Healthcare Training Institute - Quality Education since 1979
CE for Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, & MFT!!
On the last track, we discussed four common misunderstandings teens have regarding sex. These included losing virginity as planned, emotional pain, sex will create feelings that aren’t already there, and one you start, you just can’t stop.
On this track, we will discuss a teen’s deciding about sex. This will include five negative consequences and five positive consequences to premarital sex. Especially in discussing positive consequences in having sex, think of a client with whom you would have this discussion and at what point would an ethical boundary be violated concerning client self-determination and therapists counter-transference and client’s transference issues.
As you are aware, making the decision about whether or not to have sex used to be simpler when society’s values were more clear-cut. As Wendy, age 16, said, “When my mom was a kid, if you did it, at least you didn’t have to worry about whether you were right or wrong! You knew you were wrong!” I asked Wendy to think of some consequences regading having sex or not having sex.
Here is, in essence, what I conveyed to Wendy over a period of several sessions. You might play this track for your client in an upcoming session who is deciding whether or not to have sex. I stated, “Let’s take a look at five negative consequences regarding having sex.
Five Negative Consquences
Consquence #2 - Possibility of Disease
Consquence #3 - Unexpected Emotional Involvement
For some young people, sexual activity is mistakenly interpreted as a sign of long-lasting commitment to the relationship. This is simply another reason why good communication between people is so essential before sex takes place.
Consquence #4 - Guilt and Regret
Consquence #5 - Feeling “Conned” or Used
Now, let’s consider some of the possible positive consequences of sexual activity. It should be emphasized that positive consequences are generally possible only in the context of a loving, committed relationship between the two people involved. You may want to keep in mind that sexual activity is only one of the ways in which the following may be achieved.
Five Positive Consequences
Consequence #2 - Feeling Good about Your Body
Consequence #3 - Deepening the Sense of Intimacy and Caring
Consequence #4 - Learning About Sexual Functioning
There are studies that show that premarital intercourse can lead to more rapid sexual adjustment after marriage, though not necessarily a better adjustment. Some people in committed relationships report that they are glad of having had previous sexual experience, while others regret such experience and feel that it was not helpful to them.
Consequence #5 - Learning About Sexual Responsibility
Because most people know how “mistakes” with sex may so strongly affect lives, they hope that others will make as few mistakes as possible. Yet, maybe the most important suggestions I can give you are to try to prevent mistakes by thinking carefully about your decisions and to learn whatever you can from your own mistakes or those of others.
On this track, we have discussed deciding about sex. This has included five negative consequences and five positive consequences. Especially in discussing the positive consequences of sex assisting a teen to make a choice my conflict with parental wishes. Thus the ethical boundary you set regarding your definition as to who is the client you are treating becomes essential.
On the next track, we will discuss being in love. This will include choice, giving, closeness, trust, caring, responsibility, respect, delight and self-awareness.
Email yourself a link to this page and start a "Professional Reference Folder of Interventions" for your future use. Or email a link to this page to Mental Health Professionals. No further emails will be sent to them.
* Required Field
Thanks ahead of time... for paying us the compliment of sharing our information with others! We strive to provide practical quality information and interventions in an affordable and easy to use format.
|Email a link to this page, to yourself and start a "Professional Reference Folder of Interventions."|
( This symbol indicates a key tool or idea.) Or email a link of this page to colleagues. No further emails will be sent to them.
|If you have a Facebook page, log-in and share this page with your colleagues. The section name, link, and a brief description of this page will appear on your wall and your colleague’s News Feed.|
|If you have a Facebook page, log-in. Click the "Like" link. Then when we post Intervention Tools and Techniques to our MentalHealthCE Facebook page, ideas will be posted to your Facebook News Feed.|