Clinical research has shown a link between “me too” experiences and various chronic health problems in women, including pelvic and sexual pain. This online course will train participants to treat women reporting a “me too” experience (like sexual trauma, sexual harassment, etc.) and those reporting pelvic and sexual pain. Clinicians will learn how to conduct a culturally competent assessment which is sensitive to “me too” experiences, as well as microaggression based on gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability status, etc.
The connection between Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder and co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, depression and generalized anxiety disorder will be emphasized. Evidence-based treatments for women presenting with pelvic and sexual pain will be presented in addition to appropriate therapeutic interventions for trauma-related disorders resulting from these experiences. Interviews with a pelvic floor physical therapist and registered dietician are included. Detailed case-studies will be presented. This online course provides 2.5 AASECT CEs for professionals.
Heather Davidson completed her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology at Columbia University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Therapist of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Ms. Davidson is also an EMDR certified therapist. She completed the Council for Relationship’s Post Graduate Certificate Program in Sex Therapy.
Ms. Davidson lectures extensively on couples, trauma and sexual health issues. She has been interviewed as an expert on women’s sexual and pelvic pain issues in publications such as Philly Voice and Playboy magazine’s Playboy Advisor column. Heather is also the co-author of Master Conflict Therapy: A New Model for Practicing Couples and Sex Therapy. Ms. Davidson currently maintains a full-time private practice in Narberth, Pennsylvania where she specializes in couples and sex therapy, and the treatment of trauma-related disorders.