Summer 2018, Foundation Update
Thank you for your interest and support of the MAP Education & Research Foundation. The Foundation continues to successfully encourage mental health and medical professionals to work together when evaluating and treating sexual problems. Below is an update on some key Foundation highlights from the first half of 2018.
- The Sexual Tipping Point Award program is a reality! Jennifer Bossio, Ph.D, received a Certificate and a $500 prize from the MAP Education & Research Foundation for her presentation to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) in Philadelphia PA. A Canadian psychologist, she works with their Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program and lectured on “Mindfulness-Based GroupTherapy Manual to Improve Couples’ Intimacy After Prostate Cancer Treatment.
- The Society for Sexual Medicine of North America’s Board has approved a new “Abstract Award in Mental Health,” Co-sponsored by the MAP Education & Research Foundation. The STP Award certificate and a $1000 prize will honor the best presentation in that category at SMSNA’s upcoming November 2018 Fall Scientific Meeting.
Discussions are underway with four other international sexual medicine and mental health professional societies to establish similar STP Award Programs that will also be Co-Sponsored by the MAP Education & Research Foundation.
It cannot be emphasized enough how invaluable these STP Awards are to relieving future suffering, by generating understanding and motivating passionate commitment from the next generation of healthcare providers. Subsequent to presenting the first STP award, we received an email from SSTAR Board’s “Early Career Prof. Representative” stating: “What a great initiative! On behalf of the students and early career professionals, thank you for sharing this information and facilitating the STP awards!”
We will need to raise an additional $225,000 to endow those initiatives and sustain the current program.
- The American Urological Association (AUA) invited me to present the Foundation’s Sexual Tipping Point Model to an international audience at their May, 2018 AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The presentation was very well received and attended by thousands of urologists.
- Psychology Today invited me to Blog about the Foundation’s Sexual Tipping Point concepts. That Blog has over 5000 views in less than 3 weeks. The initial two posts described the Foundation’s Sexual Tipping Point Model providing a resource for healthcare professionals. Future posts will be written for the general public beginning with how fatigue causes sex problems. The extremely positive response from students to the Blog continues to be both gratifying and humbling!
- Hundreds of the Foundation’s publications and presentations (all available free) continue being downloaded from mapedfund.org. We have over 15,000 views from healthcare clinicians, researchers and students from over 130 different institutions representing 65 different countries as of June 30, 2018.
- Over 30,000 excerpts from our textbook, Management of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women have been downloaded from the Springer Publishing site! Colleagues write to us about using the STP Model to help their patients and students better understand sexual disorders and how to restore sexual health.
If you have any questions about the Foundation and its work, or would like to help its efforts, please contact me directly.
Finally, we thank our Foundation’s board members (Susan Bevan, Dan FitzPatrick, Scott Higgins, and John Lyddane) for their support and guidance.
Hope you found this update of interest and that you are having a wonderful summer.
Best to all—Michael