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Further Information : Values Workshop

Training Exercise on Including Sexuality in Provision of Care

This is an exercise for governors / management / staff, to help them see clearly that sexual expression should be part of holistic care, and not censored. It takes about half an hour and best done in a group of around 20 people. All you need are some Post-it Notes.

Divide into pairs or threes/fours, preferably people pairing with others whom they don't know well. Give each pair/group several Post-it Notes, a time period of about 2-3 minutes, and an instruction to write the very first things each participant heard about sex when growing up. These might include.
Things like :-

The leader then puts the post-its on the wall and asks the participants to divide them into facts, values/beliefs or myths. They are grouped accordingly on the wall.

Then the participants are asked:

This can be what we inflict on patients and clients when we inflict our values on them.

That is why we should not bring such values to work.

As a result of this discussion, you can point out what unfortunate values/beliefs/demands/restrictions can be inflicted on patients and clients – and the reasons why such values should not be brought into work.
You can ask if realising this has made an impact on participants and whether policies in the workplace can be amended as a result.

If you need more ammunition, you can point out the following ways in which enabling sexual expression can make life better for everyone in the participants’ practice:

1) After the human drive for survival, sexuality is the next most powerful drive. It is and essential part of being human and cannot be suppressed. When repressed, bad things happen, such as unacceptable behaviour, anger, ill health, both physical and mental.

2) Sexual expression has many positive effects (LINK to BENEFITS) and most important to health and social care professionals, it lowers the rate of inappropriate behaviour, aggression, eating disorders,and depression. It often means fewer pain killers. 3) On meeting their sexual needs, people gain in confidence and well-being.