Sex Therapy and Clinical Sexology

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Couples Counseling – Sex Therapy

All couples go through stages where they don’t feel they have the time or energy for regular sex with their partner. Many couples realize that they need help as it is something that is becoming consistent in their lifestyle. Sex therapy can help couples to rediscover their sex life and improve their relationship with their partner. The process of wanting better sex is normal and natural for most couples but there are reasons as to why they face their individual difficulties. There are people that can provide advice and help with easing and eliminating the difficulties.

What is Sex Therapy?

Whether you go for the therapy by yourself or with your partner what entails is mostly talking amongst yourself, your partner and the therapist. They will ask questions to discover each individuals issue and to establish if the issues are physical, psychological or a combination of both. They then will plan exercises and goals to reprogram your body and to change your lifestyle for the better.

During the sessions, the therapist will arrange to see you on a weekly to fortnightly schedule to ensure consistency and to gather progress reports. Clients are surprised at how much progress they make throughout the course of attending the sessions as they see changes within their sex life slowly improving.

Sex therapy is available for couples who are experiencing difficulties in their love life’s and want to improve their sexual intimacy overall. Therapists are knowledgeable and experienced in providing the help they give; they want the best for you and will aim to bypass your difficulties.

Will Sex Therapy Help you?

Sex therapy is an effective and powerful way to transfer your sex life in the long term. It is rewarding for many couples and attending regular sessions definitely pays off and presents positive changes within their life. For couples who have stopped having intercourse a plan to attend therapy sessions are a great starting point and a continuation to see changes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re single or married, lesbian, straight or bi sexual, sex therapy ultimately helps to improve a person’s life and specifically their sex life.

Sex problems between couples can cause many barriers; it knocks the fun out of sex in general and distances couples to be intimate. Sexual problems can prevent couples from starting a family and sex therapy can bring awareness to this issue by addressing if the issue is physical or psychological and they can then help to conceive. Therapy can help with making improving your sex life for the better and to step over any specific issues that both individual face.

Cost of Therapy

Each center that provides sex therapy has their own costs and plans in place for couples that can range in prices.Generally a sex therapy session costs between $100 - $250 dependent on the location of the center and the circumstances of your situation.

In some centers, lower prices are given depending on the level of income one receives and if the person is receiving benefits.

Self-care is not selfish

There are a number of ways, and reasons, to take care of yourself! It is not an indulgence, splurge or selfish to engage in an act of self-care. These little breaks allow us to be our best, for us and for those around us. Has it been so long since your last act of self-care that you don’t know what to choose? Check out this list:

134 Activities to Add to Your Self-Care Plan

Better communication applies to self talk, too

Here is one exercise to begin developing positive self-talk:

Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind.  Be specific, whenever possible, and include anyone you remember who contributed to that message.
Next, to those negative messages write down a positive truth in your life.  Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly.  For every negative message there is positive,  keep looking until you find them.

For example, you might write, when you make a mistake, you think, “I can’t do anything right.” Right beside that negative statement, your positive message could be, “I accept my mistake and am becoming a better person.”

Positive self-talk is not self-deception, positive self-talk is about the truth, in situations and in yourself.  When negative events or mistakes happen, positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward.

Better communication applies to self talk, too

Here is one exercise to begin developing positive self-talk:

Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind.  Be specific, whenever possible, and include anyone you remember who contributed to that message.
Next, to those negative messages write down a positive truth in your life.  Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly.  For every negative message there is positive,  keep looking until you find them.

For example, you might write, when you make a mistake, you think, “I can’t do anything right.” Right beside that negative statement, your positive message could be, “I accept my mistake and am becoming a better person.”

Positive self-talk is not self-deception, positive self-talk is about the truth, in situations and in yourself.  When negative events or mistakes happen, positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward.

It’s Not About the Nail

4 Methods For Cannabis Learning & Design

Generally, Learning and Development (or L&D) professionals ask themselves the question when developing training for the cannabis industry: “How can I deliver services as quickly as possible in accordance with the wishes of the customer?” On the other hand, others ask a more fundamental question: “Does the service actually work?

To determine the effectiveness of any service, the L&D professional looks for scientific evidence. Scientific evidence will help decision-making about learning services. The question is, is this evidence-based or evidence-informed?

Evidence-Based Medicine

For physicians, evidence-based medicine in the cannabis industry is the norm and can be described as striving to base diagnosis and treatment on scientific research. Guidelines and protocols for diagnosis and treatment exist on the basis of evidence-based medicine.

This increases the quality of diagnostics and treatment and supports the culture to improve existing practice, guidelines and protocols. It also helps to renew each of these based on new scientific research. Evidence-based research is also used by doctors to develop a better do-not-do list.

Under the motto: “if it does not help, it will harm,” for example, the university medical centers in the Netherlands are working together to build this list of 1,300 pointless medical procedures for the time being. Similar programs are running in the US and other countries.

The better do-not-do list supports physicians in making informed choices about implementation or omitting diagnostics and therapy. Doing nothing is certainly an option if it is scientifically proven that a certain treatment does not work or is even harmful.

The better do-not-do list is good for the patient and the doctors and is cost-effective. Nurses have developed similar initiatives. Yes, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Medicine has been working with evidence-based processes and work for more than 100 years.

There is much to learn for educational science for the cannabis industry from the approaches medical science has been taking for many years. For example, in medical science, despite the lively debate, the principle of evidence-based medicine is not under discussion.

There are, however, questions about how to improve scientific research for the cannabis industry, how to guarantee the autonomy of doctors, how to guarantee patient participation and so on. Moreover, there is still a lot of work to be done, because around half of current diagnosis and treatment is not (yet) evidence-based.

Evidence-Informed Educational Science

It is difficult to compare educational science with medicine in terms of the disciplines and possibilities for scientific research in the cannabis industry. Tougher scientific research is the norm in medical practice. An example of this is the randomized controlled trial method with quantitative outcomes.

Educational science is a social science and measuring effects are more difficult due to changing circumstances and studies that cannot be repeated (under comparable, controlled conditions). In evidence-based research, processes are more rigorous and outcomes more distinct. It is also possible to use treatment guidelines and protocols for better outcomes.

Restraint is important in educational sciences because the research is less rigorous. That is why the medical community talks about ‘evidence-informed’ research. This refers to scientific research in educational sciences as the basis for decision-making about the effectiveness of learning solutions.

Evidence-based’ provides fairly hard results so that doctors can use research to develop with guidelines for care provision. ‘Evidence-informed’ is less hard, but still very useful with a higher chance of success if applied, the importance of evidence-informed work as follows:

Use the evidence in the cannabis industry to increase your knowledge and expertise so that you can have conversations with clients or partners, parents and colleague teachers, directors or school principals/headmasters, and so further on WHY you recommend certain design decisions.

It will improve your expertise, our value in cannabis organizations, and, the most important our designs so that our learners can learn more effectively, efficiently, and enjoyable! In the cannabis industry learning world, there is a practice that leading professionals contribute and actively recommend evidence-informed work.

How To Promote Evidence-Informed Working?

It is no exaggeration to state that the practice of corporate learning (or L&D) is still far removed from consistent evidence-informed research and work.

Take, for example, the persistent myth about learning styles that have existed for many decades. Scientifically, there is no evidence that people learn better when the instruction is tailored to someone’s learning preference or style.

Nevertheless, in many countries, 80 – 95% of education professionals and people, in general, believe that learning styles matter to educators. It seems difficult for scientific evidence to penetrate into L&D practices. In this case, despite the many articles and tweets from scientists and L&D professionals that learning styles are not effective.

In addition to learning styles, there are more myths in education that are relevant to L&D professionals. Two (2) more examples are:

  • Self-discovery learning (insufficient evidence) versus direct instruction (lots of evidence).
  • People remember 10% of what they read (no evidence of the percentages and misuse of experience).

More information about myths is available to promote evidence-informed working within L&D. As is often the case in evidence-informed work, it is clear that being accepted practice is not the same as being right. Below are four recommendations to promote evidence-informed L&D practice.

 

1. Unlocking Research And Identifying Myths

The proceeds of scientific research in the cannabis industry are not always accessible to L&D professionals in practice. This has to do with pressure, focus (work in progress), background knowledge and the often-inaccessible nature of research studies.

That is why it is to be welcomed that more and more books, articles and blogs are being published to make the academic knowledge of educational sciences accessible to a larger audience. People put a lot of effort into making academic knowledge available for L&D practice.

Signaling of myths often goes on through social media (TwitterLinkedIn, etc.) The nature of the messages varies greatly. Signaling can easily be done by pointing out to people that, for example, learning styles are not effective or that direct instruction works better than self-discovery learning.

In fact, the signaling function is intended to support people to work in a more evidence-informed way. This is not always reflected in the tone of social media expressions. Tweets and other messages are occasionally characterized by frustration, cynicism, irritation or personal attacks.

This is dysfunctional and does not fit with the principles of educational sciences, where development is core business – and this applies not least to the development of evidence-informed L&D practice.

 

2. Integrate Into Education

The L&D function in organizations can be found throughout the world. As a result, there are different systems of cannabis industry training in every country and continent that qualify people to work as a trainer, coach, educationalist, educational technologist, learning data analyst and so on.

The field of study of training is broad and diverse. Moreover, the large multinationals particularly employ not only people professionally qualified in L&D roles to develop formal educational services. This makes the challenge of working in evidence-informed ways even greater.

Nevertheless, it is crucial to integrate evidence-informed work into educational qualifications for L&D professionals. This is an important task and responsibility at the national level.

 

3. Implement And De-Implement In Practice

Collaboration is required to bring evidence-informed educational sciences to L&D practice. This can be done by giving scientists, professional associations, policymakers, managers and L&D professionals their own role and responsibility in initiatives such as the following:

  • Policy and practical promotion that evidence-informed working is the new standard for L&D practice.
  • Developing a database (copy from the doctors) with an overview of the evidence-informed learning solutions to support L&D professionals in practice.
  • Give L&D professionals access to online databases of scientific publications.
  • Pay attention to de-implementation through a better do-not-do list drawn up to reduce inappropriate learning solutions. Work smarter by copying by doctors and nurses.

 

4. Work Together With Other Scientific Disciplines

Learning in organizations is not limited to educational sciences. Professionals do not only learn in an educational setting but also by working (together).

Learning is also not limited to individuals. Organizations (teams and individuals) also learn and that affects disciplines such as knowledge management, economics, and organizational development.

Evidence-informed working can benefit from the output of scientific research in other disciplines. The proponents of evidence-informed educational science form the basis for the further professionalization of our cannabis industry. That is also necessary because there is still a world to be gained with regard to the quality of designing, implementing and evaluating learning solutions.

To this end, it is necessary to join forces and to support L&D practice through a coherent set of measures to make evidence-informed working the new standard. This goes further than merely signaling that L&D is not yet working well, or not sufficiently evidence-informed.

This is a responsibility for everyone who wants to contribute to a golden future for L&D in organizations.

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The Bill of Rights for Parents of Adult Children

Parents undergo a dramatic shift in their lives when the child grows to be an adult. The Parent must learn to treat them as an equal, to transition from being a doting figure to a respected and respectful neighbor. It is a harsh transition, one that leads to many broken hearts or unexpected obstacles. While it is important to make this transition with communication and understanding, there are a few ‘Rights’ that parents should keep in mind while making this move:

  • The Right to be Free from Abuse: There are unexpected scenarios in which a parent of a newly adult child will find themselves in the position of lashing out, verbal abuse, sometimes even domestic abuse. Abuse from anyone is never warranted, so parents of abusers must set strict boundaries with the child to prevent further concern.
  • The Right to be Guilt-Free: Certain Adult children will become abusive in the sense of attempting to put the blame on the parents. This can lead to a sort of rewritten family history in some cases, in the hopes of pinning guilt and or blame on the child. It is necessary to get help if the child cannot forgive, or the parents cannot forgive themselves.
  • The Right to Peace of Mind: It is instinctual in order to take the negative emotions involved with the child’s state of affairs unto the parents’ selves. The parents, however, still have the right and permission in order to take time to enjoy peace, time, jobs, hobbies, or otherwise.
  • The Right to Have Reasonable Expectations: There are certain minimum guidelines by which an adult child should live by when living alongside their parents. Young adults who temporarily live in the same house as their parents, and the parents owned the home, the young adult should be working part-time or going to school, such as with college. They should contribute to the maintenance and good of the household, such as with some cleaning or certain payment. If the young adult is working a full time job, it is expected that they should be responsible for their meals and payments, such as for health insurance and the like.
  • The Right to be Imperfect: No one individual succeeds perfectly at all times. There are scenarios in which even parents do not have an answer to certain problems. But that is alright, each one person has the right to make mistakes, as long as they are aware of their own limitations. It relieves a massive amount of stress when you do not worry about your own imperfections.
  • The Right to Decide What to Do with Your Own Money: The parents have a choice to grant financial support to their child, but it is not an obligation. The parents must consider that they have no obligation in order to financially assist their adult child, even for basic necessities. Be perfectly transparent and forthcoming with financial expectations whenever the child moves back home.
  • The Right to Decide What to Do with your Time: Time is a precious resource that we must not squander. This is highly important when considering the time that you spend doing favors or the like for your adult children. Consider that time spent doing favors may create an expectation that is difficult to maintain. You are your own person, and not obligated to your child.
  • The Right of Selective Association: It is each parent’s, and adult’s, right to choose who they involve themselves with, romantic or otherwise. Most children acknowledge this, or do not care in the matter. However, there are always exceptions, so you must keep this in mind.

 

The Right to Retirement: Each caring parent has, at least a minute, instinct to give away retirement funds and rewards for a lifetime of work in order to support an adult child that has

How to Bright Futures

Requirements to be Eligible

– Must be a Citizen

– You must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application by 8/31 of the year of your graduation.

– Must have a High School Diploma from an applicable private school or public school.

– Must be accepted and enrolled in a qualified Florida university. You must be enrolled for at least 6 hours each term this way (non-remedial). Requirements for Full-Ride (Florida Academics Scholars Award)

– 3.50 weighted GPA minimum

– 29 minimum ACT score or 1290 minimum SAT score. – At least 100 hours of documented service hours, recognized by your High School Guidance counselor (meet with them for documentation and information on this).

Here’s a Simplified Step-by-Step Instruction

1. Submit your FFAA by 8/31 of the year, of your graduation.

2. Make an account on the Bright Futures website.

3. Take the ACT, SAT, or both, and submit your scores. Your highest one will be counted. Usually your school, if public, will provide a free exam for Juniors. An subsequent exams will incur about $50 as a price.

4. Submit your Transcripts. But good news! 9/10 your Guidance Counselor will do this for you soon as you qualify with your service hours. But, for your sanity, you should check with the counselor if they do this, and frequently talk with them about the requirements or opportunities for volunteering (Pro Tip: Certain teachers will mark you down for a large sum of hours for small, but important activities. One such event I participated in for this was the Riverwalk Make a Wish March).

5. Alright, make your account on the Bright Futures Website. Keep it super up to date (I’m talking the night of any changes) to your demographics, enrollment status, or other. You will be notified on the website and over email of your eligibility, as well as any confirmation that you have successfully been awarded the scholarship.

6. Don’t let stress take over. Stay organized, record things, and stay in the loop. Don’t leave things up to chance. As long as you stay dedicated and focused, then you are just about one huge leap towards college. If you have any other questions, the website can guide you through the process in much finer detail. Another way of finding information, or seeing if you qualify, is by calling 1-888-827-2004.

How to Bright Futures

Requirements to be Eligible

– Must be a Citizen

– You must complete the Florida Financial Aid Application by 8/31 of the year of your graduation.

– Must have a High School Diploma from an applicable private school or public school.

– Must be accepted and enrolled in a qualified Florida university. You must be enrolled for at least 6 hours each term this way (non-remedial). Requirements for Full-Ride (Florida Academics Scholars Award)

– 3.50 weighted GPA minimum

– 29 minimum ACT score or 1290 minimum SAT score. – At least 100 hours of documented service hours, recognized by your High School Guidance counselor (meet with them for documentation and information on this).

Here’s a Simplified Step-by-Step Instruction

1. Submit your FFAA by 8/31 of the year, of your graduation.

2. Make an account on the Bright Futures website.

3. Take the ACT, SAT, or both, and submit your scores. Your highest one will be counted. Usually your school, if public, will provide a free exam for Juniors. An subsequent exams will incur about $50 as a price.

4. Submit your Transcripts. But good news! 9/10 your Guidance Counselor will do this for you soon as you qualify with your service hours. But, for your sanity, you should check with the counselor if they do this, and frequently talk with them about the requirements or opportunities for volunteering (Pro Tip: Certain teachers will mark you down for a large sum of hours for small, but important activities. One such event I participated in for this was the Riverwalk Make a Wish March).

5. Alright, make your account on the Bright Futures Website. Keep it super up to date (I’m talking the night of any changes) to your demographics, enrollment status, or other. You will be notified on the website and over email of your eligibility, as well as any confirmation that you have successfully been awarded the scholarship.

6. Don’t let stress take over. Stay organized, record things, and stay in the loop. Don’t leave things up to chance. As long as you stay dedicated and focused, then you are just about one huge leap towards college. If you have any other questions, the website can guide you through the process in much finer detail. Another way of finding information, or seeing if you qualify, is by calling 1-888-827-2004.