Lisa Lawless, Ph.D.
Dr. Lawless is the founder of the
National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in
which is an educational organization for professionals in the
field of sexuality and the adult novelty industry. She is also
the CEO of Holistic Wisdom,
Inc. which provides several web sites and resources for both
professional and consumer sexual wellness education and products.
Dr. Lawless is a psychotherapist
with over 25 years of therapeutic practice in the mental health
field with a specialization in sexual health. In addition, she
is an accredited member of The American College of Sexologists
International (ACS) and has held membership through The American
Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
(AASECT). She has been published on a variety of websites as
well as in print magazines and newspapers all over the world.
In addition, she is also
the inventor of Fascinator
Waterproof Throws, Sneaky Sacks and other sexually related products.
As an expert in sexual health she
has written many articles as well as a book: Women's Sexual
Empowerment. She is a public speaker through private workshops,
lectures and a guest speaker through expos and events.
S. Lawless, Ph.D., NAASAS Founder
Lawless has been interviewed as an expert in sexual trends
on U.S. radio and television shows as well as in
print publications such as: First for Women Magazine, Men's Health
Magazine, XBiz Magazine, UCLA's newspaper and Redbook Magazine.
She has spoken about a variety of topics in sexual health from sex
tips to political and health issues in the industry on radio shows
such as: The Dr. Laura Berman Radio Show, Playboy XM Radio and Irie
work as a sexual health activist has positively impacted many sexual
health trends in the adult novelty business today. Dr. Lawless has
worked with sex toy manufacturers, adult distributors and nationally
has been involved as an vocal activist in publicized legal cases
that have involved the ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union, Free
Speech Coalition and more. Her dedication for helping sexual health
professionals comes from a true passion for doing what is right
for the advancement of sexual rights, equality and health.
Resume & Background
studied Human Services, Sexuality, Psychology, Social Work,
Nutrition and Holistic Health through Elon University, Virginia
Commonwealth University, and the American Institute of Holistic
Theology in addition to many workshops and additional forms
2000 - Present
Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS, Asheville, NC-
The National Association for the Advancement of Science
& Art in Sexuality
CEO / Founder: Supervises all company divisions
and procedures: e-commerce, market research, sales, public
relations, book keeping, graphic design, web page development,
creative designer of product packaging, networking, wholesale,
Affiliate Director and legal research. Freelance writer, radio
and television interviews workshops, classes and shows.
Group, LLC (TWG), Boulder, CO
Consultant: Provide consultation to clients in
the human service arena. Efforts focused on the implementation
and evaluation of managed care systems in the areas of child
welfare, behavioral health and eldercare services. Writer
for proposal with company's largest client: Access Behavioral
Practice: Counseling Source, Longmont, CO
Psychotherapist: On site and telephone counseling sessions for mental
and holistic health.
Behavioral Health, Boulder, CO
Care Coordinator with JCAHO, ADAD approved psychiatric
and chemical dependency hospital. Responsibilities included case
management of intensive outpatient, partial and inpatient levels
of care. Provided collateral contacts with consumer support systems,
community resource networking, clinical treatment planning, initial
and ongoing clinical assessments and disposition planning using
solution/wellness model. Collaborated with attending psychiatrists
and internal clinical staff. Conducted individual and family counseling
sessions using cognitive, behavioral, solution focus, and crisis
intervention techniques. Performed quality assurance monitoring,
marketing contacts with community resources, and facility orientations
to patients and their families.
Behavioral Health Systems, LCC, Rockville, MD
Case Manager for JCAHO approved hospital. Supervised all
utilization review for acute inpatient, partial, residential, and
intensive outpatient levels of care. Responsibilities included: clinical
collaboration with all clinical staff. Worked with clinical case managers
representing multiple insurance, managed care, and state agencies.
Trained all departmental employees to utilize two internal computer
programs. Managed all clinical appeals regarding external managed
care denials. Facilitated peer reviews, and acted as internal patient
advocate and administrator for medication hearings. Researched identified
trends and planning in case management to provide marketing strategies
for the hospital. Served as liaison to on-site external reviewers.
Performed quality assurance monitoring, marketing contacts with community
resources, and facility orientations to patients and their families.
Options, Inc., Merrifield, VA
Mid-Atlantic Out of Panel Authorization Coordinator for
mental health and chemical dependence managed care corporation. Responsibilities
included: therapeutic collaboration with mental health providers and
the Mid-Atlantic Unit Case Management Department. Assessment of patient
treatment needs, referral and recommendations to clinical case managers
for further review. Provided authorization to mental health providers
to treat patients based upon clinical credentials and negotiated rates.
Departmental monthly reporting, staff scheduling, and documentation
of daily departmental proceedings.
Service Associate: Supervised fifteen staff members as Team
Leader, delegated correspondences to appropriate Service Associates.
Trained new employees: trained staff on six internal computer programs,
monitored calls, reviewed trainee cases and provided trainees with
insight for productive solutions. Provided direct support to Service
manager through implementation of team building concepts and procedures.
Triaged and managed confidential calls from beneficiaries, providers,
and clients. Assessed caller needs, and developed solutions regarding
clinical, financial, management and benefit issues. Educated providers
on all relevant policies and procedures.
Services Inc., Rockville, MD
Internship within Masters of Social Work program for private group
home with chronically mentally ill adults. Responsibilities included:
Individual therapy using a biopsychosocial base with psychosocial,
behavioral modification, and cognitive techniques. Performed clinical
and administrative documentation while reporting to the Associate
Psychiatric Management, Rockville, MD
Counselor Intake Coordinator for mental health and
chemical dependency abuse services in HMO insurance corporation.
Responsibilities included: handling confidential client calls,
assessment and referrals to clients for mental health needs.
Provided crisis intervention, appropriate clinical matching,
therapeutic collaboration with mental health providers and case
managers, assigning case managers to patients for further long-term
mental health and substance abuse needs.
Retirement Communities, Inc. Arlington, VA
Assistant Director of Activities in licensed home
for seniors. Responsibilities included: development and implementation
of activity plans, assessment of resident needs, and community
Information Assistant in marketing department. Responsible
for inquiry tours and follow-up, public relations, and data
Resident Assistant: performed receptionist duties,
assisted residents with ADL's and distributed medication.
Crisis Alliance of Alamance County, Burlington, NC
Crisis Counselor to rape crisis clients. Victim advocate
in such settings as: court, police investigations and hospital examinations.
Other duties: public educator and clerical assistant to administrator.
in group home for adolescents, Therapeutic focus varied with client
clinical diagnosis: specializations in sexual abuse, ADHD and ADD.
Responsibilities included: assessment of client needs, development
of treatment for individual clients, crisis interventions including
counseling and physical management using solution focused, psychosocial
and behavioral modification treatment interventions. Performed medication
management implementation, documentation of client behaviors and treatment.
Other duties: implementation of program through group therapy, providing
guidance on social skills, hygiene and coping skills.
Family Recovery Center, Burlington, NC
Counselor: conducted group therapy sessions, family/client
intake assessments, and staff meetings in drug and alcohol treatment
center for adolescents.
Nursing Home, Dunn Loring, VA
Assistant Director of Activities: coordinated activities,
organized and edited monthly newspaper, flyers, memos and newsletter.
Assistant Physical Therapist: prepared clients for therapy
sessions and assisted in performed procedures.
Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Web Position
Gold, Cute FTP, Homestead Template Builder, Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Works, Eudora, Text Pad, Microsoft Money, Printshop 6.0,
Quicken Financial Solutions, Word Perfect, Adobe Photoshop.
AS400, RIMS, Comtec, Medicaid State U.R. Program, OQ45.2 (Patient
Diagnostic Tool), Milcom (Patient Data Base System), Wangate.
Workshops & Seminars
Sexual Trauma, Male Rape, General Rape Crisis, Sexual Abuse, Sex &
Spirituality, Adult Novelty Education, Women's Sexuality, Sex & Society.
Chemical Dependency Counselor Training, Physical Restraint Training,
Prescription Drug Training, ADL Training, Medication Distribution
Training, CPR & First Aid Training, Life Guard Certification, Swimming
Sexual Empowerment: The Art of Female Ejaculation
& Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Great Sex
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