Beyond the Years: Fostering Therapeutic Competence in Addressing Sexuality, Aging, and Consent                                     

8 Wednesdays, Bi-Weekly
February 14-May 22, 2024 from 12:00pm-1:30pm ET 

12 CEs | Live On Zoom

Facilitator: Nathalie Huitema, PhD                                         

Program Dates8 Meetings: February 14, February 28, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, 2024

Cost of Program: Free for NEAFAST Members; $80 for nonmembers. Become an NEAFAST Member!
Cost of 12 CEs:
$156 for NEAFAST members; $180 for nonmembers

Beyond the years: Fostering therapeutic competence in addressing sexuality, aging, and consent will embark on a transformative professional development journey tailored for mental health professionals navigating the complexities of sexuality, aging, and consent. Through a series of engaging sessions, participants will explore biases, integrate knowledge models, and hone skills to address the unique challenges and opportunities in providing therapeutic support to older adults. From cultivating awareness and empowering autonomy to exploring diverse frameworks and innovative models, this program offers a dynamic space for professionals to enhance their practice and contribute to the well-being of aging populations. Join us in fostering a more inclusive and informed approach to the intersection of mental health, sexuality, and aging.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to articulate the various dimensions of intersectionality as they relate to sexuality, aging, and consent. 

Learning Objective 2: Participants will be proficient in differentiating between diverse frameworks surrounding sexual consent in older adults.

Learning Objective 3: Participants will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges and considerations around sexuality, aging, and consent in a therapeutic context.

12-12:15: Review of previous topic and introduction to current topic
12:15-12:30: Discussion on perspective of the topic discussed, from the list of topics below
12:30-12:45: Identification and practice of interventions in relation to therapeutic conversations around the topic discussed.
12:45-1: Introduction and discussion of case study/case consultation
1-1:15: Continuation of discussion of case study/case consultation 1:15-1:30: Review, discussion of gains made.
  • 2/14: Navigating Narratives: Addressing bias and debunking myths in the practice of mental health professionals.
  • 2/28: Cultivating Awareness: Integrating knowledge and PLISSIT in the practice of mental health professionals.
  • 3/13: Holistic Approaches: Understanding the interplay of aging and illness in mental health professionals.
  • 3/27: Empowering Autonomy: Sexual rights in the context of older adults for mental health professionals.
  • 4/10: Building Bridges: Effective communication in the realm of mental health professionals for aging populations.
  • 4/24: Exploring sexual consent through commonly used frameworks.
  • 5/8:  Exploring sexual consent through the Sexual Consent Potential Model
  • 5/22: Understanding and affirming sexual consent in later life in a therapeutic setting.


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Dr. Nathalie Huitema (she/her) holds a Ph.D. and is a registered sexologist, serving as a sex therapist for Dutch expats. Additionally, she acts as a dissertation advisor in the Human Sexuality department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Huitema is a dedicated sex educator, having created diverse sexuality training programs for long-term care. Her passion for sharing knowledge is evident in her role as a consultant and presenter at both national and international conferences. Furthermore, she is a (co-)author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and has been featured on local radio shows and podcasts. Dr. Huitema specializes in the intersection of sexuality, aging, and consent.

This activity is pending certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LMFT professional continuing education.

This activity can be retroactively approved for CEs for Massachusetts LMHCs. Learn more at

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at [email protected] the status of social work CE accreditation


Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Cancellation Policy: Please email us at [email protected] if you are unable to make it. We will give a full reimbursement for cancels prior to August 7, 2023.