Reflections on Teaching Sexual Health in Social Work


  • Elizabeth Russell College at Brockport


sexual health, mental health, teaching, sexuality


This article presents the personal narrative of the author, who discusses the professional and academic experiences that led to her becoming a sex therapist and teaching a sexual health course in a Master of Social Work program. It discusses how the course came into existence and why it is needed in the profession, and it provides a reflection on the course delivery over the past ten years. In addition, the personal narrative and academic experiences of the author, an assignment that challenges students’ values regarding sexual health, and a framework for asking clients about their sexual health that can be adapted to almost any behavioral and mental health setting are provided.




How to Cite

Russell, E. (2019). Reflections on Teaching Sexual Health in Social Work. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 24(4), 90–96. Retrieved from