Schedule & Sessions

Friday, March 15, 2024

Times are displayed in Eastern Daylight Time and may be subject to change.

11:00 am – 02:00 pm ET

Plenary Presentation by Rae McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, CST

02:00 pm – 03:00 pm ET

Brain/body Break

03:00 pm – 05:00 pm ET

Workshops

05:00 pm – 05:30 pm ET

Brain/body Break

05:30 pm – 06:30 pm ET

AASECT Gender Diverse Institute Panel

06:30 pm – 07:30 pm ET

Special Performance by Wang Newton

Session Information

Plenary Session – "Gender Magic: Play, Pleasure & Possibility"

Presenter: Rae McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, CST

Learn how to help your transgender and non-binary clients explore gender freedom with joy, curiosity, and pleasure. In this presentation, participants will learn how to help clients experience gender in new, expansive ways by exploring practical tools for self-discovery, self-love, and intimacy of all kinds. You will discover how to facilitate clients moving from anxiety, self-doubt, and fear to a confident, proactive state of mind, and how to navigate discomfort and celebrate their inherent worth. You will also learn to support clients in designing relationships, community, and a sex life that lights them up, and practical tools to align their gender identity and expression with their most authentic self through play, pleasure, and possibility. This exciting talk will mobilize participants to be able to effectively support clients in embracing their most lit-up, audacious selves, and imagine a life beyond gender binaries. This presentation is for you if you yearn to help your transgender and non-binary clients step into their fullest selves and tap into their magic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire skills to facilitate effective coping skills for transgender / gender non-conforming clients in transition.
  • Be able to describe principles of intimate justice related to gender diversity.
  • Be able to describe tools to help clients envision and create a life and intimate relationships centered on possibility, self-efficacy, and pride.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

D. Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity: heterosexuality; issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual people; gender identity and expression.
F. Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles including, but not limited to, polyamory, swinging, BDSM and tantra.
M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

Workshop #1 – "Know Yourself, Inside and Out: Inclusive, Sex-Positive Pelvic Health for All Bodies"

Presenter: Alex Papale, PT, DPT

In this presentation, trans pelvic health physical therapist and sex educator Alex Papale will guide participants through a functional, gender-neutral, pleasure informed anatomical overview of the pelvic floor – illustrating how similar all of our pelvises are, regardless of genital arrangement. Alex will then debunk the most wide-spread pelvic health misconceptions including what is considered “common” vs “normal”, including patient/client education tools. Lastly, they will give practical and pleasure based tips on building a relationship with your pelvic floor, navigating sex alongside pelvic health challenges, and what to do when things go awry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have a general understanding of pelvic floor anatomy and how this pertains to pleasure and overall wellbeing.
  • Participants will be able to describe tools to assist clients of all genders in navigating pelvic floor health challenges.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

G. Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology.
I. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.
M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

Workshop #2 – "What They Can't Take: Trans Pleasure, Joy, and Rage"

Presenter: Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C

These are challenging times for gender expansive people. This talk will explore ways that Two Spirit, trans, and gender expansive folks survive and resist oppression. Attendees will learn about various ways that pleasure, joy, and anger can be instrumental in the midst of a rise in anti-trans legislation and violence. Participants will leave with examples of ways to support gender expansive people in enhancing and channeling these emotions, sensations, and experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how creating and appreciating pleasure and joy, as well as utilizing anger, can foster energy and strength.
  • Provide examples and ideas that could support clients in increasing pleasure and joy as well as directing anger.
  • Describe some ways that gender expansive people historically have resisted oppression and how those stories can provide encouragement today.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

D. Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity: heterosexuality; issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual people; gender identity and expression.

F. Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles including, but not limited to, polyamory, swinging, BDSM, and tantra.

M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

AASECT Gender Diverse Institute Panel – "Working Across Disciplines Through a Gender-liberated Lens"

Facilitated by Phoenix Mandel with Holiday Simmons, Jack Thompson, and Oumou Sylla

This panel brings together professionals from a range of backgrounds — including a sexuality educator, a sex therapist, and a somatic practitioner — as well as with varied lived experiences for a discussion of what our practices with clients might look like from a gender-liberated lens. Participants in the panel will also discuss how they work with transgender, nonbinary, and/or gender expansive clients from their different scopes of practice.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how they can work from a gender-liberated perspective within their scope of practice.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities that transgender, nonbinary, and/or gender diverse providers face within our field.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

A, C, D, O, P.

End of Institute performance & reflections – "We Move in Circles"

We will gather at the end of our day of learning to both reflect on takeaways to apply to our practice and celebrate gender liberation together. We will also share in an interactive performance with the renowned Drag King, Actor, and Emcee, Wang Newton. Finally, we will reflect on how drag invites us to imagine gender liberated futures while also connecting us to ancestral lineages of queer resistance through art.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how community building is essential to gender liberation
  • Explain how drag can help us imagine more gender-liberated futures.

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

D, O

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