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Culture, Advocacy, and Sexual Practices

Final Project: Culture, Advocacy, and Sexual Practices

Thank you to those who took time to respond to last week’s additional question about becoming a certified sex therapist.  The following website details that information.  It is quite an extensive process!

This course is extremely relevant in the face of so much media attention being given to sexual harassment and sexual abuse.  We’ve had the controversial #MetToo campaign which has opened up an opportunity for many survivors to share their stories.

And the Dr. Larry Nassar trial has received much attention in recent days.  Rachael Denhollander’s was the first woman to file a criminal complaint against Nassar, and her remarks have been incredible.  Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s response has been incredible as well.  Perhaps you’ve seen her quote on social media:

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

A former student of mine, Jessi Gold, at the University of Pennsylvania wrote the following article for Glamour magazine.  She’s the chief psychiatry resident at Stanford University. Take a look if you have a moment.


Final Projects are due THIS week.   Below is information that you need to know prior to submission.


The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a press release demonstrating that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is up 200% in the United States since 1990.

You can access the GAO report here:

An article that summarizes this information can be accessed here:


Final Project: Culture, Advocacy, and Sexual Practices

Following the full details presented in Day 7 of Week 1, you submit your Project this week.

Please be sure to GO BACK and REVIEW Day 7 of Week 1!!!

Also Review the Application Assignment and Final Project Writing Rubric!!!

This assignment is worth 30% of your OVERALL COURSE GRADE!!!!!!!!!


For this Project, discuss how you would address the practice of female genital mutilation with a family that believes in this practice. Research the underlying sexual beliefs of this practice and how you would address these views. Make sure you use the provided resources and your own search of the Walden Library to support your efforts of advocacy. Discuss the major barriers you believe exist in advocating for this practice to cease. How would you approach the barriers in order to try to remove them?

In a 4- to 6-page paper:

Present two to three strategies that you, as a helping professional, would implement if working with a family that supports this cultural practice.

Provide a rationale for the strategies you have chosen and how they relate to the underlying cultural beliefs and practices.

Summarize how you think helping professionals can help advocate for young girls within these cultures.


Resources to use- look up on google books it should be there

  • Levine, S. B., Risen, C. B., &Althof, S. E. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals(3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Chapter 15, “Sexual Concerns and Dysfunction Related to Past Sexual Trauma” (pp. 181-194)
  • Hodges, E. A., & Myers, J. E. (2010). Counseling adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse: Benefits of a wellness approach. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 32(2), 139–153.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Kress, V. E., Adamson, N. A., &Yensel, J. (2010). The use of therapeutic stories in counseling child and adolescent sexual abuse survivors. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 5(3), 243–259.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


Last Updated on January 30, 2018

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