Presenter: Melvin Lee Phillips, Jr., Ed.D., LCSW-C., LICSW, LCSW, CSAC | www.drleephillips.com
Category 1 | 3 CEUs
Description: Individuals with chronic pain and illness can constantly experience emotional distress. It can also affect a person's ability to engage in occupational, social and recreational activities. Chronic pain and illness causes muscle tension, limited mobility, fatigue, and creates changes in appetite and sleep. Working with couples who experience problems related to chronic pain and illness may have a difficult time being sexually intimate. This workshop will provide graduate and independent clinical level practitioners with the tools on how to assess for pain and identify the skills clinicians can use in couples sex therapy to assist in processing the couples emotions centered on chronic pain and illness. This workshop will teach clinicians on how integrate various psychotherapy interventions used for pain management. Detailed descriptions will be presented on desire, arousal, and sexual dysfunction associated with chronic pain and illness, including the myths associated with chronic pain, 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.
By the conclusion of the class, participants should be able to understand the sexual response cycle, identify and understand the myths associated with chronic pain, illness and sex, identify ways to assess for chronic pain, describe the modalities in treating chronic pain and illness, and how to revalidate sexual intimacy with the couples that are affected with chronic pain and illness.
9:00am-9:30am- Identify the myths associated with chronic pain, illness and sex
9:30am-10:30am-Identify and understand the sexual response cycle
10:45am-11:45am- Identifying the components in assessing for chronic pain
11:45am-12:15pm: Revalidating sexual intimacy with the couple
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