Are you looking for more resources to support your career in sexuality education? Check out this list of resources for aspiring and emerging sexuality professionals!

1. AASECT

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT’s mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.

AASECT publishes two peer-reviewed journals: the American Journal of Sexuality Education and the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, and offers resources for continuing education. According to its website, “AASECT Membership connects you with a powerful alliance of people who are dedicated to the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice.”

This organization supports the advancement in the fields of sexuality education, counseling, and sex therapy, and is widely recognized as the leading resource for information in the field of human sexuality. Members take part in a global forum committed to exchanging ideas, addressing unique issues, challenges, trends and regulations. As a member, your involvement will not only enrich your career but also help to shape the future of AASECT and the sexuality profession.

While AASECT membership does not imply professional expertise or competence as a sexuality educator, counselor or therapist, it will connect you to a passionate community of peers and opportunities for continued learning.

2. ISSWSH

The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) is a multidisciplinary, academic, and scientific organization with the following purposes:

  • To provide opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women’s sexual function and sexual experience,

  • To support the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in research, education, and clinical practice of women’s sexuality, and

  • To provide the public with accurate information about women’s sexuality and sexual health

ISSWSH offers professional memberships with benefits that include unrivaled scientific programs featuring state-of-the-art lectures and faculty specializing in a variety of areas related to women’s sexual health; reduced meeting fees; access to ISSWSHNET, the members-only online forum; discounted journal rates; ISSM University Provider Directory, eligibility for ISSWSH Research Grants and eligibility for ISSWSH Fellowships!

3. CENTER FOR SEX EDUCATION

The Center for Sex Education (CSE) is dedicated to the proposition that all people have a right to education that will help them understand, appreciate, and take responsibility for their sexuality. Based in Morristown, NJ, it is the national education division of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey.

The Center for Sex Education (CSE) provides three core services in sexuality education:

  • Publishing sexuality education manuals used throughout the world. Guides address all ages, and nearly every topic in sex ed, providing sexuality educators with user-friendly, cost-effective lesson plans addressing puberty, healthy and unhealthy relationships, contraception, sexual safety, and much more. See www.SexEdStore.com.

  • Hosting the National Sex Ed Conference, the largest conference in the United States devoted exclusively to sexuality education. The conference features more than 100 speakers every year, including many of the leading voices in the field. See www.SexEdConference.com.

  • Providing membership services through the Sex Ed Network, an online resource that allows access to hundreds of downloadable lesson plans and complete access to the American Journal of Sexuality Education. See www.SexEdNetwork.com.

4. GLSEN

GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is a United States-based education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools.

Their mission is to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Interested in finding ways to bring LGBTQ-visibility into your curriculum? GLSEN’s education team has created educator guides and other resources for increasing LGBTQ visibility and affirmation into any curriculum.

GLSEN was founded by a group of teachers in 1990 with the understanding that educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. GLSEN activates supportive educators, while centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more.

5. SIECUS

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to affirming that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of life. SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices. It is acknowledged as the institutional voice of these concerns and a pioneer of the comprehensive sex education program.

SIECUS is a recognized leader in the field of sexuality and sex education and has published numerous books, journals, and resources for professionals, parents, and the public. SIECUS’ publication, Guidelines for Comprehensive Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade, was hailed as a major breakthrough for sex education and continues to be a sought after resource.

6. SHA

The Sexual Health Alliance (SHA) promotes an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to sexuality with the goal of fostering cooperation and dialogue among diverse professionals with communities in the Southwest and the Great Lakes areas.

Throughout the year, SHA facilitates communication among sexual health providers through their signature lecture series, roundtable forums, and educational workshops.  Their events and programming are intended to build community, spark dialogue and encourage collaboration.

7. SEXPERT CONSULTANTS LLC

Sexpert Consultants offers memberships and professional support for sexuality professionals. Our member community is designed to support current and aspiring sexuality professionals at all career levels. Anyone with a passion for pleasure-centered sexuality education interested in making an impact in the world of sexual wellness is encouraged to join.

Our member community is curated to include high-quality online resources (courses, scientific studies, webinars, and events) for sexuality professionals; and it is a great place to connect with like-minded professionals focused on wellness, sexual health and pleasure. Our premium membership plans include monthly group coaching calls for sexuality entrepreneurs looking to launch and expand their businesses.

We’ve also negotiated special rates and discounts on entrepreneurial tools and resources (like business cards, web design, software, etc.) exclusively for our membership community. Our premium plans offer opportunities for content promotion, commission earnings, lead generation and increased visibility through the Sexpert Consultants platform and beyond!