In the context of the history of “sex ed,” Dr. Lamb presents data and theory on sexual development, and describes developing a “sexual ethics” curriculum for 9th grade classrooms, and what happened when they attempted to teach it. Given current discussions across not only college campuses but K-12 education about sex/gender discrimination, legal requirements of Title IX, and cultural anxiety about the purposes and content of “sex ed,” this presentation touches on important and sensitive topics.
Prof. Sharon Lamb, PhD, ED, ABPP
Professor of Counseling Psychology in Dept. of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Program Director of Mental Health Counseling Program and practicing therapist, primarily based on humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic approaches.
Dr. Lamb teaches graduate courses in psychotherapy practice and personality assessment, and a first-year undergraduate seminar in Sexual Ethics. She is a licensed psychotherapist practicing for more than 25 years, and received specialized training in play therapy, therapy with adolescents, eating disorders, custody and adoption, early childhood, sexual abuse and victimization, and other areas. Forthcoming this June, is her book Girls of Color, Sexuality and Sex Education. She is currently working on a study of 270 undergraduates Moral Reasoning about intervening in sketchy sexual situations. She is working with others on a revision to the APA (American Psychological Association) Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Girls and Women.