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October 2015
Kansas City Sex Therapy Practice, Turner Professional Group, Will Host Talk: Enhancing Your Sex Life After Cancer
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner, Phd, LSCSW/LCSW, CEO
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Turner Professional Group will host The Breast Cancer Connection group sponsored by the Shawnee Mission Breast Center. The group’s goal is providing a circle of support, education and empowerment. Dr. George Turner shared, "Surviving cancer can leave couples and individuals emotionally battered… their relationship vulnerable. After all the medical care, couples often share that their sexual connection has suffered. They want that spark back. They need that physical intimacy.” Drs. George Turner and Lisa Meyers, certified sex therapists and psychotherapists, will facilitate the discussion on reconnecting to sexual pleasure after cancer. Dr. Meyers stated, "Patients will often share something like, ‘I don’t just want to survive cancer; I want to thrive after cancer’, and having a healthy, loving, vibrant sexual connection is often a part of a patient’s quality of life. It can truly be healing.”

    Changes to sexual well-being after cancer are very common and these side effects have multiple causes. Often overlooked is the monumental impact this can have on a relationship. Both couples and dating individuals can see their relationships deteriorate during treatment. Left unchecked the emotional and psychological stress erodes even the best of relationships. Your sex life is a quality of life issue and everyone deserves the emotional and physical pleasure associated with closeness, connection and happiness. This discussion will help participants learn how to improve their sexual well-being and is open to men and women as well as supporters.

    Title: Enhancing Your Sex Life After Cancer
    Date: October 8, 2015
    Day: Thursday,
    Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm
    Location: Turner Professional Group, 4010 Washington, Suite 405 Kansas City, MO. 64111
    Registration Info: To register for this program please call 913-588-1227.


    Dr. George Turner and Dr. Lisa Meyers routinely speak on sexual wellness and living a more balanced stress-free life. They are trained relationship and marriage clinicians at Turner Professional Group, (www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com), a holistic private practice located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. providing sexual health, relationship enrichment, and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



February 2014
Kansas City Sex Therapy Practice, Turner Professional Group, Will Speak at KU Med on Life After Cancer: Enhancing Your Love Life
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner, Phd, LSCSW/LCSW, CEO
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Changes to sexual well-being after cancer are very common and these side effects have multiple causes. Often overlooked is the monumental impact this can have on a relationship. Both couples and dating individuals can see their relationships deteriorate during treatment. Left unchecked the emotional and psychological stress erodes even the best of relationships. Your sex life is a quality of life issue and everyone deserves the emotional and physical pleasure associated with closeness, connection and happiness. This discussion will help participants learn how to improve their sexual well-being and is open to men and women as well as supporters.

    Title: Sexual Side Effects and Emotional Well-Being
    Date: February 6, 2014
    Day: Thursday,
    Time: 11:00am- 12:00pm
    Location: The University of Kansas Cancer Center - Overland Park
    Registration Info: To register for this program please call 913-588-1227.
    You can also register online at https://wellness.kumed.com

    Certified sex therapist and psychotherapist, Lisa Meyers, will facilitate the discussion on reconnecting to sexual pleasure after cancer. Lisa, a doctoral candidate (Widener University) stated, "Surviving cancer can often be a tough journey, maintaining a healthy sexual life is not a luxury, but critical to a quality life. Our connection to our romantic partners can be rejuvenating during treatment and afterwards.” Cancer survivors and their partners, who often become care givers struggle managing the physical and emotional rollercoaster of their health care. Too often all the focus is just on the physical healing. Dr. George Turner added, "But no one goes through cancer without emotional and relational stress. Once a person's medical care is over; then they begin the arduous journey of rebuilding a life - one that yearns for a full and rich sexual and relational component - thats where a sex therapist comes in. We help re-kindle that spark."

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers routinely speak on sexual wellness and living a more balanced stress-free life. They are trained relationship and marriage clinicians at Turner Professional Group, (www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com), a holistic private practice located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. providing sexual health, relationship enrichment, and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



November 2013
Surviving the Holidays: Tips to Finding Your Joy!
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner, Phd, LSCSW/LCSW, CEO
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Family drama, office parties and shopping nightmares can make the holidays especially stressful. Some of us put huge amounts of pressure on ourselves; others see all the parties as a minefield of tension or worry about all the obligations. Dr. George Turner is offering a public seminar on coping with holiday stress at the offices of Turner Professional Group in Westport. Two options are available, Monday December 16 at 2PM or Thursday December 19 at 7PM. To learn more call the office or visit the Turner Professional Group Facebook fan page.them practical real-world training while providing a valuable service to the community.”

    Dr. Turner sees patients for a wide array of issues, but he states: “During the holidays, I see patients struggling with increased anxiety and depression. They often feel overwhelmed and struggle with mounting pressure. Sometimes its grieving the loss of a loved one who will be absent from the annual celebrations, other times they have strained relationships that are tested or they struggle with the triggers of excessive drinking or eating during the season. We all could use practical tips or coping strategies to manage all the seasonal sabotages to our serenity, happiness and well-being.”

    In addition, Dr. Turner is offering a FREE 15 minute triage phone call for those who may need additional counseling support. During this complimentary phone visit, callers can find out if therapy is for them. Also, Dr. Turner can guide them to the appropriate clinician. “Patients are often excited to learn that we have both male and female therapists and for people struggling financially we have a student intern who sees patients on a sliding scale,” shares Dr. Turner. Lisa Meyers, business partner and co-owner, added, “We often get groups who will come to our seminars to make the evening about leaning and fun. Our seminars can be a great way to spend time with girlfriends before dinner or a movie… a new twist on girls night out.”

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers routinely speak on wellness and living a more balanced stress-free life. They are trained relationship and marriage clinicians at Turner Professional Group, (www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com), a holistic private practice located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. providing sexual health, relationship enrichment, and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



November 2013
Lisa Meyers Hosts Women's Sexual Empowerment Group
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    CONTACT:
    Lisa Meyers
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    lisa@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    “It has been our joint passion... impacting the development of future practitioners with quality clinical skills balanced with the art of human connectedness,” shared Lisa Meyers, a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist. She is beginning her fifth year working with KU School of Social Welfare as a Field Liaison. Over the next year, she will work with several students in their community placements, a learning opportunity where social work students gain professional skills interacting with clients. In addition, Mrs. Meyers is supervising a clinical intern placed at Turner Professional Group through the KU social welfare practicum program. Under Lisa’s Field Instruction the intern is offering “reduced fee” or in some cases FREE therapy to clients. Dr. George Turner, a TPG owner and practitioner, shared “This is an incredible opportunity for clients who otherwise could not afford psychotherapy. Our student-interns are supervised by a seasoned mental health professional, providing them practical real-world training while providing a valuable service to the community.”

    The intern is co-facilitating a brand new monthly women’s group with Mrs. Meyers. The focus of the group is female sexual empowerment, and topics will cover a wide range including body image, toxic messages about sexuality, pleasure focus versus goal driven sexuality, intimacy, sexual health and wellness, and sexualization. The group is an open group that meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the TPG office in Westport. New members are welcome to join the group by calling in an RSVP to 816-931-8255. The group is taking a holiday break for December, and will resume on January 21, 2014.

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City’s leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003 they opened, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    Lisa Meyers, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: lisa@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



October 2013
Marriage, relationship and sexuality expert, Dr. George Turner, spoke on Sexuality and Disability at the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health held in Brazil.
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Dr. George Turner, a local sexual health expert and psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy presented “Straight from the Heart: Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Give Voice to a Poverty of Sex Education” at the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health, an international scientific conference on sexuality held in Porto Alegre, Brazil during September 21st to 24th of 2013.

    The purpose of Dr. Turner’s research was to explore how adults with mild intellectual disabilities live out their social-sexual lives. Research and educational efforts with this population have focused largely on basic sexuality education and abuse prevention, defaulting to safety over the possibilities of human connectedness. This case study was an investigation of self-reported views, values, and desires of adults with mild intellectual disabilities regarding relationships, romance, and sexuality. Findings were presented on the poverty of sex education discussed by participants. This study offers a more psychologically and socially-aware perspective in an effort to dispel mainstream society’s stereotypical portrayal of disability and sexuality.

    “Having your work acknowledged by presenting on an international stage is an honor. It has given me an opportunity to share ideas and build collegial relationship with some of the world’s leading sexuality researchers, educators and clinicians. It was an incredible experience!” stated, Dr. Turner. “Of significance to me was a keynote by Dr. Eli Coleman reminding us that ‘pleasure’ is an essential focus of well-being and that sexual health is more than the absence of disease. Too often, especially here in the Midwest, sexuality education if it is offered or discussed is solely focused on the three D’s: Disaster, Disease & Dysfunction. We need to seriously reconsider our approach to sexual health and recognize its importance to overall quality of life.”

    ' Lisa Meyers, a fellow certified sex therapist, at Turner Professional Group, also attended and spoke about the energy in meeting so many stellar leaders in sexology. “My patients will immediately benefit from the opportunities I have had here at WAS to listen to leading sexuality professionals like Lin Fraser, WPATH president, who spoke on transgender healthcare and Dr. Pepper Schwartz who shared her research on extremely happy couples from around the world. We were fortunate to meet sexologist from around the world - Ireland, Cuba, India, Sweden, Argentina, and Australia. Experiencing international scholarship is essential to being the best practitioner for my patients.”

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are certified sex therapists at Turner Professional Group, a holistic private practice located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. providing sexual health, relationship enrichment, and personal wellness. In addition, Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas, teaching human sexuality in the social work department. George completed his doctorate specializing in human sexuality at Widener University, where he won the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” in 2012.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



April 2013
Dr. George Turner presents on mentoring disability professionals at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.
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    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Dr. George Turner, a local disability expert and advocate, will present "Cross-Disciplinary Peer Mentoring: Supporting Degree Completion for Doctoral Students and Enriching the Disability Field " at the AERA, a national education research conference held in San Francisco, California (April 27-May 01, 2013). He will speak about encouraging graduate students to consider a career in disability service, education and research. His paper explores enriching programs, such as special education, that prepare professionals to work with individuals with disabilities. Through an interdisciplinary peer to peer approach, Dr. Turner offers an alternative to traditional mentoring programs in order to cross pollinate and increase disability competence of doctoral students in diverse programs like education, psychology, social work and other helping fields.

    Dr. Turner stated, that the conference theme “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis” is significant in that, “There’s a ‘poverty’ of highly qualified direct support professionals working with people with disabilities. It’s often a revolving door of staff that are working in the front lines. We need to provide a professional career path from the university to direct support. Additionally, there can be a huge disconnect between the various disciplines and often professors or researchers have little experience with direct services or policy. I believe linking programs through peer mentoring will groom better professionals and enhance overall services for people with disabilities”.

    The AERA is a national research society, and strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

    ' As a disability advocate, Dr. Turner has a rich history supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). In his practice he sees adults and youth with ID to help them lead a life full of deep and rewarding relationships, free from coercion, abuse and trauma. He aides families in preparing age-appropriate sexuality education and he consults with school districts and agencies serving people with disabilities on programming, staff training, and policy development.

    Dr. Turner is a licensed psychotherapist and certified sex therapist. Along with another of the area’s leading disability experts, Lisa Meyers, also a clinical social worker and certified sex therapist, Dr. Turner operates a private practice, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



April 2013
Turner Professional Group Clinicians Attend Sexual Health Conference in Miami
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Dr. George Turner, Amy Gray and Lisa Meyers attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) 45th Annual Conference, "Embracing the Sensuality of Diversity in Identities & Cultures," June 5 - 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

    The group attended a diverse offering of workshops on sexuality including: Spiritual Beliefs, Prostate Cancer, Painful Intercourse for Women, BDSM & Race, Resolving Trauma, Ethics, and Disabilities.

    As one of the area’s leading sexuality experts, Lisa Meyers shared that client’s often disclose a sexual history that includes trauma. She noted, “People always respond to trauma, they are never passive recipients of it. The true power of a narrative intervention is that it puts clients in a different location in their story so they do not have to remain stuck in the trauma.” When asked about the popularity of books like “Fifty Shades of Gray”, Lisa stated, “It’s important to understand that concepts like ‘Safe, Sane and Consensual’ are hallmarks of responsible sexual negotiations. People who are interested in exploring the BDSM or Kink, should consider a ‘munch’ which is a scheduled get together where people in the community meet over coffee or lunch or something else neutral and nonsexual to hang out and chat. It is a great way to get connected with other people in the community without any sexual pressure.”

    ' “Our work to increase client sexual pleasure and sexual health was richly impacted through this professional development,” shared, Dr. George Turner. “Learning from luminaries in the field of sexual health such as Dr. Anne Katz, who wrote, Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love, is immediately beneficial to our clients here in Kansas City who are trying to reintegrate relational and sexual connectivity into their recovery. It’s amazing work helping people share greater emotional and physical intimacy.” Dr. Turner further elaborated, “At professional gatherings like an AASECT conference, you learn from the best of the best. For example, Dr. Stanely Althof, spoke on premature and delayed ejaculation and this information directly improves my ability to help my patient’s quality of life. Our team recognizes and promotes that sexual health is a necessity not a luxury!”

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City’s leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003, they opened Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo., Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



November 2012
Amy Gray nominated for the 2012-2013 MARGO AWARD for Outstanding Performance in Clinical Field Education.
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    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Amy Gray, a Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) student graduating from the University of Kansas in May 2013, was nominated for the 2012-2013 MARGO AWARD for Outstanding Performance in Clinical Field Education. The MARGO AWARDS are named in honor of Professor Emeritus, Margaret (Margo) Schutz Gordon, who served with distinction as a faculty member in the KU School of Social Welfare and was Director of Field Education from 1970 to 1983.

    Ms. Gray is currently placed at Turner Professional Group for her Clinical Practicum, a Kansas City relationship and sexuality wellness practice. Amy has been a student intern at Turner Professional Group since August of 2012, offering “reduced fee” or in some cases FREE therapy to clients. Dr. George Turner shared, “This has been an incredible opportunity for clients who otherwise could not afford psychotherapy. Ms. Gray’s focus, professional maturity, and drive to seek out new learning is the hallmark of her social work practice.” Lisa Meyers, LSCSW/LCSW, states “Amy has a natural skill in direct practice with clients/ She has taken on clients with challenging presenting issues, and she has been successful in in assisting clients to make necessary changes behaviorally and emotionally to move toward the life they desire”.

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City’s leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003, they opened Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo., Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



November 2012
Dr. George Turner presents on sex and disability at 35th annual Council for Exceptional Children: Teacher Education Division (CEC-TED) conference.
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Local disability and sexuality expert, Dr. George Turner, presented "Transition planning for social-sexual health: the voices of individuals with intellectual disabilities" at CEC-TED, a national teacher’s conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Nov 6-10). This year’s themed “Embracing the Future of Higher Education” was poignant as Dr. Turner explored the importance of training new generations of teachers in addressing the sexual health of special education students.

    “We know that students with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for sexual trauma and abuse, yet we do not adequately prepare them to lead a sexually safe, healthy and pleasurable life,” stated Dr. Turner. He went on to explain, “Teachers are also poorly prepared to address student sexuality education, defaulting to only addressing the so-called ‘problem behaviors’ with little time, skill or comfort for real education in the area of sexuality. It is my hope that through professional dialogue like at TED we can improve teacher preparation.”

    As a disability advocate, Dr. Turner has a rich history supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). In his practice he sees adults and youth with ID to help them lead a life full of deep and rewarding relationships, free from coercion, abuse and trauma. He aides families in preparing age-appropriate sexuality education and he consults with school districts and agencies serving people with disabilities on programming, staff training, and policy development.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



November 2012
PFLAG receives donation from Turner Professional Group, a Kansas City relationship and sexuality wellness practice.
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    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    PFLAG-KC president, Randy Fowler, was presented with a generous donation from Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers. “We had an open house celebration and wanted to highlight the festivities by donating to PFLAG. We respect their work and the invaluable service they provide to the LGBTQ community and their families”, stated Dr. George Turner.

    Turner Professional Group provides support to those during the coming process out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It is also a journey that families and straight allies travel. For them, coming out and defending LGBT persons can be just as difficult. George and Lisa often help clients navigate safer sex, build confidence and self-esteem, and create strong romantic relationships. Lisa shared, “Straight spouses often need support too when their partners come out as gay or lesbian or transgender. It can be a lonely and frightening time for spouses and we’re here to lend them guidance, resources, and a place to heal as well.” Dr. Turner added, “Helping our clients illuminate their journey and shed the cloak of shame to find an authentic voice is a powerful result of the therapeutic process; one that we are honored to share!”

    PFLAG-KC (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies.

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City’s leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003 they opened, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com



August 2012
Turner Professional Group, a Kansas City relationship and sexuality wellness practice, continues strong commitment to teaching future mental health practitioners.
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    Turner Professional Group, a Kansas City relationship and sexuality wellness practice, continues strong commitment to teaching future mental health practitioners.

    “It has been our joint passion... impacting the development of future practitioners with quality clinical skills balanced with the art of human connectedness,” shared Lisa Meyers, a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist. She is beginning her fifth year working with KU School of Social Welfare as a Field Liaison. Over the next year, she will work with several students in their community placements, a learning opportunity where social work students gain professional skills interacting with clients. Dr. Turner, who is also a certified sex therapist and licensed social worker, has a new appointment in the social work department at Washburn University (Topeka). Two days a week, he will be teaching graduate clinical courses such as "Diagnosis and Assessment", "Clinical Work with Families", "Human Behavior" and an undergrad course on "Sexuality in Social Work". Additionally, two interns have joined Turner Professional Group, and are offering “reduced fee” or in some cases FREE therapy to clients. Dr. Turner shared, “This is an incredible opportunity for clients who otherwise could not afford psychotherapy. Our student-interns are supervised by a seasoned mental health professional, providing them practical real-world training while providing a valuable service to the community.”

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City’s leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003 they opened, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact:

    George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW
    4010 Washington, Suite 405
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    Telephone: (816) 931-8255
    Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

    http://www.washburnreview.org/news/social-work-department-introduces-new-face-1.2887980



May 2012
Kansas City marriage and relationship counselor, George Turner, receives his PhD in human sexuality
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    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    George Turner, a certified sex therapist in Kansas City, received a doctorate degree in human sexuality education during the commencement ceremony at Widener University (Philadelphia) on May 12, 2012. Dr. Turner's dissertation, "Social-Sexual Voice of Adults with Mild Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Study" was awarded, "The Outstanding Dissertation Award". In addition, he was nominated for "The William R. Stayton Award for Applied Leadership in Human Sexuality".

    His research was grounded in viewing adults with ID as whole persons capable of richly connected, social-sexual lives. Dr. Turner sought to elucidate participants' voices, and in the process confirmed that adults with ID desire love, intimacy and pleasure, but face staggering obstacles that keep them isolated, vulnerable, and lonely. Dr. George Turner is a leading sex and relationship expert. As a sex educator, researcher and therapist, he has helped countless couples build healthier relationships, improve their sex lives, and achieve a deeper level of emotional intimacy.

    As one of the area leaders in sexual health and sexuality education, Dr. Turner has a unique clinical expertise to offer his patients. Dr. Turner has been a long-time advocate, clinician and now researcher on disabilities and sexuality. His research looked at the typically overlooked personal stories of individuals with intellectual disabilities. He plans to take his research and present at national conventions for special education teachers, social workers and sexuality professionals. Additionally, it is his hope to publish in several professional journals to engage professionals in an often difficult discourse on the topic of disability and pleasure, safety, and self-determination.

    Dr. Turner is in private practice as a certified sex therapist. His clinic, Turner Professional Group located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. is holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness. George has operated his clinic near the Plaza with his business partner, Lisa Meyers, who is also a certified sex therapist, since 2003.



Sept 2011
Turner Professional Group, a Kansas City relationship and sexuality wellness practice, continues strong commitment to teaching future mental health practitioners
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    CONTACT:
    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
    www.turnerprofessionalgroup.org

    "It has been our joint passion... impacting the development of future practitioners with quality clinical skills balanced with the art of human connectedness," shared Lisa Meyers, a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist. She is beginning her fifth year working with KU School of Social Welfare as a Field Liaison. Over the next year, she will work with several students in their community placements, a learning opportunity where social work students gain professional skills interacting with clients.

    Dr. Turner, who is also a certified sex therapist and licensed social worker, has a new appointment in the social work department at Washburn University (Topeka). Two days a week, he will be teaching graduate clinical courses such as "Diagnosis and Assessment", "Clinical Work with Families", "Human Behavior" and an undergrad course on "Sexuality in Social Work".

    Additionally, two interns have joined Turner Professional Group, and are offering "reduced fee" or in some cases FREE therapy to clients. Dr. Turner shared, "This is an incredible opportunity for clients who otherwise could not afford psychotherapy. Our student-interns are supervised by a seasoned mental health professional, providing them practical real-world training while providing a valuable service to the community."

    Dr. George Turner and Lisa Meyers are Kansas City's leading sex and relationship experts. In 2003 they opened, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

    For more information, contact: George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW 4010 Washington, Suite 405 Kansas City, MO 64111 Telephone: (816) 931-8255 Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

    About Turner Professional Group- TPG is a joint venture between local therapists and counselors, including Karen Rowinsky Counseling and Medina Bilingual Counseling, dedicated to providing services that encourage healthy relationships.



June 2009
George Turner is highlighted by National Association of Social Workers for June Gay Pride Month
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    George Turner
    Turner Professional Group
    816.931.8255 816.931.1874 (f)
    george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com
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    Kansas City, MO, June 01, 2009

    Turner Professional Group (TPG) is honored to announce that George Turner, a local psychotherapist and social worker, has been featured on the webpage of the national association of social workers for June's gay pride month. To honor Gay Pride Month NASW asked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) social workers to tell the organization why they chose social work as their profession and to describe the unique challenges facing their community.

    George identified AIDS, gay marriage and schoolyard bullying as three current challenges to the gay community that could be dramatically aided by social workers. George wants to rally his fellow social workers stating, "we must demand the end of sanctioned institutional discrimination (in our schools) based on gender and sexual orientation." George added, "I think it imperative to seed the future, by bringing attention to the short and long-term harm fostered in our schools and on the playground with childhood taunts such as 'faggot' or calling something 'gay' to mean 'bad', 'stupid', or 'uncool'." Denial of our sexuality and an adherence to a disease, dysfunction and disaster model of sex ed, is at the heart of these issues, suggests George. He recommends that schools of social work need to incorporate a positive and healthy sexuality model within their core training. Additionally, George encourages social work practitioners to address their own guilt and shame associated with sex in order to be a more effective clinician to clients, specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and questioning clients.

    George works with couples and individuals, both gay and straight to find peace and healing in their life. He is a certified sex therapist, specializing in issues such as erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse, infidelity, infertility and coming 'out'. "I believe my identity as an out gay professional, impacts and definitely enhances my work", shared George. "While being gay does not dominate my interactions with my clients, nor impede my work with straight clients, I think all my clients appreciate the richness that it brings to the therapeutic process".

    "It's a real advantage to both our gay and our straight clients that we have an 'out' therapist. George models authenticity and has a real skill at connecting with our clients", shared Lisa Meyers, Therapist/Owner. Lisa opened TPG as a collaborative private practice with her long-time friend and colleague, George in 2003. TPG is a multi-disciplined private practice specializing in sexual wellness, relationship enhancement, and personal growth. The team at TPG integrates a comprehensive approach to overall life wellness, partnering with massage therapists, nurse practitioners, and other mental health practitioners.

    The LGBT profiles will be published on HelpStartsHere.org and socialworkers.org on Monday, June 1, 2009. TPG has two offices to serve clients, one in theWestport/Plaza area and a second in Overland Park, KS. For more information contact TPG, at 816.931.8255.



May 2008
Turner Professional Group Announces "Bucks or Bras" Benefit for Rose Brooks Center
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    George Turner
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    Kansas City, MO, May 19, 2008- TPG will host a Happy Hour to benefit Rose Brooks Center in conjunction with the US movie premiere of "Sex and the City". The theme is "Bucks or Bras", as the women who seek shelter at Rose Brooks Center often arrive with just the clothes on their backs, often leaving behind simple items like undergarments. TPG partnered with Seven Downtown, Rose Brooks Center, and Cinemark on the Plaza to raise awareness in a way that empowers women.

    It is clear that "Sex and the City" has had a positive impact on couples and individuals seeking therapeutic help. Lisa Meyers, Therapist/Owner, said "George and I have been long time fans of the show. We loved the powerful themes Sex and the City embraced about empowered, intelligent women, who were all looking for that universal theme...love". Creating a benefit around the premiere was a perfect fit for TPG. "Carrie and her best friends send incredible messages about love, sex and women." stated George Turner, Therapist/Owner. TPG focuses on healthy positive sexuality and communication for individuals and couples. TPG also counsels families impacted by domestic violence. Comprehensive sex education can help prevent the ravages of sexual misuse and abuse.

    Rose Brooks Center offers Kansas City an emergency shelter for up to 75 women and children, a violence prevention program in 37 schools, a hospital advocacy program located in six area hospitals, a children's therapeutic program, court advocacy, outreach counseling and a Transitional Housing Program. All programs are offered from one site helping to provide survivors of domestic violence a full continuum of care to heal and become independent from violence. The Rose Brooks Center maintains federal status as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations of cash or new undergarments will directly assist women in transition.

    Nestled in the heart of downtown, SEVEN has modernized Kansas City's passion for northern Italian cuisine. Lisa Meyers and George Turner, of TPG heard about opportunities to host Happy Hour at Seven, after spending months trying to plan an event around the movie premiere for Sex and the City. They contacted Tom Abbott, Manager, and pitched the idea for a benefit. Mr. Abbott indicated that the date was available, and the event took off from there. Lisa Flemming, Director of Rose Brooks, said "We are always looking for new and creative ways to generate interest in our shelter. A small event like this Happy Hour can raise a little money and a whole lot of awareness about domestic violence". Seven is located at 613 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64106, (816) 777-1107.

    For more information about stopping the cycle of domestic violence, contact Lisa Flemming, at 816.523.5550 or visit www.rosebrooks.org. For more information about "Bucks or Bras", contact George Turner, at (816) 931-8255.

    About Turner Professional Group- TPG is a joint venture between local therapists and counselors, including Karen Rowinsky Counseling and Medina Bilingual Counseling, dedicated to providing services that encourage healthy relationships.






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