Sexual Health Awareness, Because Everyone Deserves to be Informed

Please join the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), for three free educational sessions during our annual conference this October. These presentations address critically important topics for parents, educators, and treatment professionals. These sessions are open to the public. Please make plans to join us this fall and learn more about SASH on October 16th and 17th during our virtual conference.

Sexual Health Awareness Sessions #1
Friday, October 16, 2020

Children who are taught to recognize pornography, report exposure, and reject porn’s harmful messages are safer from sexual exploitation of all kinds. Adult predators use pornography to desensitize victims and normalize sexual behavior between adults and children. When children report exposure to pornography, potential abusers can be identified earlier, thus decreasing opportunities for further abuse. The fact that pornography is used to groom children is well established, but pornography has become a perpetrator itself–fueling a disturbing rise in child-on-child harmful sexual behavior.

Children who learn and practice porn refusal skills will be less likely to view pornography and reenact sexual acts on more vulnerable children. They will also learn to reject the self-objectification of sexting and avoid the traps of sextortion.

Participants will leave this presentation with research linking pornography with child sexual abuse; age-appropriate messages to teach children about pornography; and resources to help children develop porn-refusal skills.

Kristen A. Jenson, child advocate

Kristen A. Jenson is the author of the best-selling Good Pictures Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books. With over 150,000 copies sold worldwide in 5 languages, her books are a valuable resource to help children develop an internal filter against inappropriate content. She is the founder of Protect Young Minds, an organization dedicated to helping parents empower their kids with tools to resist and reject pornography. Protect Young Minds’ newest resource is the Brain Defense™ Digital Safety curriculum for elementary students. Kristen is an active member in the Safeguard Alliance of the National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and has testified before the Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee on the public health crisis of pornography. She is a popular guest on radio broadcasts as well as podcasts and webinars and continues to be a strong voice for protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation. Kristen earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Organizational Communication.
She is the mother of three children and her latest honor is becoming a grandma! Kristen lives with her husband in the state of Washington.


This session is free and open to the public. There are NO CE credits being offered for this session.

Sexual Health Wellness Sessions #2
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ouch! Forgiveness??
No-one ever told you that love could hurt?! Or maybe they did, but you didn’t think it would be THIS bad!! Almost all adult relationships require a level of grace and forgiveness; but betrayal recovery demands something uniquely difficult when it comes to “the F word”, whether the relationship survives or not.
In this 90 minute presentation, we will tackle the ever challenging topic of forgiveness for those seeking healing after sexual betrayal. We will take a look at the research available on the topic and relate it to the betrayal recovery experience, exploring some of the challenges and offering new ways to think and talk about this topic with your clients.
Developed with the primary focus on addressing forgiveness in response to sexual betrayal, Cat’s presentation, and the research materials, will also be helpful for those working with survivors of sexual trauma in various forms (abuse, assault, violation, etc).

Catherine Etherington, coach and speakerCatherine Etherington is a certified professional life coach, working with individuals impacted by problematic sexual behaviour; their own or that of a loved one. Certified by Impact Coaching Academy, the International Coach Federation and the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists, Cat has developed her practise with additional trainings through well known entities including The Gottman Institute and SASH that equip her for working with PSB, trauma, betrayal, abuse, separation and more…..As Head of Recovery for Naked Truth Project, Cat has pioneered a unique-for-Europe recovery and healing programme, for individuals seeking recovery and their betrayed spouses.

This session is free and open to the public. There are NO CE credits being offered for this session.

As sexual health specialists, we help clients navigate a lifetime of ongoing sexual awareness and evolution. We witness their transitions through predictable stages of sexual development, accompanied by LESS predictable stages of emotional, social and relational experiences. In this refreshingly narrative and inspiring workshop, divorce specialist Gaelyn Rae Emerson applies her work with more than one hundred divorced and permanently separated women— each following the end of an intimate relationship predicated by sexual infidelity, deception or rejection— to a presentation that features the high, low and “oh, hell no!” moments of her clients’ reentry into single sexuality. With passion and humor, Gaelyn presents an eclectic spectrum of socially diverse case studies, each chosen to broaden our professional understanding of women’s most private sexual segues. Arrive to this workshop prepared to say “I didn’t see THAT coming,” and then leave with newfound appreciation and respect for this unique (and often underestimated) demographic.

Gaelyn Emerson, coach and speakerGaelyn Emerson is a certified professional life, relationship and divorce recovery coach, dedicating her career to helping others triumph over trauma—whether or not their relationships do. Gaelyn is credentialed by Impact Coaching Academy, the International Coach Federation and the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. Through programs provided by entities like The Gottman Institute, High Conflict Institute and SASH, Gaelyn employs advanced training in problematic sexual behavior, abandonment, abuse, affairs, disclosures, divorce, grief, high-conflict dynamics, parenting, separation, trauma and more. Gaelyn coaches clients around the world from her laptop, via her online private practice, Women Ever After, LLC.

This session is free and open to the public. There are NO CE credits being offered for this session.