Ethical Implications of Historical Trends
Societal attitudes toward human sexuality change over time, sometimes gradually and sometimes more rapidly. For example, consider how controversial some of the work of Alfred Kinsey was in the 1940s and 1950s, even though many of the topics he addressed would be considered tame by today’s standards (indeed, some viewed his work as controversial simply because he was talking about taboo subjects). As another example, homosexuality was included as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) until 1973. Today, many people would consider such an inclusion to be discriminatory, biased, and oppressive.
In this week’s Discussion, you consider how historical trends intersect with current understandings of competent, ethical practice in sexuality counseling. To prepare for this assignment, choose one historical perspective regarding sex and sexuality that has changed over time. Think about how this perspective change impacts the role of sexuality counselors, especially in regard to ethical considerations.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 an example of a change in historical perspective regarding sex and sexuality that impacts the role of sexuality counselors. Explain how this impact might have ethical implications for the practice of sexuality counseling today. Be specific and provide references to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and/or American Counseling Association (ACA) codes of ethics, especially in reference to issues surrounding boundaries and sexual contact with current or former clients.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources