Relationship Therapist and Sexuality Expert, Dr. George Turner, spoke on Sexuality and Disability at the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health held in Brazil.

For Immediate Release Media Contact: George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW, CEO Turner Professional Group (TPG) Direct: 816-931-8255 or george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

Dr. George Turner, a local sexual health expert and psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy presented “Straight from the Heart: Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Give Voice to a Poverty of Sex Education” at the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health, an international scientific conference on sexuality held in Porto Alegre, Brazil during September 21st to 24th of 2013.

The purpose of Dr. Turner’s research was to explore how adults with mild intellectual disabilities live out their social-sexual lives. Research and educational efforts with this population have focused largely on basic sexuality education and abuse prevention, defaulting to safety over the possibilities of human connectedness. This case study was an investigation of self-reported views, values, and desires of adults with mild intellectual disabilities regarding relationships, romance, and sexuality. Findings were presented on the poverty of sex education discussed by participants. This study offers a more psychologically and socially-aware perspective in an effort to dispel mainstream society’s stereotypical portrayal of disability and sexuality.

“Having your work acknowledged by presenting on an international stage is an honor. It has given me an opportunity to share ideas and build collegial relationship with some of the world’s leading sexuality researchers, educators and clinicians. It was an incredible experience!” stated, Dr. Turner. “Of significance to me was a keynote by Dr. Eli Coleman reminding us that ‘pleasure’ is an essential focus of well-being and that sexual health is more than the absence of disease. Too often, especially here in the Midwest, sexuality education if it is offered or discussed is solely focused on the three D’s: Disaster, Disease & Dysfunction. We need to seriously reconsider our approach to sexual health and recognize its importance to overall quality of life.”

Lisa Meyers, a fellow certified sex therapist, at Turner Professional Group, also attended and spoke about the energy in meeting so many stellar leaders in sexology. “My patients will immediately benefit from the opportunities I have had here at WAS to listen to leading sexuality professionals like Lin Fraser, WPATH president, who spoke on transgender healthcare and Dr. Pepper Schwartz who shared her research on extremely happy couples from around the world. We were fortunate to meet sexologist from around the world - Ireland, Cuba, India, Sweden, Argentina, and Australia. Experiencing international scholarship is essential to being the best practitioner for my patients.”

Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are certified sex therapists at Turner Professional Group, (www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com), a holistic private practice located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. providing sexual health, relationship enrichment, and personal wellness. In addition, Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas, teaching human sexuality in the social work department. George completed his doctorate specializing in human sexuality at Widener University, where he won the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” in 2012.

For more information, contact: George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW 4010 Washington, Suite 405 Kansas City, MO 64111 Telephone: (816) 931-8255 Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

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