Apr 26, 2020
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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Doug Braun-Harvey for part one in a 6-part series to discuss the principles of sexual health developed by the World Health Organization.
The first principle of consent is discussed in length and detail. Many assume this is a simple concept, and yet we see in much of our national discussion today, that it’s much more complicated than we’ve assumed in the past. This is a principle the majority of people agree with regardless of culture, race, socio-economic status, gender, etc. And yet it goes profoundly wrong on a regular basis as we can see by the #metoo movement with so many sharing publicly (often for the first time) where they were involved with sexual encounters that were non-consensual. Such an important conversation with implications for ourselves, for our children, for our relationships and for our communities.
Douglas Braun-Harvey is a sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist. Doug is a co-founder of the The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual”(2009). Doug is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist. He currently serves as Treasurer of AASECT and, as an alumni of the University of Minnesota, to join their Advisory Board for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.