Essentials of Female Sexual Problems-On-Demand Homestudy

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What Every Psychologist/Counselor Needs to Know

• Asynchronous / Homestudy •

This Introductory-Level course discusses thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis, relational focus, and ethical treatment choices for psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals. Up-to-date nosology using DSM-V, ICD-11, AFUD and ICSM will be presented.

Course Description

Did you know that 40% of pre-menopausal and 75% of post-menopausal women report sexual problems? As such, female sexual problems affect a significant portion of the treatment-seeking population in therapy offices. Sexual health problems are often co-morbid with other psychiatric disorders, yet few clinicians are trained to pinpoint them accurately. As a result, many women suffer from undiagnosed sexual problems.

Identifying sexual health issues often falls on mental health professionals along with the decision to determine whether the issue can be treated in the office or needs a referral to another health care provider. As a clinician, you are an important touchpoint for these women on their journey towards sexual health.

This course will provide you with up-to-date and scientifically substantiated information so you can feel more confident in diagnosing female sexual health problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the difference in major sources of nosology in sexual problems
  • Assess whether the clinician is being presented with a dysfunction, disorder, discomfort or distress about a sexual problem
  • Assess for relationship context and make an accurate diagnosis of FSD in planning treatment
  • Explain rationale in the DSM-5, ICD-11, ICSM and AFUD for combining or keeping desire and arousal separately
  • List major categories of diagnosis for female sexual disorders

Why Did We Create This Course?


The recorded version is approved for 2 CE home-study (asynchronous) credits by APA, GA MFT, AASECT and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

FL LCSW and GA MFT approvals should cover MFT and LCSW boards in most other states, including Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Bookshelf to Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Bookshelf to Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Important: Following the purchase of this course you must register for the recorded session using the GoToWebinar link emailed to the email address you had provided when you set up your Bookshelf to Couch account.

Programming Levels

Introductory level of programming is designed for participants who wish to become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods and perspectives related to this topic. It is also relevant for participants who wish to refresh their knowledge with the most current evidence and practice from the experts. It may be used as a foundational base for advanced learning. Introductory programs typically focus on breadth, enrichment and general knowledge.  Note: Anyone is welcome to enroll in any of our courses regardless of the level of programming of the course.

To learn more about how Course Programming levels are determined, visit our FAQ page.

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AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

Area A: Ethics and Ethical Behavior

Area H. Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality including, but not limited to, illness, disability, drugs, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, other infections, sexual trauma, injury and safer sex practices.

Area I: Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

Next Steps:

Course Information:

Register for the GoToWebinar recording using the link you had received via email.

After viewing the full recording, you need to pass the post-test with a 75% passing grade in order to receive your CE certificate. You will be prompted to print your certificate after you had passed the post-test.

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