Authors: Helen Leeson & Maureen Cooper - Psychiatric Services Training and Development Unit Victorian Department of Health and Community Services,
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Psychiatry, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: People with a psychiatric disability are often considered to be asexual. They frequently miss out on significant life experiences. This is compounded by their illness and leaves them vulnerable and open to exploitation, therefore at serious risk of contracting a range of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV. It is the responsibility of the health professional to provide clients with information to enable them to make decisions about their lives. This paper will explore the impact of sexuality education training programs conducted for staff working with people who have a serious mental illness. The training has occurred in a number of psychiatric services, with impact evaluations being conducted with staff from two facilities. The methodology and outcomes of this study will be described and there will be discussion about whether the training assists staff to work more effectively and comfortably with clients in the area of sexual health.