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Sex and Medicine: The Imperative for Medical and Mental Health Providers to Address Sex and Sexuality

In 2011, both the National Prevention Strategy and Healthy People 2020 recognized “reproductive and sexual health” as a national priority which has important implications for clinicians and patients. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.

This is a two-part training for medical and mental health professionals to explore proactive strategies for supporting the sexual health of patients of all ages, with extra tips and tools for supporting patients who identify as sexual or gender minorities and/or who experience intellectual, developmental, and neurological diversity.

Part 1: Thursday, July 16th 3-4:30 p.m. PDT


  1. Understanding sexual health as a critical part of overall healthcare
  2. Emphasizing comprehensive sexual health over specific disease prevention
  3. Recognizing medical and mental health providers as key players in preventing abuse AND promoting healthy sexuality throughout a person’s lifespan
  4. Identifying and overcoming the barriers to addressing sex and sexuality
  5. Learning specific strategies for initiating conversations about sexual topics in different provider setting

Part 2: Thursday July 23rd 3-4:30 p.m. PDT


  1. Promoting the use of medically accurate terms and body parts
  2. Normalizing discussions of sexuality with medical and mental health providers
  3. Challenging assumptions about sexual expressions
  4. Learning practical tools for supporting the healthy sexuality of sexual and gender minorities AND people with intellectual, developmental, and neurological diversity
  5. Advocating for an inter-disciplinary team approach to supporting sexual health

Both webinar trainings will be available for free CME Credit. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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If you have any accommodation needs to attend these trainings, please contact Angie Stapleton at stapleta@ohsu.edu 7 days prior to the event.

This webinar series is brought to you by the University Center of Excellence and Developmental Disabilities and Among Friends.

Presenter bio

Shanya Luther, M.Div. –Founder and Director of Among Friends

Shanya Luther

Shanya Luther is a social-sexual ecologist and a professional trainer in the field of human sexuality, with nearly 20 years of experience. Shanya writes, speaks and presents about all facets of sexuality, gender, and relationships; utilizing an ecological framework, attachment theories, developments in neurobiology, and trauma informed care. She holds a bachelor's in Family and Child Development, a Certificate in Family Life Education, and a Masters of Divinity. She continues to study art, movement therapies, interpersonal relationships, and emotional intelligence. Shanya is the founder and Executive Director of Among Friends. In addition to conducting trainings and consulting, she is an authorized Behavior Professional and OIS Trainer for the State of Oregon and maintains a part-time coaching practice.

For questions or accommodations, please contact us at stapleta@ohsu.edu or (503) 418-1061