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Series Editors' Preface: Introduction to the Series, by Richard Parsons and Naijian Zhang Acknowledgments 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 Physiology 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 References Index

About the Author

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 Family Therapist in North Carolina. She has worked as a therapist in the adult outpatient department in a community mental health agency, where she worked primarily with adults who experienced chronic mental health disorders. She also has provided counseling in a variety of other settings, including a school for at-risk adolescents, a children's outpatient mental health treatment department, a juvenile delinquency diversion program, and churches. Dr. Murray's primary research interest relates to the bridging the gap between research and practice in the area of domestic violence. In addition, she has published in the areas of sexuality counseling, counselor education, premarital counseling and the role of resources in couple relationships. Dr. Murray has authored over 45 published or "in press" articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Dr. Murray is the lead author of Responding to Family Violence, a book on conducting psychotherapy with clients impacted by various forms of family violence, which was released in September 2012 by Routledge Mental Health. In addition, Dr. Murray wrote a popular press book, Just engaged: Prepare for your marriage before you say "I do," which was based on her dissertation research and was published by Adams Media in 2008. She is also the co-founder of the See the Triumph campaign (www.seethetriumph.org), which aims to end the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence. Amber L. Pope is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hodges University in Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. Pope received Ph.D. in Counselor Education and her M.S. in Community Counseling (now Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina (currently pursuing licensure as a LMHC in Florida), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Pope stays involved in professional development and leadership as an active member of the ACA, ALGBTIC, ACES, and other professional organizations at the state, regional, and national level. Dr. Pope currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. Dr. Pope specializes in the areas of couples counseling, sexuality concerns, gender and sexuality development, and LGBTQ-related counseling. She has experience working with transgender persons to support them through the transitioning process and conducting cross-sex hormone and gender-reassignment surgery assessments. She has worked in various clinical mental health settings including private practice, college campus counseling centers, outpatient mental health at community agencies, and hospitals treating a variety of presenting issues. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and also utilizes solution-focused, mindfulness training, and interpersonal process techniques in therapy. 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 Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina as well as a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. He has experience counseling in community agency, private practice, and college university settings working with a variety of presenting concerns including mood, anxiety, identity, relationship, development and adjustment, sexuality, substance issues, child abuse/neglect, and health concerns. He has completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and utilizes a developmental and wellness approach in working with clients and students. His research is focused around how people develop and change their self-conceptualization of specific identities as well as their general sense of self.


"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

"[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

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

-- Sue Becker

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