Learning Objectives and CME/Disclosure Information
This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Recall implications of licensure and certification requirements in order to call oneself a ‘sex therapist’ 2. Compare and contrast potential uses of sex therapy
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG President and CEO, The ObG Project
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Method of Participation and Request for Credit
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from Dec 31 2017 through Dec 31 2021, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 weeks.
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physician Continuing Medical Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
There is much confusion about what sex therapy is, what it entails and when it is appropriate to make a referral.
The most important thing to understand is that the definitions of sex therapy and sex therapists differ significantly between individuals. It is important for the provider to understand these distinctions in order to refer patients to the appropriate practitioner that best meets their needs and expectations.
Key Clinical Points:
There is no license for sex therapy. Anyone who is licensed in psychology, psychiatry or social work can technically call themselves a “sex therapist.” Therefore, it is generally a good idea to look for a practitioner with certification in addition to licensing. Certification is available from AASECT in different areas of the sexuality field, including Sex Educators, Sexuality Counselors and Sex Therapists.
Colloquially “Sex Therapy” may refer to:
Education about sexuality
Behavioral therapy – Works with a patient on practical elements of their sex life
Psychotherapy to understand reactions to sexual issues
Sex therapy can be provided for individual or couples
A sex therapist never engages in any type of sexual activity with clients
Behavioral sex therapy is most effective when:
A patient needs basic sex education
A patient feels shame or discomfort regarding sex
A patient feels awkward and insecure around sexuality
A Psychotherapist specially trained in sex therapy is effective for:
A patient who feels shame regarding sex
A patient with body dysmorphia
A patient who has experienced trauma or sexual abuse
A couple who needs help negotiating their sex lives or has trouble communicating about sex
Sex therapy is less useful for patients who have physiological problems contributing to their sexual concerns, for low desire in long term relationships, the loss of orgasm or the onset of pain
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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information
presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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