Description: This course is an introduction to female sexual dysfunction and will serve as an overview of issues related to desire, arousal, orgasm, and pain. Attendees will learn how to accurately diagnose sexual issues and also how to differentiate between primary and secondary concerns.

This course is designed to be wholistic in nature, taking into consideration the nuanced nature of female sexuality and the ways in which it can shift over time throughout the life cycle. Specific topics that will be covered include early development, familial influences, religious and societal influences, attitudes about one’s body and sexuality, body image, relationship history, pregnancy and childbirth, transition to parenting, relationship as context, sexual health of partner(s), attitude and experience of aging, peri-menopause and menopause, illness and disability, and how sexuality relates to existential concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess one’s own hesitations and fears around addressing sexual issues and develop a normalizing, open clinical approach that allows for discussion of sexual concerns in an environment free of shame and judgment
  • Explain the difference between responsive and spontaneous desire and the ways in which to educate clients and their partners about the varied ways desire can manifest
  • Discuss the differences between arousal and desire concerns and how to diagnose each accurately
  • Discuss ways to accurately assess orgasmic difficulties, given the highly subjective experience, and how to guide clients in expanding their orgasmic potential through mindfulness and behavioral changes

Activity Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30am: Introduction and overview of course

9:30 -10:30am: Desire

10:30 – 11:30am: Arousal

11:30 – 12:30m: Orgasm

12:30 – 1:00pm: Sexual Pain