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    Talking with Clients about Sex
David Bradford and Darren Russell

For many in the health professions, talking about sex can be a frightening prospect. Although we live in a world that is seemingly saturated with sex and discussion about sex, really talking about intimate relationships and deeply personal sexual issues prompts fears that Pandora's box will be opened.

David Bradford and Darren Russell are specialists in the field of sexual health, with over forty years' combined experience. In their daily work they are continually dealing with sex and sexual problems, and with clients who are concerned about their sex lives. 'Am I normal?' 'Is this the way sex is supposed to be?' 'Why don't I enjoy sex?' 'Do I have some sort of sexual disease?' 'Why does sex hurt?' 'How can I learn more about how to enjoy sex?' These are some of the many questions that clients ask – if given the opportunity - and they are questions that health professionals should be able to answer.

This book aims to provide professionals with the skills and confidence to talk to clients about sex, to answer questions, and to give good and helpful advice about a range of sexual issues, including how to put the client at ease, difficulties with sexual identity and attraction, sexual function, and medical conditions, relationship difficulties, and a range of other sexual problems that individuals and couples may encounter. Advice for professionals in how to look after themselves is also provided.

All health professionals - doctors, nurse counsellors, community health nurses, school nurses, rehabilitation nurses, rural and remote nurses, sexual health nurses, midwives, nursing aides and carers employed by disability organisations, social workers, allied health professionals, counsellors working for government and non-government organisations, youth workers, telephone counsellors, hostel and nursing home staff, and pharmacists – will find the book useful, as will clergy and church workers.

Bibliographic details:

Published, May, 2006. 229 x 153mm. 256 pages.
Includes bibliography and index.
Paperback. ISBN: 0-9752374-8-9. $A44.95 rrp.

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