Course Profile

Course Profile: Sexuality & Mental Health (1-2 Days)*
Service users in moral danger!” “Not able to exercise any responsibility!” “Open to abuse!” These are terms with which we are very familiar. This training course will examine both the ethical, legal and professional practice implications involved and the difficulties experienced by some adults receiving health and social care services. Solutions to current challenges will be sought.*
The course is informed by The Equality Act (2010), The Sexual Offences Act (2003), Code of Conduct for healthcare support workers and adult Social Care workers, the Mental Capacity Act, DoLS, ‘Nursing LGBT people’ (RCN) and material from Stonewall. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KCF: Core 6.2, HWB4.2
QCF: HSC023, 024, 025, 026, 3019
Care certificate: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10
The course is designed for Health & Support workers in diverse roles and settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • A range of definitions including Sexuality, Sexual orientation, Sexual dysfunction, Sexual abuse etc.
  • The different ways in which sexuality can be expressed
  • Sexuality as a human need-what people get from personal and physical relationships
  • The history of discrimination against Gay Men and Lesbians in Psychiatry, the Law and society
  • Sexuality and its relationship to Mental Health e.g. Effects of medication, stigmatisation etc.
  • What is meant by sexual abuse and the different ways in which this can happen
  • How people with Mental Health needs have traditionally been infantalised in this area
  • The move from institutional care to the community; how expectations have changed
  • The difficulties experienced by people using care services in the community
  • Ethical and Good Practice considerations including Confidentiality, Safeguarding and Risk
  • The law including The Mental Capacity Act
  • How different syndromes impact on sexuality
  • Supporting people in a Person Centred anti-discriminatory way
  • Valuing Diversity-supporting GLBT service users
  • Relationships with workers (the Law and professional guidance)
  • Useful resources
* On the two day course learners will explore a range of issues including disinhibition, the use of sex workers, pornography, termination, sex education, engaging sex workers, the Internet, sex tourism, dating agencies, sex education, sexual health etc.
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Small and large group work, Problem solving, Practical exercises, Quiz, Handouts, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk