WAS Committee for Professional Education in Sexology

Purpose

    • – Conduct an accounting of the current state of professional education in sexology in the five regions as represented by the five regional federations of WAS.
    • – Develop a report of accounting of professional education in sexology.
    • – Determine whether PES committee recommends WAS to provide or participate in accreditation process.
    • – Present a framework for WAS accreditation in professional education in sexology.
    • – Provide advice and support in the area of professional education in sexology and to oversee the quality of educational activities undertaken on behalf of WAS.
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Areas of professional education are:

  • – Education in basic sexology;
  • – Education in sexological counselling;
  • – Education in sex therapy;
  • – Education in clinical sexology for psychotherapists and psycholists.
  • – Education in medical sexology/sexual medicine.

 

Composition

Chair: Appointed by the Executive Officers.

The Chair may invite members & individuals may volunteer. Membership is at the discretion of the Chair, in consultation with the Executive Officers and is subject to the following provision.

A minimum of five persons, preferably with representation from the five regional federations of WAS, and the five areas of professional education.

Role of the Chair

The Chair has the prerogative to invite members to the committee.

The Chair is responsible for coordinating all activities.

The Chair may appoint sub-committees, with a facilitator who will be responsible for overseeing specific areas and/or activities.

The Chair is responsible for the initiation and conduct of the Excellence in Sexuality Education awards.

Terms of Office

Four years, with an option for a further four.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Terms of Reference

The Committee will:

  • – Conduct an accounting of the current state of professional education in sexology in the five regions as represented by the five regional federations of WAS.
  • – Develop a report of accounting of professional education in sexology.
  • – Determine whether PES committee recommends WAS to provide or participate in accreditation process.
  • – Present a framework for WAS accreditation in professional education in sexology.
  • – Provide advice and support in the area of professional education in sexology and to oversee the quality of educational activities undertaken on behalf of WAS.
  • – Provide an annual report on its activities.
  • – Make recommendations to the Advisory Committee, as appropriate.

For the future:

  • – Monitor the standards and quality of professional education activities in sexology/sexual health undertaken on behalf of WAS
  • – Upon request, provide advice and assistance to educators both within and outside of WAS.
  • – Respond to specific requests from the Executive Committee
    – Disseminate, monitor and maintain the currency of the International Standards of Practice in professional Education in Sexology.
  • – Select an appropriate timetable for the call of nominations, review and selection.
  • – Promote the call for nominations through the WAS web site and other means.
  • – Follow Initiate, promote and conduct the WAS Excellence in Professional Education in Sexology awards, as follows. the specified selection criteria.
  • – Make a recommendation to the AC regarding the awardees, one for each of the 3 categories.
  • – Through the Executive Officers, make arrangements for the manufacture of the award plaque.
  • – Provide the Congress organizers with full information to allow for appropriate hosting arrangements to be met.
  • – Provide support for the awardees during the Opening Ceremony and the welcoming cocktails.
  • – Introduce the awardees to appropriate WAS and Congress personalities.

Members

Chair: Elsa Almas (Norway)

Vice-Chair: Leiszle Lapping-Carr (United States)

Members:

Osmar Matsui

Bouchra Assarag​

Jafaar Nakhli

Anthony Smith

Alain Giami

Osmo Kontula

Silvina Valente

Tammary Esho

Tomoko T. Saotome

Vijay Ramanathan

 

 

Meet The Committee

Elsa Almas

Chair, Norway

Specialist in clinical psychology, Specialist in clinical sexology (NACS), family therapist
(IAP), Professor in sexology, University of Agder. Has been participating in sexological organizations since attending the 3 international congress in medical sexology in 1978. Have been president of the Norwegian Society for Sexology for periods, have been president of NACS for 2 periods, board member of European Federation of Sexology (2010-2018), member of WAS EC (2017-2021), member of WAS AC (2021-25).

Osmar Matsui

Mexico

Medical Doctor, Dr. Sc. in Public Health, Master in Education of Human Sexuality.
Professor at the Health Sciences campus of the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, since 1983. Past president of Mexican Federation for Sexual Education and Sexology (FEMESS). President of WAS Congress 2019. Member of WAS Advisory Committee 2021-25.

Jafaar Nakhli

Tunisia

Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Sousse. Tunisian Diploma of Doctor in Medicine, received in October 2002. Tunisian Diploma of Specialist in psychiatry, received in September 2003. Master Diploma of clinical sexology (faculty of medicine, Sousse, Tunisia), obtained in December 2013. Member of Tunisian Society of Clinical Sexology (STSC).

Alain Giami

France

Vice President WAS. Member of WAS Advisory Committee 2021-25. Doctorat en psychologie sociale, Université Paris, 1978. PhD Social Psychology / Université Paris-Diderot (1978). Habilitation (Privat Docent) Social Sciences / Université Paris René-Descartes (1999). Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches / Université Paris René / Descartes (1999).

Silvina Valente

Argentina

Doctor, awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, Universidad del Salvador. Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, granted by the Ministry of Health and Social Action. Chief of clinical sexology of the university hospital of Buenos Aires Hospital de Clinicas. President of SASH (Sociedad Argentina de Sexualidad Humana). Vice president of FLASSES. Member of AISM (Academia Internacional de Sexologia Médica). Member of SLAMS and ISSM.

Tammary Esho

Kenya

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Human Sexuality studies from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs at the Amref International University, Nairobi, Kenya. Global leader in public health, sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR). Her research in SRHR has contributed immensely to global policy guidelines by WHO and UNFPA. Secretary General and member of the Africa Society for Sexual Medicine, member ISSM, technical reviewer and editor with the Sexual Health Collection in the African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine.

Leiszle Lapping-Carr

Co-Chair, USA

Dr. Lapping-Carr received her PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2018. She completed postdoctoral training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is currently on faculty and serves as the Director of the Sexual and Relationship Health Program. Dr. Lapping-Carr's clinical and research interests focus on sexual and relationship health during the perinatal period, particularly for sexual and gender minorities.

Bouchra Assarag

Morocco

PhD in public health from the ULB and a master's degree in public health from the National Institute Health Administration. Participated and coordinated several epidemiological studies like maternal and neonatal sepsis in collaboration with WHO Geneva (2018). Moroccan coordinator of the sexual and reproductive health network of North and West Africa. Coordinator of the primary health care training modules on SRH. Research interests are SRH and access to care, obstetric quality and respect for the mother and the newborn.

Anthony Smith

South Africa

(SASHA) MBChB. (UCT). FECSM (Fellow Euro Com of Sexual Med) DCH (CSA). DGM. (RCP). Family Physician and Sexual Medicine Practitioner in Cape Town. Master’s degree in Family Medicine (MFamMed) UCT and Medical Anthropology (Msc. MedAnthro) University College London. Honorary Senior Lecturer in the department of Family Medicine. Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM). Past National President and current treasurer of The Southern African Sexual Health Association, Part of working group formulating the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, Post-Graduate Diploma in Sexual Medicine, and HIV.

Osmo Kontula

Finland

PhD in Sociology at University of Helsinki in 1991. Finnish sociologist and sexologist. Research Professor at the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland. Specialized in sex research and sexual science. Authored over 400 publications, of which 40 books on sexual issues. Has presented at more than 100 scientific conferences worldwide. He has studied professional education in sexology in Europe. Member of WAS Advisory Committee and Chair of WAS Sexuality Education Committee. Member of Management Committee of COST-Action and Network for the European Sexual Medical Network (ESMN).

Tomoko T. Saotome

Japan

(AOSF), MD, PhD. Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research, Researcher. OBGYN doctor, PhD (Human Health Science) Kyoto University. Sex Therapist recognized by the Japanese Society of Sexual Science (JSSS) Vice president of Japan Society of Sexual Science (JSSS). Member of WAS Advisory Committee 2021-25.

Vijay Ramanathan

Australia, India

Clinical sexologist, Lecturer in Sexual Health (Sexology), Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. Fellow of the European Committee for Sexual medicine, Member of the Australian Counselling Association & Accredited Clinical Therapist and Educator.

Past Members 2017-2021

Co-Chairs: Elsa Almås (Norway) and Christopher Fox (Australia)

Members:
Osmo Kontula (Finland)
Cristina Tania Fridman (Argentina)
Alain Giami (France)
Patricia Pascoal (Portugal)
Patti Britton (United States)