When we consider work with children, adolescents, and families, the therapeutic task becomes nuanced and complicated. The role of fathers and mothers relative to sexuality with their children is vital to their children’s long term development. This course will take students through concepts of foregrounding and backgrounding in parental roles, and how this can have positive long term results. Understanding how we might discuss father and mother involvement with their children from the perspective of sexuality can prevent eating disorders, and other pathologies, and can launch children toward effective adult relationships. This course will be based on the work that won AASECT’s Patricia Schiller Prize in 2012.