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Dialogue Panel Presentation: Addressing the Sexual Health and Intimacy Needs of an Active Duty Population
Description: Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being related to sexuality. In a battle-injured population, service members often experience sexual disability, considered one of several "invisible" injuries, which is associated with multiple combat injuries including dismounted complex blast injury (DCBI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and spinal cord injury (SCI) (Tepper, 2014). Lack of healthy intimacy can significantly impair recovery and contribute to ongoing mental health problems and suicide (Ritchie, 2003).
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify intimacy and sexual functioning needs in a battle injured population; identify barriers/ challenges impacting intimacy and sexual functioning within a military setting; recognize the importance of healthcare provider education regarding barriers to intimacy and sexual functioning; recognize the Importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in a hospital setting to address intimacy and sexual functioning issues; recognize unique challenges to healthy intimacy and sexual functioning among combat injured active duty military service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, psychological health issues, amputations, groin injuries, etc.; prepare clients on how to advocate for information and resources; identify next steps and opportunities for expansion and research.