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University of Guelph

Guelph Sexuality Conference

ROZANSKI HALL  |  JUNE 20-21, 2019
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Speakers

Robin Wilson-Beattie

Interdependence: Using Disability Justice Framework in Redefining Relationships and Connections
June 20, 2019 |9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | PLENARY RM 103
Bio

Robin Wilson-Beattie is a disability and sexuality health educator and writer, teaching the world to embrace and explore your sexuality,  regardless of ability. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN),  and a certified graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI). 

Robin consults with individuals and organizations on issues related to the intersection of disability, sexuality, and reproductive health, and has written articles, and created content and curriculum on this subject.  Robin is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate.  She is a deep-fried Southerner, Cookie Baker, mid-century buff, and proud parent of an awesome human.  Follow Robin on Twitter @SexAbled.

Jackie Gerlach

STI STREAM: Syphilis: The Great Pretender
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 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 ARCH clinic serving HIV patients in Central West Ontario since 2017. 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. 

 

 

Dr. William Fisher

STI Stream:  Reducing the Risk: An Information—Motivation—Behavioral Skills Approach to Understanding and Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-1 RM 103
Bio

William Fisher is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Western University in London, Ontario, and co-founder of the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fisher received his BA from Tel Aviv University and his MS and PhD from Purdue; he serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and he has published 250 papers with a focus on the development and testing of approaches to the prediction and promotion of sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Fisher has been a National Health Scientist (AIDS) for Health Canada, he is a Fellow of, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and he has received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s STI Advisory Group and his work has been supported by the US National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada over the past four decades. William Fisher and his brother Jeffrey Fisher are co-creators of the Information—Motivation—Behavioral Skills model of health behavior, on which they have worked together across their professional careers.

Jennifer Keeler

THURSDAY LUNCH PRESENTATION: Sexual Assault - One Hospital Based Treatment Centre Approach to Care of the Sexual Assault Survivor (Acute and Follow up)
June 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | PETER CLARK HALL, UNIVERSITY CENTRE
Bio

Jennifer Keeler RN, BScN (Hons), NP – PHC, SANE A, SANE P

Jennifer Keeler is a nurse practitioner and the co-ordinator of Chantel’s Place, Trillium Health Partners Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Services located in Mississauga, Ontario. Jennifer has spent her 35-year career in various areas of Trillium Health Partners with over 27 years working in the area of sexual assault/domestic violence. As an experienced nurse practitioner in this field, Jennifer has provided training for provincial, national and international Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), as well as the mentoring of many others. Jennifer regularity is called to court as both fact and expert witness, specializing in the care of paediatric survivors of sexual assault/abuse.

Janus Sze Jing Tiu

Research Brief: #Sexagram: The implentation of using social media and multimedia for sexual health
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-6 RM 106
Bio

Janus Sze Jing Tiu is a Director of Poseek Branding Agency in Toronto.  She helps individuals, businesses and NPOs to build and grow their brands digitally. 

Before Poseek, she was a teacher,  copywriter and sexuality education advocate.  She received her BEd  Double Major in English and Guidance & Counselling from The Education University of Hong Kong.  During her undergraduate study, she founded a nonprofit social-media-based sexuality education organization, OpenRoom, reaching 18k teenagers and young adults a week in Hong Kong. As a columnist, she loves to explore sexuality education, social-media-based learning, branding and marketing issues. 

She is a graduate student at King's Business School, King's College London.


Learning Objectives:

As a sexuality educator nowadays, you cannot avoid using social media and multimedia to promote sexual health issues. This presentation provides beginner skills and technology for sexual health practitioners with vivid case examples to promote sexual health online. Some useful skills and applications will be introduced in this session. Attendees are asked to use their mobile phones or other devises to create a social media content to promote one sexual health issue.

Jenna Rose

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Clients: Toward Promising Practices in Mental Health Care
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM - 11:40 AM | A-5 RM 108
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.

 

Jessica Wood

The New Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education: Introduction and Application
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 pM - 4:20 PM | C-3 RM 102
Bio

Jessica Wood, PhD, is a research specialist at the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) and has worked on the development of the new Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education. Jessica is also a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at York University and the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, where she studies factors that impact sexual and relationship satisfaction.

 

Alex McKay

The New Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education: Introduction and Application
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-3 RM 102
Bio

Alex McKay, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) and the Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. He teaches the Social Context of Human Sexuality at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and co-authors the Canadian edition of the textbook Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity. Alex was involved in the creation of the original edition of the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education in 1992 and is co-chair of the working group to develop the new edition of the Guidelines.

Stefan Lewis

Check the Rhime! Using Arts-Based Approaches to Help Guyz be Wise
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-4 RM 108
Bio

Stefan Lewis is a DJ, WiseGuyz Facilitator and Radio host. In 2017 he wrote a thesis on how immigrant youth populations utilize hip-hop culture and arts to foster feelings of belonging and inclusion. Today Stefan continues to work with youth in WiseGuyz, a comprehensive healthy relationship program offered to guyz between the ages of 14-17 in school and community settings. WiseGuyz not only provides education, skill development, and support to young men, but also strives to create spaces for them to learn through peer-connection and self-reflection. Today Stefan leads school and community-based programs and utilizes urban arts as a tool for young guyz to cultivate awareness about healthy relationships, sexual education, gender and sexual diversity and human rights.

 

Michelle Fischler

When you run into your clients at the orgy - Thursday Session and Thursday Night Discussion Group
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 - 2:55PM | B-4 RM 107 | AND 7:00 PM DISCUSSION GROUP | THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL - NV LOUNGE
Bio

Michelle Fischler is Registered Social Worker, Registered Psychotherapist, and a BESTCO Certified Sex therapist in Toronto working for the last six years in full time private practice. Michelle is passionate about working with individuals and couples struggling with sex and sexuality as well as those currently in or considering consensual non-monogamy.  Michelle has presented and facilitated on topics such as aging and sexuality, working with consensually non-monogamous clients, and the clinical implications of sexual surrogacy in private practice.   In addition to her private practice Michelle is on the executive board of BESCTO (Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counseling in Ontario).  Michelle is LGBTQ2A+ and Kink friendly.

Hannah Frith

Telling Stories through Body-Mapping
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-7 RM 107
Bio

Hannah Frith is a Principal Lecturer in psychology, gender and sexuality at the University of Brighton, UK. She is also a qualified Couple Counsellor and Sex Therapist. Her research explores the intersection of gender, sexuality and embodiment using creative and arts-based methods. Her publications include Orgasmic Bodies: The Orgasm in Contemporary Western Cultures (Palgrave, 2015) Cyberpsychology as Everyday Digital Life Across the Lifespan (with Dave Harley and Julie Morgan, 2018 Palgrave) and an edited collection of work on Research Sex and Sexualities (with Charlotte Morris, Paul Boyce, Andrea Cornwall, Laura Harvey, and Yingying Huang, 2018 Zed Books). 

Heather Elizabeth

Diverse Sexual Behaviours & Experiential Workshops (Kink/BDSM Exploratorium)
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-2 RM 105 AND 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-2 RM 105
Bio

Heather is a sexuality educator, counsellor, and rabble-rouser. In addition to completing a Master of Education in Social Justice Education and Sexual Diversity Studies, Heather roots her knowledge in years of fieldwork  with over a decade of engagement in sexuality education, community organization and creating peer support-based spaces for individuals at higher risk of experiencing abuse, consent violations and a lack of power in non-traditional relationship structures. Her research interests stem from their activism and community organizing, centring on the co-creation and co-maintenance of consent, sexuality education and the acceptance of divergent sexualities. Their work is practically focused and aims to start conversations that honour the complexity of the world around them.

Cheryl Opolko

STI Stream: Syphilis: The Great Pretender
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM – 4:20 PM | C-1 RM 103
Bio

Cheryl Opolko is a registered nurse who has had a thirty-two-year career in Public Health specializing in the reporting, management and control of STIs in the Region of Waterloo. Farther afield, she was part of the Nashville & Davidson County Rapid Ethnographic Community Assessment Team in 2001, an initiative supported by CDC as part of the U.S. syphilis elimination plan. She is proud to have been a member of the Guelph Sexuality Conference STI Clinical Planning Committee for several years. She is eager to co-present at the Conference this year for the first time. 

Connie Stevens

THURSDAY LUNCH PRESENTATION: Sexual Assault - One Hospital Based Treatment Centre Approach to Care of the Sexual Assault Survivor (Acute and Follow up)
June 20, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | PETER CLARK HALL, UNIVERSITY CENTRE
Bio

Britt Neron

"It should be as normal as going to the dentist" - Reflections on a National Youth STI Testing Campaign and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Health Promotion Campaigns
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-3 RM 106
Bio

Britt Neron (she/her and they/them) 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 and a multi-year campaign to increase STI testing among youth by identifying key barriers to testing at the behavioural and systemic levels. Britt holds a degree in Political Science and a MasterS degree in Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Amy Soberano

Improving Our Work with Polyamorous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Clients: Toward Promising Practices in Mental Health Care
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 PM | A-5 RM 108
Bio

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

Ruth Neustifter

Research Brief: Intersectional Definitions of Outness (with Victoria Munoz)
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 AM – 2:55 PM | B-5 RM 108
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.

Rahim Thawer

Friday Training Session A: Queer Guys & Mental Health - Same Labels, Different Determinants
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM | RM 109
Bio

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and psychotherapist. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations and continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam Canada, a national LGBTQ Muslim organization, and a co-editor of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards.

Malissa Bryan

Friday Training Session B: Anti-Oppression Training
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM | RM 107
Bio

Malissa Bryan (Em) comes from a specialized background in sociology with a focus on race, diversity, work, education, youth and political economy. She often takes a feminist intersectional approach when conducting academic research or volunteering within the community. She is currently working on a PhD degree in sociology at the University of Guelph. Outside of academia Malissa facilitates various levels of anti-oppression training using an interactive, intersectional and feminist framework.

Emily Nagoski

Friday Training Session B: Using Motivational Interviewing to Address Sexual Desire Problems
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | RM 105
Bio

Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life, Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle, and the Come As You Are Workbook. She has a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a minor in Human Sexuality and a M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education, both from Indiana University. She worked in college health promotion for over a decade before transitioning to full-time freelance sex educator, training therapists, medical professionals, higher education administrators, and the general public about the science of sexual and overall well-being.

Corinne Diachuk

F4: The Art of Negotiating Desire - A Somatic Exploration for All Bodies
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | RM 108
Bio

Corinne is a mother, lover, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Sex Educator, erotic adventurer, and survivor. She identifies as queer, femme, cis-gendered, poly, pan, switch, white, and a descendant of settlers who colonized the land of the Plains Cree peoples of what is now Edmonton. Currently located on the un-ceded territory of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations peoples, colonially known as Victoria BC, work/playing in the field of erotic embodiment coaching; offering private sessions to individuals, couples, small group classes, and workshops. She co-created the Canadian Somatic Sex Education Professional Training and is certified facilitator with the School of Consent. She is passionate about creating safe-enough spaces for folks to converse with their bodies about pleasure.

Stephen Biggs

When you run into your clients at the orgy - Thursday Session and Thursday Night Discussion Group
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 - 2:55PM | B-4 RM 107 | AND 7:00 PM DISCUSSION GROUP | THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL - NV LOUNGE
Bio

Stephen Biggs is a registered psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from York University. Practicing for over two decades, he works part time in private practice, and full time at a large hospital in Toronto. While his practice is general, his patients are very diverse, spanning many cultures, and sharing a wide variety of sexual expression from individuals who identify as devoutly conservative to those who participate in kink and open relationships. Identifying as queer and pansexual, he also draws on his personal experience gathered from a variety of sex positive communities. He has been an invited speaker on topics in sexuality at University of Waterloo and Guelph University and is a member of several professional groups dedicated to promoting sexual health.

Amanda Walsh

STI Stream: To Doxy or Not to Doxy: LGV is the Question
June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM | A-1 RM 103
Bio

Amanda Walsh (RN) is a public health nurse in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in a variety of academia and health research positions, formerly with her clinical focus in emergency medicine, and now in HIV nursing & community health. Amanda is the former Chair of the Sexual Health Education and Training Committee at Toronto Public Health and a former member of the OACHA HIV Prevention Working Group. She has presented and provided training on a variety of topics such as HSV & HPV infections, HIV pre & post-test counselling, bacterial STI sequelae, and HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis best practices.

Makeda Zook

"It should be as normal as going to the dentist" - Reflections on a National Youth STI Testing Campaign and Meaningful Youth Engagement in Health Promotion Campaigns
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-3 RM 106
Bio

Makeda Zook (she/her) is the Health Promotion and Education Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. In her role, she helps create sexual health content for educators and supports various domestic health promotion campaigns, including a multi-year campaign to increase STI testing among youth. As part of her role supporting this campaign, she coordinates Action Canada’s National Youth Advisory Board comprised of youth from across Canada who guide the content of the STI testing campaign. 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.

RJ Jones

Creating Inclusive Spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous People
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-4 RM 105
Bio

RJ Jones is Saulteaux & Cree, originally from Saskatchewan (Treaty no. 1 & 4) and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer artist, educator and full-spectrum doula. They are an advocate for Two Spirit, transgender and queer Indigenous issues, and work from a decolonial, intersectional and accessible lens. RJ is an experienced in public speaker and facilitator has been invited to give workshops and keynotes on indigenous sexual health and decolonizing gender and sexuality across Canada. RJ has been working in sexual health with a variety of groups over the past 3 years and is currently the President of Kind Space and helped found the new 2SLGBTQ+ Unit at The Native Women's Association of Canada where they are the 2SLGBTQ+ Educator. 

Ayan Ali

Implementing best practices in screening for domestic reproductive coercion
June 20, 2019 | 10:25 AM – 11:40 AM | A-2 RM 109
Bio

Ayan Ali is the Sexual & Reproductive Coercion Project Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Ottawa. They have a dedicated background in anti-gender based violence as a front-line and peer support worker. In their current role, Ayan seeks to bridge the gap between the anti-gender based violence and sexual & reproductive health sectors in Ottawa through knowledge sharing and working to determine a cohesive community response to sexual and reproductive coercion. They continue to be passionate about approaching sexual & reproductive health through an intersectional, trauma-informed and inclusive framework. Ayan is dedicated to working with service providers and Ottawa community members to make sure services reflect everyone's needs.

Adjoa Osei

Naming the Known: Exploring the Complexity of Localized African Sexuality
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-3 RM 109
Bio

Adjoa Osei is a licensed clinical psychologist working in a grant-funded program at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, providing services to individual diagnosed with HIV/AIDS who have a history of substance abuse and mental illness. She also has a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Osei received her doctorate from Long Island University, Post campus in 2014. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with underserved populations diagnosed with a range of mental illnesses and experiencing various stressors. Her clinical and research interests include experiences of minority doctoral students, racial identity development, trauma-informed care, and the LGBT community in Africa.

Merna Seliman

Research Brief: Mindfulness Therapy as a means to improve sexual satisfaction in couples with spinal cord injury with Dr. Martin Dragan
June 20, 2019| 10:30 AM -11: 45 PM | A-6 RM 107
Bio

Merna Seliman is currently a second-year masters student at Brock University in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. She has aninterest in Sexual health and sexuality in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Merna has a BSc (Honors) in Kinesiology with a minor in French Studies. She enjoys reading, doing artwork and dance. Her interest in Sexuality for individuals with physical disabilities started after she took a human sexuality course as an elective. Then, in the last year of her undergraduate degree, she took another course that discussed the physiological consequences of Spinal Cord Injury. In that course, she learned that sexual health and sexuality for individuals with SCI is an area of research that needs more work so this is how she got here! She plans to continue doing research in this area for her Ph.D


Learning Objectives:

The purpose of the presentation is to educate the audience on a literature review regarding the current research that pertains to sexuality for men and women living with a spinal cord injury. The presentation discusses a modified mindfulness intervention for couples living with spinal cord injury. Attendees will participate in a discussion.

Max Stick

Research Brief: Analyzing the Association Between Liberal Sexual Beliefs and Equitable Sexual Behaviours Among Straight Men (with Tina Fetner)
June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM | A-6 RM 107
Bio

Max Stick is a PhD Student in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Dalhousie University. His SSHRC funded doctoral research investigates the acculturation of gender norms among Korean male immigrants to Canada. He is also a research assistant for SSHRC funded research projects on the sexual behaviours and social attitudes of Canadians, and the economic integration of refugees

Lea Seguin

Research Brief: Why didn't you just tell me the truth: Attitudes towards and perceptions of orgasm-simulation
June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | A-6 RM 107
Bio

Lea Seguin obtained an MSc at the University of Guelph in Family Relations and Human Development, where she conducted research on individuals’ reasons and motivations for pretending orgasm. She is currently a course instructor and PhD candidate in the department of Sexology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), under the supervision of Dr. Martin Blais. Her doctoral thesis focuses on sexual meanings, social representations of sexuality, and orgasm and orgasm-simulation. Aside from her thesis research, Lea has also conducted research on relationship diversity and the stigmatization of consensual non-monogamies, and has worked with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) to inform the general public of the adversity experienced by the LGBTQ+ population.


Learning Objectives:

1) Provide a portrait of the different ways individuals in different-sex relationships interpret, feel about, and react to a partner's orgasm-simulation.

2) No activities are planned for this session.

3) Concrete information on the ways individuals interpret and react to a partner's orgasm-simulation, factors influencing these reactions, and on individuals' preferred alternatives to orgasm-simulation.

Martin Dragan

Research Brief: Mindfulness Therapy as a means to improve sexual satisfaction in couples with spinal cord injury with Merna Seliman
June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM | A-6 RM 107
Bio

As a board-certified clinical sexologist, Dr. Martin Dragan had the opportunity to provide his services throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including Hamilton and Halton. Currently working at KMA Therapy in Toronto and Bayridge Counselling Centre in Burlington. In addition to his clinical and teaching experiences, he is passionate about tech, photography, and exploring the world around him. He’s managed to start a few different projects as well, and one he’s most proud of is Thoughtfile. It's a way for mental health professionals to share resources and the work done in session with their clients. He has had the pleasure to return to his alma mater and be given the opportunity to teach at Brock University as a sessional instructor, as well as in a number of other capacities.


Learning Objectives:

The purpose of the presentation is to educate the audience on a literature review regarding the current research that pertains to sexuality for men and women living with a spinal cord injury. The presentation discusses a modified mindfulness intervention for couples living with spinal cord injury. Attendees will participate in a discussion.

Tina Fetner

Research Brief: Analyzing the Association Between Liberal Sexual Beliefs and Equitable Sexual Behaviours Among Straight Men (with Max Stick)
June 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM | A-6 RM 107
Bio

Tina Fetner is Associate Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Her research examines LGBT activism, anti-LGBT activism, and social and political change around sexuality. She is the principle investigator for the Sex in Canada multi-methods research project that examines sexual behaviour and social attitudes among Canadian adults. Her other research projects include analyses of the social change in attitudes toward lesbian and gay people, and the uneven growth of supports for youth, such as Gay-Straight Alliances.


Learning Objectives:

This presentation will highlight findings from a quantitative study on the sexual and relational lives of heterosexual men. Attendees will learn the extent to which self-identified feminist men and those with positive perceptions toward minority sexualities prioritize female pleasure in sexual encounters; and how their relational lives differ from non-feminist and heteronormative men. Following the presentation, attendees are encouraged to participate in a question and discussion period

Mathew Gendron

Research Brief: Navigating Dominant Sexual Scripts: Observing Partnered Gay Men's Sexual Communication
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM – 2:55 PM | B-5 RM 108
Bio

Mathew Gendron is a doctoral student, studying Counselling Psychology at The University of British Columbia. He received a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Simon Fraser University in 2018. His past and current research explores queer relationships, partnered sexual pleasure, and queer couples' sexual communication.


Learning Objectives:

Informed by original qualitative research with diverse gay male couples, this oral presentation is intended to encourage helping professionals and relationship researchers to adopt more contextualized understandings of partnered gay men's sexual communication. By acknowledging the influence of dominant, hetero/cisnormative sexual scripts, practitioners and academics can better attend to factors that impact gay male couples' mental health and sexual pleasure.

Angela Davis

Research Brief: Porn Proof: Using a Human Centered Design Approach to co-design a digital health resource with vulnerable young people about sex, relationships and pornography
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-5 RM 108
Bio

Angela Davis is a public health researcher with experience in program design and evaluation of international development and communications and behavior change projects. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Burnet Institute and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia conducting a National Health and Medical Research Council funded project titled “Online pornography and health: An evidence-informed and needs-based approach to health promotion and sex education for young people”. Her research has explored what behaviors young people see when they view pornography, its impact on their sexual health and well-being and innovative methods to design harm reduction interventions including using participatory and human-centered design approaches.


Learning Objectives:

The presentation will share insights from a Human Centered Design (HCD) project which enabled vulnerable young people to co-design a digital resource about sex, relationships, and pornography. Delegates will come away with an understanding of HCD techniques to design sexual health resources & insights into young people's experiences navigating sexuality in the context of normalized pornography use. The presentation will include reflections on activities, research findings, and design insights.

Victoria Munoz

Research Brief: Intersectional Definitions of Outness (with Ruth Neustifter)
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-5 RM 108
Bio

Victoria Muñoz is a graduate student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Guelph. Their areas of research include culturally competent and intersectionally aware clinical approaches to working with LGBTQ2S+ clients.


Learning Objectives:

This presentation will briefly review the results of a research study analyzing the survey responses of diverse participants focusing on their definition of sexuality and gender outness. Implications for clinical practice will be discussed. Attendees will gain information and insights on competent, intersectionally aware cross-cultural work in the area of LGBTQ2S+ outness.

Tasha Falconer

research brief: Sexting and Sexual Communication
June 20 2019| 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | b-6 RM 106
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 include sexual communication and sexual education. She is currently working on her thesis, which investigates the risks and benefits of sexting within an intimate relationship.


Learning Objectives:

This presentation will explore how sexting impacts people's comfort with communicating about sexual aspects of their lives. The impact of sexting on how often people discuss sexual health related aspects, such as preventing pregnancy and STIs, with their partner will be discussed. Those in attendance will leave with information regarding how sexting is related to sexual communication, which may help practitioners and researchers to develop strategies to encourage sexual communication.

Stefanie Krasnow

Research Brief: Redefining Women's Sexual Desire
June 20 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-6 RM 106
Bio

Stefanie Krasnow (MA, RCC) is a therapist, researcher and dancer who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, B.C.). She is currently the Mental Health and Addictions Clinical Counsellor at Peak House: an all-genders, live-in treatment program for youth struggling with substance misuse. In her prior career, Stefanie pursued an MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research and worked as the Senior Editor of Adbusters Magazine for several years before she traded in armchair activism for anti-oppressive psychotherapy. At Adler University, she completed research on sexual desire, which has been recommended for publication in Sexual and Relationship Therapy. She has also presented at CUNY's conference: "Desire; From Eros to Eroticism."


Learning Objectives:

What are we talking about when we talk about "sexual desire"? In this session, we will review the findings from my research on female sexual desire, and collectively unpack, rethink, and debunk what is going on for our female-identified clients when they come to speak to us about desire. Attendees will come away with tools for rethinking their approach to sexual desire; I will provide a simple framework that maps out potential etiologies and interventions for concerns related to sexual desire.

Niki Davis-Fainbloom

How to respond when students make problematic remarks during conversations surrounding consent and sexual violence
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM – 2:55 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 has lectured on these topics at venues including the United Nations and New York University

Kathleen Nesbitt-Daly

Consent and identify in polyamorous relationships
June 20, 2019 | 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM | B-6 RM 106
Bio

Kathleen Nesbitt-Daly is a MA student at the University of Western Ontario. She has a BA in Psychology and Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Her main research encompasses the ways in which social forces such as institutional oppression manifest in individuals, specifically in the realm of sexual satisfaction. She is interested in how this affects sexual minorities and what treatment and coping methods are most effective in diminishing the effect of minority stress of sexual satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:

This research aims to examine the existing studies in the field to create a working definition for polyamory as well as apply feminist theories of identity and and consent to these relationships. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the research and will learn about debates in polyamory studies and the ways in which definitions are complicated by changing social climates.

Jackie Gerlach

STI Stream: Syphilis: The Great Pretender
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM – 4:20 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

Deborah Gores

Research Brief: Increasing early learning professionals' capacity to address the development of sexuality in childhood: An outcome evaluation for Toronto Public Health's Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Agency Staff (RSHCAS) Training
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Deborah Gores is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and is currently completing a Master’s of Science in the department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Child, Youth, and Family in 2017 from the University of Guelph. Her research interests include sexual health education for young children, childhood sexual development, early childhood education and care, and program evaluation. She has presented at several conferences, delivered guest lectures about ongoing research, and spoke on a panel about sexuality research.


Learning Objectives:

This community-engaged outcome evaluation with Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Universities of Guelph-Humber and Guelph assessed TPH's Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Agency Staff (RSHCAS) training for Early Learning Professionals. This presentation will provide research findings about the evaluation and details about the pedagogy and content of the RSHCAS training. Participants will have opportunity to engage in some interactive activities and discussion during the session.

Alice Balter

Research Brief: Increasing early learning professionals' capacity to address the development of sexuality in childhood: An outcome evaluation for Toronto Public Health's Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Agency Staff (RSHCAS) Training
June 20, 2018 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Alice-Simone Balter is a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph-Humber in both Family and Community Social Services (FCSS) and Early Childhood Studies (ECS) programs. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, with active research in the fields of sexuality, mental health, and education. Alice is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto, in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), where she is engaged in exploring emotion regulation and mindfulness.


Learning Objectives:

This community-engaged outcome evaluation with Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Universities of Guelph-Humber and Guelph assessed TPH's Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Agency Staff (RSHCAS) training for Early Learning Professionals. This presentation will provide research findings about the evaluation and details about the pedagogy and content of the RSHCAS training. Participants will have opportunity to engage in some interactive activities and discussion during the session.

Linzi Williamson

Research Brief: Can #MeToo Make A Difference?: A Qualitative Examination of Undergraduate Student Perceptions of the Social Movement
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Linzi Williamson is a PhD Candidate in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) who has worked as a sex educator in community- and university-based settings for the past 12 years. Roles she’s held include: sexual health counsellor with Planned Parenthood Toronto, Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, and Saskatoon Sexual Health; sexual assault counsellor with Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre; sexual health workshop facilitator with Ness Creek Music Festival; and, human sexuality course instructor with the U of S Department of Psychology). Linzi has also conducted, presented, and published research on sexual health attitudes/behaviours/knowledge, feminist identification, fertility knowledge/intentions, sexual consent knowledge, and perceptions of #MeToo


Learning Objectives:

By critically examining the shortcomings of social media movements, in general, and #MeToo, specifically, this session will highlight the social groups whose voices have not been well represented, including individuals of colour, Indigenous peoples, members of the LGBTQ population, and even male victims of sexual violence.

Riley Easterbrook

Research Brief: A Critical Ethnography of Disability in Committed Relationships
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Riley Easterbrook is currently completing a Master’s degree in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Riley’s thesis research focuses on LGBTQ+ parents’ experiences discussing sex and sexuality with their children. Riley has also previously focused on young people’s first work experiences.


Learning Objectives:

This session will use LGBTQ+ parents' experiences to develop more inclusive programming for all parents wishing to talk to their children about sex and sexualit

Matthew Lowe

Research Brief: Kink and BDSM Experiences: Exploring Social Support and Outness
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Matthew Lowe is a fifth-year psychology undergraduate student. He will be presenting his research from his undergraduate honours thesis. Matthew is also minoring in statistics and plans to pursue a Masters of Statistics degree next year. Matthew's research interests are (incredibly) eclectic and range from topics in sexuality and mental health, to survival analyses in statistics. Mental health has always been an important area however. Matthew has spoken publicly about his own struggles with mental health three times at the 1-in-5 panel, and once at the movies for mental health panel, in Guelph. He is involved with the mental health community on campus and off.


Learning Objectives:

This session aims to reduce stigma surrounding BDSM and kink practices through showing the interactions between social support and disclosing ones identity.

Carolyn Martin

RESEARCH BRIEF: The Mushroom Effect: the dangerous rise of ant-choice/ hate-messaging billboards in Chatham-Kent, and grassroots efforts aimed at tempering this disturbing trend
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM – 4:20 PM | C-5 RM 106
Bio

Carolyn Martin (BScN, the University of Western Ontario) has been a registered nurse for 26 years. Passionate about social justice issues, and with a special interest in advocating for rural teens and youth, Carolyn works with adolescents in the farming community of Chatham-Kent. She is a public health nurse who provides sexual health services in 3 local high schools. She took the plunge into global citizenship and volunteered last May in Quito, Ecuador, working with impoverished teen moms and their babies at a grassroots women's co-op called FUNDAC. Continuing her work with teen moms and their babies, she will be travelling to Montana this July to work on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Helping young women realize their potential is her lifelong passion.

Jessica Smith

Research Brief: Counselling for Chlamydia Case Management
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM- 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Jessica Smith is a Research and Policy Analyst with the Communicable Diseases division at the Region of Peel – Public Health. She has obtained a Master of Science, Health Promotion and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology from Western University.


Learning Objectives:

The Region of Peel Public Health commits a significant amount of limited resources to conducting brief counselling for those who test positive for chlamydia. The purpose of this presentation is to share findings from a rapid review examining the effectiveness of brief counselling on preventing repeat STIs and promoting safer sexual behaviour among individuals who test positive for chlamydia. The findings from this review may be applicable for case management of chlamydia or other STIs.

Damian Power

RESEARCH BRIEF: Counselling for Chlamydia Case Management
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM- 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Damian Power is a Supervisor in the Healthy Sexuality program in the Communicable Diseases division at the Region of Peel – Public Health. He has obtained a Master of Health Studies from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Learning Objectives:

The Region of Peel Public Health commits a significant amount of limited resources to conducting brief counselling for those who test positive for chlamydia. The purpose of this presentation is to share findings from a rapid review examining the effectiveness of brief counselling on preventing repeat STIs and promoting safer sexual behaviour among individuals who test positive for chlamydia. The findings from this review may be applicable for case management of chlamydia or other STIs.

Natasha Darko

RESEARCH BRIEF: Taking HIV Prevention Interventions for Young Black Women in Canada
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM- 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Natasha Afua Darko is a second year Masters student in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Natasha’s research interests include sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention, specifically in African, Caribbean and Black youth. She is currently working on her Masters thesis, which is assessing sexual health service access and sexual health education needs of young Black women in the Greater Toronto Area. Her research interests stem from her work experience of working at the AIDS Committee of York Region as the Community Engagement Coordinator.She was also involved in a volunteer capacity with Cocoa and Condoms, a HIV prevention program for young Black women.Natasha is currently working at Wilfrid Laurier University as a Research Assistant in the Access and Equity Lab.


Learning Objectives:

Natasha Afua Darko and Dr. Ciann Wilson will be presenting their ongoing research on a sexual health and pregnancy prevention intervention adaptation (from the American to the Canadian context) that is targeted at young African, Caribbean and Black women. The presenters will share experiences with making an intervention process community-based, and context specific. Presenters will also share the importance of centering Black voices in intervention processes aimed at improving their lives.

Ciann Wilson

RESEARCH BRIEF: Taking HIV Prevention Interventions for Young Black Women in Canada   
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Dr.Wilson's academic and professional background in teaching, research and community service, along with her lived experience as a woman of colour inform her relations with Aboriginal communities and communities of colour; as well as art- and community-based scholarship in health.Her specialism is in critical race, feminist and class theories; the social determinants and political economy of health; health promotion; HIV/AIDS; community based research; qualitative, and Indigenous research methodologies. She combines these theories, research approaches and frameworks of understanding to conduct interdisciplinary research focused on the health and well-being of marginalized communities.


Learning Objectives:

Natasha Afua Darko and Dr. Ciann Wilson will be presenting their ongoing research on a sexual health and pregnancy prevention intervention adaptation (from the American to the Canadian context) that is targeted at young African, Caribbean and Black women. The presenters will share experiences with making an intervention process community-based, and context specific. Presenters will also share the importance of centering Black voices in intervention processes aimed at improving their lives.

Margaret Lebold

RESEARCH BRIEF: Canadian Women's Contemporary Experiences Accessing Abortion
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Margaret Lebold is a Master of Science in Nursing student at York University, currently completing her thesis study, under the supervision of Dr. Judith MacDonnell. She has been working as a public health nurse for the past seven years, primarily in the areas of family health and sexual health. Most recently, over the past two years, Margaret has been working as Social Determinants of Health Public Health Nurse, championing health equity in public health. She has previously completed undergraduate degrees in Nursing (University of Toronto, 2011), Women’s Studies (Laurentian University, 2014), and Biopharmaceutical Science (University of Ottawa, 2007). Follow me on Twitter @SDOHnurse.


Learning Objectives:

This presentation will explore Canadian women's contemporary experiences accessing abortion, findings from a Master of Science in Nursing thesis study. During the session, participants will engage with multiple contemporary abortion access themes. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of some of the contemporary experiences women face when accessing abortion. Implications and opportunities for care providers, health care systems, and reproductive justice will be explored.

Tina Fetner

RESEARCH BRIEF: Condom Use in Canada: Self-Reports Among Canadian Adults
June 20, 2019 | 3:05 PM- 4:20 PM | C-6 RM 109
Bio

Tina Fetner is Associate Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Her research examines LGBT activism, anti-LGBT activism, and social and political change around sexuality. She is the principle investigator for the Sex in Canada multi-methods research project that examines sexual behaviour and social attitudes among Canadian adults. Her other research projects include analyses of the social change in attitudes toward lesbian and gay people, and the uneven growth of supports for youth, such as Gay-Straight Alliances


Learning Objectives:

This presentation reports condom use among Canadian adults from the 2018 Sex in Canada survey (n=2,303). Results from self-reports of patterns of condom use in the most recent ten partnered sexual events are reported, including condom use by demographic categories, region of residence, and previous STI diagnosis.