This weekend we in the Primary Care program are completing our second Weekend in Residence of the semester. A WIR, as we like to refer to it with a lighthearted chuckle, is when our blended format courses meet in person for an entire weekend. Up until this point, most of our WIR experiences have been learning to be the best diagnosticians we can be, spending hours upon hours diagnosing patients until our eyes bleed and our brains have half melted – with good reason of course. Who wants a poor diagnostician?! This weekend, on the other hand, we spent several hours revisiting the biological processes we all loved to learn, with snickers, back in junior high and high school – sex.
One would think after a long week of classes, course work, and interning, students might proceed into a WIR with some trepidation. But not this weekend. This weekend we have our Lifespan WIR with Dr. Yousef Alajarma. We anticipated a great weekend and so far he’s come through. Dr. Yousef specializes in Expressive Therapy, with a unique and unforgettable approach he brings to the classroom. We all joke that it’s because of him and an expressive therapeutic activity he had us practice on our first day of classes last year that we all know one another’s names. Needless to say, we all knew this WIR was going to be a good one.
Oh yes, sex education. Topics discussed included common misconceptions debunked, the biological basis of many bodily functions, and “the talk.” It was great to revisit this topic from a mature perspective, viewing clips from School House Rock and reminiscing about experiencing “the talk,” and our own developmental maturation. But sex wasn’t the only topic at hand. We also observed family consultations and the analyzing of child drawn family portraits, some of which (along with their back stories), a challenge to digest. One of the main objectives of this weekend: As a therapist you should get comfortable with having some of these uncomfortable conversations. This may take some practice – much of which we receive with guidance, of course, from the best of the best.