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Hormones, Health & Love: Helping Couples Remain Intimate in Mid-Life and Beyond

October 19 @ 8:30 am - 12:15 pm


Hormonal changes, health issues, and satisfying intimate relationships challenge all long-term couples at some point.  However, mid-life is often the starting point, especially when we consider the sweeping changes brought on by menopause.  In addition, “Manopause” can impact individuals and couples as well and is poorly defined, consiered, or even mentioned by clients, couples or other health care providers.

This workshop is designed for mental health practitioners and other who counsel same and/or opposite sex couples who are in mid-life and beyond.  The focus will be two-fold, first, to define the most common physiologic changes and challenges faced by men and women in their 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s and second, how these health challenges commonly effect individuals and couples as their contact with and dependence on health care systems and providers increases.

Special attention will be paid to how shifts in health status and treatments for morbid conditions can and do affect self-image and sexual intimacy.  Emphasis will be placed on how to help clients adopt health-seeking behaviors that will facilitate a greater sense of empowerment versus infirmity in their intimate relationships as they age, feel more liberated to adopt new and appropriate expectations for sexual satisfaction, and increase their literacy regarding sexuality and aging.

8:00—8:30 Registration and light refreshments
8:30—10:15 Common aspects of aging: in general and problems specific to men and women that most commonly negatively impact sexual function
10:15—10:30 Break
10:30—12:15 Specific strategies for helping patients restore sexual satisfaction

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to

  1. Identify the most common health problems faced by individuals and couples in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s
  2. Summarize how normal aging can and frequently does impact sexual intimacy and satisfaction
  3. Explain the relationship between health seeking behaviors and libido in both men and women
  4. List at least two ways to help clients define sexual intimacy and satisfaction on their own terms as they navigate the aging process

Evelyn Resh, CNM, MPH, CSC, MSN
Certified sexuality counselor with The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Certified nurse-midwife.

Fees $45 per person / $45 per certificate
No charge for Caregivers, must pre-register

LMHC Application for MaMHCA continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at “http://www.berkshireahec.org/training-event/hormones-health-love-helping-couples-remain-intimate-in-mid-life-and-beyond/” for the status of LMHC CE certification.

Social Worker Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at “http://www.berkshireahec.org/training-event/hormones-health-love-helping-couples-remain-intimate-in-mid-life-and-beyond/” for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Nursing Berkshire AHEC, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Substance Abuse Counselor Application has been made to the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services/LADC Unit for contact hours for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Assistants.

Psychologist CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


October 19
8:30 am - 12:15 pm
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Berkshire AHEC


Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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