Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course is part of a 3-course series on Human Sexuality As a central aspect of human identity, experience, and wellbeing, clinicians should understand sexuality as a part of holistic work across mental health disciplines. This series provides information about language, terms and definitions, and various human experiences that clinicians will encounter when working with clients in general and specifically related to sexual health. Clinicians can use the case examples presented throughout the learning material to reflect upon how their sexual identity, beliefs, and experiences may affect engagement with specific clients and inform their conceptualizations about areas of concern for clients. The courses in this human sexuality series are:

Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan

• Fertility and Sexual Health Interviews

Sexuality in Context and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexual Disorders and Sex Therapy

For professionals seeking California licensure: Taken together, the three courses in this series meets the requirement for 10 hours of human sexuality training.

This course presents information about the process of pregnancy from a biological perspective, as well as considerations for sexuality and relationships during the experience of pregnancy and through childbirth. This learning material provides the information necessary for clinicians to gain a working knowledge of the possible challenges with fertility that their clients may face, as well as existing treatment approaches for infertility and how their clients experience these options for intervention. The course also explores the potential effects of fertility challenges on sexuality and intimate relationships and uses clinical examples for illustration and reflection.

Clinicians working with clients across settings, demographics, and areas of presenting concern may find it beneficial or necessary to obtain a sexual history from their clients at some point during the relationship. As such, this learning material presents guiding principles and thought processes regarding how and what sexual history information might be helpful to gather when working with different types of clients or in certain settings. Further, thought-provoking questions are presented for the clinician’s reflection to help develop their sense of what might be appropriate for their own practice with clients. Learners can adapt the comprehensive sexual history questions to fit with their clinical tools and use the identified areas for exploration to facilitate their professional growth. Case examples that apply these assessment questions show clinicians how this information might be helpful to the clinical process. This learning material gives clinicians the information and tools needed to apply sexual history assessments to their own practice.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

Describe the effects of pregnancy, childbearing, and parenting on sexuality.

Identify indicators and causes of infertility, as well as fertility treatment options.

Explain how the clinician can support clients’ emotional and sexual health during pregnancy and experiences of infertility.

Recognize necessary clinical considerations when conducting a sexual health or history interview.

Identify appropriate questions to ask during a sexual health or history interview.

Course Syllabus



Fertility, Childbearing, and Sexuality

  • Conception
  • Sexuality During Pregnancy
  • Childrearing, Parenting, and Sexuality

Fertility Challenges and Fertility Treatments

  • Fertility Problems in Women
  • Diagnosis of Female Infertility
  • Fertility Problems in Men
  • Diagnosis of Male Infertility
  • Fertility Treatments
  • Medical Gender Transition and Fertility

The Effects of Infertility on Emotional Sexual Health

  • Emotional Aspects of Infertility
  • Support for Emotional Health During Infertility
  • Sexuality and Infertility

Conducting a Sexual Health or History Interview

  • A Safe Space
  • Clinical Considerations for Appropriateness When Gathering Information
  • Sexual Health Questions


Jessie Timmons, LCSW

Jessie Timmons, LCSW, is a seasoned therapist and teacher of social work, as well as a practiced advocate for cultural humility and inclusive advocacy. She is a former faculty member of Temple University’s School of Social Work and is a current board member, having served two years as the board president for the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW). Her teaching and professional development have focused on ethical practice and in particular on making inclusiveness and affirmative advocacy an integral part of the ethical practice of social work and social work education.

Accreditation Approval Statements is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6991. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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