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Sexuality Counseling

Sexuality Counseling
Theory, Research, and Practice

First Edition

January 2016 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
“Sexuality Counseling:  Theory, Research, and Practice is an important resource for mental health practitioners.  Sexuality is complex and rather than attempting to simplify, this book works within that complexity in a well-organized and comprehensive way.”  
- Alexandra H. Solomon, Northwestern University  

Providing a comprehensive, research- and theory-based approach to sexuality counseling, this accessible and engaging book is grounded in an integrative, multi-level conceptual framework that addresses the various levels at which individuals experience sexuality. At each level (physiological, developmental, psychological, gender identity and sexual orientation, relational, cultural/contextual, and positive sexuality), the authors emphasize practical strategies for assessment and intervention. Interactive features, including case studies, application exercises, ethics discussions, and guided reflection questions, help readers apply and integrate the information as they develop the professional competency needed for effective practice.
Series Editors’ Preface: Introduction to the Series, by Richard Parsons and Naijian Zhang
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Addressing Sexuality in Professional Counseling
Defining Sexuality

A Comprehensive, Contextual Framework for Understanding Sexuality

Professional Issues in Sexuality Counseling

Professional Competence in Sexuality Counseling

Ethical Considerations for Sexuality Counseling

Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Sexuality Counseling

Overview of the Remainder of This Book

Chapter 2: Assessment in Sexuality Counseling
General Assessment Strategies

Dimensions of Assessment in Sexuality Counseling


Appendix: Directory of Selected Instruments for Assessing Sexuality

Chapter 3: General Interventions and Theoretical Approaches to Sexuality Counseling
General Guidelines for Sexuality Counseling

Review of Approaches to Sexuality Counseling

Treatment for Specific Sexuality Concerns and Using Unique Treatment Modalities

Treatment Outcomes in Sexuality Counseling

Chapter 4: Physiology and Sexual Health
Overview of Physiology and Anatomy Related to Sexual Functioning

Safer Sex Practices

Physical Health Issues

Reproductive Health

Chapter 5: Lifespan Development and Sexuality
Sexuality Across the Life Cycle: An Overview

Sexuality in Childhood

Sexuality in Adolescence

Sexuality in Adulthood

Chapter 6: Sexuality and Mental Health
Sexual Decision Making

Sexual Implications of Mental Health Disorders

Substance Abuse and Sexuality

Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual Trauma

Chapter 7: Gender Identity and Affectional/Sexual Orientation
Defining Gender Identity and Affectional/Sexual Orientation

Historical, Societal, and Cultural Context

Traditional Sexual Ideologies

Gender Identity

Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affectional Orientations

Ethical Concerns in Working With LGBTIQQA Clients

Chapter 8: Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
The Dynamics of Couple Relationships

Integrating Sexuality Counseling With Couples Counseling

Sexuality Counseling for Specific Relationship Concerns

Chapter 9: Cultural and Contextual Influences on Sexuality
An Intersectional Approach to Understanding Culture and Sexuality

Religion and Sexuality

Race, Culture, Ethnicity, and Sexuality

Socioeconomic Status and Sexuality

Sexuality and Geographic and Regional Variations

Sexuality and the Media

Counseling Strategies for Addressing Cultural and Contextual Influences on Sexuality

Chapter 10: Positive Sexuality: A New Paradigm for Sexuality Counseling
Defining Positive Sexuality

Factors Supporting Positive Sexuality: Revisiting the Contextualized Sexuality Model

Benefits of Positive Sexuality

Counseling Strategies to Help Clients Foster Positive Sexuality

Epilogue: From the Author’s Chair

Sexuality Counseling:  Theory, Research, and Practice is an important resource for mental health practitioners.  Sexuality is complex and rather than attempting to simplify, this book works within that complexity in a well-organized and comprehensive way.”

Alexandra H. Solomon
Northwestern University

"[This is] a comprehensive, multimodal text that works to provide counseling students and those in the field of social work with practical skills to empower their clients to make positive changes in their sexual lives."

Matthew K. Siemionko
University of Utah

“An inclusive and coherent resource which will prove invaluable in preparing to work with clients concerned with issues of sexuality and intimacy.”

Sue Becker
Teesside University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Christine E. Murray

Dr. Christine E. Murray is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Couple and Family Counseling Track in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Department of Counseling and Educational Development. Dr. Murray received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling, from the University of Florida. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Duke University. She teaches graduate-level courses in family counseling, family violence, sexuality counseling, and counseling research. Dr. Murray is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and... More About Author

Amber L. Pope

Amber L. Pope, PhD, LPC, LMHC, CCTP is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she leads the Couple, Marriage, and Family Counseling Area. She earned her graduate degrees in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of LGBTQ Issues in Counseling and the Journal of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness. Additionally, she is the Research and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness and the Supervision Representative for the... More About Author

Benjamin T. Willis

Ben T. Willis is an Assistant Professor and co-Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.  He regularly teaches and supervises master’s in counseling students in research methods, assessment and diagnosis, group process and practice, professional issues, practicum, and internship.  Dr. Willis received his M.S. with a specialization in Couples and Family Counseling and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the UNC Chapel Hill.  He is a Licensed... More About Author

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