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Release Date: May 23, 2016
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Clinicians must be prepared to approach discussions of sexual health in a professional, open, knowledgeable, and appropriate manner that allows clients to discuss their concerns without fear of shame or disapproval. However, research indicates that the majority of mental health providers do not receive any training in sexual health assessment or treatment.
This intermediate-level course describes ways of talking with clients about sexual topics and offers frameworks for sexual health assessment and models for intervention. The course discusses professional conduct and the importance of taking a proactive approach to a client’s sexual health. Theoretical perspectives are described, including the bio-psycho-social-cultural perspective, the sexual health model framework, and the ecological systems model of sexual health. Participants will learn about sexual development across the life span, including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Case vignettes used throughout the course depict common ways in which sexual health topics may arise in therapy sessions with clients in varying life stages. Topics specific to children are the psychosexual development theory, healthy sexual development, sexual orientation during childhood, and exposure to sexually explicit material.
The course provides information on sexual behaviors in children and adolescents and, in a useful chart format, differentiates behaviors that are normative from behaviors that are concerning. Clinical practices are discussed, such as determining conditions for treatment and gathering sexual health information. The discussion of sexual dysfunction and sex therapy treatment includes a description of the sexual response cycle. Sexual health diagnoses such as sexual abuse, gender dysphoria, sexual addiction and compulsions, and paraphilias are described. This course is designed for marriage and family therapists, and counselors who seek to better assist clients with sexual health issues.
- Define sexual health and related terminology.
- Describe theoretical perspectives of sexual health.
- Differentiate sexual development at various life stages.
- Identify ways for clinicians to address and assess clients’ sexual health.
- Explain sexual health diagnoses and sex therapy treatments.
Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Nazareth College in Pittsford, New York, where she teaches courses on mental health practice and research. She received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Rochester, New York; a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University. She has worked in a variety of practice settings, including as a case manager for the chronically mentally ill, clinical social worker and sex therapist in a university hospital outpatient setting, child therapist, and research consultant in several community projects. Her professional interests include sexual health, sex therapy, interpersonal practice, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Russell’s current research focuses on health professionals’ training in sexual health and their clinical practices. Dr. Russell has authored and coauthored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book reviews in the past ten years.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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