Reclaiming Sexuality for Couples with Chronic Illness

$280.00

Presented by: Dr. Melvin L. Phillips, Jr., Ed.D., LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW, CSAC
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 9 am to 6 pm.

FLEXIBLE REGISTRATION!
– Participants can attend the workshop in person, LIVE online via webinar or at a later date via video recording.

CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE LIVE WORKSHOP IN CHICAGO? Attend LIVE online via Webinar!
– Webinar also will be available to watch online after the workshop.

Description

Description: Individuals with chronic illness can constantly experience emotional distress. It can also affect a person’s ability to engage in occupational, social and recreational activities. Chronic pain due to an illness can cause muscle tension, limited mobility, fatigue, and creates changes in appetite and sleep. Working with couples who experience problems related to chronic illness may have a difficult time being sexually intimate. Sexuality in a relationship involves a wide mix of feelings and emotions and when both the individual and their partner are battling a disease, the future of their intimate lives becomes uncertain and both partners feel that loss. This workshop will provide participants with the tools on how to assess for pain and identify the skills participants can use in couples sex therapy to assist in processing the couples emotions centered on chronic illness. This workshop will teach participants on how integrate various psychotherapy interventions used for pain management. Detailed descriptions will be presented on desire, arousal, and sexual dysfunction associated with chronic illness, including the myths associated with chronic illness and sex. The workshop will provide and engage attendees with treatment modalities used with couples in the treatment setting. This will include sex therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Topics include:

  • Explain the sexual response cycle
  • List 4 myths associated with chronic illness and sex
  • Demonstrate ways to assess for chronic pain due to illness
  • Describe 2 modalities in treating chronic pain and illness
  • Discuss ways to reclaim sexual intimacy with the couples that are affected with chronic illness
X