Reclaiming Sexuality for Couples with Chronic Illness

Nov 20, 2020 08:30am -
Nov 20, 2020 11:45am

Event Description

Reclaiming Sexuality for Couple with Chronic Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases affect 133 million Americans, representing more than 40% of the population of this country. By 2020, that number is projected to be an estimated 157 million, with 81 million having multiple conditions. More Americans are living with not just one chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease or depression, but with two or more conditions. Many chronic diseases can cause problems with sexual function. This is a topic that is not often discussed but one that is so critical for the clients that we serve in many social work settings.

This workshop will provide participants with the tools on how to assess for pain and identify the skills participants can use in couples sex therapy to assist in processing the couples emotions centered on chronic illness. This workshop will teach participants on how to integrate various psychotherapy interventions used for pain management.


Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the sexual response cycle
  2. List 4 myths associated with chronic illness and sex

  3. Demonstrate ways to assess for chronic pain due to illness

  4. Describe 2 modalities in treating chronic pain and illness

  5. Discuss ways to reclaim sexual intimacy with the couples that are affected with chronic illness


Attendees will earn 3.0 Category 1 Contact Hours.


Presenter:  Melvin L. Phillips, Ed.D., LCSW

Registration Fees - includes CE certificate (emailed after training)

3-Hour Course

NASW Members $50.00
Non-Members $72.00



This will be a virtual training. Registrants will be sent a link to join the training session online prior to the event.


Please plan to login by 8:15 am. The training begins at 8:30 am and ends at 11:45 am.






If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.  

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Jul 21, 2020.
Regular registration starts on Jul 22, 2020 and ends on Nov 18, 2020.
Late registration starts on Nov 19, 2020.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 3 Contact Hours
Member Fee: $50.00$50.00$50.00
Non-Member Fee: $72.00$72.00$72.00
 Student Registration
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $36.00$36.00$36.00