Nordic countries are an encouraging example how collaboration between neighboring countries can improve sexology. An important agency for this evolution has been the Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology (NACS) that was founded soon after the World Congress of Sexology in 1978 in Rome. The first NACS conference was organized already in 1979. It was decided that NACS will be mainly an umbrella organization with the main task to invite people from the national organizations to an Annual Conference.
First Statutes were drafted for NACS in 1980. First members of NACS Board were Preben Hertoft, Thore Langfeldt and PO Lundberg. The first Nordic multidisciplinary sexological journal was called in 1983 Nordisk Sexology. In 1994 NACS meeting was organized in Copenhagen in co-operation with the second Meeting of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS). Since 1998 Scandinavian Journal of Sexology was published for four years.
In last years of the 1990s NACS applied economical support from the Nordic Council. It created in collaboration with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland an educational program for sexual counselors and clinical sexologists. This consensus was accepted as a common Nordic program in six Nordic countries in the NACS meeting of 1999. In 2000 common requirements and criteria for authorization was accepted in the NACS meeting. First Nordic sexologists were authorized in 2002. Today there is a possibility to become authorized in addition to Sexological Counselling and Clinical Sexolygy also in Sexual Education and Sexual Health Promotion, and in Sexual Science.
Recorded June 12 – 16, 2011 at the 20th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health
Forging the Future: Sexual Health for the 21th Century, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Osmo Kontula is a Research Professor at the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland, lecturer at the University of Helsinki, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He has been involved especially with sex research and active in the sexological organizations for the past 20 years. He has authored over 280 publications and almost 50 books and presented more than 60 papers in international conferences. For the last ten years he has been a member of expert groups in the European Union in both quantitative and qualitative sex research and population issues, and a consultant of European Population Committee in sexual and reproductive health issues.
Dr Kontula is a President of the Finnish Association for Sexology (FIAS), an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR), a member of Scientific Committee and in the Sexuality Education Standards Working Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), and a member of Executive Committee in the European Federation of Sexology (EFS). He is a member of the Advisory Board in the Archive for Sexology in Berlin. (www.kontula.fi)