Adult Sexual Health & Dysfunction: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Assessment & Treatment

Adult Sexual Health & Dysfunction: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Assessment & Treatment

Sexual health and functioning is a key component of quality of life for individuals regardless of identified group (i.e., sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, etc.). However, individuals’ willingness to present for treatment varies. Sexual dysfunctions can have biological, psychological, social, cultural, or a combination of causes, and result in multifaceted difficulties. Persons experiencing sexual dysfunctions may present with mood or adjustment disorders, intimate partner relationship difficulties, embarrassment, pain, fear, and decreased quality of life. Practitioners need to be familiar with the etiologies of sexual dysfunctions, validated assessments, interprofessional collaboration, and empirically-supported treatments.

The presenter has worked with persons with sexual dysfunctions caused by primary problems or secondary to medical or other disorders for more than twenty years after comprehensive doctoral training in marital and sexual health and dysfunction.  This workshop will incorporate numerous examples, anecdotes, and videos to illustrate important concepts. Interactive methods will also be used. This workshop will provide a roadmap to identifying the target areas for treatment, and how to skillfully work with individuals or couples to increase sexual satisfaction, decrease dysfunction, and improve quality of life.


  • Learn basic common statistics regarding sexual functioning in the U.S. to have an understanding of how to contextualize patients’ reported problems.
  • Understand the sexual response cycle; sexual functioning and dysfunction.
  • Explain a biopsychosocial, interprofessional approach to assessment of sexual dysfunctions.
  • Understand best practices for effective sex therapy.
  • Learn of three empirically-supported therapies that can be applied successfully to help patients with primary or secondary sexual dysfunctions.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Report key statistics for sexual functioning in adults 18 to senior adulthood in this country, including how medical conditions can often affect sexual functioning.
  • Learn useful interview techniques to inquire about sexual functioning and satisfaction in all patients.
  • Use a biopsychosocial, multimethod, multimodal, time series assessment approach to assessment of sexual health and dysfunction.
  • Explain how core elements of individual cognitive-behavioral therapy can be applied to sex therapy, including mindfulness techniques.
  • Describe and explain 5 skills of communication training that are effective tools to increase communication about sexual functioning and satisfaction.
  • Explain how improving sexual functioning and satisfaction can be a focus area to improve quality of life, and how Quality of Life Therapy may address this topic.
  • Explain the use of sensate focus, mindfulness techniques for overcoming sexual difficulties.
  • Explain why and how Social Problem-Solving Therapy is effective for an approach to primary and secondary problems related to sexual dysfunction.

Presenter: Dr. Felgoise is a licensed psychologist, Professor, Director of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her degrees and postdoctoral fellowship from Hahnemann (Drexel) University and completed an APA-accredited internship UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Felgoise earned her diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2003 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is a clinician, educator, mentor, scholar, researcher, and consultant trained in the scientist-practitioner model. She teaches doctoral courses and gives workshops regularly in Problem-Solving Therapy for Medical Patients and general clinical populations; Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Improving Quality of Life; Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Health; Qualitative Methodology, among others.

Dr. Felgoise’s clinical research focuses on quality of life in, and psychosocial aspects of, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) and Long QT Syndrome (LQTS, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia condition). Research on these topics have emphasized factors relating to quality of life, social problem solving, coping and adjustment, resilience factors (hope, optimism, spirituality), and comorbid psychological conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression). Her work has been grant supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. These research projects have been funded by the ALS Association and the Christopher Reeves Foundation, and presented at the Heart Rhythm Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurology Associations, and other conferences. She and her collaborators have published their works in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Quality of Life journals.

Dr. Felgoise has also co-authored numerous national conference presentations in her areas of research, and previously on coping with cancer, including a book published by the American Psychological Association, Helping Cancer Patients Cope: A Problem-Solving Approach. She is also an associate editor and author for the Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies by Kluewer, and co-author of a graduate textbook, Clinical Psychology: Integrating Science and Practice.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Felgoise has been an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, American Psychological Association, Div. 12 (Clinical), Div. 38 (Health), Div. 54 (Pediatrics), the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Felgoise is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Consulting Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Psycho-Oncology and others.

Dr. Felgoise has been in private practice for 15 years helping individuals cope and adjust to daily life stressors, medical conditions, sexual health and dysfunction, couples and family problems, anxiety, grief, depression, and helping individuals improve their overall quality of life and positive experiences by use of problem solving therapy and other empirically-supported cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.


Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s Fee: $115.00

Cancellation requests submitted five (5) business days before the start of the workshop will receive a 50% refund. Cancellation requests received less than 5 business days before the start of the workshop will receive a credit towards another workshop of equal value.

Social Work prn reserves the right to CANCEL and/or RESCHEDULE any workshop at any time. In the event Social Work prn cancels a scheduled workshop, we will notify all registered participants immediately, and provide either a full refund or credit towards another workshop.

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“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 6 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.”





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