Top 10 Things Social Workers Need To Know About Human Sexuality

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"Out of Sight and sound?"

I like most of this article and most of item six, but I must take issue with 2 things. (1) this: " Any sexual activity out of sight and sound of an unwilling observer that is mutually agreed upon by all partners and is not harmful or coerced and is among consenting adults should be considered normal." Well, I'm going to play devil's advocate on this one. I observe heteronormative "sexual" activity on a daily basis, such as making out in public. I am an unwilling observer of that, especially within a culture where such activity by a same sex couple could put them in grave danger. Yet, it is still considered acceptable behavior, even "normal." (2) To be clear, I know what kind of sexual activity this article is specifically referring to, yet it does not name it specifically. They are talking about what many of us within the Leather and kink communities refer to as BDSM (Bondage & Discipline/Dominance and Submission/Sadism & Masochism (consensual). Social workers and indeed all care providers, need to get comfortable with these terms and learn about what they mean. There are many people within our communities who fear seeking counselling and therapy because they do not wish either to be shamed for their sexual explorations and desires or to have to teach their therapist what they should have learned in a good, comprehensive human sexuality course.

Deb 94 days ago

Self, sex and sexuality for social workers

http://www.bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/22/bjsw.bcw015.abstract#xref-corresp-1-1

Jason 106 days ago

LGBTQIAA?

Excellent piece! Just a quick note: I often see an additional A for the word "allies," which seems like an important construct, especially in cases like those working against the NC law or family members.

Josh 167 days ago

Real World Clinical Social Work

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