2021 Sex Therapy Lecture Series Presenters
Surviving and Thriving: Diversity-Informed Strategies for Overcoming Sexuality Concerns Related to Cancer and Chronic Illness
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Alishia Kalos, PsyD (pronouns: she/her/hers) serves as a bilingual (English/Spanish) Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and individual, relational, and sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Kalos obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree through La Salle University with a clinical focus on health psychology, anxiety disorders and assessment. She completed intensive postgraduate relationship and sex therapy training through the Council for Relationships Systemic Sex Therapy program. She additionally completed postgraduate training specific to postpartum anxiety and depression through the Postpartum Stress Center. Dr. Kalos specializes in addressing individual, relational, and sexual concerns related to anxiety, intimacy, communication, sexual functioning (e.g., desire/arousal/interest, erection or orgasm concerns, sexual pain), healing after infidelity, kink, “atypical” sexual interests, ethical non-monogamy, LGBTQIA+ identity, postpartum concerns, separation, divorce, or mindful uncoupling, relational violence, and sexual behavior challenges. Dr. Kalos has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Mindfulness–Based, Strengths-Based, and Intersystems approaches to therapy. She also has experience utilizing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Problem-Solving Therapy (PST), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her practice is founded on belief in the power of resilience and adaptability to surmount challenges and create the strongest version of ourselves and our relationships.
The Color of Love: Understanding Colorism and Relationships
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Kamilah Marie Woodson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds a dual appointment at Howard University, where she is a tenured full Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psycho-educational Studies at the Howard University School of Education, and works as Research Associate, Professor, and Clinician with the Department of Psychiatry at the Howard University College of Medicine/Howard University Hospital. In addition, Dr. Woodson is currently working toward a Doctorate Degree in Ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity.

Dr. Woodson’s research concentrates on health disparities, including the factors that impact health-related risk behaviors (HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse) among people of color, including incarcerated populations, as well as the impact of human trafficking on young women of color. Dr. Woodson began her career conducting research on the impact of global colorism and furthered this agenda through the (2020) edited volume, Colorism: Investigating a Global Phenomenon with Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice, and through research as result of being a recent Fulbright-Hayes Fellow (Brazil, South America). She has presented her colorism research all over the world, in places like Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, France, Amsterdam, Prague, Hong Kong, and Cuba.

As a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the previous Associate Managing Director of the Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Woodson has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, sexual victimization, sexual orientation concerns, interpersonal relationships, trauma, and depression. She has a small private practice in Maryland/Washington, DC, works closely with the Casa Ruby LGBTQ homeless shelter and treatment center in Washington, DC, and is in the process of developing a Training Consortium in the DMV area to service under-resourced and traditionally marginalized clients.
Lessons from "The Oldest Profession in the World": Integrating Sex Workers’ Wisdom into Sex Therapy, Sex Education, and Our Collective Culture
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Angie Gunn, LCSW, CST is a certified sex therapist and licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. She has fought for sexual liberation and empowerment for much of her life, including healing her own trauma and fighting for access to pleasure and empowerment through queerness, sex work, kink, and non-monogamy. She now owns a group practice in Portland, OR, where she and her staff serve queer, kinky and/or non-monogamous folks, sex workers, and sexual trauma survivors. She uses her own journey as an anchor for building pathways for others; including clients, supervisees, and those she trains in workshop settings.
Intimate Harm: Addressing Abusive Behavior Toward Intimates in Therapeutic Settings
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Tony Lapp, LCSW is executive director of Courdea (formerly Menergy), a Philadelphia-based intervention program for people who have abused an intimate partner. Recipient of the 2014 Powerful Partner Award from Women’s Way, Tony is an experienced trainer, educator, writer, and therapist. A long-term member and former coordinator of the Domestic Abuse and Battering Intervention Network of Pennsylvania, Tony collaborates with numerous projects in the Philadelphia area related to family violence, including the Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Committee of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Collaborative, and Shared Safety.
Working with Clients with Eating Disorders: An Assessment and Treatment Overview
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Fran Gerstein, LCSW, MSW, BCD has been in private practice for over 30 years and is a frequent presenter on eating disorders, family therapy, and grief and loss. She has presented at several international conferences including the Psychotherapy Networker and The Renfrew Conference. She is a former Clinical Director of the Outpatient Department of the Renfrew Center and currently teaches at the graduate level at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Pennsylvania.
Why Core Emotions Matter: How Imbalances in The Ancient Emotional Brain Contribute to Sexual (And Affective) Disorders
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm | 4 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Nan Wise, PhD, LCSW, MSW, MA, CST is a licensed psychotherapist, cognitive neuroscientist and lecturer, AASECT-certified sex therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with three decades of experience. Driven by the desire to understand how the brain operates to create moods and behaviors, she returned to academia in 2009 to purse a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where she completed her dissertation project, Genital stimulation, imagery, and orgasm in women: an fMRI analysis in August of 2014. Her research has attempted to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality. Dr. Wise is a published author who has contributed to the scientific literature and published a bestselling book titled Why Good Sex Matters: Understand the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2020).

Whiteness and Counseling: Examining the Invisible
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am | 2 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

DeVon S. Jackson, MS in Counseling is a dynamic diversity and inclusion leader with over 15+ years’ experience in planning, designing, and facilitating workshops in the academic and professional setting. He has a proven record of successful contribution in the areas of change management, diversity and inclusion, equity, gender identity, cross-cultural development, human resources management, teaching, creative instruction styles and techniques, mediation, coaching, mentoring and team building. He is currently Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE, and a diversity and equity trainer for his company, DEI Consultant.

Krista M. Malott, LPC, PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University, where she trains master-level school and mental health counselors. She has over 15 years of experience as a counselor, working with a diversity of clients in various settings, including public schools, a prison setting, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and a domestic violence shelter. As the author of over 50 publications, her research emphasizes antibias trainings, with a specific focus on antiracism Whiteness. As co-facilitator of a community racial justice grassroots organization, she is a White citizen committed to lifelong learning in effecting greater social justice for all.
Kink in Practice, Theory, and Color: Intersections of Sex Positive Kink for Clinicians
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | 3 CE Credits*
*Meets AASECT requirements

Shanae Adams, MA, LPCC, NCC, CIGT lives to serve community. She is a nomadic Denver, Colorado native. Her mission is sexuality normalization, explanation, and melaninated representation. She has been a sexuality educator for over 10 years. As an undergrad at The University of Missouri, she developed an affinity for sexuality education and allowed that devotion to drive her in creating HonestlyNae, a sex positive education and consultation business providing comprehensive sexuality education. A recent graduate of Adams State University, Shanae pursued a Masters in Clinical Counseling to support her community in navigating their experiences with sexuality and trauma. Her therapy practice, Manifest, Affirm, Intent Therapeutic Services, focuses on using indigenized and decolonized therapeutic modalities to help clients reach their idealized selves. In this work, she brings the same openness and curiosity developed as an educator and an enthusiasm to see clients reach their goals. Shanae is also the co-founder of The Chrysalis House LCA. This sex-positive collaborative is a community and resource center in Denver, CO with the goal of transformation serving sex workers and LGBTQ folkx. They focus on lobbying to decriminalize sex work, creating healing spaces for community, and providing support and resources to marginalized groups in Denver.