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The NACS 2023 Academic committee is proud to present the NACS 2023 Official Program. 

Please have a look at the all the seminars, workshops and keynote speakers that will fill this conference with professional content, discussions, expertise, knowledge and debate. We have emphasized the academic aspect, but we have not forgotten the social aspect either. We will make each other better and more professional, but we will also get to know each other and form networks.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be minor changes to the program in the coming weeks. Openings in the program marked with TBA are not available for new abstracts, for these it is only a matter of final details before these program entries can be confirmed.

Welcome to Oslo and NACS 2023!


09.00 – 16.00 Authorization committee meeting

14.00 – 16.00 NACS Board meeting

18.00 Meet and greet at César (César Bar & Café, C. J. Hambros plass 2, Oslo)
We meet new and old acquaintances, while at the same time we have a panel discussion focusing on a current professional topic.



08.15 Registration opens and Morning Coffee (Reception P46)

09.00 Official opening of NACS 2023 (Athene 1+2)

09.20 – 10.00 The future of technology and sex therapy (Athene 1+2)
Dr Justin Lehmiller - Lehmiller will talk about how the use of VR-technology (virtual reality) can revolutionize sex therapy in the future.

10.00 – 10.10 Break

10.10 "Better Sex for Adults" (Athene 1+2)
Sigga Dögg - A sex education streaming service for couples, a project that won the Icelandic Innovators Award 2023.

10.30 The future of love, sex, and technology (Athene 1+2)
Henrik Skaug Sætra - How will emerging technologies influence how and with whom (or what) we experience sex and love? And beyond relationships, what is the potential – and pitfalls – related to the use of technology for sexual health and rights?

10.50 – 11.10 Break

A: 11.10 Social activity - Kjersti Helgeland – Get to know each other. (Athene 1+2)


13.00 - 13.50 Let's Talk About Sex / Den store sexpraten (Athene 1+2)
Panel discussion where we challenge professionals and opinion leaders about the challenges of sexology in the future, moderated by journalist and sexuality educator Tuva Fellman.

13.50 – 14.00 Break


A: 14.00 Margrethe Wiede Aasland (Athene 1+2)
Children and sexuality, positive sexuality as a tool against incest and sexual abuse.

B: 14.00-14.40 WORKSHOP - Aron Willems (KK lounge)
Get to know sexual aids offered through the public healthcare system in Norway and how sexologists may incorporate them in their clinical work.

A: 14.20 Vilde Senje, IPPF Norway (Athene 1+2)
CSE in the Norwegian school system, feedback and findings. Sexuality education in the Norwegian school system. How can sexologists contribute to help teachers?

A: 14.40 Tone Bjørnson Aanderaa (Athene 1+2)
"Ask first" a teaching tool that public health nurses can use nationally in classrooms, to prevent sexual abuse and promote positive sexuality.

15.00 - 15.10 Short break

A: 15.10, Nada Amroussia (Athene 1+2)
Migrant youth and young migrants encounter with sexual and reproductive health services and information in Sweden.

B: 15.10 – 16.00 PedSexPod (PA318)
Live recording session of the sex educational podcast PedSexPod, the winner of the 2023 NFKS' "Erection Award".

A: 15.30 Siri Lindqvist (Athene 1+2)
Presenting research on sexual and gender minority youth – strength and protective factors online, and how to research this area further.

A: 15.50 Anette Grander and Anna Arvidsson (Athene 1+2)
Sexual and reproductive health and rights work within the school health team – a literature review and important findings.

16.10 - 16.20 Short break

A: 16.20 Suss Åhman (Athene 1+2)
"Nakensaken" – material aimed at professionals who work with children 1-6 years old, tools to provide sexuality education for this age group.

B: 16.20 – 17.00 WORKSHOP Kjersti Helgeland (KK Lounge)
The Pleasuremeter, a research-based toolkit, based on the positive intersections between sexual health, sexual rights and sexual pleasure.

A: 16.40 Berit Bulien Jørgensen (Athene 1+2)
After experiencing a surge of inquiries and questions from colleagues in municipal health services for kids and youth regarding sexual health, Jørgensen as written a masters thesis on the need for more sexological competence in these service.

19.00 – 20.30 Official reception in Oslo Town Hall, NACS 2023



08.30 - 09.00 Morning Coffee

09.00 Welcome to day two (Athene 1+2)

09.10 - 09.40 Worldwide Sexology Education (Athene 1+2)
Elsa Almås has done a worldwide review of all sexology educations and will for the first time present her findings.

09.40 - 10.20 Similarities and differences treatment in the Nordic countries (Athene 1+2)
A panel discussion on similarities and differences in treatment of gender incongruence in the Nordic countries

10.20 – 10.40 Short break

PARALELL SESSIONS A, B, C, D and E (check for different themes)

A: Education and research (PA318)

10.40 Helle Gerbild
A presentation of "Health Professionals' attitudes towards addressing sexual health", an adapted quiestionnaire for health professionals working with rehabilitation in Danish municipalities (The Danish Version of the Professionals' Attitudes towards Addressing Sexual Health (PA-SH-D).

11.00 Malin Lindroth and Kristina Areskoug Josefsson
A systematic review: Exploring the role of sexual attitude reassessment and restructuring (SAR) in current sexology education: for whom, how and why?

11.20 Kristina Areskoug Josefsson, Ada Solberg
Mapping of SRHR content in higher education in Norway – A document analysis reviewing the need for SRHR in formal documents in professional education in health, social and legal work in Norway.

11.40 Aron Willems
Presentation of "HIV and other STDs" – a 10 SP master's degree level course, focusing on updated knowledge, communication, stigmatization, positive sexual health and ethical/legal aspects.

B: Gender incongruence (KK Lounge)

10.40 Silje-Håvard Bolstad
The Gendermap: Diversity as medicine against minority stress, a novel model of gender identity found promising not only in therapeutic and educational settings, but also for future scientific research.

11.00 Theodor Nihlén
Minority joy: The future of LGBTQ+ research? An important study that aims to answer the question if positive aspects, here called minority joy, exist and how they are experienced and described by trans* people.

11.20 Susan Ettelt, Malene Revhaug, Per Theodor Paulsen
In this presentation we want to shed light on the physiological and anatomical changes after penile inversion vaginoplasty (PIV) and how they can impact sexual health.

11.40 Ingun Wik
Paradigm shift in sexual health care, how do the changes in SOC 8 and ICD 11 affect the role of sexologists in the development of the health service in the future?

C: Cancer, E-learning and pleasure  (PA314)

10.40 Camilla Rørtveit and Trude Slettvold
A presentation of new sexual health E-learning: A contribution to improve use of innovative digital learning activities, quality assurance and nation-wide sharing, in order to improve sexual health among children and young people through increased competence in sexual and reproductive health among Norway's Master degree students in public health nursing and midwifery.

11.00 Annika Tamme
What do people imagine when they imagine pleasurable sex?

11.20 Anita Paulsen
Nurse–patient sexual health communication in gynecological cancer follow-up: A qualitative study from nurses' perspectives

11.40 Vigdis Moen
Breast cancer survivors' experiences with sexual life after the cancer treatment.  

D: Prison and treatment (PA311)

10.40 Ada Svarstad Solberg and Kjersti Helgeland
Sexual health in prison with a positive approach - A scoping review for measures, approaches or experiences promoting sexual health as a resource from prisons

11.00 Stina Lindegren
Participants' experiences of sex offender treatment: searching for desisting narrative identities.

11.20 Anna Lindskog
Sexual health-promoting conversations in forensic psychiatry – healthcare professionals' perspectives.

11.40  Jack Lukkerz
Research project: Sex the right way - on youth, sexuality, and Swedish contemporary view on sexuality.

E: Women's health (PA329)

10.40 Anette Søholt and Jenny Toftner
Interdisciplinary work with young vulva patients, from pain and fear to a healthy sexlife.

11.00 Tone Haldorsen
Endometrioses and adenomyosis in a sexual context, tools to help our clients to have a sex life with as little pain as possible.

11.20 Maria Stevenson, Malene Stougaard, Lena Schenk
Female Masturbation: What drives women to solo-sex and how does that differ from their experience with partner-sex?

11.40 Jessica Påfs
"He seems to get an ego boost out of it" – Cis-women's voices on the reactions from a partner on squirting/female ejaculation in a Swedish context

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch Remember to take a look at the posters!

13.00 Kristin Kjæret, IPPF Norway (Athene 1+2)
Sexual rights in the future, good news and bad news and the impact these will have on sexology and its professionals.

13.30 – 13.40 Short break before parallel sessions A, B, C, D and E

A: Sexual assault and genital mutilation (PA318)

13.40 Beate Alstad and Malin Wästlund
The presentation is based on experiences and evaluations of clinical practice helping sexually traumatized women recapture their sexuality.

14.00 Christin Walther
Long-term sequelae for women after sexual abuse and their experience of treatment, with a focus on methods using a body-oriented, polyvagal and euro-scientific approach.

14.20 Margrete Wiede Aasland
We need to talk about the sex offenders as well.

14.40 – 14.50 Short break

14.50 Malin Jordal
Motives, expectations, and perceived outcomes of clitoral reconstruction after female genital cutting, a qualitative study from Sweden.

15.10 Vilja Kainu
When you don't have what every other woman has: being in Weiblichkeitsausschluss, a term illustrated by females who have undergone clitoral reconstruction after non-consensual genital cutting.

B: Men's sexual health (KK Lounge)

13.40 Haakon Aars
Late onset hypogonadism in men and testosteron.

14.00 Linn Myrtveit Stensrud
Between masculinity and caring – a qualitative study of the experiences of male partners of women with vulvodynia.

14.20 Viktor Erheim
Men from sexual minorities (BDSM) and their sexual and mental health - an overlooked group.

14.40 – 14.50 Short break

14.50 WORKSHOP Anders Røyneberg
I will explain how I help my clients reduce stress and make the body more calm, and I hope to inspire more counselors and therapists to show a greater interest and the potential of focusing on the nervous system in their client work.

C: Minorities (LGBTQIA+, BDSM) (PA314)

13.40 Maria Ravnskog Bye
How do LGBTQ persons, that have their background from churches they encountered as not accepting, experience their sexuality? – A phenomenological view

14.00 Charlotta Carlstrøm
LGBTQ, sexuality and free-church Christianity in Sweden, a phenomenological approach investigating how sexuality, intimacy and faith are experienced by the interviewees and how their Christian identity interacts with their identity as LGBTQ people.

14.20 Charlotta Carlstrøm, Catrine Andersson and Malin Lindroth
LGBTQ+ affirmative state care for young people in Sweden: New knowledge and old traditions

14.40 – 14.50 Short break

14.50 Sandra Strømø and Audun Omdal
Presentation of a qualitative study, which aims to highlight active BDSM practitioners experiences around consent, boundaries and communication.

15.10 Hanne Grasmo
Real-Life Turned On by Make-believe Sex: How Imagination Can Provide a Better Solution than Mindfulness in Treating Sexual Arousal Dysfunctions - research covering larping and participating in BDSM role-play.

D: Open class (PA311)

13.40 Aud Jektvik and Carina Elisabeth Carlsen
This presentation will be based on is based on work with the book "No more cake for you", a book about weight stigma in the healthcare system, with main focus on sexual health and an intersectional perspective.

14.00 Anne-Katrine Hansen and Birgitte Schantz Laursen
Late sexual debut - a qualitative interview study, gaining a broader insight the participants' life narratives about their considerations of not having debuted sexually and the impact it has had on their life.

14.20 Lisa Lindgren
"We know how to have sex, right?" A qualitative study about sexual health in men and women seeking treatment for infertility.

14.40 – 14.50 Short break

14.50 Vanja Rizvic og Yvonne Dolonen
Sexuality and spinal cord injury – Women's unique needs and challenges.

15.10 Vesle Krey
A lecture founded in recent interdisciplinary research concerning neurodivergence and gender-diversity, supplied with anecdotes from autistic lived experiences.

E: Disabilities (PA329)

13.40 Anna Hart
Reflections on sexual experiences and sexual consent among young adults with intellectual disabilities in Sweden

14.00 Lena Levin and Hanna Öfors
My Sexuality My Right - on sexuality and disability rights, a collaboration working to spread knowledge about people with disabilities' sexual health and rights and provide the group tools to facilitate change.

14.20 Carina Elisabeth Carlsen and PUSTUT
A presentation of the group offer "PUST UT" for queer people with intellectual disabilities, the experiences with running the group offer on a voluntary basis, and how others can start such a group offer themselves.

14.40 – 14.50 Short break

14.50 - 15.30 Carina Elisabeth Carlsen
VIP – Very important person: A violence prevention program which aims to give people with an intellectual disability a better ability to understand their own feelings, the ability to set boundaries and understand what constitutes violence and abuse.

15.30 – 15.45 Short break

15.45 - 16.30 To Bente (Athene 1+2)
This April, the Norwegian researcher and sexologist Bente Træen passed away unexpectedly. She leaves a large void in the Nordic sexology community. We end the day with a somewhat special look back at her career and we ponder what the future will bring about for research in the field of sexology.

16.45 - 18.30 NACS General Assembly (PA329)

20.00 Official dinner (Don't miss out! Partners are welcome - MORE INFO)

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER - (International UN Day of Older Persons)


09.30 -10.00 Morning Coffee

10.00 Welcome to day three (Athene 1+2)

10.10 – 10.50 Frans Hoogeveen (Athene 1+2)
This lecture is about how healthcare workers can support people with dementia and their spouses in dealing with problems due to a changing relationship between spouses.

10.50 – 11.00 Short break

11.00 - 11.30 Nantje Fisher (Athene 1+2)
While previous research on late life sexuality has mainly focused on functional losses, ignoring the fact that many older adults are sexually active and satisfied – Fisher will present novel findings from a large cross-European study on healthy sexual aging.

11.30 -11.50 Carina Carlsen (Athene 1+2)
In the project "Elderly and sexual health", we offer expertise on aging and sexuality both for healthcare professionals and older adults, with the aim of ensuring good sexual health even after the age of 60.

11.50 – 12.00 Short break

12.00 - 12.20 Janne Bromseth (Athene 1+2)

Presentation of two studies regarding LGBTQI+ elders and their meetings with health and care services.

12.20 - 12.30 Tore Aasheim (Athene 1+2)
Old age is often described as the autumn of life, as if it were something negative. But isn't it at this time of year that we reap the fruits of all our efforts during the spring and summer? A presentation of an online tool for healthcare professionals who deals with elderly and their sexual health.

12.30 - 12.50 Sidsel Schaller (Athene 1+2)
We never get too old for sex – or do we? Sissel Schaller shines a spotlight on possibilities and solutions, but also takes into account that sexuality is not always problem-free.

12.50 – 13.00 NACS 2023 CLOSING (Athene 1+2)

Have a nice trip back home!

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