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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 30, 2018

Sandy” (not real name) shares her story that she submitted to the protectldschildren.org page. She discusses with Natasha the ways that these worthiness interviews allow a setting where sexual assault can and does take place. Not to mention the blurring of boundaries that often happens with inappropriate asking of sexual questions of minors and even adults.

Jan 30, 2018

"Sandy" (not real name) shares her story that she submitted to the protectldschildren.org page. She discusses with Natasha the ways that these worthiness interviews allow a setting where sexual assault can and does take place. Not to mention the blurring of boundaries that often happens with inappropriate asking of sexual questions of minors and even adults. 

protectldschildren.org

Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health and educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.

Jan 22, 2018

Episode 63: Sex in the Mormon News Jan 2018 #2

Natasha Helfer Parker leads a monthly podcast “bookclub style” with colleagues who also happen to be AASECT Certified Sex Therapists in regards to current articles, news stories, research, etc. that have to do with the Mormon community from a sex-positive perspective.

This month join Natasha and Kristin Marie Bennion as they discuss the following news stories & articles:

1. the Protect LDS Children petition and press conference,

2. survey results coming out of BYU study in regards to reporting sexual assault, and 

3. how LDS Living Magazine dealt with the dresses worn in solidarity with the #metoo movement at the Golden Globes. 

 

Resources Mentioned:

Protectldschildren.org

Protect LDS Children Press Conference

Fox News Reports on the Press Conference

SNAP- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Declaration of Sexual Rights by the World Association for Sexual Health

Most BYU sexual assault victims either report to Mormon church leaders or don’t report at all, campus survey shows

Results of the BYU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault

Julie ValentineBYU professor encouraged by results of new research on sexual assault kit processing

Donna Kelly: Helping Sexual Assault Victims and Keeping BYU Accountable for Title IX Recommendations

Mormons miss the point of #MeToo by focusing on modest gowns at Golden Globes by Jana Riess 

Jan 15, 2018

Natasha Helfer Parker has a discussion with Dr. Randy Moss, who received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University, and Braxton Dutson, CSW, who received his Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah about the new guidelines and questions that were sent out to wards and stakes for parents and potential missionaries to read this past October. They share their concerns about some of the changes and how these standards will disqualify otherwise willing young adults who want to serve. Especially in a culture that still very much has missionary service as a marker delineating the type of "worth" an individual offers the overall community. 

All panelists are members of the Mormon Mental Health Association.

Standard Interview Questions for Prospective Missionaries

Standard Interview Questions for Prospective Missionaries Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She produces Sex Talk with Natasha, writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith, runs the Mormon Sex Info Podcast and is the current president for the Mormon Mental Health Association.

Jan 8, 2018

Natasha Helfer Parker continues the series on “boundaries” that is being hosted by a panel of providers from Symmetry Solutions, who specialize in mental health and relational issues within Mormonism. This is the fourth segment which focuses on adult members.

We notice in our mental health work with primarily LDS clientele, that there are difficulties understanding what healthy boundaries are and look like… as well as how to implement them in a patriarchal and authoritative structure, where often people feel like boundaries have already been set for them by the system. Unfortunately, not having the ability to create healthy boundaries for oneself, one’s children, and one’s family… can contribute to issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, negative relational dynamics and even abuse. From simple things, like whether or not one feels personal permission to reject a calling, to more serious issues such as whether or not we should support children’s interviews behind closed doors where they are asked sensitive questions including about their sexuality…. this is a relevant topic to today’s Latter-day Saints. We hope you will join in the discussion through the comments section to share either things you want us to address, things you are concerned about, ways you disagree/agree with us, things that have helped you balance healthy boundaries, etc.

Those who join Natasha in this episode are Sue Bergin, Clinical Chaplain and Emily Celis, LMFT. 

Jan 8, 2018

Natasha Helfer Parker continues the series on “boundaries” that is being hosted by a panel of providers from Symmetry Solutions, who specialize in mental health and relational issues within Mormonism. This is the fourth segment which focuses on adult members.

We notice in our mental health work with primarily LDS clientele, that there are difficulties understanding what healthy boundaries are and look like… as well as how to implement them in a patriarchal and authoritative structure, where often people feel like boundaries have already been set for them by the system. Unfortunately, not having the ability to create healthy boundaries for oneself, one’s children, and one’s family… can contribute to issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, negative relational dynamics and even abuse. From simple things, like whether or not one feels personal permission to reject a calling, to more serious issues such as whether or not we should support children’s interviews behind closed doors where they are asked sensitive questions including about their sexuality…. this is a relevant topic to today’s Latter-day Saints. We hope you will join in the discussion through the comments section to share either things you want us to address, things you are concerned about, ways you disagree/agree with us, things that have helped you balance healthy boundaries, etc.

Those who join Natasha in this episode are Sue Bergin and Emily Celis.

Jan 4, 2018

Natasha Helfer Parker is going to lead a monthly podcast "bookclub style" with colleagues who also happen to be AASECT Certified Sex Therapists in regards to current articles, news stories, research, etc. that has to do with the Mormon community. 

This month join Natasha, Kristin Hodson and Shannon Hickman as they discuss an article written by an LDS woman. 

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