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University of Guelph

Guelph Sexuality Conference

ROZANSKI HALL  |  JUNE 13, 14 & 15, 2018
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Speakers

Markie Twist

Innovations in Sexuality Research: Reflections of the Now and Creations of the Future
June 14, 2018 |9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | PLENARY RM 103
Discussing Digisexuality
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-2 RM 105
Bio

Markie Louise Christianson (L. C.) Twist, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, as well as a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and certified sexuality educator through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Twist is co-author of the book, The Couple and Family Technology Framework: Intimate Relationships in a Digital Age. Dr. Twist will serve as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice. In addition, Dr. Twist serves as a visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Dr. Twist is also a full professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy Program, as well as the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. For more on Dr. Twist

Nancy Durand

Common Counselling Barriers and Pitfalls to HPV Vaccination
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | D-1 RM 103
Bio

Dr Durand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree from McGill University, Montreal and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McGill University. She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical and research interests include HPV, colposcopy and hysteroscopy.  She continues to teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and speaks frequently about Human Papilloma Virus and vaccination.

Truth Is...

Creative Tongue
Bio

Over the years through poetry and effective communication Truth Is ... has dedicated much of their time and all of themself to the betterment of community. Previously opening for legendary activist Angela Davis, they have also headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, labour safety and youth motivation. They are current co-artistic director of not-for-profit arts organization Guelph Spoken Word and has also been the recipient of the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards and Guelph's Top 40 under 40.

Truth Is ... identifies as She, uses all pronouns

Jasleena Kour Sahni

It's NOT about Sex: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-3 RM 103
Bio

Jasleena Kour Sahni, MPH is a Community Educator/Preventionist at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. As part of SAVI's Outreach, Education, and Training Team, Jasleena develops and implements workshops in topics including sexual violence prevention and response, trauma-informed practices for supporting survivors of sexual violence, consent education,  positive sexuality, etc. to students, faculty, health practitioners, professionals, and other communities in need. She received her Masters of Public Health, with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and her Bachelors of Art in Molecular Cell Biology and Bachelors of Art in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ayla Lefkowitz

Back Talk: Voices Against Violence
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-5 RM 108
Bio

Ayla Lefkowitz is a Sexual Violence Prevention Educator, Spoken Word Artist and Co-founder and Director of CANVAS Arts Action Programs, a non-profit using arts-education to prevent sexual violence, homophobia, and transphobia. She received her Masters in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics, and has worked in consent education across Ontario and Quebec. She has published papers on health promotion research focusing on discrimination and biases in health practice. As a poet, Ayla has performed original work on sexual violence, shame, pleasure and body hair, contributing to her recent first place win at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

 


Learning Objectives:
  1. The purpose of this presentation is to engage with 'gay shame', gay online applications. and the propagation of gendered/racial discrimination online.
  2. Attendees will engage with the concept of gay shame, how it relates to whiteness and internalized homophobia/femmephobia, and gay male online surveillance. They will participate in discussions, as well as interactive activities.
  3. Attendees will leave with information on gay shame, as well as tools/resources regarding queer masculinity.

Vanessa Allen

STI Updates: Public Health Ontario
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-1 RM 103
Bio

Vanessa Allen is Chief, Medical Microbiology at PHO, and a medical microbiologist and infectious disease specialist, working primarily in the areas of bacterial sexually transmitted infections and food- and water-borne bacterial program delivery and research.

Michael Whelan

STI Updates, Public Health Ontario
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-1 RM 103
Bio

Michael Whelan is an epidemiologist lead with Public Health Ontario working in infectious disease surveillance and reporting with the Communicable Diseases Unit. He currently works on the surveillance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), blood borne infections, tuberculosis and influenza.

Jennifer Pritchard

STI Clinical Update: Public Health Ontario
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-1 RM 103
Bio

Teddy Syrette

A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-2 RM 105
Bio

I am a 2-Spirit advocate and artist from Batchewana First Nation, currently living and working in Toronto. My focus is in decolonizing gender and sexuality, by understanding intersectional oppression, and colonial impacts on queer and trans Indigenous people (QTIP). I use storytelling, interactive history activities and group discussion to increase awareness and build allyship for 2-Spirit and Queer/Trans Indigenous People. This journey has brought myself andy work across Turtle Island (Canada). I currently sit on the board of directors for 2-Spirited People of the First Nation, a co-host for Indigenous Waves CUIT 89.5 FM, and a private freelancer. My interests include poetry, pugs and polyamory. And my background is in social justice, theatre and bingo.

Darren Ho

gbMSM Health: Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-3 RM 106
Bio

Darren Ho is the Program Manager for BC's gbMSM (Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men) Health Network-- a program run out of the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health. In this role, Darren is committed to structural change through knowledge exchange, capacity building, and advocacy around issues that impact the health of gbMSM. Having been immersed in the field of Gay Men's Health in various capacities over the last seven years, Darren is excited to share his insights on how we can all work towards better health for gbMSM in our communities.

Samya Lugoma

Reproductive Coercion: The Intersection of Gender-Based Violence & Sexual Health
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-4 RM 107
Bio

Samya is interested in carving out spaces that promotes the voices of marginalized folks through an intersectional approach. Her passion for creating better access to services stems out of her experience as a young African immigrant born in Congo (Kinshasa) and raised in Edmonton. She has worked with diverse advocacy and community agencies raising awareness on the crisis in Congo, youth engagement as well as sexual violence in the context of war. This work lead her to supporting survivors of sexual assault in her community through peer to peer counselling with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. As a full spectrum community doula, Samya is enthusiastic about improving support services through bridging the gaps between violence against women and sexual and reproductive health.

Cassandra Myers

Back Talk: Voices Against Violence
June 14, 2018| 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-5 RM 108
Bio

Cassandra Myers is a poet with an emerging career in competitive performance poetry and Child and Youth Counselling. The 2015 Femme Youth Poet of the World, Cassandra competed and performed on international stages at National Poetry Slam, Women of the World Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices, and College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. A member of Toronto Poetry Project and President of Ryerson University poetry slam club, Poetic Exchange, Cassandra is the forward momentum behind the Toronto slam poetry community. Reader for a Feminist Thread and A Strength of Doves and Winter Tangerine alum, Cassandra moving from the stage to the page, anticipating a long career in published works. Cassandra is completing her BA in CYC at Ryerson while coordinating their Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line.

Wednesday Bell

Do I Look Queer Enough?; The Role of Queer Feminine Capital in Queer Female Communities
June 14, 2018| 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Wednesday Bell is an independent queer feminist researcher and writer currently living and working on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, more commonly known as Toronto. Her research interests include queer female community dynamics, representations of queer femininity in online spaces, and the idea of aggressive feminine vulnerability. She also writes extensively about topics such as music, social justice, and mental health and is the author of the zine series Exposed Nerve. Wednesday graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She enjoys extensively engaging with music, exploring witchy practices, and spending time with her cat Cookie.

Erik Bridle

Near Far, Wherever You Are: The Impact of Geographic Distance on Sexting and Satisfaction
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Erik Bridle is a full-time graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

 

Kiersten Dobson

Sources of Information and Comparison Regarding Sexual Pleasure and Their Effects on Romantic Relationships
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Kiersten Dobson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Western Ontario. Conducting research in Dr. Lorne Campbell's Love Lab, Kiersten studies romantic relationships, sexuality, and partner perception.

Tasha Falconer

Personality traits impact on sexting
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Tasha Falconer is an MSc student in Health Psychology at Trent University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Tasha's research interests are sexual communication, and sexual education. She is currently working on her thesis, which looks at the connections between sexting, sexual communication, sexual risky behavior, and personality traits.

 

Kumru Bayazit

Sexuality Education with Adolescent Football Players in Turkey: Challenges and Opportunities
June 14, 2017 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Rayka Kumru is a sexologist, trainer, cultural adviser and author. She has a BA in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from The University of British Columbia, Canada, and masters degrees in Sexology from Curtin University, Australia and Marketing Communication from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Her sexology masters dissertation focused on attitudes towards and experiences of contraception use amongst young people in Turkey. Kumru initiated and taught sexual health, gender studies and sexuality education courses in Turkey, organized World Sexual Health Day in Istanbul and worked as one of the coordinators for World Sexual Health Day North America hosted by Stanford University. Areas of interest: human sexuality, culture, gender issues, youth and sexuality, sexuality education.

Tyler Burleigh

Psychological Predictors and Corelates of PrejudiceAgainst Consensual Nonmonogamists
Bio

Tyler Burleigh recently graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Tyler's research mainly focuses on the psychological bases of prejudice against gender, sexual, and romantic minorities—including individuals who practice consensual nonmonogamy, and individuals who are transgender, non-binary, or gender nonconforming. Tyler also studies categorization, the "Uncanny Valley" and research methods on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Terry Humphreys

Near, Far, Wherever You Are: The Impact of Geographic Distance on Sexting and Satisfaction
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Personality traits impact on sexting
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Terry Humphreys is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. His academic/research interests focus broadly on diverse forms of sexual communication.  Dr. Humphreys is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality and a Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2015-2017) and the Canadian Sex Research Forum (2013).

Rayka Kumru Bayazit

Sexuality Education with Adolescent Football Players in Turkey: Challenges and Opportunities
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Rayka Kumru is a sexologist, trainer, cultural adviser and author. She has a BA in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from The University of British Columbia, Canada, and masters degrees in Sexology from Curtin University, Australia and Marketing Communication from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Her sexology masters dissertation focused on attitudes towards and experiences of contraception use among young people in Turkey. Kumru initiated and taught sexual health, gender studies and sexuality education courses in Turkey, organized World Sexual Health Day in Istanbul and worked as one of the coordinators for World Sexual Health Day North America hosted by Stanford University. Areas of interest: human sexuality, culture, gender issues, youth and sexuality, sexuality education.

Jessica Ching

Designing a Culturally Appropriate HPV Screening Program with Communities
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Jessica Ching is an industrial designer responsible for product development and the overall direction of Eve Medical. She has worked previously in product development and manufacturing liaison roles for Herman Miller, Umbra and Telus. She is a graduate of OCAD University, and also holds a BA in International Development from McGill University.

Jack Mohr

The Ontario PrEP Cohort Study: Tracking Impact and Access Issues in he rollout of PrEP
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Jack Mohr is the Provincial Research Coordinator for the Ontario PrEP Cohort Study, a community-based research project housed at St. Michael's Hospital and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Jack has held a variety of positions in HIV research and sexual health promotion since moving to Ontario in 2012.

Ruth Neustifter

Texting Sex Questions
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Understanding and Assessing Non-Monogamous Clients: Useful Info for Physical & Mental Health Providers - Panel Presentation
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM | D-3 RM 106
Bio

Ruth Neustifter, PhD is an assistant professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Program at the University of Guelph. They are openly non-binary, poly, kinky, and queer. Ruthie is proud to serve as a co-chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference, as well as co-hosting Sexually Charged Radio and co-facilitating the Sexual and Gender Diversity Lab.

Tiffany Scurr

Texting Sex Questions
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Tiffany Scurr is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph and a member of Sexual & Gender Diversity Lab.

Laurel Pirrie

Perceptions of Consent and Desire
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Laurel Pirrie is a Trent University Graduate with a B.Sc in Psychology where she completed her Honours Thesis under Dr. Terry Humphreys. She has plans to attend a one-year compressed Bachelors of Social Work at Lakehead this coming July. Her primary interest is in sexual assault prevention and support.

Sarah Wiley

Attitudes toward a Restorative Justice Response to Sexual Violation
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Sarah Louise Rose Wiley will be graduating from the University of Waterloo's Psychology Honours major  Bachelor of Arts program with a minor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies in 2017.  Sarah is a social justice advocate and was awarded the Provincial Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Awards for her student leadership in July 2017.  Sarah's activism led her to take a year's leave from her studies and serve as Vice President Education for the University of Waterloo Federation of Students (2016-2017).  Sarah was  a Board Member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) during which she co-authored their 2016 Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy Paper.

BJ Rye

Attitudes toward a Restorative Justice Response to Sexual Violation
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

BJ Rye is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo.  BJ teaches courses in human sexuality and social psychology.  Her research focuses on attitudes toward sexual minority groups, sexuality education, and sexual identity. She is a long-time attendee and presenter at the Guelph Sexuality Conference.

Rachel Schenk Martin

The Reality of Resources for LGBTQ+ Students in Ontario Universities
June 14, 2018 |11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Rachel is currently working on research in the field of sexuality and psychology. She has presented at conferences in both Canada and the U.S. She is currently a representative of the Sexual and Gender Identities section of the Canadian Psychological Association, and the chair of the LGBT+ Research Special Interest Group for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Tauhid Khan

 Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health Education:  Boys' Views and Experiences in Bangladesh
June 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | A-6 RM 109
Bio

Tauhid Khan is a 2nd Year MA student in Child and Youth Studies, Brock University. In his thesis, he explored Bangladeshi boys' views and experiences about sex education using Foucauldian discourse analysis and social construction lens. In Tauhid's first Masters in Sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, he examined how communication technology influences the premarital, extramarital, and same-sex relations in a peri-urban area of Bangladesh. In addition, he has taught sociology at different public and private universities in Bangladesh for around 6 years as a lecturer and assistant professor.

Darrell Tan

STI Stream: At last - Canadian Guidelines on PrEP and nPEP - Now What?
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-1 RM 103
Bio

Dr. Darrell Tan is an infectious diseases physician, clinician-scientist and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator whose research focuses on clinical trials in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and HIV/sexual transmitted infection (STI) co-infection. As Director of the University of Toronto Clinical Research Unit on HIV Prevention and co-leader of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network Biomedical Prevention Working Group, he is leading multiple efforts to optimize the implementation of HIV pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) in Canada. These include Canada’s first demonstration project of daily oral TDF/FTC-based PrEP in Toronto MSM, the development of national Clinical Practice Guidelines on PEP & PrEP use, exploration of the relationship between syndemic health problems and clinical outcomes of PEP & PrEP, studies of nurse-led PEP & PrEP, and evaluations of novel antiretroviral PEP regimens.

Additional research interests are in the interaction between HIV and common co-infections such as herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and syphilis, and the role of systemic inflammation in driving clinical outcomes in people living with HIV. He is also Co-Principle Investigator on two CIHR-supported multicentre randomized control trials including the a trial of anti-herpes medication for attenuating HIV disease progression, and a trial of enhanced syphilis screening in HIV-positive men.

Niki Davis-Fainbloom

It's NOT about Sex: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-3 RM 106
Bio

Niki Davis-Fainbloom, MA is a Community Educator & Sexual & Intimate Partner Primary Preventionist at the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. As part of SAVI's Training & Education Outreach Team, Niki develops and implements workshops to students, faculty and professionals. She focused on sexual offender behavior during her undergraduate studies at Ryerson University and received her Masters of Psychology, with a focus on sexuality and relationships, at New York University. Niki is passionate about education with a special interest on sexual empowerment and the neurobiology of trauma and has lectured on these topics at venues including the United Nations and New York University.

Sookie Bardwell

Loving Large: Developing a Size-Inclusive Practice
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-4 RM 107
Bio

Sookie has gotten really comfortable being large and in-charge (of a room) over the course of her work in the past decade as a teacher and social justice public educator. Sookie is an OCT certified secondary school teacher and a graduate of Options for Sexual Healths Sexual Health Educator Certification program. She holds undergraduate degrees in Studio Art, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, English and Education, and is currently pursuing her masters degree in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory at McMaster University. She is passionate about unpacking and unlearning the many messages that we all receive every day that position some ways of being a person as superior to others, and to working together to make sure that we can all feel comfortable and affirmed in our bodies.

Jennifer DePoe

Loving Large: Developing a Size-Inclusive Practice
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-4 RM 107
Bio

Jennifer has been inspired by amazing fatties all around her since childhood. Her queer femme root is her amazing fat bubbie. To help build fat community she founded the Facebook group  Fat, Awesome and Queer (FAQ) (please join us!).   As a fat from birth she has lived through bullying, medical pathologizing of her size, 16 years of dieting, and literally being run over. Thankfully her fat saved her and now she wants to share with everyone how awesome being fat is!

Eva from "What's My Body Doing"

Knowledge Mobilization in a Social Media World
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-5 RM 108
Bio

Eva is an online sex educator who writes, films, and hosts videos for the YouTube channel “What’s My Body Doing”. She works from a sex-positive and anti-oppressive perspective to create 2-10 minute videos about sexuality, sexual health, body image, and relationships. She had been interviewed on podcasts such as the Sexplanations Podcast, Disability after Dark, and Planned Parenthood Toronto’s website Teen Health Source. She also received the Youth Choice Award from Planned Parenthood Toronto in June 2017.

Rhonda Balzarini

Understanding Stigma, Commitment and Sex in Polyamourous Relationships: Findings from Three Journal Articles
June 14, 2018 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | B-1 RM 103
Bio

Rhonda Balzarini is a Ph.D. student at the University of Western Ontario. Rhonda completed her BA in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University and her M.A. at SUNY Stony Brook. Rhonda has been awarded the Ontario Trillium Award which helps doctoral students from around the world to study in Ontario. Her current research interests primarily focus on romantic and sexual relationships- for example, what features are central to our understanding of being in a romantic relationship; how do relationship processes and sexual behaviors vary across partners in polyamorous relationships; how does stigma impact relationship and sexual functioning; and how do relationship processes differ in consensual non monogamous arrangements and monogamous arrangements.

Jackie Gerlach

Mycoplasma
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | C-1 RM 103
Bio

Jackie Gerlach is a nurse practitioner with the Sexual Health Program at Region of Waterloo Public Health since 2012 and recently joined the ARCH clinic serving HIV patients in Central West Ontario. She has worked as a nurse practitioner in family practice and sexual health since 2009.  Prior to returning to her first love, clinical practice, Jackie worked in health services research and administration for over 20 years. Her research background and related administrative experience is in health system evaluation, automation of CPGs for health service administration, and knowledge transfer in the clinical setting

Zelaika Hep worth Clarke

Decolonial Approaches to Trauma
June 14, 2018 |3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | C-2 RM 105
Bio

Shadeen Francis

Decolonial Approaches to Trauma
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-2 RM 105
Bio

Shadeen Francis, MFT is a marriage and family therapist, professor, and author specializing in sex therapy and social justice. She has been featured on platforms like 6-ABC, FOX, and the Huffington Post to share her expertise, and she speaks internationally on topics such as self-esteem, sexual intimacy, and community building. Shadeen’s belief is that the world is built on the strengths of communities. This worldview has propelled her to focus on underserved populations: ethnic and cultural minorities, the kinky/poly/queer communities, and victims of economic hardship. Her work allows people of all backgrounds to improve their relationships and live in peace and pleasure.

Joshua Peters

The Quick and Dirty: Mindfulness for the Men who have Sex with Men  Community
June 14,2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-3 RM 109
Bio

Joshua Peters is a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto. Joshua is also the Clinical Manager of CFIR Toronto/Ottawa and Lead of the Centre’s Sexuality, Gender, and Relationship Diversity Service. He completed his undergraduate Specialization in Psychology at the University Ottawa and his Master of Counselling at the University of Saint Paul. Joshua has a passion for working within the LGBTQ2A+ community and exploring the socio-economic factors related to mental health. Furthermore, he seeks to provide LGBTQ2A+ couple and relationship therapy that takes into consideration the unique experiences of this community.

Rylie Moore

The Quick and Dirty: Mindfulness for the Men who have Sex with Men  Community
June 14, 2018| 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-3 RM 109
Bio

Dr. Rylie Moore is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Victoria and his honour’s undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Moore has developed a specialty in LGBTQ2A+ mental health. He strives to provide services to underserved and underrepresented populations, including adult sexual-and gender-diverse individuals.  

Daniel Pugh

Trauma Recovery, Education and Empowerment (T.R.E.E): how sex and gender connect to trauma recovery & skills
June 23, 2017 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-4 RM 102
Bio

Daniel Pugh is a clinical social worker & mental health/intake counsellor at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. Throughout his experience, Daniel has worked with youth, adults, couples and families with complex needs – primarily cultivated from LGBTQ/HIV communities across Ontario. In addition to building a social work practice that is sex positive, trauma-informed, decolonized and rooted in harm reduction; Daniel has a foundation in community-based HIV research, sexual health promotion, social determinants of health and community development. Daniel attempts to incorporate and affirm these values into practice as a result of engaging in theory and practice with clients, community, colleagues & evidence.

Makeda Zook

Teaching Healthy Relationships from a Human Rights Perspective
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-5 RM 108
Bio

Makeda Zook is the Health Promotion and Education Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. In her role, she helped write and manage the content and successful launch of Beyond the Basics, Action Canada’s sexual health education resource for teachers and community educators. Makeda holds an MPH in Health Promotion and has previous experience as a community-based researcher in the areas of social movements, LGBTQ+ youth engagement, anti-racism policies, and community resilience.

Brittany Neron

Teaching Healthy Relationships from a Human Rights Perspective
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-5 RM 108
Bio

Brittany Neron is responsible for overseeing Action Canada’s 24-hour sexual health line and managing its team of skilled volunteers, developing information products and resources, and identifying engagement opportunities in the domestic context. In her role, she also works as a liaison with local, national, and grassroots organizations on campaigns including Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week. Brittany holds a degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Wendy Porch

Intersections of Access : HIV/AIDS  Service Organizations  &  Disability Service Organizations 
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Wendy Porch is the Manager, Episodic Disabilities Initiatives at Realize (formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation) in Toronto. In this capacity, Wendy develops and implements initiatives related to related to employment, income security, human rights and mental health for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities. Wendy also chairs the national Episodic Disabilities Forum, a pan-Canadian forum of more than 20 organizations with a shared interest in the development of policies and practices that are more inclusive of people living with episodic health conditions.  Wendy has an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Natalie Rose

A Critical Ethnography of Disability in Committed Relationships
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Natalie Rose is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto's Rehabilitation Science Institute. Her work focuses on exploring the experiences of disabled people and their partners, and the role of disability within committed relationships.  Using a disability studies lens and her own experiences being married to a proud disabled man, she is particularly interested in the ways that disability can have a positive effect in people's lives. Other academic interests include; sex and sexuality as a fundamental aspect of personhood within the rehabilitation context, and bringing disability studies and disabled voices to health care education.

Andrea W. Westbrook

Dating While Hearing Voices: Developing a mental health counselling framework to support people living with schizophrenia around sex, dating and relationshipS
June 14, 2018 | 3:30 PM - 4:45 | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Andrea has a strong understanding of the social and systemic barriers facing low-income and marginalized communities in Toronto. Andrea has been involved in a range of research initiatives, advisory committees, and focus groups around sexual health education and mental health. She actively mentors students in the community and at The University of Toronto, and is enthusiastic about promoting knowledge transfer in innovative and dynamic ways, challenging service providers to include advocacy in their daily work. Within her background as both a community and hospital social worker, she advocates for a focus on holistic client engagement and the promotion of healthy communities.  From April-October, Andrea can most often be found in the 500-level of the Sky Dome.

Kate Sinclaire

Talking About it: Porn Literacy as Media Interacy
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM- 10 AM | D-2 RM 105
Bio

Kate Sinclaire is a porno tour de force. Residing in Winnipeg, Kate has been making porn, both soft and hard, since 2006. She is owner and founder of philanthropic site cherrystems.com, and the ethically minded queer hardcore production company, Ciné Sinclaire (winner: best website, and honourable mention for Femmes at Toronto International Porn Festival 2017). When not making porn, she’s in charge of sales for Fuze, a Canadian silicone toy company, and is a member of the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition. She has spoken at many conferences, events and Universities, and is often featured in major Canadian publications.  Kate obtained a B.Arts at the University of Manitoba, studying sociology and philosophy, and continues casual study outside degree programs.

Heather Elizabeth

Understanding and Assessing Non-Monogamous Clients: Useful Info for Physical & Mental Health Providers - Panel Presentaion
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM | D-3 RM 106
Bio

Heather Elizabeth is a sexuality educator and sexual empowerment coach based in Toronto. She is proud to have helped run the Kink Exploratorium at GSC 2017, and to have been featured as a past plenary panel speaker at GSC.

Jenna Rose

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous Consensually Non-monogamous Clients: Toward promising practicEs in mental health care
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM | D-3 RM 106
Bio

Jenna Rose is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Marriage & Family Therapist, currently working in private practice in Toronto. She has worked in sexual health education and promotion for over a decade, and has integrated her sex-positive, kink-aware and LGBTQ-inclusive perspectives into her therapeutic work with individuals, partners and families. Her clinical area of interest lies in working with clients in non-traditional, polyamorous and non-monogamous relationships.

Amy Soberano

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous Consensually Non-monogamous Clients: Toward promising practices in mental health care
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM | D-3 RM 106
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Amy Soberano is a Registered Social Worker, and currently works as a Counselor/Therapist on an interdisciplinary community-based health team in Toronto. She is also a part-time college course instructor in the area of trauma and migration, and has been published for her work around the intersections of mental health and immigration policy. Her clinical interests revolve around the complex interplay between societal structures, relationship dynamics, and identity.

Letricia Whitfield

Stigmas of Non-Monogamy: Labeling the Libidinous Black Woman   
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | D-3 RM 106
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Letricia (Trish) is a Master's level clinical intern with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis and a focus in sex therapy. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Science from Campbell University in North Carolina before moving to Philadelphia where she is master's degree candidate, completing her MA in Clinical Counseling at Eastern University. Letricia accustomed to working with large, diverse populations, having served in the United States Air Force for approximately eight years as a medic. In addition to her duties as a medic, she also worked under the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and mental health professionals for her unit, both of which provided sexual assault awareness, prevention, training, and victim advocacy services.

Erin McLaren

Sexuality and Technology: Balancing Fear with Fun in Youth Education and Outreach
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | D-4 RM 107
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In their Youth Sexual Health Education program, Erin and Carolyn facilitate comprehensive, sex-positive, LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health workshops in the region and support a Youth Sexual Health Advisory Group (YSHAG) in partnership with SHORE Centre. They also conduct outreach through Doin’ It, a sexual health website and associated social media platforms, and operate a confidential & non-judgmental anonymous text line.

Carolyn Keays

Sexuality and Technology: Balancing Fear with Fun in Youth Education and Outreach
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM | D-4 RM 107
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In their Youth Sexual Health Education program, Erin and Carolyn facilitate comprehensive, sex-positive, LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health workshops in the region and support a Youth Sexual Health Advisory Group (YSHAG) in partnership with SHORE Centre. They also conduct outreach through Doin’ It, a sexual health website and associated social media platforms, and operate a confidential & non-judgmental anonymous text line.

Kelsey Ross

Enhancing Natural Supports: Deprofessionalization and Decolonization of Sexual Health Education and Care
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | D-5 RM 108
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Kelsey Ross is a sexual health educator born and raised in Calgary,  Alberta. Kelsey received a Bachelor's degree from Queen's University, with a major in Global Development, a minor in Indigenous Studies and a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. This degree drove Kelsey to pursue a career in activism and education in her hometown. First, this was with the Native Centre at the University of Calgary, but eventually she found her place at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre as an educator. Kelsey is committed and trained to facilitate safer discussions around sexuality, health, diversity, and relationships using anti-oppressive and inclusive frameworks.

Lyndsey Butcher

Choice at Your Fingertips
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | D-6 RM 109
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Lyndsey Butcher, MSW serves as the Executive Director of Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education Centre a registered charity providing accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support in Waterloo Region, Ontario. She is an outspoken advocate for reproductive justice and serves on the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada's Board of Directors. She has received the Women Leading Communities Award and the Oktoberfest Women of the Year Award in the Group Category.

Jessica Tarka

Midwifery & Abortion: A historical relationship with application in contemporary Canada
June 15, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | D-6 RM 109
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Jessica Tarka is a second year midwifery student  at McMaster University. She completed a degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph, where she had the opportunity to receive an extensive education in anatomy, while being able to foster a passion for sexual and reproductive health. She is pleased to return the Guelph Sexuality Conference as a presenter, having previously been involved on the planning committee as a student representative.

Jeff Reinhart

Increasing primary care capacity for transition-related surgery referrals in Ontario: experiences of an LGBTQ family health team
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-1 RM 103
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Jeff Reinhart works as a registered nurse in the LGBTQ Primary Care program at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. There, the majority of his clients are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other queer-identified people, and he provides nursing care to Sherbourne’s HIV Clinic–a low barrier, drop-in-based primary care clinic for people living with HIV. Currently, he is collaborating with community members from across Canada on issues of PrEP access and delivery, including research, community mobilization, advocacy and clinical care and has co-developed training materials for healthcare providers on transition-related surgery pre- and post-op care.

Laura Sparrow

Increasing primary care capacity for transition-related surgery referrals in Ontario: experiences of an LGBTQ family health team
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-1 RM 103
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Neil McArthur

Discussing Digisexuality
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-2 RM 105
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Neil McArthur is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba. His publications include Fragile Freedoms: The Global Struggle for Human Rights (Co-Editor, Oxford University Press, 2017), Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Co-Editor, MIT Press, 2017), and David Hume's Political Theory (University of Toronto Press, 2007). Neil writes regularly on LGBTQ issues and alternative sexualities for VICE.

Mylene St. Pierre

Utilizing a Queer and Harm Reduction Framework for Positive Sexual Education of LGBTQ+ Youth Aged 12 to 25
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-3 RM 106
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Mylene St Pierre holds a degree in Sexology from U.Q.A.M (Montreal) and a Masters level diploma in Public Health (Sherbrooke) , specializing in addictions within a harm reduction framework. The focus of her work has mostly centered around sexual health, empowerment and self determination in regards to positive sexuality. For the past 17 years, Mylene has worked mostly in Montreal, but has presented workshops around Canada, the US and the UK. Currently, her work focuses on body positivity and assisting her clients in altering their negative narratives around body shame.  She is currently the Health Services Coordinator at Head & Hands, and runs a sexual health clinic for youth ages 12 to 25.

Charlie Morin

Utilizing a Queer and Harm Reduction Framework for Positive Sexual Education of LGBTQ+ Youth Aged 12 to 25
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-3 RM 106
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Charlie holds a bachelor degree in social work from U.Q.A.M. His specialty is utilizing a harm reductive and anti-oppressive approach in his interventions. His work is mainly focused on queer and trans inclusive sex education. Currently, his focus is centering consent in sexuality based dialogue in social media regarding youth, in a sex positive and empowering way. He is the coordinator of the oldest sex education community project in Montreal, the Sense Project.

Carmella Farahbakhsh

Galaxies of Pleasure, Galaxies of Healing: Conversing with the Traumatized Body
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-4 RM 107
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Carmella Farahbakhsh is a queer, mixed race Iranian, non-binary trans person who deeply believes in the cultivation of care, magic, community brilliance, and the disruption of white supremacy in the fields of their paid work. They enjoy their work as a coordinator of South House, a campus/ community based gender and sexual resource centre, as well as a sex educator at Venus Envy, an award-winning sex shop and bookstore. Carmella also collaborates and organizes with the grassroots initiatives Halifax QWOC and Queer Arabs Halifax with an aim to create wider community and support systems for queer and trans people of colour in Halifax.

Dalya Israel

You Can't Just Flip a Switch: Tracking the journey to meaningful inclusion at a Feminist Rape Crisis Centre
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-5 RM 108
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Felix Gilliland

You Can't Just Flip a Switch: Tracking the journey to meaningful inclusion at a Feminist Rape Crisis Centre
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-5 RM 108
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Felix Gilliland is an activist and community organizer in Vancouver, BC. They are working to improve access for trans people to traditionally women-only sexual assault centers by asking feminists to reimagine the borders of women’s space, balancing an understanding of systemic violence with an interrogation of identity as a central organizing factor. In this work, they are challenging feminist and queer theories to expand on each other. Felix is also involved in legal challenges to state-certified gender, as an executive member and human rights complainant with the Gender-Free ID Coalition. They are passionate about healthy queer communities that are political, consensual, and loud.

Jennifer Carroll

Cultural Humility and Transgender Clients: A Study examining the relationship between critical reflection and attitudes of Nurse Practitioners
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-6 RM 109
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Jennifer's background is as a Registered Nurse in pediatric surgery and in nursing education.  Her broad interests are in bodily integrity and self concept and how these are influenced in the health care environment.  Her master's research (presented here) looks at Nurse Practitioner attitudes in caring for transgender clients from a cultural humility perspective.  Jen is a recipient of a 2017/18 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness.  

Rusi Jaspal

Identity, wellbeing and sexual health: A social psychological model for enhancing sexual healthcare for men who have sex with men
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-6 RM 109
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Professor Rusi Jaspal is Chair in Psychology & Sexual Health and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at De Montfort University Leicester UK. He is an Adjunct Professor of Minority Research at Åbo Akademi University Finland. Professor Jaspal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Rusi Jaspal's research focuses on HIV, identity and wellbeing, particularly in Black and Minority Ethnic communities in the UK. He is the author of Enhancing Sexual Health, Self-Identity & Wellbeing among Men Who Have Sex With Men (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018) and co-editor with Dame Glynis Breakwell of Identity Process Theory: Identity, Social Action & Social Change (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Samantha Landry

Barriers to care and strategies for improving health services for polyamorous individuals and families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-6 RM 109
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Samantha Landry is a second year midwifery student at McMaster University. She completed a Masters degree in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph in 2016. Samantha is a co-recipient of the Association of Ontario Midwives early career grant. She is passionate about reproductive health, inclusive care, and diverse relationship structures. 

Erika Arseneau

Barriers to care and strategies for improving health services for polyamorous individuals and families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | E-6 RM 109
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Erika is a second year midwifery student at McMaster University. She is a recent graduate of the Health Research Methodology program (McMaster, 2014). Erika is a co-recipient of the Association of Ontario Midwives early career grant. She is excited to combine her previous epidemiological research experience with midwifery practice and looks forward to continuing to participate in more midwifery research in the future.

Jason Mercredi

It's Snagging Season : Engaging and Culturally Appropriate Sexual Health Promotion Interventions with Indigenous Communities
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-1 RM 103
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Jason Mercredi has been at AIDS Saskatoon for the past five years, and has been the ED for the past year and a half. He is passionate about Indigenous issues, community development, community health, and Harm Reduction. He was responsible for the development of HIV and HCV materials in indegnous languages for northern Saskatchewan, and the #wrapitupsk North! indegnous condom campaign.  He is the Prairie Regional Director for the Canadian AIDS Society Board of Directors, and is a board member for SUM Theatre , and the Saskatoon Housing Authority. Jason is of Metis, Dene, and Scottish heritage and hails from Treaty 6 and the homeland of the Metis. He has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 13 years, and holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.

Natalya Mason

It's Snagging Season : Engaging and Culturally Appropriate Sexual Health Promotion Interventions with Indigenous Communities
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-1 RM 103
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Natalya Mason is a registered social worker and sexual health educator. She has been working as the Education Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health for the past three years. She completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a BSW at the University of Regina. She is currently completing an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the U of S, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health at the University of Alberta. Her graduate research addresses social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. She loves teaching, and has been fortunate enough to work in classrooms throughout the province. She is a lifelong member of the Girl Guides of Canada and is dedicated to social justice and reproductive rights for women and girls.

Damon Jacobs

PrEParing for P.L.E.A.S.U.R.E.:  Innovations and Invitations For Ending The HIV Epidemic 
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-2 RM 105
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Damon L. Jacobs is a New York based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on health, love, and pleasure.  He is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work on social media, news print, and television appearances including The New York Times, USA Today, NBC News, MSNBC, and many more. He is featured as one of 35 “Leading HIV Activists” by The Advocate Magazine, one of the Top 10 “Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016” by Healthline Magazine, part of the “HIV Heroes” series through Metrosource Magazine, and one of the Ten “Most Captivating Voices of 2014” by HIV Equal. He was honored to receive a Commissioner Special Recognition Award through the New York State Department of Health in 2016.

Caitlin K. Roberts

The Magic of Mindful Masturbation
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F3- RM 106
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Caitlin K. Roberts is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, trained with the Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, the Somatic Sex Educators Association, and the International Surrogates Association.  She works individually with clients to somatically coach them into deepening their pleasure, enhancing or accessing arousal, and expanding bodily awareness.   She is well-known for her Body Pride workshops, recently featured in the Washington Post, and her work in developing the feminist alt-porn company, Spit. She is a founder of the Happy Touch movement, and a founder of the Apollo retreats for men.   She has spoken at MIT, George Brown College, McMaster University, and Toronto's Playground Conference. She has appeared on CBC, AM640, and has been featured in various publications.

Loree Erickson

Disability Justice, Cultures of Undesirability and Strategies for Enacting and Practicing Radically Accessible Sexual Health Care
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-4 RM 107
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Vincent Bolt

Ally is a verb!: Learn to Ally for trans people
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-5 RM 108
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Vincent Bolt is the Education Manager for TG Innerselves. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work at Laurentian University. Vincent started doing public speaking in 2006 and has been travelling around Canada sharing his story, and training service providers on how to make their spaces safer for trans people. He has spoken at a number of conferences including the Guelph Sexuality Conference, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Conference in Amsterdam, and the Moving Trans History Forward Conference in Victoria BC. He has had his story about coming out as trans in Northern Ontario published twice, and enjoys seeing the change in his community. When he is not working he likes to attend concerts and spend time with his boyfriend and his rabbit.

Faith

Providing Inclusive and Comprehensive Care to LGBTQ Youth Substance Users
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-6 RM 109
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Faith is a mixed race non-binary artist, grassroots community organizer and writer of Filipinx, English and Irish descent. They identify as a sober addict in recovery and has been sober for over 11 years. In their activism, art and writing, Faith wishes to politicize their experience with substance use and sobriety while unravelling the limited representations of the addicted body. Faith uses “they/them” pronouns and if you don’t know what that means, they suggest “Googling” it.

Tim McConnell

Providing Inclusive and Comprehensive Care to LGBTQ Youth Substance Users
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-6 RM 109
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Tim McConnell is a trans-masculine person existing with lived experience of mental health, substance misuse and trauma. They have previously worked as a peer support worker and substance abuse counsellor at a youth residential addiction treatment facility in New Brunswick and as a community outreach worker and workshop facilitator with several agencies in Toronto. 

Christopher Culp

Think of the Children: Framing the Future Outside of Responsibility
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-6 RM 109
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Christopher Culp is a sexual health educator, clarinet player, and philosopher focusing on queer theory and reproductive justice within sex education. He recently gave a TEDxBuffalo talk queering sex education as well as presented at the National Sex Education Conference in December 2017. In Buffalo, he provides sexual health workshops for teens in school & after-school settings and LGBTQ Youth Empowerment trainings for youth-serving professionals. He also holds an MA in Philosophy of Art and MM in Clarinet Performance.

Elizabeth Rae Larson

The Sexual Problems Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SPSAQ): a free online tool for clinical practice in couples sex therapy
June 15, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | F-6 RM 109
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Dr. Elizabeth Rae Larson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and practices as a therapist and educator. She is cofounder (1975) and current director of Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education and Research. Certified as a sexologist by the American College of Sexologists and as a sex therapist and sex educator by the American Board of Sexology, she received her doctorate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She also acknowledges contributions of the National Sex Forum; Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Ph.D.; Betty Dodson, Ph.D.; the Body Electric School; cognitive behavioral therapy; and the study of spiritual aspects of sexuality to her practice. She is member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.