Event description

This course includes 1.5 NYS SW and/or AASECT CE credits (see details below).

Pain is a form of sensation that is interpreted differently by a variety of people.  Multiple factors affect the experience and subsequent effects of pain, such as extent of injury, emotional state, and environmental context.  In this lecture, we will define several distinct types of pain states and the ways in which they are processed by the body and the mind.  We will explore how pain presents in clinical situations, the connection between acute and chronic pain states, and their effect on sexuality and its expression.  Pain has been used in ritual for centuries by various cultures to augment intimacy, connection, and allow for vulnerability in relationships; we will explore how some individuals and cultures use pain as a means of augmenting connection and pleasurable sensation. These historical case studies reveal alternate options for reframing the experience of pain from an “all or nothing experience” to a complex and versatile facet of the human condition.

*PROGRAM APPROVED: The Sexuality Speaker Series has been approved by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as a continuing education provider (# 0314) for licensed social workers. This course is approved for 1.5 CE Credits.

*PROGRAM APPROVED:  This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 1.5 AASECT CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.