COVID-19's Impact on Sex and Sexuality
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. This greatly affected daily life as we know it in all facets. This presentation will be an in depth look on how sex, relationships, dating, and sexuality have been impacted in regards to mental health.
It will also examine the current state of its impact as this virus moves from a pandemic to endemic. There will be a discussion about the possible future of this impact and what that means for clinicians discussing sexual topics with clients.
Program will be an intermediate level
1. Based on research, participants will be able to identify areas of sexuality and
relationships where people have been most affected due to COVID-19, including BIPOC communities.
2. Identify additional areas/connections that need to be examined with clients to
address issues concerning sex and relationships.
3. Discussion on the possible future of sexual treatment based on the research.
New Jersey native, Monifa Ellis-Addie began her undergraduate experience studying movement/dance therapy at Stockton University in New Jersey. After working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, Ca., she decided to return to therapy earned a MA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). With a focus on human sexuality she began teaching workshops on various female sexual health topics, such as sex toys that assist in vaginal health and healthy masturbation.
She went on to work for Banyan Therapy Group specializing in sex addiction and becoming a candidate to become Certified Clinical Partner Specialist to treat partner betrayal trauma. While working at Banyan for the past five years, she returned to her alma mater, TCSPP, as a professor. Here she taught Sexual Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy for three years. She is also co-owner and founder of PEACE Wellness Collective, a counseling center focused on changing the stigma around therapy for BIPOC.
Monifa has a passion for spreading knowledge and decreasing shame on sexual issues through appearing on podcasts, hosting workshops, and appearing in sexual health surveys like one that addressed the top sex positions for sexual issues found on betweenusclinic.com. Monifa goes back and forth between California and Georgia for work and family.