Episode 123: Sex Ed For Healthcare Professionals

August 30, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 123: Sex Ed For Healthcare Professionals


The state of sex education is poor for American adolescents—but you probably already knew that. However, what you may not realize is that the state of sex ed for adults entering fields like medicine, psychology, and nursing isn’t all that great, either. There’s no universal standard for how sexuality should be taught in most healthcare training programs, nor is there even a requirement that it be taught at all! The sex ed deficit in medical education is hurting all of us, so let’s talk about how to make it better.

Dr. Rachel Needle is back to talk about advanced sex ed. She is a a licensed psychologist, certified sex therapist, and founder of the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Why we can’t look at physical, mental, and sexual health as completely separate things.
  • How making sexual health a core component of primary healthcare stands to benefit public health.
  • How much training doctors and other healthcare professionals are actually getting in sexual health.
  • How current healthcare providers can increase their sexual knowledge.
  • What a “sexual attitude reassessment” is and how it can help providers to check their own biases.
  • How healthcare providers can start productive conversations about sex in the office.
  • How patients can find knowledgable and affirming providers and talk to their doctors about sex.

Thanks to the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (modernsextherapyinstitutes.com) and the Kinsey Institute (kinseyinstitute.org) for sponsoring this episode!

Visit modernsextherapyinstitutes.com to explore programs and certifications in sex therapy and education.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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