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CE Workshop: Ethical Decision Making for Sexual Relationships in the Context of Dementia Disorders
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When: Friday, November 1, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Regina M. Koepp, PsyD, ABPP
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: Ethical Decision Making for Sexual Relationships in the Context of Dementia Disorders


Workshop Description: 

People with dementia disorders experience many changes related to functioning, but often maintain a human need for intimate connection. This workshop will discuss human sexuality, intimacy, and dementia disorders. Benefits of intimacy and risks of intimacy will be reviewed. Complicating factors, such as limits on privacy and hypersexuality, as well as balancing multiple stakeholder values and wishes will be discussed. Attention will be paid to the role clinician values, staff values, and family values play when determining “appropriateness” of intimate connections. Guidelines for helping Psychologists understand and assess the capacity of an individual to consent to sexual interaction will be reviewed. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the benefits and risks of intimate & sexual connection in an older adult population with major neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., dementia). 

  2.  Participants will assess their own values related to older adults with major neurodegenerative disorders (i.e., dementia) wishing to engage in intimate connection.

  3. Participants will critique ways in which these values may influence recommendations regarding an individual’s capacity to engage in sexual interactions.

  4. Participants will utilize APA ethics code to ethically guide individuals, families, and long-term care facilities to negotiate the relationship between Respect for People's Rights and Dignity (General Principle E) and Conflicts Between Ethics and Organizational Demands (Ethics Code 1.03).

  5. Participants will discuss relevant APA ethics code and principles as they pertain to capacity, sexuality, human rights and dignity, and organizational entities.

  6. Participants will apply guidelines for assessing capacity of individuals with dementia disorders wishing to engage in sexual/intimate connection with another and be able to explain the complexity of such assessment.


      CE Hours: 6 Ethics 


      Level: Intermediate


      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Regina Koepp is a board certified Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Gerontology, and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a staff Psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) and currently provides direct patient care and consultation on the Geropsychiatry Outpatient Mental Health team. In 2015, she developed the Mental Health Gero-Champions Program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center program aimed at deepening multidisciplinary providers' knowledge and skills related to older adults and families. In 2016 & 2017, she was the recipient of national innovation grants to develop a family/couples program at the Atlanta VAMC, where she also serves as the Co-Director on the Family/Couples Intervention Team. As a professor of Gerontology, Dr. Koepp teaches about the Psychology of Aging, families, and multicultural humility, among other topics.

      Over the past decade, Dr. Koepp has developed training programs in Geropsychology and Complex Medical Problems and provides in-depth training and supervision to Pre-doctoral Psychology Interns, Psychology Post-doctoral Fellows, and Psychiatry Medical Residents.

      Dr. Koepp serves on several national, regional, and medical center committees aimed at enhancing care and services for older adults, as well as committees related enhancing multicultural humility and ethical care, these include the Georgia Psychological Association's Ethics Committee, the Geriatric Mental Health Field Advisory Committee of the VA Central Office. The Atlanta VAMC’s Clinical Advisory Workgroup, Family/Couples Services Committee, and the Dementia Committee. Additionally, she currently serves as Chair of the Atlanta VAMC Psychology Professional Standards Board and as the Chair of the Diversity Education Committee for Psychology Training for two years.

      Dr. Koepp specializes in the aging process, care of older adults and their families, as well as individuals and families experiencing life-altering conditions, chronic & terminal illness, dementia disorders, caregiving, the sandwich generation, traumatic loss, loss & transitions, end of life, and grief & bereavement. Other specialties include multicultural psychology, program development, and training and supervision. 

      She is a frequent presenter and lecturer in healthcare, academic, community-based, corporations, and professional conferences alike. She brings a sense of humor & meaning to each workshop. 


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 18, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $170: Non-members
      • $50: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After October 18, 2019)

      • $150: GPA Members
      • $180: Non-members
      • $60: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 25, 2019. No refunds will be given after October 25, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.