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Widener to Host Careers in Sexuality Conference for Educators, Human Service Professionals

As home to one of the world’s premiere academic programs for the study of human sexuality, Widener University will host the 5th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference Friday, Oct. 12. Educators, human service professionals and interested community members are invited to attend to learn about diverse areas of human sexuality. This year’s theme is Sexualities Explored. Participants may earn continuing education units from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Dr. Carol Queen, founder of the Center for Sex and Culture and co-owner of Good Vibrations, is the event keynote speaker. World acclaimed sex researcher Dr. Beverly Whipple will present on her research on women’s sexual response. Dr. Bill Stayton, psychologist, minister and former director of Widener’s human sexuality graduate programs, will lead a panel on sexuality and religion. Other presenters will address topics such as jobs in sex education, films on sexual health, outreach to sex workers and therapy with non-monogamous clients. Attendees can choose to attend three different presentations throughout the day, with educational, clinical and “wildcard” options offered for each timeslot.sexuality conference cover

The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast followed by programming between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Directly following the conference, Widener will host an information session about graduate programs offered within its Center for Human Sexuality Studies for interested prospective students.

For more information about conference topics and speakers – and to register – visit Also, follow conference organizers on Twitter @CareersCon2012 and Facebook at Registration is $60. Students pay a discounted price of $45.

Widener’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies is one of only two stand-alone departments in the country for the study of human sexuality. San Francisco State University is home to the other. Furthermore, Widener is the only fully accredited institution in the world to offer a Ph.D. program in human sexuality. At the master’s level, students can specialize in sexuality education or sex therapy.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,, for more information.