Sex Matters For Women

By: Sallie Foley, MSW,
Sally A. Kope, MSW,
Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD

Course Outline

When it comes to matters of sex, women today are trapped in a reality gap? portrayed by the media as confident and fulfilled, yet struggling in everyday life with sexual myths, self-doubt, and “embarrassing” questions. Now women can find the answers they need to take charge of their sexuality both in and outside of the bedroom. This book presents solid, science-based information on the topics that everyone is talking about? and those that aren’t talked about enough? from how to have more satisfying sex, to questions about hormones, anatomy, STDs, body image, relationships, sexual orientation, and more. For readers of all ages, this essential reference provides up-to-date advice on the many ways that sex matters in women’s lives.

About Authors

Sallie Foley, MSW, a certified sex therapist, educator, and supervisor, is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Counseling Services and is on the faculty at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Social Work. Respected for her expertise in couple and sex therapy, she writes and lectures nationally and is frequently interviewed by the media on the subject of human sexuality. Ms. Foley has a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives with her husband, Steve and their two daughters and son.

Sally A. Kope, MSW, is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a couple counselor and certified sex therapist, and is recognized expert in sexual health, providing training at a national level. She has written chapters and articles on various aspects of sexuality, is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Human Genetics, and is the past program director of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Counseling Services. Ms. Kope and her husband, Marty, are parents of four, parents-in-law of three, and grandparents of four children. She provided the illustrations for Sex Matters for Women.

Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is the founder and former co-director of the Henry Ford Center for Human Sexuality in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Recognized as a leader in the field of human sexuality, he was elected president for 2001-2002 of the American Associate for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the nation’s largest credentialing organization for professionals specializing in sex education and therapy. Dr. Sugrue has a private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Learning Objectives

1. Recount a woman’s sexual odyssey from childhood through puberty and adolescence to adulthood.
2. Describe how sexuality in adolescence and continuing into adulthood is influenced by cultural attitudes, biological development, peer influence, sexual experience, and relationships.
3. Answer questions of a client concerning sexual activity during and after pregnancy.
4. Discuss the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy with a client.
5. Summarize 11 of the most common STDs, listing symptoms, means of transmission, possible complications, and available treatments.
6. Discuss two of the most common sexual conflicts-frequency and who initiates-that arise in sexual relationships.

Course Contents

  1. Every Story Has a Beginning
  2. Adult Sexuality: A Lifelong Story
  3. Your Body
  4. Sexual Response
  5. Reproduction and Beyond
  6. Body Image
  7. Illness and Disability
  8. When Sex Causes Pain
  9. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  10. Trauma
  11. Male Sexuality
  12. Taking Care of Your Sexual Relationship
  13. What To Do When Sexual Problems Arise
  14. Overcoming Low Sexual Desire
  15. Overcoming Low Sexual Arousal
  16. Overcoming Orgasm Difficulties

Customer Comments

“The book was well written, easy to read and comprehend. The examples in the book were helpful and added to the understanding of the topic.”

– L.G., SW, WI