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Human sexuality is a complex and controversial issue that is often ignored during therapy and clinical training. Yet, it is a salient aspect of the human experience, which requires deep understanding by both client presenting for therapy and therapist facilitating treatment.
Sex, Sexuality, and Therapeutic Practice provides therapists with a critical framework for understanding our personal beliefs regarding sexuality and a guide for addressing sexuality in clinical practice. Written from systemic, cognitive behavioral, and social constructivist approaches, this book offers readers an opportunity to understand the impact of sex and sexuality on the individual as well as on the larger social and cultural contexts in which the person lives.
The book begins with a theoretical discussion regarding various conceptualizations of sex and sexuality. A straightforward description of sex, sexuality, and gender through biological, legal, moral, and spiritual lenses provide readers with a solid knowledge base on which to draw throughout the remaining chapters. The next chapter discusses how therapists may talk about sex with clients during therapy. A discussion regarding health and disability sheds lights on the sexual issues often experienced by this infrequently discussed population. The following chapter considers the experience of sexual and gender minorities during therapy, purporting how training programs may address these issues with aspiring therapists. The penultimate chapter evaluates sexuality across the lifespan; a developmental perspective toward the end of the book provides a context in which the previous chapters may be understood. This is a critical chapter as it describes the unfolding of sexuality across the developmental continuum. The book culminates with a chapter discussing the relationship among culture, sex, and sexuality.
This book is a practical guide for all therapists regardless of theoretical orientation. Practical exercises pepper each chapter to ensure that readers apply the information rather than simply think theoretically about sexuality. Quizzes ask readers to test their assumptions and knowledge about sex, sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation. Complex theories and concepts are boxed and bulleted to facilitate readers' understanding and application of those concepts to clinical care. Diagrams complement complex theories and provide readers with a visual image that illustrates the relationship among theory, concept, and human behavior. This is a definite read for students in graduate training programs and therapists currently in practice.