Over the last 50 years, Asexuality and Aromanticism have grown in visibility, community, in academia, and recently surging in awareness during the continued isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic. Research suggests that 1% to 5% of the general population is Asexual, meaning there are over 70 million Asexual people around the globe (numbers for Aromanticism are unknown). As support for the validity of these orientations grows, so does the need for education and training in creating space for Asexuality and Aromanticism among clients working with sexuality professionals. In this six hour class we will explore the basics of Asexuality and Aromanticism, how to support clients in their discovery and sexual health in a society that pushes compulsory sexuality, compulsory romanticism, amatonormativity, heteronormativity, and mononormativity. We will explore how Asexual and Aromantic people can build affirming relationships, self-acceptance, and fullfilment.
Course Outcomes: At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Define asexuality and aromanticism
- Recognize orientations and differentiate between HSDD and attachment disorders
- Assist clients in navigating self acceptance and connection to community
- Identify and understand the differentiated attractions that exist
- Establish new affirming intimacy practices that decenter sex and romance
- Understand the challenges due to erasure that lead to additional mental health concerns for asexual and aromantic people
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
AASECT Core Knowledge Areas
- A: Ethics and ethical behavior
- C: Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values) in relation to sexual values and behaviors.
- 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.
- E. Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.
- O. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students and colleagues.
About the Presenter
Aubri Lancaster is a Sex Educator with 16 years experience. In her career she has conducted hundreds of presentations focused on arousal, intimacy, and incorporating adult toys and pleasure enhancing products into self care and relationships. As an Alloromantic Asexual, Aubri has lived experience and a connection to the Asexual and Aromantic communities that provides a unique perspective on the issues facing the changing landscape of sexuality and orientation. To better understand these connections, Aubri spent a semester studying Asexuality and Aromanticism under the guidance of Goddard Graduate Institute and is currently being mentored independently by Bianca Laureano, PhD, MA, CSE, CSES.When not working, Aubri spends her time with her husband, her family, her 5 year old, and her gaggle of Chihuahuas. You can follow Aubri on Instagram at @AceSexEducation and at her website.
Image is of Aubri a light skin person wearing a pink and green headwrap smiling at the camera
Register for 2023 sessions!
Sunday October 15 & 22, 2023 (two 3-hour sessions) 10am – 1pm PT / 1pm – 4pm ET Register
Saturday December 9 & 16, 2023 (two 3-hour sessions) 10am – 1pm PT / 1pm – 4pm ET Register