Friday, April 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

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McHenry County Mental Health Board 
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Kristen Doherty 
McHenry County Mental Health Board 


McHenry County Mental Health Board Network Training

 Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy

Presented by Ed Groenendal, LCPC

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

(Lunch is on your own)

Free: 5.5 CEUs for attending this training (IAODAPCA included)

Target Audience: Psychiatrist (MD), Psychiatric Nurse (RN), Psychologist (PH.D), Social Worker (MSW),Mental Health Therapist, Mental Health Counseler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and other mental health professionals

We are all sexual beings, and have that place within us where gender, security, shame, societal norms, and personal agency all meet, in the most personal experience of fantasy and most personal expression of self. While it may not be a presenting issue in therapy, the clients (and therapist’s) sexuality is always present.

This workshop will explore the underlying currents in what makes it easier or more difficult to manage these discussions in the therapy room. We will address in this range of issues from various theoretical and subjective perspectives, toward engaging more candidly and effectively with our clients.

Course Outline:

  • Indicators/Reasons to Discuss Sexual Issues
  • Sexual History as Part of Assessment
  • The Issue of Shame
  • How to Engage Sexual Issues in the Therapy Room
  • Therapist Self-Care 
  • Case Studies

Presenter: Ed Groenendal, Licensed Psychotherapist, LCPC

 Ed Groenendal is in private practice as co-owner of Advocacy Counseling Services. He and his partner, Dr. Willa Wertheimer practice in Crystal Lake. Ed has been providing psychotherapy services since 1997, specializing in trauma related counseling. He offers services for individuals, families, couples, and alternate life styles. 

Ed is a graduate of Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago Loop Campus), a member of American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a member of International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has served as vice president of ISSTD groups. 

As a clinician, international presenter and educator, Ed comes with a diverse experience of the challenges facing therapists as we work with sexual issues in the consultation room.