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Michael-Metz-BP.jpgMichael E. Metz passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family March 7, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old. Mike was a giant in our field of human sexuality. He was a seasoned clinician, highly respected teacher, and award-winning author. He was a nationally respected psychologist and couples therapist with Meta Associates in St. Paul, MN, and the author of numerous books and articles in the field of sex therapy. He was also a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague. He was married to his loving wife Hildy Bowbeer for 26 years and had two wonderful children, Kristin and David. He was loved by his siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, other loving relatives, and many friends.

Metz earned his PhD with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For 12 years, Metz served on the faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. There he had a number of roles as coordinator of transgender services and postdoctoral training. He also directed the clinic's relationship and sex therapy program.

He went on to develop a highly successful independent private clinical practice in association with several other colleagues at Meta Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota.

As a psychologist and marriage and family therapist, he treated more than 6,000 individuals and couples for a variety of individual and relationship problems including depression, anxiety, relationship conflict resolution, intimacy deficits, sex dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, infidelity, adapting to chronic medical problems (e.g., cancer), and stages of life. He was a major spokesperson for a comprehensive, integrated "biopsychosocial" approach (attention to comprehensive medical, psychological, and interpersonal features) to addressing and resolving relationship conflict and sexual problems.

Metz had been a member of several professional organizations including, the American Psychological Association (APA), American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the International Academy of Sex Research, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He was also a member of the relationship-positive professional network -- Marriage Friendly Therapists. He also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sexual Health.

As a teacher, Metz taught advanced level courses at the University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis), the Department of Family Social Science, the College of Liberal Studies, and the Graduate School; and lectured and led workshops at institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, McGill University (Montreal), and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

He regularly made presentations to universities and clinical consultation groups, as well as numerous community, church and synagogue, and special interest groups (e.g., American Cancer Society prostate cancer recovery groups, the RESOLVE infertility support program, and marriage enrichment programs). He also presented professional improvement workshops with professional clinical staff, at professional societies, professional continuing education (CE) workshops, all-day workshops under the sponsorships of Health-ED, as well as taught international workshops in Acapulco, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada; Havana, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Caracas, Venezuela; and Montreal, Canada.

As a writer, he authored more than 60 professional articles and book chapters in the areas of couple intimacy, relationship conflict styles, sexual health, sexual medicine, and cognitive-behavioral features of satisfying relationships. He was the author of four books with Barry McCarthy: Enduring Desire, Men's Sexual Health, Coping With Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and Coping With Premature Ejaculation (PE). Coping With Erectile Dysfunction was awarded the 2007 SSTAR Best Consumer Sexual Health Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research as well as receiving the 2011 Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapy. Enduring Desire was awarded the 2011 Best Book Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

He conceptualized the "Good Enough Sex Model" which was greeted with great appreciation. The model uses cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relation factors to promote cohesion, cooperation, and intimacy. He developed the Styles of Conflict Inventory which was a brief self-report measure designed to aid in the assessment of relationship or couple conflict.

He received many other awards during his career. He was awarded the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's "Lifetime Distinguished Service" award, as well as two Distinguished Service Awards from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Most recently he was acknowledged for his lifetime contributions by the Society of Sex Therapy and Research.

No words can fully express his contributions to our field and the wonderful friend and colleague he was. He will be missed and remembered always.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring.  Memorials preferred to Growth and Justice or St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark, NJ.

Condolences can be sent to Metz's wife:
Hildy Bowbeer
215 10th Avenue, S.
Unit 312
Minneapolis, Mn. 55415

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