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The DHS Degree. Unlike the other professional doctorates offered by the Parkmore Institute, the DHS degree is offered by one other organization. The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, USA, has offered such a program for many years, and it is not the intention of the Parkmore Institute to steer prospective Candidates away from this prestigious institution of higher learning. Candidates admitted to this degree program at the Parkmore Institute will typically be actively committed and involved in a career concerning human sexuality, and will be looking for a program that does not require periods of residency in San Francisco. Applicants will be individuals who are “in the field” and who already know much about their particular specialty. Typically examples would be an individual who is working in the field of sexual healthcare, or a person who is active in the field of civil liberties and human rights pertaining to sexual expression and sexual minorities. Building on their experience and expertise in such areas, Candidates in this doctoral program will then at least one Qualifying Tutorial or Seminar with one of the Institute’s Faculty. The purpose of this learning experience is to ensure that the Candidate has knowledge of a broad range of knowledge about human sexuality, rather than being narrowly focused on the particular issue that concerns their current work “in the field.” Following this Qualifying experience of learning, the Candidate ‑‑‑ together with the guidance and mentoring of a member of the Institute’s Faculty ‑‑‑ completes a Doctoral Project. This might be an article or book published in a reputable outlet, a series of publishable case reports, or a publishable piece of research.
Two examples of the sort of Candidate who should come to the Parkmore Institute: Ms. B has worked for the past ten years for an organization that addresses the problems of HIV patients and their families in disenfranchised communities. Mr. C has worked for the past ten years for an organization that advocates for LGBTQI people throughout South Asia. Both individuals come to the Institute to undertake tutorials that will round out their knowledge of human sexuality beyond their areas of specialization. Their doctoral projects may consist of a publishable clinical report and critical evaluation of the programs they have developed, or perhaps even the creation of a short film that promotes the causes to which they are devoted. They choose the Parkmore Institute because they want to learn more, because they want learning that is directly relevant to their professional work as activists, because they do not want to have to leave their work or their social life in order to residency requirements, because they know the Institute’s Faculty are “the real thing,” and because ‑‑‑ let’s be forthright ‑‑‑ they know they will benefit from the much deserved dignity of being able to use the title, “Doctor.”
If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Director@ParkmoreInstitute.org
The Parkmore Institute has offices in South Africa (Johannesburg, Gauteng) and the USA (Wilmington, Delaware). However, it is currently expanding and welcomes applications from prospective students, as well as potential Faculty and Fellows, from all parts of the world.