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Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan

Author: Carly Sell, DNP-BC, William Cook, Phd
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CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

The research on human sexuality provides clinicians with applicable knowledge of how relationships are structured during adulthood, the effect of this on sexuality, and the spectrum of relationship practices clinicians may encounter in the clinical relationship. Clinicians have their own histories of sexual development, identities, contact, beliefs, interest, and experiences and as such should think about the ways in which their ideas may influence interactions with patients across the spectrum of sexual development. Clinicians should take time to interrogate their biases, cultural contexts, and areas of inexperience when addressing human sexuality across the age spectrum. Commonly used vocabulary referencing experiences of early, middle, and late adulthood sexuality and relationships are presented, and effective therapeutic interventions are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Sexual Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  1. Terminology
  2. Birth Through the Onset of Puberty
  3. Puberty
  1. Culture and Sexual Development
  1. Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  1. Sexuality in Adulthood
  1. Early Adulthood
  2. Middle Adulthood
  3. Later Adulthood
  1. Relationship Contexts and Sexuality
  1. Monogamous Adult Relationships
  2. Pregnancy, Infertility, and Childrearing
  3. Infidelity
  4. Consensual Non-Monogamy
  1. Summary


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