Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW
Peer Reviewer(s): Doni P. Whitsett, MSW, PhD
Item#: N1627
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)

Sexual Health Counseling, Updated 1st Edition



Price $19.95
Item # N1627
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Nurses often feel uncomfortable and unprepared to approach sensitive sexual health topics with their patients. This course provides an introduction to the range of sexual health topics that present in clinical care describes healthy sexual development and offers basic sexual health assessment diagnostic tools and interventions.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Buehler, S. (2014). What every mental health professional needs to know about sex. New York, NY: Springer. 

Carnes, P. J., Green, B. A., Merlo, L. J., Polles, A., Carnes, S., & Gold, M. S. (2012). PATHOS: A brief screening application for assessing sexual addiction. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 6(1), 29–34. doi:10.1097/ADM.0b013e3182251a28 

Eisenberg, M. E., Garcia, C. M., Frerich, E. A., Lechner, K. E., & Lust, K. A. (2012). Through the eyes of students: What college students look for, find, and think about sexual health resources on campus. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 9(4), 306–316. Abstract retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13178-012-0087-0 

Kleinplatz, P. J. (Ed.). (2012). New directions in sex therapy: Innovations and alternatives. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Ogden, G. (2013). Expanding the practice of sex therapy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Course Objectives
  • Define sexual health, sexuality, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Describe theoretical perspectives of sexual health.
  • Describe sexual development at various life stages.
  • Explain ways to address sexual health with clients.
  • Describe various assessments of sexual health.
  • Identify therapeutic models used in treating sexual problems.
Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Nazareth College 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 from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor; and a bachelor of science 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 co-authored several peer-review journal articles and book reviews in the past ten years.
Doni P. Whitsett, MSW, PhD, is a clinical professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1963, her masters of science in social administration from Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences in 1967, and her doctoral degree from USC in 1987. In addition to USC, Dr. Whitsett has taught at University of California at Los Angeles School of Social Welfare and Peking University School of Sociology in Beijing, China. She has taught courses on human sexuality in clinical social work practice and human behavior in mental health settings. For many years she also taught the California Board of Behavioral Science’s 10-hour, state-required course on human sexuality. Dr. Whitsett also lectures and writes on the effects of cult involvement on mental health. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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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