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Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness

Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness

San Antonio (TX), United States

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About Organization comprised of professional counselors, counselor students and educators committed to the promotion of sexuality competency and sexual wellness.
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Mission The mission of ACSSW is to promote recognition of sexuality as a central aspect of being human that includes the intersection of intrapersonal and interpersonal influences on sexual expression and experiences. ACSSW asserts that sexuality is a necessary component of every person’s overall wellness to be supported and included in the counseling process in order to:
• promote greater awareness and understanding of sexuality, defined by the World Health Organization as:
o “…a central aspect of being human throughout life encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. While sexuality can include all of these dimensions, not all of them are always experienced or expressed. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors.” (WHO, 2006a)
• promote greater awareness and understanding of sexual wellness, while respecting diversity in sexual expression as well as the taking into consideration of the intersection of age, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, gender and gender expression, mental and physical health and abilities, defined as:
o The unique, subjective experience of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality essential to overall wellness. While sexual wellness can include the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity, the holistic and subjective nature of sexual wellness extends beyond one’s physical health status to include a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sensual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violation. Sexual wellness encompasses diversity in both expression and infl
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Founded 2017

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