Engaging in dialogue with clients about their sexual health can often be difficult and uncomfortable. Providers may be unsure about the right questions to start these conversations or the most accurate and up-to-date information to provide. Clients may feel embarrassed, offended, and defensive when questions about their personal sexual behaviors are asked. Although there are many barriers preventing these discussions, sexual health counseling can be beneficial to the therapeutic and medical relationship between provider and client. Because sexual behaviors are often linked to a person’s chemical, mental, and physical health, addressing these issues is important for both individuals who are living with HIV and those who are unaware of their status. This training will provide a forum for a frank discussion about sexual behaviors that put a client at risk for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.
This training will provide:
- Various risk prevention techniques and strategies for harm reduction.
- Communication skills for engaging in sexual health dialogue while maintaining personal and professional boundaries.
- Tools for obtaining sexual health history and addressing barriers during risk assessments and referrals.
Training Length: 3.5 hours
Continuing Education Credits: Approved for 3 continuing education units by the MN Board of Social Work, the MN Board of Nursing, and for LADCs and LPCs.
Cost: Individual Rate: $75.00 Student Rate: $60.00