R U Askable? Tips for Better Sexual Health Communication

R U Askable? Ten Simple Steps and Savvy Books to Promote Sexual Health Communication is a new exhibit at Dana created by Gale H. Golden, LICSW BCD. Gale Golden is a clinical social worker in private practice. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she lectures and consults and has expertise in clinical sexology. Her most recent book is In the Grip of Desire: A Therapist at Work with Sexual Secrets.

In 2010 she was named Social Worker of the Year in Vermont by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (www.sstarnet.org) offers these steps to become ASKABLE about sexual topics:

* Tell people/patients/clients you are ASKABLE about sexual topics.
* Do not expect yourself to have all the answers.
* Do not expect yourself to do the treatment.
* Do expect yourself to validate the person’s concern non-judgmentally.
* Do expect yourself to know there are treatments available for most sexual problems.
* Do remember two people own the same sex life.
* Do remember un-partnered people are sexual too.
* Do expect yourself to recommend a consumer-oriented pertinent book for both parties to read.
* Do follow up with the person and sex partner within a month to see if they have any questions or need a referral to a provider who is knowledgeable about sexual issues.
*Do contact the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (www.sstarnet.org) to locate reliable and knowledgeable professionals who can address sexual concerns.

Come to Dana to see the exhibit, pick up a listing of recommended books or even borrow current books on sexual health.