I greet the distinguished Colleagues members of this panel and introduce the topic I will refer to, the ethical issues: I will mention concepts you all know very well, professional ethic that requires constant reflection and re-examination regarding professionals’ behaviour, behaviours that imply for or against actions of the Sexual Health (1).
A) It is important that those who train the groups are University Graduates, with an excellent ethic behaviour. B) There should exist, in Sexology and Sexual Education postgraduate programmes, a founding chapter to study the why and wherefores of ethic principles and the Code of Ethics, as ethic must be imprinted on professionals, so they can act in pursuit of their clients and/or patients sexual and mental health and respect ethical criterion such as: C) They will not discriminate people for their birth, age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, other capacities, nationality, social class or any other characteristic . D) They cannot have sex with patients / or customers. They will not participate in sensual and/or sexual experiences. They will only be able to observe, conceptualize and/or clarify or interpret.
Professionals working with Sexual Health that are unethical, they are professionals who first consider personal pleasures, money and fame, and this leads to a great disorder in the practice of this profession, for their patients/clients and the institutions to which they belong. Unfortunately over the history of science there are professionals that have gone astray of our belief, that is: to promote sexual health to help people improve their quality of life, and these professionals have come to manipulate their patients and students who ended up in mental institutions because they were abused by their therapists – professionals that “forgot” their ethical role and turned their students and patients into lovers. Ethical codes passed in FLASSES 1996 // and WAS 1997, are guidelines we consider very important; however, every country must have its own Ethics Code that set rules to regulate professionals’ behaviour in institutions. The main purpose of an ethics Code is to provide excellent standard norms for professionals. The methodology used to include “ethical issues in training groups” must be elected by each institution in each country, as there are many methodologies and tools for the inclusion of ethical issues.
Finally, I consider essential that “ethical issues” are included in training groups; i.e. ethics as fundamental subject that study the WAS and FLASSES Ethics Codes along with the Ethics’ Codes of each country. For all the above mentioned dear colleagues, I invite you to consider the importance of including ethics to the training that our scientific discipline needs and deserves.
WAS: World Association for Sexual Health /
FLASSES: Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sexual Education /
(1) Sexual Health: is the experience of the ongoing physical wellbeing, psychological and cultural related to sexuality, which requires an environment free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
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