Psychology: Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Primer for Helping Professionals

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About Course

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently more than 110 million cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. Some are curable with proper medical treatment; however, many are not. Symptoms vary by infection, and many STIs are asymptomatic. If left untreated, many STIs can develop into more serious health concerns, including certain types of cancer, severe reproductive health complications, infertility, and even death.

Because of the prevalence of STIs across populations, human service and mental healthcare professionals in the course of their work are likely to encounter many people living with STIs. This basic-level course provides human service and mental health clinicians with information about STIs and a framework for working with clients suspected of having an STI. The course explains the sexual health assessment, the biopsychosocial components of prevention, and ways to sensitively and successfully discuss STIs with clients. Case vignettes illustrate how human service and mental healthcare professionals can aid in STI education and prevention.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 general social work continuing education credits. 

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Define terms related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Differentiate myths from facts related to STIs.
  • Recognize the elements of STI prevention, including assessment, screening recommendations, transmission prevention methods, partner notification, and counseling and education.
  • Describe considerations for clinicians who work with clients who have STIs.
  • Identify types of STIs and risk factors, causative agents, signs and symptoms, and treatment of common infections.

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of the Social Work at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where she teaches courses on mental health practice and research. She received a PhD in education from the University of Rochester (her doctoral dissertation concerned mental health practitioners working in the area of sexual health), a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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