Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Primer for Helping Professionals - C6510


About Course #C6510

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently more than 110 million cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. Some are curable with proper medical treatment; however, many are not. Symptoms vary by infection, and many STIs are asymptomatic. If left untreated, many STIs can develop into more serious health concerns, including certain types of cancer, severe reproductive health complications, infertility, and even death.

The course describes the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment for specific STIs, with additional information on working with adolescents and older adults - two groups where STIs are proliferating. Case vignettes illustrate how human service and mental healthcare professionals can aid in STI education and prevention. The course describes the counseling, diagnosis adjustment, and partner notification processes and illuminates issues related to STIs among sex trafficking victims and transgender persons. The course also details the legal and ethical responsibilities of the helping professional.

Course Objectives

  • Define terms related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Differentiate myths from facts related to STIs.
  • Recognize the elements of STI prevention, including assessment, screening recommendations, transmission prevention methods, partner notification, and counseling and education.
  • Describe considerations for clinicians who work with clients who have STIs.
  • Identify types of STIs and risk factors, causative agents, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common infections.

About the Author

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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