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Launching 1st Los Angeles Sexceptional Lecture w/ Dr. Chris Donaghue + Dr. Hernando Chaves

  • UCLA's Kinsey Pavilion Room 1220B 475 Portola Plaza Los Angeles, CA, 90095 United States (map)

Sexceptional Lecture

Outside The Lines: No Orgasm is Neutral: Liberating Sex from Problematic Culture, Psychology, and Normativity w/ Dr. Chris Donaghue!


**Limited tickets available at the door**


Loveline co-host alongside Amber Rose, TV personality and Certified Sex Therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue will deliver our first Sexceptional Lecture for the Golden Coast!

Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Doctoral trained in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist and specializes in individual and couples/marriage therapy.

SCHEDULE for Feb. 24th, 2018

  • 1:00-1:30 Introductory Remarks and Sex Nerd Trivia (Included with your ticket! Win big!)

  • 1:30-2:30 pm Keynote with Dr. Hernando Chavez

  • 2:30-4:30 pm Sexceptional Lecture with Dr. Chris Donaghue 


SEX NERD TRIVIA presented by

Sex Positive LA's Laurie Bennett Cook and Dana Davis

Keynote Speaker Dr. Hernando Chaves

The Pursuit of Happiness: Changing our Lens for Creating Bliss


Dr. Hernando Chaves holds a B.A. in psychology from University of California Santa Barbara, a M.A. in marital and family therapy from University of San Diego, and a D.H.S. doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing with working with sexual minorities (kink, fetish, sex work, nonmonogamy), intimacy/relational difficulties, and sexual concerns/dysfunctions. Dr. Chaves is a psychology and sexuality professor at Orange Coast College and Pepperdine University, presented at various academic institutions including Alliant, Cal Lutheran, CSULB, NYU, USC, and USD. conferences/shows such as AVN/AEE, AASECT, Catalystcon, SSSS, and SHE, and a Western Region past president for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He has written and/or consulted for 14 instructional sex education projects, co-host for Penthouse's Sex Academy instructional series, and consultant for BaDoinkVR virtual reality sex therapy instructional video. Dr. Chaves has written for,, a contributing author to the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, and been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Bustle, Vice, Maxim, The Daily Star, Esquire, and Alternet. 

At the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • List five research studies linked to increased happiness
  • Explain and describe cross cultural practices from other countries linked to increased happiness
  • Compile and apply stress reduction practices and self care techniques for increased happiness


3.5 AASECT and APA approved CEU's (Continuing Education Units) provided in collaboration with the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute's Modern Sex Therapy Institute

*The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.*

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SEXCEPTIONAL LECTURE LEARNING OBJECTIVES At the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Create a revised vision for sexual-relational health
  • List and critique how three current cultural and psychological structures affect views of sexual-relational health
  • Explain how the idea of "normal" can be oppressive and shaming
  • Challenge and critique current sexual diagnoses and disorders as flawed, pathologizing, and heteronormative


  • Psychological, Neuro, and Sexual differences aren’t disorders
  • Challenging Shaming Narratives around Non-Normative Sex and Relationships
  • Sex Addiction as Sex Phobia
  • Sexual Diagnoses as Body Shaming and Policing of Diversity
  • Deconstructing Intercourse Biased Sex  
  • Flaws of a Heteronormative Fantasy of Marriage
  • Tyranny of Monogamy 
  • Gender, Identity and Orientation as Traumas
  • Problems with Medical & Therapeutic Models


Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Doctoral trained in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist.


Dr. Donaghue specializes in individual and couples sex and marital therapy, as well as sexual compulsivity, sexual anorexia, sexual dysfunctions, and non-traditional sexuality, identities, and relationships.

Dr. Donaghue is a member of American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Chris is one out of only four hundred individuals who completed the extra training to receive his CST Credentials.

Dr. Donaghue is the co-host of the new "Loveline Podcast with Amber Rose," a featured expert and guest co-host on CBS' "The Doctors" TV show, featured expert on VH1's "The Amber Rose Show." He has been featured on The Today Show, VICE, CNN, HLN, OWN, Nightline, Dr. Drew and featured in Newsweek, New York Times, Daily Beast, Men's Health, Cosmo, and National Geographic.

Dr. Chris Donaghue is the author of “Sex Outside the Lines: Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture,” that is currently used in the curriculum as UCLA, Princeton, and USC. Order the book on Amazon here.



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