This introductory course is unique in Canada. It introduces health care professionals to the complex biopsychosocial role that sexual health has in patient care and best practice standards for this practice. The course uncovers the interplay between physiological, psychological and social contexts of sexuality and sexual function through an exploration of the health care professional's personal values and beliefs around sexuality. The course explores sexual issues stemming from medical, surgical and psychiatric illnesses, with a focus on chronic illness and disability including: An in-depth exploration of issues faced by our patient populations, exposure to modes of therapies and treatments for sexual health concerns, instruction on methods for sexual interviewing and history-taking and discussion of educational and counselling theories and methods. This course was developed in conjunction with industry partners, including the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine and Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service (Vancouver Coastal Health), Men's Health Initiative of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia's departments of psychiatry, gynecology and urologic sciences, and the Rick Hansen Institute (funding partner).
- This in an introductory course open to all healthcare professionals. Registered Nurses & Allied Health Registrants must have a diploma or degree in a health profession or discipline, which may include (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Medical interns or residents, Physicians, Kinesthesiologists, Massage therapists, Midwives, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers). Undergraduate students may take the course with permission from BCIT.
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- This course is not offered this term through BCIT Part-time Studies. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.
As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. Learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to perform the following:
- Provide culturally responsive and value-neutral sexual rehabilitation care.
- Demonstrate the use of a biopsychosocial approach in sexual health care.
- Describe the components of the Sexual Rehabilitation Framework.
- Apply the Sexual Rehabilitation Framework to assess for and provide sexual health care.
- Identify the emotional/social sexual implications for clients experiencing a range of disabilities, chronic illnesses and age-related changes.
- Identify treatment options and resources available for sexual adaptation following disability, chronic illness and aging.
- Discuss with clients how sexual response and reproductive health may change with disability, chronic illness and aging in relation to physical limitations.
- Exemplify ethical standards and professionalism in therapeutic communication with sexual health care clients.
- Educate health care professionals on how to integrate sexual health assessment and care into their practice and refer clients to specialized services when required.
Effective as of Fall 2022
Introduction to Sexual Health Rehabilitation (NSPN 7741) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Health Sciences
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