In September Naek Tobing, PhD, returned to Minnesota and the Program in Human Sexuality from his home in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Tobing trained as a sex therapist at PHS in 1983. Since returning to Indonesia he has built a private practice in sexual health and marital counseling where he sees patients, provides education to the public and medical professionals, conducts research, and publically advocates for sexual health. In February, Tobing worked with Indonesian Psychiatric Association to hold a three day seminar and workshop on sexual health which hosted 115 participants.
Tobing is grateful for the training he received at PHS. He said, "I learned how to handle patients, individually and mostly in group therapy. I also learned about many kinds of sexual and marital problems."
Tobing writes about sexuality and relationships in a column for the women's magazine Kartini (since 1984), and he also writes for the most popular tabloid Nyata. Until it was banned, Tobing had a popular weekly television program about sexual health.
During his visit to the United States Tobing visited family including his granddaughter who is in her second year of studying economics at the University of Minnesota.