Understanding Asexuality and Aromanticism



ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Bianca I Laureano, M.A., Ph.D. h.c.
CEs: 1.25 | Level: Intermediate

Date of original webinar: October 14, 2020, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET

The queer community is often referred to as LGBTQIA+ and the language for discussing queer identities is alive and constantly evolving but there exists a need to expand our understanding of queerness and reclaim the A in LGBTQIA for asexuals and not just for allies. A growing segment of the community is identifying as asexual, or aromantic, yet these orientations are not well understood. Often as providers we are learning from our clients—especially the young people who are leading the way. This webinar will focus on asexuality as a sexual orientation/attraction and aromanticism as a romantic orientation/attraction. Participants will learn key definitions and characteristics of these identities. They also will learn to identify and debunk common myths about asexual or aromantic people. Finally, participants will learn updated, affirmative language to utilize when working with clients who identify as asexual or aromantic. 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers.

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$30 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain asexual and aromantic identities
  2. Discuss myths associated with asexual people
  3. Expand referrals offered for asexual clients


  1. Welcome and introduction of presenter
  2. Language discussion: Language is alive and evolving: Sex Assigned At Birth, AFAB, AMAB, Intersex, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation / Attraction, Gender Expression, Romantic Orientation / Attractions (glossary offered)
  3. Asexuality as a sexual orientation
  4. Aromanticism as a romantic orientation
  5. Myths and Stereotypes about Asexual People
  6. Questions and Answers

Instructor Biography:

Bianca I Laureano is an award-winning educator and sexologist. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) and her most recent project is ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school offering professional development and certification. She has written several curricula and wrote the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published in 2018. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor.

Completion Requirements for Recorded webinars and online courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements. This course does not offer ASWB ACE credit. 

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.