SEXUALITY EDUCATION STREAM SPEAKERS - 24th SEPTEMBER 2022
Dr. Rachael Gibson - www.amaze.org
Rachael E. Gibson, PhD, MPH, MS, MEd (she/her) is an AASECT certified sex educator, professional development specialist, professor, and speaker. Dr. Gibson has over 20 years of experience in the health and sexuality education field. Her research examines the interactions between teacher and learner identities to improve pedagogical practice.
Jodi Rodgers - www.birdsandbees.com.au
Jodi Rodgers is a qualified sexologist, counsellor and special education teacher. Jodi has worked within the education and community sectors in both Australia and internationally and has extensive experience working with people with disability and diverse neurology across the life span. Jodi established her private practice, Birds and Bees, after 25 years of working within the education, disability and sexuality fields. Birds and Bees specialises in delivering counselling services and workshops for people with a disability with a focus on sexuality, sexual health and relationships, as well as delivering training for parents, carers and professionals to raise the community’s capacity in this sometimes-tricky area. Jodi was featured on “Love on The Spectrum” which was released on the ABC and globally on Netflix.
Professor Alan McKee - https://entertainmentsexed.wordpress.com/
Professor Alan McKee is an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development. His new book (with Paul Byron, Katerina Litsou and Roger Ingham) - called What Do We Know About the Effects of Pornography After Fifty Years of Academic Research? – emerges from an Australian Research Council Discovery grant entitled ‘Pornography’s effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data’. He also worked on an ARC Linkage grant with True (previously Family Planning Queensland) to investigate the use of vulgar comedy to reach young men with information about healthy sexual development. He was co-editor of the Girlfriend Guide to Life and co-author of Objectification: on the difference between sex and sexism (2020). He has published on healthy sexual development, and entertainment education for healthy sexuality in journals including the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the International Journal of Sexual Health, the Journal of Sex Research and Sex Education.
Professor Damien Riggs - www.damienriggs.com
Damien W. Riggs is a professor in psychology at Flinders University and a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender young people he is the author of 'Working with Transgender Young People and their Families' (Palgrave, 2019).
Barbara Carrellas - https://barbaracarrellas.com/
Barbara is the founder of Urban Tantra®, an approach to conscious sexuality that adapts and blends a wide variety of sacred sexuality practices from Tantra to BDSM. Since its inception in the 1990’s, Urban Tantra® has evolved into an international community, a philosophy, and an inclusive conscious sexuality practice that supports both personal and professional goals.
Barbara is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-first Century now in its second edition, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships and Oh So Much More, and Luxurious Loving.
Her books, workshops, and lectures are an eclectic mix of sexual and spiritual practices designed to encourage readers and participants of all genders and sexual preferences to expand their capacity for both pleasure and spiritual fulfillment.
Barbara is also the founder of the Urban Tantra® Professional Training Program, a comprehensive training program in the practice and application of conscious sexuality, and the co-founder of Erotic Awakening, a pioneering series of workshops focusing on the physical, spiritual and healing powers of sex. She was named Best Tantric Sex Seminar Leader by Time Out/NY Magazine for her Urban Tantra® workshops and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Sexual Freedom Awards in London.
Emily Nagoski - https://www.emilynagoski.com/
Emily Nagoski is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Come As You Are and The Come As You Are Workbook, and coauthor, with her sister, Amelia, of New York Times bestseller Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. She earned an M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in health behavior, both from Indiana University, with clinical and research training at the Kinsey Institute. Now she combines sex education and stress education to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. She lives in Massachusetts with two dogs, a cat, and a cartoonist.
Juniper Muller - https://www.melbournequeerpsychologist.com/
Juniper Muller is a queer, nonbinary psychologist specialising in gender, sex, and sexuality. A passionate client activist and advocate, Juniper practices from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional feminist framework. They work with clients across the life span (16+), predominantly from LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dr. Anita Elias - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-anita-m-elias-4186b064
Dr Anita Elias has specialised and worked in Sexual Medicine and Sexual and Relationship Therapy for over 25 years. She is head of the Sexual Medicine and Therapy Clinic at Monash Health, is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and University of Melbourne, as well as working in private practice.