Incorporating Sexuality Into Psychological Practice (6 CE’s)

Presented by Maria P. Hanzlik, Psy.D.
March 4, 2021 
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level

Introductory — Designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area. The learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. Although it can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, a program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge. Risks include some potential for discomfort while discussing sexual matters.

Course Description and Target Audience

Sexuality is an innate aspect of humans across the lifespan. As a result, therapists frequently encounter a variety of sexuality issues in the clients they treat, but they may not feel well-equipped to address sexual concerns effectively. This 6-hour introductory workshop will address a wide range of sexuality issues that arise in children, adolescents, adults, and older adults as well as effective strategies and interventions for treating sexual issues across the lifespan. The risks associated with this presentation include some potential for discomfort while discussing sexual matters.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to identify five signs that distinguish normative from problematic sexual behavior in children.
  • Attendees will be able to identify three ways clinicians can assist parents in communicating with their children and adolescents about sexuality.
  • Attendees will be able to name three biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to sexual concerns during pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Attendees will be able to identify three ways to work with couples in long-term relationships for the purpose of increasing desire.
  • Attendees will be able to identify three myths about sexuality in older adults.

Presenter Information

Maria Papachrysanthou Hanzlik, Psy.D., HSPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified sex therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at The University of Delaware and both her master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a college counseling center, and community mental health centers before entering private practice. During her graduate studies, Dr. Hanzlik completed a rotation at Loyola University Medical Center’s Sexual Dysfunction Clinic and completed her dissertation entitled Say More about That: Assessing Clinical PsyD Students’ Level of Comfort Communicating about Sexuality with Clients in an Urban, Midwestern School of Professional Psychology. She co-authored an article published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education that also addressed this very important issue. Although Dr. Hanzlik treats clients across the lifespan with a wide variety of presenting problems in her practice, one of her primary specialty areas includes sex therapy. Some of the sexuality-related concerns she encounters include sexual dissatisfaction, low desire, pain with intercourse, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, difficulty reaching orgasm, sexual abuse, and compulsive sexual behavior, to name a few. Dr. Hanzlik also works with parents who want to have an open and age appropriate dialogue with their children and adolescents about sexuality but have trouble starting the conversation. Dr. Hanzlik commonly conducts trainings and workshops on sexuality-related concerns including for mental health professionals and medical schools.

Location and Costs

$100.00 - Regular Registration Fee
$75.00 - Consortium Affiliate
No Charge - NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.
***Refund/Cancellation: Please give 24-hour notice to receive a full refund of the CE cost. 

This presentation will be held via Zoom.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.