Join us for a Q&A after the course!

If you complete this course in the month of August, you’ll be invited to an exclusive, live online Q&A with instructor Donna Oriowo, PhD on Thursday, September 3rd, at 12:00 pm Pacific Time (3:00 pm Eastern).

Why you'll love this course

Sex can be fun, but for a lot of clients and parents (and therapists too) talking about sex sure isn't. Donna Oriowo wants to change that. This course will help you set the stage for an open, direct, and helpful conversation.

Course description

Despite sex and sexuality being everywhere and used to market everything, talking openly and honestly about it is still a taboo. Your adolescent clients probably want to talk about sex and sexuality with a trusted adult who is not their parent. Given the importance of adolescents’ sexual behavior in their overall health and in their identity development, that trusted adult should be you. 

As therapists, we are in a unique position to help our clients learn more about themselves, their sexuality, and how it comes into play in their daily lives. But we all live in the same world as our clients. So we have work to do. In this course, we explore how we can have these conversations with adolescent clients with openness and care. We also help parents to do the same.

1 Hour CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

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

  • Identify at least three reasons it is important to include sex and sexuality in conversations with clients

  • Identify at least two barriers they have personally that may keep them from speaking about sex and sexuality with their clients

  • Implement at least one technique for integrating sex and sexuality into discussions with clients

Course outline

1. What's the Issue?
    a. Youth sexual behavior
    b. Sex education
2. Sexual Health and the Clinician
    a. Self-reflection
3. Fear and Values
4. Youth Development
    a. Stages of development
    b. Timing key discussions
5. Reproductive Justice


Included resources

Handout: Before you get started, getting started, and following up


Donna Oriowo, PhD, MSW, LICSW, CST

Donna Oriowo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. She has master's degrees in education and social work, a PhD in Human Sexuality, and is a Certified Sex Therapist. She provides therapy, supervision, and training with a focus on issues of sex and sexuality.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Recorded video (non-interactive) format; Total running time 68 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical practice

Instructional Level:

Introductory/beginner. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of sex and sexuality, and applies that knowledge to facilitating conversations with therapy clients.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: March 17, 2020

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.

This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.