Travis Sky Ingersoll, PH.D., MSW, M.ED. - Social Work & Sexual Health Education/Consulting/Research
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Older Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse

This is an excerpt my chapter (Ch.6) titled "Intimate Relationships" in the new textbookHealthy Ageing and Aged Care(Edited by Maree Bernoth & Denise Winkler) published by Oxford University Press.  

Adult Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

One of the most neglected issues in discussions regarding older adult care is the impact of past childhood or adolescent sexual abuse. Statistics reveal that between 12% and 40% of adults have experienced some form of abuse in their past (Walker, Torkelson, Katon & Koss, 1993).

Useful Educational Models to Help Cancer Patients Address Sexuality Concerns

The information below will soon be added to Chapter 11 (Special Topics: Illness, Disability and Sexuality) in my textbook "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers." 

Cancer patients and their significant others would undeniably benefit from counseling and comprehensive discourse pertaining to the challenges facing their sexuality. To meet these important needs, there exists a variety of curriculum available for social workers and health care professionals to utilize. The ALARM, PLEASURE, PLISSIT, and BETTER educational models can all be extremely useful to health care providers when confronted with the sexual health concerns of their patients.

Great Resources for Sexuality and Social Work Educators

As an educator, I'm always looking for new ways to engage and inform my students. When I came across the Flipboard, an on-line platform where people can create and customize their own e-magazines, I immediately recognized its potential as a teaching aid.  No matter what topic you teach, you can create a Flipboard magazine full of information connected to the material you cover in class.

I have spent more than a year populating my e-magazines on Flipboard with a wide variety of relevant news articles, research reports, and opinion pieces.

Men in the Fight Against Domestic Violence


Introduction

Intimate partner violence is a significant problem in the United States of America.  Each year an estimated 5.3 million women experience some form of abuse by their intimate partner; nearly 1 million are violently assaulted (National Domestic Violence Hotline, 2007), and more tragically, 1,232 are murdered (American Institute on Domestic Violence, 2007).  Widespread public awareness of domestic violence was brought to the forefront during the 1970s.  In conjunction with the feminist rights movement, a grassroots effort to combat domestic violence, spearheaded by domestic violence victims, called attention to the injustices suffered by women at the hands of their male companions.

Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers

It's finally available! If you found the information in my sexuality blog posts interesting and informative, you'll love having access to all the important and relevant sexuality research and information contained in my textbook!
Here's the link that will show you how to get a free preview of our textbook. You can also order a copy for yourself, or adopt it for a class you teach:
This is how Cognella describes our book:
 
Description

A Comprehensive Framework for Understanding Human Sexuality

A comprehensive framework for understanding human sexuality
 
 
 
Sexualityis an essential aspect of being human and contributes to the development of our identity throughout our lives.  As a construct, sexuality is not easily defined.  What do you think when you hearthe word sex?  If “intercourse” is the first thing you think of, congratulations, you’re among the norm.  Human sexuality, however, is far more than simply a physical thing.  Although it canbe physical, it is also mental, emotional, relational, biological, spiritual,cultural, and psychological.

Fear of Intimacy and Sexual Anxiety among Chinese College Students




Since the beginning of the fall 2014 school semester, I've had the pleasure and privilege to teach my class "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers" at two different college campuses.  In my course, students are required to use my textbook with the same title.  That textbook is scheduled to be released nationally near the end of January 2015 from Cognella Publishing.  When that historic event happens, I'll write all about it here.

On the topic of publications, I'm proud to announce that my Human Sexuality dissertation has been made available in book-form through LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Why It's Important to Create Sexuality Policies within Residential Facilities for Older Adults

A good sexuality policy for retirement and assisted living facilities espouses the ideal that all people, of all ages, deserve and are entitled to a superior quality of life.  Creation of a sexuality policy which gives sanction to sexual expression, while taking into consideration the realities of residents with different levels of cognitive and physical impairment, would achieve such an ideal.  In our society sex and desire are falsely believed to be solely the realm of the young and able.

Q: I just learned a little about Native American two-spirited people. Is being transgender and being a two-spirit the same thing?

A:What we know about trans-related (i.e., transgender, transsexual, intersex) topics has grown significantly over recent years. However, individuals who identify as being neither “male” nor “female” or of being something entirely different, a third gender if you will, is a human reality depicted in our earliest writings and artworks. Before getting to the answer, I feel it’s necessary to provide a brief historical background of indigenous American Two-Spirit people.
 
Throughout North and South America, many of the native population’s creation myths

What exactly is PMS? And why do women taking the pill still have to deal with it?

What exactly is premenstrual syndrome?A syndrome is a group of symptoms that
occur together, and in the case of PMS those symptoms are in relation to the female
menstrual cycle. With PMS, physical symptoms may include cramps, dizziness,
backache, fatigue, nausea, a tingling in the extremities, abdominal bloating, breast
tenderness, breast swelling, change in appetite, thirst, edema, and increased body weight.
Psychoemotional symptoms may include anxiety, tension, irritability, depression, mood
swings, crying spells, decreased interest, insomnia, feeling out of control, and an
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