Free CE: Ethical Considerations in Diagnosing Female Sexual Problems

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This free, on-demand, ethics CE course discusses ethical considerations of assessment and accurate diagnosis of Female Sexual Dysfunction with a relational focus for psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals. Instructor will discuss the importance of objectivity based on scientific research, personal and cultural boundaries, especially in the light of APA, ACA, AAMFT and AMHCA guidelines of ethical diagnosis.

Course Description

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 women with sexual problems on their journey towards sexual health.

However, deciding when and what to diagnose is not an easy choice. Ethical diagnosis requires knowledge, training and familiarity with professional ethical codes, diagnostic criteria and presenting problems.

Bookshelf to Couch is pleased to offer this 1-hour-CE course for no cost at all. If you are interested in more on this subject, you can find Dr. Michael Sytsma’s 2-hour-version of this topic here.

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


This free CE is approved for 1 CE home-study (asynchronous) credits by APA, AASECT and Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

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

FL MFT approval qualifies as core content for GA according to GA Rule 135-9-.01.5.c.

APA and AASECT approvals cover LPC-s in some states. Please verify with your licensure board.

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.

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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.

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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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Michelle Ray
Posted 4 years ago
Great Material

The course was great and very informative. I like that there is a quiz at the end. I would prefer that the date completed is printed on the CE certificate for purposes of counting it during a particular licensure period.

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