As the director of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (SHCP), I have exciting news to share!
If you’re not familiar with our program, SHCP provides postgrad training for social workers, educators, nurses, doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, and physician assistants in educating and counseling about sexual health.
These practitioners are addressing sexual problems occurring due to aging, illness, sexually transmitted infections, PTSD, non-consensual sexual behavior, misinformation and lack of sexual health information and resources. Topics that are often complex and difficult for patients to discuss with their healthcare providers. That’s why the training provided by the Sexual Health Certificate Program is so vital.
Since 2009, over 250 individuals have completed the program. With this specialized training, our graduates have gone on to provide much needed sexual health information in local communities and around the world.
For the hundreds of practitioners who have completed this certificate program, many others are not able to participate due to lack of funding. Each year, many qualified prospective applicants are not able to take advantage of this training because they or their organizations cannot afford tuition.
In order to address this funding gap, we’re delighted to announce the creation of a brand new scholarship endowment!
The Sallie Foley Endowed Fund will make high quality continuing education accessible to those practitioners who would not otherwise be able to afford enrollment. But to make this possible, I need the help of my friends, colleagues, and champions of education. Will you consider making a gift to the scholarship endowment? Your investment will play a critical role in supporting the future of our program.
Your gift will have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of practitioners who help patients day in and day out. Practitioners like Treslyn Tolbert who works with military veterans returning from combat with PTSD that affects their sexual functioning. And Daniela Wittmann, a sex therapist whose research addresses sexual health recovery for men treated for prostate cancer.
If you'd like to read about other SHCP trained practitioners and how they're helping people around the world, visit our alumni stories page here.
At SHCP we’re proud of the groundbreaking and life-changing work performed by participants of our program. The endowment will carry that legacy into the future, but only if we receive financial support. Support from people like you who understand the importance of sexual well-being and the importance of a high quality education.
Would you like to be part of our legacy of excellence by donating $25 or $50? Giving is simple with these two convenient options:
We’re so excited for our future and honored to share with you the news of our new scholarship endowment!
With warm wishes for a happy and healthy new year,