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Trends in Sexuality: Are We Practicing What We Are Preaching?
Casey T. Tobin, Jenny Duncan, and Courtney Frank
As counselors, in order to adequately prepare for the variety of issues that may surface when working with clients, we need to be aware of the trends in sexual attitudes, experiences, and beliefs. Being cognizant of sexuality issues and achieving adequate education to competently address sexuality issues in counseling sessions is crucial. In the past, research has found a lack of sexuality education in counseling programs. The significance of incorporating sexuality education into counseling programs as well as the counseling environment is explored in this article. The importance of addressing possible incongruencies of sexual attitudes and behaviors in counseling sessions is discussed. Suggestions and ideas on integrating and addressing sensitive and controversial sexuality topics with clients and counselors-in-training are provided.