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Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression for Individuals with Disabilities

March 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$55 - $125

Shaniff Esmail, PhD, MSc

Edmonton, AB


Workshop Synopsis:

Physical and mental changes associated with an illness or injury can affect our clients’ sexual health adjustment. This workshop will explore the impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning. The session will provide strategies when dealing with individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Specific approaches will be provided when dealing with physical disabilities as well as individuals with intellectual challenges, Autism, FASD, Down Syndrome and mental illness. Although there are no recipes when dealing with the topic of sexuality and disability, this workshop will provide participants with practical guidelines and strategies dealing with specific sexual health concerns and promoting healthy sexual expression for individuals with disabilities.

Topic areas that will be addressed:

  1. Impact of disability on sexual health
  2. Dealing with sexuality from a sex-positive framework
  3. Dealing with inappropriate sexual behaviors
  4. Strategies for facilitating appropriate healthy sexual expression
  5. Dealing with issues of consent
  6. Strategies for service providers

Learning objectives:

  • Introduction to sexuality
  • Assumptions on sexuality and health
  • Impact of disability on sexual health
  • Issues Around sexuality for those who are intellectually challenged
  • Issues around control and consent
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior – (ISB)
  • Sexuality intervention
  • Promoting healthy sexual expression
  • Suggestions For practice
  • Case examples

Who should attend?

This workshop will be tailored for all levels of participants. Information will be provided at a level that will be meaningful for health care professionals, educators, health care aids, general service providers, family members and front-line staff.  Information will be supplemented with audiovisual material to ensure it is understandable for individuals where English is another language.

About the Presenter:

A licensed occupational therapist for 29 years, Dr. Shaniff Esmail is presently the Associate Chair and Professor with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. He began his career as an occupational therapist at the Workers Compensation Board and before long took on a sole charge therapist position where he was responsible for establishing an occupational therapy department in a rural Alberta hospital. Soon he was lecturing in the undergraduate program at the University of Alberta, progressing to studies for a master’s degree and PhD and an academic appointment. Over the years, Shaniff’s interests have included work evaluation; sexuality and disability training and education for adults, parents and children; and teaching and curriculum development in the area of physical dysfunction. He has won numerous teaching awards and has a particular interest/focus in the interface between theory and practice. Dr. Esmail’s extensive volunteer service include Associate Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta, member of the ACOTUP Education Committee, Chair of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Academic Credentialing Council, Vice President of the Alberta Council of Professionals for Sexual Health; and Vice President of the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health. SAOT is important to Shaniff as it is the voice of all occupational therapists in Alberta.

Refreshment breaks and lunch are included. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.


March 24
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$55 - $125
Event Category:


Alberta Teachers Association
Room 120, 11010-142 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada


Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists


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SAOT Member - Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression$95.00

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SAOT Associate Member - Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression$125.00

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Non Member - Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression$125.00

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Student - Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression$55.00

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