatic sexology is not a new concept to sexology (sex education & sex therapy), but often seen as fringe because it teaches client’s how to improve their mind-body connection (experience-focus) which is unlike traditional sex therapy’s sensate focus (i.e. outcome/orgasm-focus). Like many other helping professions, sexology must undergo a transformation to disrupt and de-center dominant […]Click for more information on 'Healing The Erotic Self: Somatic Sex Therapy'
There it was, right in the description of the event itself: “Be creative.” We have taken the instructions very seriously. What does it mean to be creative and how does the idea of creativity apply to sexuality, sexual practices and sexual therapeutics. First, we need a definition of creativity that can be operationalized with respect […]Click for more information on 'Human Sexuality through the Lens of Participatory Creativity'
It is already well established that regression is a common behavior in response to prolonged stress. But what happens when this regression occurs in individuals who are already regressed? This presentation will explore the practices of ageplay, with particular focus on how these practices have played out during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcomes of these […]Click for more information on 'Pandemics and Pacifiers: Ageplay in the Age of COVID'
We are still not taught properly about menopause, and much suffering is caused by both its sometimes slow, yet constantly surprising, appearance, and its impact on the body and sexual desire. Unfortunately, the way menopause is portrayed in the mainstream media is highly cis het normative and ageist, and is alienating to many queer people […]Click for more information on 'Menopause – Agent of Queerness?'
Psychotherapist and sex therapist Tex Gibson speaks from expertise and anecdote about creative 24/7* kink/BDSM-oriented relationships, and how people in these relationships bring their dynamic out of the bedroom and into daily life. *24/7 kink dynamics are a round-the-clock power dynamic relationship in which the dominant and submissive agree to relate to one another in […]Click for more information on 'Outside the Bedroom: Supporting Kinky Clients to Expand D/s Dynamics'
Shared social and socializing spaces remain critical sites of validation for sexual and gender identities. Who is permitted through the door and which bodies are taken into consideration of site specific design and instrumentation informs their legibility and subsequent legitimization. These constituting dynamics are even more imperative for non-hetero and/or non-cis communities whom the public […]Click for more information on 'Queer(ing) Sex Spaces/Queerly Reimagining Sexual Spatialities'
What do a professional dominatrix/somatic sexologist and a game designer have in common and what can we learn form their art forms for our own date nights? Join Allen Turner, Afro-indigenous game designer/dancer and Artemisia de Vine, retired sex worker, turned erotic psyche specialist and purposeful play date choreographer as they discuss the intersections of […]Click for more information on 'Playing in Purpose: The Art of Designing Adult Play'
The Q&A panel is not included in the continuing education credits, which means that professionals who would like 6 CEs have the option of leaving after the last speaker preceding the Q&A panel. Having said that, the Q&A is everyone’s opportunity to ask any and all questions about any of the speakers talks, or anything […]Click for more information on 'Q&A Panel: Sexuality and Creativity'