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Widener's Sexuality and Aging Consortium to Host Professional Development Institute

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University will partner for the second year in a row with the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance to host a Sexuality and Aging Training Institute on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. This is part of the annual Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit held Aug. 4-7.

“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,” said Jane Fleishman, Ph.D., Institute co-chair. “Our Sexuality and Aging Training Institute is geared toward students and professionals in social work, psychology, counseling, sexuality education and nursing, as well as administrators and staff of long-term care facilities.”

The Institute offers attendees up to six continuing education credits for Social Work and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

The Institute is also open to consumers with an interest in topics related to sexuality and aging. This year’s Institute will feature keynote speakers Mandy Carter, a Nobel Prize nominee and longtime LGBT activist who has served as a member of the Obama National LGBT Steering and Policy Committee; and Roberta R. Greene, Ph.D., a retired gerontology and social work professor who was instrumental in passing the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA).

The Institute, this year titled “Creating a Healthier Sexual Future,” will also include nine workshops on a range of topics from LGBT and aging to sexual expression and aging. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose three of the nine workshops to attend.

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 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