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Kaydee
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Right now I'm set to go to college for nursing, which I will start this fall. I think I may get additional training to become an OBGYN nurse. But I was wondering what other careers could I pursue? Sexual health/well being is very important to me, that probably has a lot to do with me being a rape survivor. But anyway I'm just looking for some suggestions as to what I could do to get into this kind of field, and what kinds of jobs are available in it.

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atm1
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One thing that you can definitely due is train to specialize in collecting rape kits and working with survivors of sexual assault, if you don't feel like that work would be too upsetting.

I'll let someone else speak up more about jobs that are focused more on education, but I do know that nurses with that special training are really valued.

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Heather
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Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot -- who are sex educators -- have a really good, basic piece on all of the ways some of us come into sex education, and the ways we can provide it here: http://www.sexualityeducation.com/sexeducator.php

For me, for instance, I came to this both via education (I was a classroom Montessori teacher before I did this) and journalism/the arts. You can perhaps see how those two combined resulted in Scarleteen. [Smile]

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Kaydee
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Thanks for the link Heather. Honestly, I don't think I would want to be a sex educator. Why? Because the kids never seem to take it seriously until you get until you get to the high school upperclassmen and even then a lot of it is viewed as just a joke. (By the way I am basing that on what reactions I have seen from students from over the years). I guess its embarrassing and that can invoke a lot of the reactions, especially in the younger kids but I have the need to be taken seriously at work. I think I would want to be something along the lines of a councilor (rape, discussing pregnancy options, etc.) Any leads on that?

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Heather
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It really depends on what kind of counseling you want to do. For instance, if you want to do rape crisis counseling, you'll want to connect with a rape crisis org to get training and work. If you want to do options counseling, with an abortion clinic.

If you want a general background in counseling where you can then branch out to specific areas like that, you'd ideally be talking about studying psychology, then looking into something like an MSW after a bachelors.

FYI? I disagree with you about doing sexuality education and that being the unilateral reaction: it so depends on the group and individuals, the context, but also... young people tend to say different things to each other than to an educator. I can't tell you how many times when doing in-person ed I've had someone who I thought got the least out of it, or who gave the most grief during a session come up to me privately afterwards with more questions and to say they really appreciated what I did. Just sayin. [Smile]

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Padlock
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Indiana University at Bloomington offers many opportunities to study sexual health. We have the Kinsey Institute here and the Center for Sexual Health Promotion.

Currently, I am in the IMP program getting my major in Human Sexuality. I already teach discussion group human sexuality and I love it.

Some career fields include:
-Sex Therapist
-Researcher
-Planned Parent Hood
-Sex Toy companies
-Human Trafficking work for Interpol or the FBI
-Marriage Counselor
-Advocates for LGBT communities
-Aid worker in Africa

and many many more

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Kaydee
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I think I'm going to take a two year nursing program, & specialize in ob. Then go back to school and get my associates in psychology, (hopefully in one year since a lot of my credits tie together) then transfer to a 4 year school, get a bachelors in psychology. I think that might work, but I'm still kinda confused.

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Heather
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Well, you probably can't suss out ALL of this right now.

And even starting with the nursing program in OB/GYN is likely to give you more information to make all these choices about.

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Kaydee
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Alright, thank you for you help =]

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Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. - Albert Einstein

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