Physical disabilities are caused by accidents, disease and congenital conditions and have far reaching impact on all aspects of life. The biopsychosocial impact of this kind of catastrophic occurrence always has impact on a person’s social and sexual health. What does this mean for the people and their partners who face this? What can sexologists do to help and what are the important themes they need to be aware of?
Using the ICF model of function-activity-participation, participants will learn to approach sexual difficulties based on concepts common in physical rehabilitation treatment. For some patients treatment is about assisting in finding new possibilities for sexual expression within the limitations caused by the disability. Often times, norms and cognitions about sexuality will prohibit satisfactory sexual adjustment and need to be addressed. The systemic impact of an illness or disability is an essential aspect of an effective treatment. Assisting people with congenital and early onset disabilities means encouraging their social sexual development. Personal attitudes of the sexologist towards people with disabilities can influence the therapeutic relationship and effectiveness of a treatment. Awareness about possible interfering cognitions will be encouraged in the supervision.