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Teaching program of sexology in Romania

Teaching program of sexology in Romania

There were only discrete and isolated attempts to teach and practice sexology during more than four decades of totalitarism. There were mostly courses regarding contraception and endocrinology. Mass media had a huge impact in enlightenment of Romanians regarding sexual issues. Few private practices of couple therapy and sexology have been established recently.

My objective is to present the history of Sexology in Romania and to describe the stages of the development of sexology master classes within the University of Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The milestones of this teaching method have been put in 2005 by isolated courses of sexology, which raised the need for the development for a structured theoretical and practical multidisciplinary approach and problem solving training. The four semester master classes of sexology gather specialists from various fields: physiology, dermatology and STD, gynecology, endocrinology, psychiatry, internal medicine, urology and andrology, forensic medicine, psychotherapy, philosophy, gender studies, human rights policies. The balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills is adapted on request of the students, which finish their studies with a dissertation thesis.
The two years experience enables us to reanalyze the actual problems: to identify the gaps in the field and to reinforce the successful themes. The need for qualified specialists in sexology will be covered only in conjunction with similar initiatives on national level, and international wide.

References: Porto, R., Bonierbale, M., Towards a European Sexology, Sexologies, 2006, 15, 4, 4-6. Palha, A., Conceptual basis of Sexual Health, Sexologies, 2008, 17, Suppl. 1, S32.

Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2009

WAS 2009

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