Before my teaching career, I had worked between Brazil and Japan for some 20 years in a series of sexual and reproductive health projects. The first time I worked in Sao Paulo (1988–1993), the post-dictatorial, newly-born Brazilian health system was being caught off-guard by the AIDS epidemic. I witnessed the rise of the self-help groups of people with HIV that courageously exposed themselves to, and gradually won support of, the Brazilian society – and the free antiretroviral therapy policy that revolutionized the world’s fight against AIDS.
Brazil is also a pioneer in the natural childbirth movement. I worked in governmental cooperation projects (in Fortaleza/Sao Paulo, 1996–2001, 2003–2005) aimed at reducing the sky-rocketing C-section rate. Japanese midwives, with their traditional knowledge and sweetness, and Brazilian health professionals and birthing women, with their flaring passion for change, worked hand-in-hand for the cause called the “humanization” of childbirth.
Back in Japan, teaching about sex is not an easy task. The Ministry of Education literally prohibits sexual education to 1st year junior high school students. Families do not even have a name for the sex part of their daughters. Boys wrongly believe that adult penises should naturally grow out of the foreskin, and as they don’t, need special maneuvers . . . I understand that teaching about sex in Japan means shaking up the culture. One important component of my work is to help students learn to open up to others. Teaching them to “kiss” each other’s cheeks the Brazilian way is a sure way to shake them.
As a psychology and medicine student in the sixties and early seventies I realized that sexology was missing in the education and training curriculum for most health professionals. This concern encouraged me to ask my own department and the University of Gothenburg to modify the current curricula making sexology a compulsory subject in the academic training for physicians and psychologists in the first place.
The psychotherapy section of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender nonconforming People (SOC) is the most obvious component of the SOC that has to do with “heart”, the theme of this conference. Psychotherapy, to be good, requires empathy and imagination, connection and relatedness, and listening to story.
The LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX foundation coordinated an educational project ahead of the Euro 2012 Football Championship in Poland. This preventative and educational program
The medical sexology can be a significant domain for clinical Psychiatry. It is crucial to stress the importance of evaluating sexual life in the clinical global assessment of psychiatric patients/clients: Diagnoses, treatment and quality of their sexual life’s. It is stressed the sexological approach done by the psychiatrists or psychologists in the medical or surgical team in Liaison Psychiatry inside the general hospital.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent