Sexuality and Aging Consortium

SEXUALITY AND AGING CONSORTIUM AT WIDENER UNIVERSITY

TO HOST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

 

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University is pleased to announce its partnership with the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance to host a training institute at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit Friday, August 14, 2015, in Alexandria, VA.

“Each year, the Consortium hosts an on-campus conference during which renowned researchers, educators, advocates, and authors share their wisdom related to sexuality and aging. By partnering with the Woodhull Alliance this year near the nation’s capital, we can reach more people who share our vision of ensuring the sexuality education, health, and rights of older adults,” said Melanie Davis, PhD, CSES, co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium.

Jane Fleishman, M.S., M.Ed., Institute co-chair and Consortium Leadership Committee member said, “This year’s partnership is exciting because it takes our expertise in research, education, and advocacy to a new level. We are very happy that the Alliance supports our mission.” 

As the population ages, the need for high-quality professional education on sexuality increases, and the Consortium takes a leadership role in providing much-needed training.

“The Consortium is the only organization focused specifically on aging and sexuality across the spectrums of culture, class and sexual identity,” said Robin Goldberg-Glen, PhD, MSW, Widener University associate professor and Consortium co-president. 

Ricci Levy, Executive Director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, serves on the Consortium’s Advisory Board and extended the invitation to partner with the Consortium and offer the Institute. 

“The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit brings together human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, legal and medical professionals, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders and organizational partners working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right. Having the Sexuality and Aging Institute during the Summit offers our participants an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the burgeoning field of sexuality and aging,” she said.

The Sexuality and Aging Institute is geared to professionals in social work, psychology, counseling, sexuality education, and nursing, as well as administrators and staff of long-term care facilities. However, Fleishman said the event is also open to consumers with an interest in the topic. 

To register for the Sexuality and Aging Institute and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, click here.  
The Sexuality and Aging Consortium is outreach initiative of the Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies, with nationwide membership and an international advisory board. By educating consumers and training professionals, paraprofessionals,and students, the Consortium works to ensure the rights of mid- and older-age adults to enjoy their sexual identity and expression on their terms, without the constraints of societal assumptions, judgments, and policies. For more information about the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University, visit www.widener.edu/sexualityandaging or email SAConsortium@widener.edu

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Today, one in three Americans is age 50 or older; by 2030, one in five will be 65 or older. 

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium is a leading international organization dedicated to enhancing the sexual health, knowledge, and well-being of this growing population.

By educating consumers and by training professionals, paraprofessionals, and students, the Consortium works to ensure the rights of mid- and older-age adults to enjoy their sexual identity and expression on their terms, without the constraints of societal assumptions, judgments, and policies.

Membership in the Consortium is for all who share our mission and passion. We invite you to join us as a member, learner, or supporter.

Contact us at SAConsortium@widener.edu to learn more about how we can work, learn, and advocate together.

 
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Member: National Coalition for Sexual Health


Founder and Past President: Peggy Brick


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Peggy Brick, MEd, a sexuality educator for more than 40 years, is a consultant specializing in sexuality in mid and later life. She founded the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and is the past president of its Board of Directors.

Brick is co-author of Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only (2009) and New Expectations: Sexuality Education for Mid- and Later Life (2003). 

An AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator, Brick is an award-winning leader in the field. She has trained thousands of educators and health care professionals nationally and internationally.