Sexuality & Fertility after SCI


Live Webinar Date and Time: Tuesday, June 11, 2024. 4:00-5:30pm CT

Note: If you are unable to attend the live event, you will be automatically enrolled in the on-demand version.  The on-demand version will be available six weeks after the live broadcast.

Description: “What does this mean for my sex life?” “Can I have children?” This webinar will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how to answer these common questions from patients after a spinal cord injury (SCI). The evidence-based content, along with expert consensus, provided throughout this webinar will assist healthcare professionals to develop the knowledge and identify resources needed to engage in conversations regarding sexuality and fertility after spinal cord injury. This webinar will focus on increasing knowledge to improve comfort in addressing this conversation through defining the anatomy and physiology of sexual function related to SCI, treatment options and available data and resources.

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define anatomy and physiology effect of spinal cord injury (SCI) on sexual functions.
  • Identify treatment and options to improve sexual function and maximize fertility.
  • Describe ways to introduce education on sexuality and fertility after SCI to patients.
  • Analyze statistics and resources surrounding relationship status related to SCI.

    Instructors: Allison Kessler, MD, Kelly Rosenbaum, OTR/L & Colleen Zale, MOT, OTR/L, PT, DPT, NCS

    Audience: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

    Continuing Education Credits


    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

    Occupational Therapy:

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID 9184. This distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    Physical Therapy: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by California and the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education for 1.5 Contact Hours on 2/29/2024.

    The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

    Speech-Language Pathologists:

    Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
    Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
    Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
    Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
    Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.
    Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:
    Allison Kessler, MD - Has nothing to disclose.
    Kelly Rosenbaum, OTR/L - Has nothing to disclose.
    Colleen Zale, MOT, OTR/L, PT, DPT, NCS - Has nothing to disclose.

    Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

    High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 
    Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

        Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of a live webinar, please provide written notice by email or by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


        Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning