Sex-Positive Social Work

SJ Dodd

Columbia University Press

Sex-Positive Social Work

Pub Date: June 2020

ISBN: 9780231188111

272 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00£30.00

Pub Date: June 2020

ISBN: 9780231188104

272 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: June 2020

ISBN: 9780231547666

272 Pages

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Sex-Positive Social Work

SJ Dodd

Columbia University Press

Social workers engage with sex and sexuality in all kinds of practice settings and with a variety of client populations. However, conversations about healthy sexuality and sexual well-being are all but absent from social work literature, education, and practice. Many social work professionals have internalized sociocultural taboos about talking about sexuality and tend to avoid the topic in their practice.

This book provides an overview of key sexuality-related topics for social workers from a sex-positive perspective, which encourages agency in sexual decision making and embraces consensual sexual activity as healthy and to be enjoyed without stigma or shame. It discusses a wide range of topics including physiology, sexual and gender identity, sex in older adulthood, BDSM and kink; nonmonogamous and polyamorous relationships, and ethical considerations, including erotic transference. The book is designed to embolden social workers to engage discussions of sexuality with clients and to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and professional growth. Accessible to students as well as social workers and mental-health professionals at all levels, Sex-Positive Social Work emphasizes the relationship between sexual well-being and overall well-being, giving social workers the tools to approach sex and sexuality actively and positively with clients.
Filling a gaping hole in social work education, S.J. Dodd presents a strengths-based, health-positive approach to human sexuality. This should be a required text for all graduate-level social work students. Doni Whitsett, University of Southern California
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Creating a Sex-Positive Environment for Your Clients
2. Anatomy, Physiology, and Arousal
3. Taking a Sexual History
4. Sexual Identity
5. Gender Identity
6. Sex Across the Life Span: A Very Brief Scan
7. Communicating About Love and Intimacy
8. Alt Sex
9. Sexual Dysfunctions and Disorders
10. Ethics and the Sex-Positive Social Worker
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

SJ Dodd is associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also founding director of the Silberman Center for Sexuality and Gender. She is coauthor of Practice-Based Research: A Guide for Reluctant Researchers (2012).