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

October 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:15 pm


Hormones, Health, and Love – CANCELED 

This message is to inform you that due to insufficient registrations Berkshire AHEC has canceled Hormones, Health, and Love scheduled for Friday, October 19 from 8am to 12:15pm.  Berkshire AHEC sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please continue to monitor the Berkshire AHEC event calendar for future CE programs.  Full refunds will be issued.   For questions, please contact us at berkshireahec.org/contact-us.

 Thank you,

Berkshire AHEC

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.

8:00am – 8:30am Registration and light refreshments
8:30am – 10:15am Common aspects of aging – in general and problems specific to mean and women that most commonly negatively impact sexual function

  1. Peri-menopause and menopause
  2. Erectile dysfunction
  3. Weight gain and loss
  4. Cardiovascular disease
  5. Mobility limitations and orthopedic issues
  6. Changes in hearing, visual acuity, olfactory sensitivity, and taste
  7. Reduced stamina
  8. Medications
  9. Mental health concerns: depression, cognitive changes, substance use
  10. Risks associated with some sexual partnerships: STIs, violence, unintended pregnancies for women who are not yet post-menopausal
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 12:15pm Specific strategies for helping patients restore sexual satisfaction

  1. Become a willing and well-informed clinician
  2. Comprehensive assessment: sexual history, specific sexual practices, what does the patient want and/or expect (Make referrals as needed to medical practitioners or sex therapists)
  3. Management techniques and recommendations for gender-specific problems such as atrophic vaginal changes and erectile dysfunction
  4. Normalization of changes in function and its importance as a therapeutic tool. Helping patients come to terms with physical changes
  5. Encouraging patients to develop a new sexual narrative that corresponds with who they are as older and aging adults including the use of sex education materials, therapeutic writing, movement/exercise, sex toys, and timing of sexual activity
  6. Encouraging patients to explore resources for information

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 BerkshireAHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5585. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. BerkshireAHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 3.5 NBCC hours.

Social Worker This program has been approved for 3.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D-80131.

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. 3.5 contact hours.

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. 3.5 credit hours.


October 19, 2018
8:30 am - 12:15 pm
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