Sex Ed Lecture Series

Ongoing Wednesday Series
March 3, 2021 7:00pm - June 30, 2021 8:00pm
$25 - $600

The Sex Ed Lecture Series features leaders in sexuality education sharing their research and best practices every Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST, unless otherwise noted, through June 30, 2021.

Topics, speakers, dates and times are listed below. Recordings are available for registrants who miss the live session. Discounts are available if you sign up for five or more sessions.

Each session is approved for 1.0 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.


March 3, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

What COVID Has Taught Us About Sex Ed

Faculty: Karen Rayne, PhD

When COVID first hit, education around the world stood still. Sexuality education is recovering from that initial impact with wild inequities, loads of confusion, and piles of creativity. In this session, Dr. Rayne outlines details of how sex ed has changed to date and what is coming soon.


March 10, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Sex & Sexuality in the Muslim Community

Faculty: Lena Elkhatib, LMFT, CST

Sex and Sexuality are often taboo topics for Muslims, leading to lack of sex education and increased sexual shame. This course is designed to help participants gain an understanding of Islamic views and language regarding sexuality and a sex-positive framework to address the challenges this population faces regarding sex.


March 17, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

How Prevalent is Men's Porn Use? And Why Sexuality Educators Need to Know

Faculty: Dan J. Miller, PhD

This presentation aims to provide contextualizing information on the prevalence and frequency of adult males’ pornography use. Prevalence figures are presented for both pornography in general and violent pornography specifically. Statistics on the ways in which pornography is consumed and the sexual behaviors that accompany pornography use are also presented.


March 24, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Sexual Citizenship: Tips to Help Sexuality Educators Create Sexually Healthy Communities

Faculty: Ellen Friedrichs, MA

This lecture will use the concept of “good sexual citizenship” to help participants identify and challenge factors like gendered messages, trans- and homophobia, racism and trauma, which contribute to sexually hostile and dangerous environments. Strategies for creating positive community standards and tools for community assessment will also be covered.


March 31, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Black Women’s Sexuality: Six Practical Steps for Designing a Resilience-Based Curriculum

Faculty: Ashley Townes, PhD, MPH, Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, and Davondra Brown, MEd, MCHES

A team of sexuality educators conducted a review of existing sexuality education literature and curricula to inform the development of strategies for working with Black women and girls. This presentation provides practical approaches to developing and implementing effective programming as well as meeting the evolving needs of the intended audience.


April 5, 7 PM to 8 PM EST (Note: Monday!)

FREE Sex Ed Networking and Strategy Share

Meet your sex ed neighbors, share your great ideas, and learn from others. An hour of networking!


April 7, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Make My Job Obsolete! Sex Therapy Concepts to Prevent Sexual Problems through Education

Faculty: Dr. Catherine Dukes

Together, we will discuss common concerns which bring adults into sex therapy, and how these concerns may be prevented OR may be addressed earlier in the lifespan by effective comprehensive sex education. Participants will strategize messaging for youth and young adult sex ed.


April 14, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Recruiting Youth for Research? The Internet Can Help…To Some Extent

Faculty: Genevieve Martínez-García, PhD

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter offer the opportunity to reach large numbers of youth quickly and efficiently. We will share examples of the strategies we have used to recruit thousands of participants to sexual health research and health campaign projects, including ad development, channel selection, and messaging using user-centered approaches. 


April 21, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Going Around in CIRCLES®: Social Boundaries, Down Syndrome, and Sexuality Education

Faculty: Dr. Brooke Faught and Leslie Walker-Hirsch, IMEd, FAAIDD

This webinar will summarize the use the CIRCLES® app to teach social boundaries to teen females with Down syndrome. The results were astoundingly positive. A clip of the app will be shown.


April 26, 7 PM to 8 PM EST (Note: Monday!)

Thirty Years of Evidence: Sex Education Does More than Prevent Teen Pregnancy and STIs

Faculty: Dr. Lisa Lieberman and Dr. Eva Goldfarb

This session will review and discuss a new study summarizing thirty years of published research on the outcomes of sex education, beyond pregnancy and STI prevention. Notable outcomes included appreciation of sexual diversity, dating and interpersonal violence prevention, child abuse prevention, promotion of healthy relationships, social emotional learning, and media literacy.


April 28, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Understanding the Role of Culture, Identity, and Sexual Wellbeing in University Students in the UK

Faculty: Rusi Jaspal, PhD

Drawing on the Health Adversity Risk Model and on survey data from 431 undergraduate students in the United Kingdom, this presentation examines the relationship between identity, mental health and sexual risk behaviors. The results show differential pathways toward sexual risk which may be related to social and cultural norms. 


May 3, 7 PM to 8 PM EST (Note: Monday!)

Applying a Theory of Memorable Messages to Design Familial Sexual Health Messages for LGBTQ Women

Faculty: Dr. Valerie Rubinsky and Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson

Drs. Rubinsky and Cooke-Jackson will discuss their recent publication in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and how they broadly envision applying their Theory of Memorable Messages to guide at-home sexuality education for families of LGTBQ youth.


May 5, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Faculty: Evert Ketting, PhD

Sexuality Education in Europe and Central Asia

This lecture will review the results of a study on the history and current status of sexual education in half of the countries in Europe and Central Asia. Only four out of 25 do not have sexuality education in schools, and it is now a mandatory teaching subject in schools in the vast majority of European countries. In slightly more than half of the countries, sexuality education is really comprehensive.


May 12, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Diabetes in the Bedroom

Faculty: Janis Roszler, PhD, LMFT, CDCES

Approximately 1 in 8 Americans has diabetes and 1 in 3 has prediabetes. Learn about diabetes-related sexual complications and what individuals with these issues can try to enjoy more satisfying sex lives.


May 17, 7 PM to 8 PM EST (Monday)

SexSmartFilms “The Netflix of Sex Education”

Faculty: Mark Schoen, PhD offers 625 films on sex education, research and therapy. There are films from 52 countries that gives the viewer a cross cultural look at approaches to sexual health. Participants will explore films for teaching people of all ages on a wide gamut of sexuality issues, and learn to use how to use films to promote sexual health education.


May 19, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

The Personal is Pedagogical: How Teacher Identities Inform Students' Experiences of Sex Education

Young LGBT+ and disabled people say that sex education needs to reflect their experiences, and that it needs to be done by someone who isn't cisgender, heterosexual and able-bodied. Talking about our personal lives is often actively avoided by educators, this lecture explains why knowing a teacher's identity matters to students, and how we can begin to inject our identity into our teaching.


May 26, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

That’s Taboo! Using A Sex-Positive Multicultural Digital Storytelling Model in Sex Education

Faculty: Elisha Oliver, PhD

In this lecture I present digital storytelling as an educational tool for use in sexual health and sex education platforms. I use the digital storytelling model to decenter “normative” ideations regarding sex and sexuality within interracial/interethnic relationships, polyamorous relationships, designer relationships, BDSM/Kink, and age, health, and ability.


June 2, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Sexuality, Menopause, and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Faculty: Gretchen Frey, MD, FACOG

The anatomic, physiologic, and psychologic changes of menopause can profoundly impact sexual expression. Judicious use of hormonal therapies can be life changing for some. Educators can empower older individuals to advocate medically for themselves by advancing understanding of both the changes and possible treatments. I will offer teaching tools and further resources.


June 9, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Everything Sexuality Educators Need to Know

Faculty: Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, MFT

Teaching a controversial sexuality issue as men feeling sexually out of control can be successfully approached by implementing a range of sexual health conversation skills sets. Avoiding divisive debate and contention while providing accurate, sexual science that organizes sexual dysregulation into four conceptual categories are foundational for an effective learning experience.


June 16, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Separation of Church and Sex: Exploring the Role of Faith in Sexual Health Development

Faculty: Brittany Broaddus-Smith, LSW, MEd

This talk explores how the church can support the development of healthy sex(uality) across the life span. Participants will be challenged to explore personal biases, assess the current need, or lack thereof, for the church's voice in education as opposed to just regulation, and identify ways to mobilize the power of the church’s voice as it relates to sexual health and wellness.


June 23, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Let’s Talk about Sex and Aging

Faculty: Joan Price, MA

Sex after 50, 60, 70 and beyond has challenges, but it can be rich and joyful if we learn, adapt, and explore. Let’s throw out the stereotypes about older-age sexuality, debunk the myths, and send you home with solid information and a new attitude about older-age sexuality and how to talk about it.


June 30, 7 PM to 8 PM EST

Consensual Nonmonagamy: What Sexuality Educators Need to Know

Faculty: Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CSE

Popular wisdom holds that consensual nonmonagamy (CNM) doesn’t work, obscuring the fact that the various types of CNM can “work” in different ways for different people. This talk introduces and defines different types of CNM and explains the ways in which they might (or might not) work for various individuals.