Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Handbook of Sexuality Leadership

Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence, 1st Edition

By James C. Wadley


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This interdisciplinary book bridges the gap between sexuality and leadership studies and serves as a blueprint for professionals seeking to understand the rationale behind leadership styles, particularly those which facilitate conversations that empower individuals, couples, families, and communities. 

The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership brings together education, clinical, research, and advocacy experts from the field of sexology, who each speak of their unique leadership experiences – with diversity and inclusivity in mind – and serve as a medium of empowerment and activism. This innovative compendium illuminates strategic planning, community access, and the necessity of working with underserved or marginalized communities using a combination of leadership styles. Chapters provide tools for risk taking, organizational improvement, collaborative leadership, and cultural intelligence, as well as strategies to empower underrepresented groups and lead systemic change.

With questions for further thought included to provoke critical thinking and initiate transformative conversations, this book will be an essential read for anyone interested in becoming a sexuality consultant or serving in a leadership position.


"While the topics of leadership and sexuality have each received much attention; unfortunately, their intersections have not. Conversely and fortunately, concerning leadership and sexuality, this volume successfully moves the scholarship needle on those understudied intersections. From education and activism to mentoring and more, this volume masterfully reviews what we know, describes what we don’t know, and prescribes what we should know. Kudos on a complex job well done!"Juan Battle, PhD, Presidential Professor, Graduate Center of CUNY, USA

"The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership is a powerful collection of works. It provides a comprehensive and innovative view of what we need to know now in order to advance empowered thought and activism in the fields of sexuality and relationships. It is particularly timely in relation to intersectionality studies, moving scholars and educators concerned about multilevel justice to new revelations about what comes next in personal, partnered, and communal visibility and liberation."Jeanine M. Staples, Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

"The field of sexology finally has an extraordinary compilation of scholarly essays devoted to various perspectives about leadership. This book has been needed for decades and carves out a new and definitive direction for emergent professionals to consider. Each chapter highlights the complexities of serving as a sexuality professional and this book will be of great use to leading a variety of populations in a myriad of settings."Monique Howard, EdD, Executive Director of Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence, USA

"By brilliantly introducing (or simply reflecting) leadership into sexology, Dr. James Wadley has created a treasure map for 21st Century approaches to not only bridging the perpetual divides between sexology and the larger medical and mental health fields, but more importantly, for laying out paths toward the critical social justice ideals sexologists have traditionally championed and struggled to spread. Furthermore, I don’t recall ever being moved so emotionally by an "academic" text – the chapter authors’ passion is gripping and contagious. I believe the impact of The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership on all related sexology fields will be seismic."Richard M. Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST, CSTS Co-Founder Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, USA

"Many of us working within the field of human sexuality deal with daily frustrations which are mostly due to lack of effective leadership in our communities. Acquiring leadership qualities and skills are not limited to a few with specific social locations. We can all become visionary leaders, inspire others and be the change we want to see in the world. Any successful leader will tell you that having a generous and insightful mentor has been invaluable in their career. The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership brings multiple perspectives to the mix, which are liberating, inspiring and packed with wisdom that everyone could benefit from. To our colleagues who have a passion to make our world a better place, I would say, don’t just read this book, study it!"Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, Senior Cultural and Technical Advisor to the United Nations and Author of Wheel of Context for Sexuality Education

"This edgy, unique book offers a stunning array of perspectives on the intersection between sexuality and leadership. Recommended—or perhaps necessary—reading for professionals in the sexuality field as well as for students and others considering a career in sexuality."Inge Hansen, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Director, Weiland Health Initiative, Stanford University, USA, and Co-author of The Ethical Sellout

Table of Contents



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SECTION I  Leadership in Sexuality Education

Chapter 1. So, Exactly What IS "Appropriate"?! The Dynamic World that is Sex/ual/ity Education and Developmental Disabilities

Richelle Frabotta

Chapter 2. Seven Leadership Skills for Sexuality Educators

Kirsten deFur

Chapter 3. Sexuality Education for Current and Future Healthcare Providers

Jenna Benyounes

Chapter 4. Feminist Activist Leadership and the Five Stages for Matching Values with Practice: A Case Study

Katherine Martinez and Sydney Fowler

SECTION II  Leadership in Sexuality Activism, Counseling/Therapy

Chapter 5. Marginality, Transformational Leadership and Sexuality Work as a Psychologist: Traversing a Tuff Terrain with Multiple Intersecting Identities

Kamilah M. Woodson

Chapter 6. The Sex Therapist as Leader: Existential/Humanistic Reflections from the Therapist’s Chair

Daniel N. Watter

SECTION III Sexuality Leadership and Mentoring

Chapter 7. The Unit: Considerations and Challenges for Developing Leaders in the Field of Sexology

Shadeen Francis

Chapter 8. Networking, Mentoring, Collaborating, and Risk-Taking: A Four-Strand Approach to Sexuality Leadership

Melanie Davis and Katherine Glick

Chapter 9. Clearing the Path: Queer Faculty of Color Navigating Tenure and Promotion

Jayleen Galarza

Chapter 10. Sexuality Leadership: The Next Generation

Tanya M. Bass and Bill Taverner

11. The Color of Change: A Case Study of Student Powered LGTBQAI Campus Engagement in Historically Black Educational Spaces

Melina McConatha and Denise Brown

SECTION IV Leadership in Sexuality Consultation and Special issues

Chapter 12. Money Talks… Misogynists Walk: A Complex Conversation on Sexual Harassment, Race, and Equal Pay

Leah Hollis

Chapter 13. Intimate Partner Violence in Sadomasochistic Relationships: Freirean Leadership through Disclosure and Raising Voices

Dulcinea/Alex Pitagora

Chapter 14. A New Renaissance: Podcasting as a Tool to Provide Nuanced Voice to the Black Gay Male Experience

Patrick Grant

Chapter 15. But Did You Die? Leading Conversations about Sexuality and Loss

Jeanae Hopgood-Jones

Chapter 16. Paradigms of Activism and Engagement for Sexuality Leadership in Faith Communities

Candace Robertson-James and George James

Chapter 17. Addressing White Fragility through Mindfulness-Based Inquiry in Sexuality


Carole Clements and Satori Madrone

Chapter 18. Ethical Considerations in Leadership

Tralonda Triplett

Chapter 19. WTF SAR?!: Elevating and Expanding the Sexual Attitudes Reassessment

Bianca I Laureano

Chapter 20. Sexuality leadership and its new face…

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About the Author

James Wadley, PhD, CSTS, is Professor and Chair of the Counseling and Human Services Department at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a licensed professional counselor and AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. Dr. Wadley also maintains a private practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Human Sexuality
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging