Top 10 Things Social Workers Need To Know About Human Sexuality

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Great Talking Points

I came across this article as I was doing research on what my career would look like as a social worker exploring sexual behaviors in clients. I am an adult college student pursuing my bs in social work and want to concentrate on human sexuality. Unfortunately, I am finding that there isn't a lot of education out there for social workers to add this as a concentration. This article is a great start for someone like me who wanted to know background information on how a career would look. I would love more information if anyone else has any. Or recommendations on organization to intern for to gain experience in this field.

Christine Wilcox 339 days ago

Something to think

Gender identity and expression seems like pathway to dissociation. to further strengthen this dissociation to a norm questioning term is essential. Should this definitions be geographically parallel, it is doubtful. Forcing and promoting these ideations through multiple ways is equal to coercion, which is fairly wrong within social work constructs.

dagin cho more than 6 years ago

"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 more than 6 years ago

Self, sex and sexuality for social workers

Jason more than 6 years ago


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 more than 6 years ago


The A stands for asexuals. That is another sexuality umbrella that is often left out of the dialogue.

Mae more than 5 years ago


Yes, the A is for asexual. And to answer Josh's question, there is sometimes a second A (LGBTQIAA) for allies. more than 5 years ago

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