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Sexual Interviewing and Counseling - Maywood, IL Sept 15-16, 2012

Audience: This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 16 (CEUs vary by state)
Price: $500 (Early registrant price of $475 for registrations received one month before course start date).
Prerequisites: None
Additional Certification Opportunities: CE Credits from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Participants may use this course towards earning certification through AASECT.

Pre Readings:
1. Please submit one or more sexuality-related clinical scenarios that you would like to address in the course. It will be treated as an anonymous submission for class purposes unless you write your name at the top of the case. Submissions may be emailed to the instructor by Friday or brought to class in hard copy on Saturday.


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This course was designed by sexologist and mind-body health facilitator Heather Howard, PhD, MPH to help you address sexual health concerns in your clinical practice. Sexual challenges are often associated with health challenges, yet many patients remain sexually unsatisfied or continue to avoid all sexual activity even when their health improves. Health care providers have few tools at their disposal to help their clients resume or improve sexual activity. Your ability to ask the right questions about sexuality and respond appropriately to patients’ sexual concerns will impact the success of your treatments on pain levels and sexual functioning.

In this workshop, you will develop your own clinical toolkit to address sexual health concerns, which includes sexuality counseling skills and resources, and familiarity with the Ergœrotics™ approach to sexual adjustment. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to gather more of the information needed to support and treat your clients, respond appropriately to their concerns, and recommend specific activities, tools, resources and referrals to improve their sexual quality of life.

Special Considerations:
This continuing education course includes lab work featuring group discussions about sex and sexuality. All course attendees should come prepared to discuss sexuality and to practice sexual interviewing techniques as both interviewer and interviewee.


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Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the three main functions of a clinical sexual interview
2. Identify five key elements of a clinical sexual interview
3. Identify three ways to make clients feel more comfortable with discussing sexuality
4. Discuss the four elements of the PLISSIT model of sex counseling
5. Describe the difference between the modified Kinsey sexual interview and the Annon problem-oriented history
6. Demonstrate how to phrase appropriate sexual questions and document their response
7. Identify three ways that pain, physical limitations and medical treatments can affect sexuality
8. Explain how sexual response affects pain
9. Help patients and partners to identify what areas to stimulate and to avoid stimulating
9. Recommend positions for oral, manual and penetrative sex and discuss comfortable methods and motions for stimulation
10. Recommend devices that can enable sexual pleasure and comfort


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Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Overview & definitions
9:00 Sexual Function
10:30 Break
10:45 Pelvic pain & sexuality
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Gathering Information: Sexual Interviewing principles
3:45 Break
4:00 Gathering Information: Sexual Interviewing practice and process & wrap-up
6:00 Adjourn


Day Two:
7:00 Models for sexuality counseling
8:00 Devices, tools, activities and techniques
9:00 Break
9:15 Sexual ergonomics
10:15 Modalities to address sexual pain
11:15 Lunch
12:15 Case studies
1:15 Break
1:30 Case studies continued
3:00 Additional resources & wrap-up
4:00 Adjourn


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Course Location
Additional Information

Comprehensive Therapy Services

Street Address:
5677 Oberlin Drive, Suite 106
San Diego , CA 92121
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Recommended Lodging:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Diego-Sorrento Valley
(858) 731-0100

August Course

There is a discounted rate under Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, which will be available up until one month before the course or until all rooms in the block are booked

Holiday Inn San Diego North/Miramar
(858) 695-2300
There is a discounted rate under Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, which will be available up until one month before the course or until all rooms in the block are booked

H&W makes a best effort to find recommended lodging for participants. However, our primary focus is the excellence of the course itself. Participants are encouraged to explore travel options and make the best choice to fit their needs. Hotels.com, Hotwire.com and similar sites may also offer excellent deals to save on travel costs.

Nearest Airport:
San Diego International Airport (map will open in new window)



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Instructor: Heather Howard
Dates: Saturday, Sept 15, 2012 ~ Sunday, Sept 16, 2012
Location: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Building: Maguire
Room: 160
2160 S 1st Ave
Maywood , IL 60153 (map)
Reservations: Residence Inn Oak Brook
(630) 571-1200