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We are proud of what our team is doing as we "cultivate God's Truth about sexuality." Read below for brief news articles on what's happening.
If you had to describe Sexual Wholeness and ISW with only one word, what would it be? Team! Family! This Fall at the AACC World Conference, I greeted and hugged 40 of our ISW team. I was again reminded that we love and enjoy each other in a unique way. In Nashville someone remarked to Michael Sytsma that the Sexuality track was the only track in which team members came to support every presentation. I had someone come purposely by the booth and tell me with enthusiasm: “Your team is so full of humility and they have servants’ hearts.” Countless times people commented on how well SW team members co-presented. One person stated: “You really like each other and have fun presenting together.” The picture on this article is Mary Margaret Johnson, Angie Landry, and me after our presentation on “The Sexually Assertive Wife: Coaching Husbands into Mutual Lovemaking.” We kidded and talked over each other, had a lot of fun, and the audience loved our team approach. After our dinner on Friday night, attended by 25 students, professors, presenters, and spouses, I left feeling so blessed to be a part of such a remarkable team. I have not laughed like that in a long time. One member shared that her husband asks her when she comes to an ISW class: “So you’re going to spend time with ‘Your People?’ “ We are working on new classes and CE events so we can learn together and have reunions. We already have reserved a Booth for the 2017 World Conference and are planning on a Friday dessert so we can congregate. Thanks for being such talented, humble, inspiring team members. We are family; I love you for being “My People!”
Doug, Executive Director
We are proud of our team's role in the recent AACC Marriage America Conference in Orlando, FL (April 2012). Several of our faculty and grads led workshops. Each of the speakers highlighted below are ABCST Certified Sex Therapists with the exception of Dr. Mark & Debra Laaser (who is an ISW faculty member). Kenyon Knapp, ISW student, also co-presented on sexual abuse. We encourage ABCST Members and ISW grads to submit proposals to professional conferences and be a missionary for sexual wholeness.
Several members of ABCST presented at this year's AACC World Conference. The 2011 "Celebrate Your Faith" conference was attended by around 7,000 counselors, pastors, therapists, ministry leaders, and lay counselors. Led by ABCST Certified Members Dr. Clifford & Joyce Penner, Dr. Douglas Rosenau, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, the Sex and Healthy Sexuality track was one of 21 different tracks at the conference. Six of the workshops in the track were taught by ABCST members. Additionally, three of the pre-conference workshops were led by ABCST members. We also met many other members at the Sexual Wholeness booth.
Dr Douglas Rosenau, EdD, Sexual Wholeness co-founder, and Corey Carlisle, MDiv, (ISW Graduate and Building Intimate Marriages therapist) presented God's Heroes & Warriors: Becoming a Man of Sexual Integrity and Influence at the 2011 Association of Marriage & Family Ministries Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.