The American College of Sexologists (ACS) is a professional association that was incorporated in the State of California on June 9th, 1978 for the purpose of providing professional standards for the training and certification of Sexologists, and those institutions that offer training in Sexology, as well as providing recognition of the work of other professionals involved in the fields of Sexology and Erotology.
American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists
The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization. In addition to sexuality educators, sex counselors, and sex therapists, AASECT members include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, as well as students in relevant professional disciplines. These individuals share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. Dr. Ava is an AASECT Certified Sex Counselor.
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality, the SSSS was founded in 1957 to encourage the rigorous systematic study of sexuality. More than 1,000 individuals hold membership in this non-profit professional membership organization. The strength of the Society is the range of disciplines represented by its members, conference participants, and journal authors. Membership includes anthropologists, biologists, educators, historians, nurses, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, theologians, therapists, and many other disciplines.
With a strong commitment to "the next generation" through the support of a vigorous student membership program, a broad range of committee activity provides numerous opportunities for the involvement of members in the work of the Society. The Society's award program recognizes professional excellence, public service and service to The Society. Dr. Ava is a current SSSS member.
American Mental Health Counselors Association
AMHCA enhances the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education, and professional development. This national organization represents licensed mental health counselors and state chapters, with consistent standards of education, training, licensing, practice, advocacy, and ethics.
AMHCA members are dedicated to the principles in their Code of Ethics. As the profession and the needs of our clients change, a committee of respected peers updates the code.
Screen Actors Guild - The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
SAG-AFTRA represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Dr. Ava is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences
The Mission of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is to protect the well being of Californians by setting standards for mental health professionals through effective communication, education, examination, licensing, and enforcement. The BBS is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); MFT Interns; and Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) in the State of California. It is one of the boards within the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Dr. Ava is an active BBS CEU provider.
The British Actors Union (EQUITY)
Equity is the only Trade Union to represent artists from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment. Formed in 1930 by a group of West End of London performers, Equity quickly spread to encompass the whole range of professional entertainment so its membership includes actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters, walk-on and supporting artists, stunt performers and directors, and theatre fight directors. Dr. Ava is a member of British Equity.
International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs
With over 80,000 international members, IWWHS is one of the largest membership organizations worldwide. Members can increase their exposure and establish solid long-lasting partnerships. By joining, thousands of networking partners are able to cultivate business relationships as their strategy for success. Their slogan is, “It’s not what you know…It’s who you know.” Dr. Ava became a member of International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs in 1996.
Board of Registered Nursing
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and promote quality registered nursing care in California. Since 1978, California registered nurses have been required to document completion of continuing education courses as a way of supporting their continued competency to practice. The requirement is that RNs complete a minimum of 30 contact hours every two years in subjects relevant to the practice of nursing. Courses must be taken from providers approved by or from other entities recognized by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).