ISEE Faculty: Rosalyn Dischiavo
Credentials : EdD, MA, CSES
Position : FounderClick Here to Contact Rosalyn
Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment (ISEE). She has been presenting retreats, workshops and lectures on topics related to wellness, spirituality, sex and gender issues for over 25 years.
Roz is a professor, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor (CSES). She possesses a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctor of Education in Human Sexuality.
Rosalyn was the Director of both the Women’s Center and the Health Education office at the University of Hartford from 1999-2006. While there she received multiple honors for securing grant funding each year she worked there. She also received a national award for Best Advisor for a Peer Education group from the BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network. She continues to teach gender and sexuality courses at the University of Hartford part-time.
At one time her career included a nightly women’s interest radio show on WTIC FM in Hartford. She studied in a 3-year Tantra Teacher Training program with Dr. Rudolph Ballantine, author of Radical Healing and former president of the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy.
Comments about Roz
“Roz is a visionary. She founded the Institute for Sexuality and Enlightenment and filled a very much needed niche for sex therapists and educators, who are looking – previously in vain – for local training and continuing education in the field of sexuality and sexual health. My associates have benefited greatly, as have I, from the workshops and trainings provided by the Institute. Roz is a creative, innovative and effective Director, able to write outside the lines of traditional educational boundaries and bring in a much needed wide-angle lens for conceptualizing sexuality education. Her institute is a wonderful resource – and Roz is a collaborative and enthusiastic colleague.”
-Jassy Timberlake, MEd, LMFT
Director & Founder of Northampton Sex Therapy Associates
“Roz is one of those rare individuals in our field who combines the warm heart and soul of a therapist with the discerning mind of skeptical scientist. The result is an individual who uses her understanding of science and research to guide her therapy and her therapeutic skill to give context to the interpretation of data. I come away from interacting with Roz glad to be in the field of human sexuality.”
– Michael Sand, PhD, MPH
“Dr. Dischiavo is truly a teacher for the new millennium. Her grasp of the diverse topic of Human Sexuality is deep and constantly evolving. She has the keen ability to meet students where they are at balancing personal development and revelation with teaching information and concrete skills. Her commitment to the personal being political, learning and teaching in an anti oppressive way and her joyful dedication to being a sexual revolutionary are a breath of fresh air in the sex education community.”
-Dr. Liam Snowdon
“Roz and the amazing staff at the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment foster an environment where you can thrive both personally and professionally. The community Roz has created is a family that supports each other in our development as professionals in the field of sexuality. It is rare to have the opportunity to learn from an expert in the field that also makes herself so available to her students. Roz’s integration of the self, coupled with her extensive knowledge of the field make her classes unlike any other I have taken throughout my years of education, courses that nourish the mind and feed the soul. I consider myself lucky to get to learn and grow in a field I love under the guidance such a talented educator and mentor.”
Miranda Hughes, Student
Sex education has been an integral part of my career from the very beginning. In the late 1980’s, HIV and AIDS prevention was a major health concern, and I knew I needed to be comfortable with the open discussion of sex in order to effectively work toward their prevention. I worked with young people, parents, teachers and community as a health promotion specialist.
In my professional development, I was shocked to find that my graduate degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy had no courses in human sexuality. We were told we could take the subject as an elective. Since then I have learned that many Social Work, Counseling and MFT programs have a similar lack of sexuality education. There might be one course in sexuality, or none, despite the fact that sexual concerns are a major reason why couples seek therapy, and a common concern in individual therapy as well.
I have had twin careers in therapy and health education, and I have found that of all the major health concerns and systems of our bodies, minds and hearts, sexuality is the least understood and the most trivialized. Sex is seen as frivolous, dangerous, sinful, self-indulgent, or solely a means to reproduce. Yet it can be a source of tremendous joy, intimacy, and spiritual connection if we heal the split that has been created by sex-phobia in our culture.
I believe that we cannot have full healing, true wellness or real happiness until we delve into this part of ourselves. I also believe that this delving can and should be thoughtful, fun, intellectual and spiritual. Too many sex educators are merely mechanics. We must have a more holistic view of sex to be more whole as people.
I have a vision to create a steady stream of well-trained and clear-thinking counseling professionals, health care providers and health/sex educators who can return to their offices, clinics or schools with a happier and healthier message about sexuality to offer the world.
I have a vision that regular people can be freed from the common attitudes of sexual shame and fear so that they can make the best individual choices for their own happiness and health as well as the health and happiness of their partners and families.
If this vision sounds good to you, I hope to meet you soon. Whether we are counseling professionals, health care providers, single people looking for enlightenment or parents wondering how to teach our children, we are all pioneers in this field.