Essential Clinical Care for Sex Workers: A Sex-Positive Handbook for Mental Health Practitioners By Theodore R. Burnes, Jamila M. Dawson, Leya Tanit

Plot:

An affirming and sex-positive guide to working with sex workers: uncovering clinical biases, creating safe spaces, and dismantling the whorearchy.

Despite the wide range of sex work–from street-based to OnlyFans–clinicians too often focus on what they think sex workers need, instead of building trust, developing rapport, and really doing the work to understand the unique stressors that make quality mental health care essential for sex worker communities. 

    Sex-positive therapists Theo Burnes and Jamila Dawson break down everything that mental health providers need to know to work effectively with sex workers, while dispeling the tired, pervasive myths that continue to impact treatment today. Readers will learn about:

Who sex workers are; different types of sex work; and sex workers’ specific therapy needsHow outdated research methodology results in bad data and poor care
The whorearchy–the sex-work hierarchy–and why we need to dismantle it 
How to recognize and move beyond personal biases
How to provide effective, affirming, and better clinical care
What words not to use–and what they reveal about the sexism, racism, misogyny, and transphobia embedded in our society (and our practices)    As sex work changes and evolves, encompassing everything from brothels to cam work, clinical care needs to catch up. This book shows you how.

Review:

This novel is very informative and helpful for those that work in this field that would need to know this information.

I never realised how many rights there are that sex workers’ have.

I really enjoyed the elements of seeing individuals experience within that field. There should be more mental health practitioners aware and more considerate of this field of work, isn’t that their job? To be reassuring and to be full of knowledge which this novel does cover. I think it covers multiple topics, a range of topics for this field of work.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 Stars

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