Sexuality for Social Workers and Other Clinicians: A Holistic Framework



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | May 13, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Bianca Palmisano, R.N., M.S.N.
CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Introductory

“I think I’m broken.” When a client’s sexual experience doesn’t fit our society’s incredibly narrow set of narratives, they often feel broken, alone and/or confused. But you don’t have any special training in sexuality. How do you understand what is normative? Does your client need a doctor? A sex therapist? More information? 

This 3-hour seminar will provide intersectional psychoeducation regarding sexuality and sexual dysfunction from a cross-disciplinary perspective. It will provide a framework for social workers to evaluate and triage sexual health questions among clients, with an eye toward effective referral making and addressing the idea of what’s “normal.” At the end of this session, you’ll have the tools to support your clients when they need to confront a stressful diagnosis or navigate the healthcare system. You’ll also walk away with a broader understanding of diverse healthy sexuality and current concepts in sex education such as enthusiastic consent.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by March 19, 2021: $65
Regular registration by May 11, 2021: $75

CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three common situations in which medical intervention is necessary for a client’s sexual health concern
  2. Identify three common situations in which a referral to a sex therapist is necessary for a client’s sexual health concern
  3. Articulate how to use enthusiastic consent as a criterion for differentiating between unsafe or simply unfamiliar sexual activity
  4. List at least four possible types of referrals for sexual health issues

  • 1 - 1:15 p.m. ET     Welcome and Overview
  • 1:15 - 1:35 p.m. ET     Frameworks for the class
  • 1:35 - 2:30 p.m. ET     Naming what is wrong and finding the right expert
  • 2:30 - 2:40 p.m. ET     Break
  • 2:40 - 3:20 p.m. ET     Spectrum of healthy sexuality
  • 3:20 - 4 p.m. ET    Affirmation strategies, supporting self advocacy and resources for sexual health literacy
  • 4 - 4:15 p.m. ET     Q and A and Closing Reflections

About the Instructor:

Bianca Palmisano, R.N., M.S.N., (they/them) is a public health nurse, medical consultant and sex educator. As the owner of Intimate Health Consulting, they specialize in training healthcare providers to better address issues of sexual health, as well as LGBT, sex worker, and sexual assault survivor competency. They are a gynecological teaching associate at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and have written on topics related to healthy sexuality and patient care for Psychiatry Advisor. They are also a two-time presenter for the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and a planning committee member for DC's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Palmisano is the primary author of "Safer Sex for Trans Bodies," an outreach and education guide for the trans community sponsored by Whitman Walker Health and the Human Rights Campaign.


Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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