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Sexuality and the Role of Occupational Therapy - Trinity North District CEU
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Category: Trinity North District

Presentation Title: Sexuality and the Role of Occupational Therapy 

Speaker: Sarah Borsh, OTR, OTD

Food Sponsor: Parker University

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in sexual health and intimacy 

  2. Discuss sexual health and intimacy as an important part of a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life

  3. Describe how to use the PLISSIT and Intentional Relationship Models when discussing sexuality and sexual activity 

  4. Discuss occupation-based health promotion treatment interventions

Outline of the Program Content: 

As a basic part of the human condition sexuality is an ADL addressed with diverse individuals across the lifespan. Occupational therapy is a safe place for addressing sexuality.  Empathy, sensitivity, and openness are necessary aspects of the therapeutic relationship and the foundation of OT. They are fundamental in addressing sexuality. Education, remediation and modification all play a role in OT treatment interventions (AOTA, 2013).

Application or Relevance to Occupational Therapy Practice:

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process lists sexual activity as an ADL. In an ever-changing health care environment that is becoming increasingly complex and fast paced sexual health and intimacy can be left unaddressed. 

The overall goals of this discussion are to: 

Increase occupational therapy practitioner’s comfort level in addressing sexual health and intimacy (through the PLISSIT and Intentional Relationship Models)