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Conversations about Intimacy and Sexuality: A Training Toolkit using Motivational Interviewing

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Expression of sexuality and intimacy is not just a human right but fundamentally contributes to overall health and well-being (World Health Organization, 2006). For persons with mental health conditions, sexuality and intimacy are inextricably tied to mental health recovery and quality of life. Yet, complex barriers to sexual expression and intimacy for persons living with mental health conditions thwart this cherished part of being. 
This training covers information related to the universal importance of intimacy and sexuality and highlights a systematic path forward toward developing your workforce capacity to have productive conversations about these topics. Guided by the recovery framework and Motivational Interviewing (MI), this training will build clinical skills that, through specific to conversations about intimacy and sexuality, can extend broadly to other important topical areas in your milieu."

Learning Objectives: 

1. Describe the “spirit” of Motivational Interviewing;
2. Practice introductory techniques used in Motivational Interviewing;
3. Discuss how Motivational Interviewing (MI) could be used with persons in various contexts and in short-term counseling.
4. Gain familiarity with concepts/terminology related to gender and sexuality for person-centered conversations
5. Describe the importance of sexuality and intimacy to include persons living with mental health conditions
6. Conceptualize potential “next steps” toward developing proficiency in MI.

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Completion Requirements: 

Attend full day session