Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction
(4 CEs)
Stanley Althof, Ph.D.


4 CEs

Presenter: Stanley Althof, Ph.D.

Recorded workshop available via video on demand



Description: This course is an introduction to the treatment female sexual dysfunction, Attendees will learn how to treat sexual concerns arising both with an individual and in the context of a relationship.

Attendees will acquire an overview of best practices in terms of treatment and be given the opportunity to consider both the art and the science of treating female sexual concerns. Specific attention will be paid to the importance of developing or participating in an already existing treatment team.

Learning Objectives:

  • List 3 differences between dyspareunia and vaginismus and the ways to best collaborate with medical providers when treating either concern
  • Describe 3 ways in which a client’s partner can influence outcomes in sex therapy treatment
  • Discuss how treatment must be amended for clients who do not currently have a sexual partner or have a non-participating partner
  • Explain 3 clinical considerations that must be made when treating clients with cultural, religious, or otherwise ideological barriers to participating in mainstream treatment protocols or best practices

2:00 – 4:00pm: Overview of treatment models

4:00 -5:30pm: Case Studies

5:30 – 6:00pm: Discussion and Wrap Up

Speaker Bio:

Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004 he moved his clinical practice to West Palm Beach, Florida where he opened the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. Dr. Althof is on the Consulting Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. He and his two former partners were the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Althof also consults with several major pharmaceutical companies to develop and validate outcome measures, design research methodologies, and conduct clinical trials on a variety of new treatment options for male and female sexual problems. Dr. Althof is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Menopause and the International Journal of Impotence Research and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. He is the Associate Editor of two books- Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction.

As a skilled clinician and scientist, Dr. Althof’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and their impact on men, women, and couples. He has been instrumental in the development of sex therapy as a sub-specialty. Dr. Althof is the author of many original publications and has contributed numerous chapters to leading textbooks in psychiatry, urology, and sex therapy. He is a highly sought after lecturer and travels extensively both internationally and within the United States to present his research findings.

Dr. Althof received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, which was followed by additional postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.

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