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Sexuality and Aging Consortium 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. You can also visit, e-mail or call 610-388-5062 for more information.  

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium is an 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  or e-mail