WHAT: ‘Human Sexuality in Everyday Clinical Practice’
WHEN: Friday, 6th March 2015
WHERE: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Saint John of God Hospital is holding a conference on ‘Human Sexuality in Everyday Clinical Practice’ which will take place at Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin on March 6th. We believe it offers anyone who deals works with others in a professional or pastoral way an excellent opportunity to consider and develop their awareness of psychosexual issues in their routine clinical practice.
International mental health research has consistently highlighted that mental health professionals are reticent in engaging with their clients about sexual history and current sexual functioning. (Sholursh et al., 2003; Rele & Wylie, 2008; Sciolla, Ziajko, & Salguero, 2010). Arguably, the focus and attention of mental health professionals of all disciplines to the psychosexual needs of their clients has been poorly developed (Levine, 2010). There tends to be a paucity of supervised psychosexual placements for training clinicians, leading them to lack comfort in dealing with sexual problems, identifying appropriate treatment plans, or exploring the complexity of sexuality skilfully. As a result, some clients may avail of mental health services without addressing critical areas of therapeutic need.
This event will offer professionals of all disciplines an opportunity to reflect on the centrality of human sexuality in their work. Participants will be introduced to the historical context of how sexuality has been understood and approached in mental health care. It will also outline current research and theory which informs best practice in clinical and therapeutic contact with clients. It will explore common sexual difficulties and identify appropriate assessment strategies, and relevant medical and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches. In all of this, the event aims to empower participants to incorporate greater attention to the psychosexual needs of their clients in their routine clinical practice, and to overcome professional reticence in engaging with psychosexual matters.
To book& make payment of €120 conference fee, please contact Marie McCourt (01-2771662 or 01-2771440. firstname.lastname@example.org.