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Sensitive Topics in Women’s Health: Sexuality, Menopause and Mental Health

7-Night Eastern Caribbean & CocoCay Cruise
Round-trip Miami, Florida
November 30 - December 07, 2024
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16 CE Credits for Psychologists
16 ASWB ACE Credits
16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
16 ACPE Credits
16.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$795 for Physician Assistants
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Caring for perimenopause and menopause patients in 2023: diagnosis, common symptoms, treatments
    • Understand the physiology of perimenopause and menopause
    • >li>Utilize the 2022 Position Statement of the North American Menopause Society to inform care of midlife women experiencing perimenopause and menopause
  2. 51 is Getting Younger all the Time: maximizing longterm health in menopause
    • Explain the differences in cardiac response to HT in younger menopausal women versus older menopausal women
    • Individualize care for symptomatic menopausal women with medical comorbidities
    • Consider the effect of hormone therapy in promoting bone health
  3. Mood and Menopause: diagnosis and treatment of Perimenopausal Mood Instability
    • Differentiate perimenopausal mood instability (PMI) from major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • List effective treatments for PMI including psychological and pharmacological approaches
  4. I Canít Sleep and Iím Getting Fat: evaluating and treating the twin scourges of midlife
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common sleep disorders and list behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for them
    • Define the common disease of obesity and list effective psychotherapeutic and medical treatments
  5. Nutrition and the Aging Brain: can we prevent dementia?
    • Understand how nutrition impacts brain changes with aging
    • B. Describe what we can learn from the Blue Zones and other research about nutrition and healthy aging brain
    • Develop skills to talk with patients and ensure a brain-healthy diet is accessible to them
  6. Beyond Masters and Johnson: models of female sexuality
    • Describe the four major models of female sexual behavior
    • Utilize the four models to counsel patients with concerns regarding their sexual function
  7. Female Sexual Dysfunction: disorders of desire, arousal, and orgasm
    • Be familiar with the DSM-V diagnostic categories of female sexual dysfunction
    • Utilize the ISSWSH Process of Care to manage hypoactive sexual desire disorder
    • List at least 2 behavioral and 2 pharmacological treatment options for female sexual dysfunction
  8. When Sex Hurts: causes and treatments of dyspareunia
    • Utilize a stepwise approach to diagnosis of dyspareunia
    • Explain and initiate treatment when appropriate
  9. Reproductive Psychiatry: 2023 Update and Overview
    • Describe key parameters of the field Reproductive Psychiatry in 2023 and why it is relevant today
    • Define the role of Neuroactive Steroids (NAS) in both the etiology and the treatment of psychiatric conditions in the female patient
  10. Depression Across the Female Reproductive Cycle 1: Focus on PMDD, PME and Menopause
    • Identify the hormonal effect on depression in the non pregnant female
    • Describe diagnostic criteria for PMDD and hormonal and non hormonal interventions
  11. Depression Across the Female Reproductive Cycle 2: Focus on Perinatal Depression
    • Recognize unique features to consider in the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression
    • Identify and become comfortable using with at least three screening tools for PMADs
    • List several biopsychosocial risk factors for PMADs
  12. Beyond Postpartum Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Anxiety Disorders
    • Identify which anxiety disorders most commonly present in the perinatal period
    • Describe the role of estrogen, progesterone and oxytocin in the etiology of these disorders
  13. Bipolar Disorder in Women: Meeting the Challenge 1: Managing Bipolar Disorder in the non-pregnant female patient
    • Describe evidence-based management of bipolar disorder in women
    • Identify how hormonal treatment may impact course of disorder as well as treatment options
  14. Bipolar Disorder in Women 2: Meeting the Challenge 2: Managing Bipolar Disorder during Pregnancy and Postpartum
    • Describe options for treatment of bipolar disorder during pregnant and postpartum to optimize safety of mother and infant
    • Discuss with your patient the risk/benefit ratio of the use of psychotropics during the perinatal period
  15. Diagnose sexual dysfunction in females (FSD) using DSM-5 terminology.
    • Identify common barriers in identification of FSD in clinical settings
    • Develop a treatment plan for women with FSD
  16. Evidence Based Approaches to Female Patients with Low Libido
    • Describe 3 behavioral interventions for the female patient with low libido
    • Describe both hormonal and non hormonal treatments for low libido in females
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Karen E. Adams, MD, NCMP, IF

Karen E. Adams, MD, NCMP, IF
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Program in Menopause & Healthy Aging
Stanford Medicine
Stanford, CA Karen Adams MD, FACOG, DipACLM, NCMP, IF is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. She is the Director of The Stanford Program in Menopause and Healthy Aging, a program that connects specialists in many fields to provide world-class care for women in the second half of life. Dr. Adams is double-board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Lifestyle Medicine, a Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner, and a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health. She is the course director for the Oregon ECHO Program in Menopause, a state-wide program to educate primary care and women’s health providers in menopause care.

Dr. Adams is an award-winning educator and has lectured to medical audiences locally, nationally, and internationally, including a January 2020 TEDx talk entitled 'Sleep, Sex, and Menopausal Zest" with over 150,000 views on YouTube.

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD
Reproductive Psychiatrist
Endowed Chair of Reproductive Psychiatry, Maureen Hackett Foundation
Director, Division of Reproductive Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital
The Women's Place (Reproductive Psychiatry), Texas Children's Pavilion for Women Dr. Nicole Cirino is a Reproductive Psychiatrist (Board Certified MD physician) and Senior Faculty member in both the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. She the Division Director of the Division of Reproductive Psychiatry, which is one of the leading programs in the field nationally and is housed within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Childrens Medical Center in the Women's Pavillion.

She was fellowship trained in Reproductive Psychiatry at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine where she also completed her Psychiatry Residency. Reproductive Psychiatry is a specialty area of Psychiatry that focuses exclusively on the treatment of women across the reproductive life cycle. She teaches topics including Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Menopause and Mood Disorders, and Female Sexual Medicine to medical students, residents, fellows and practicing clinicians internationally. Besides psychotropic and hormonal interventions she is also skilled in Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sex Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as other evidence based behavioral interventions.

Dr. Cirino is also a specialist in Female Sexual Medicine. She is a Certified Sex Therapist through the governing body American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She is also an International Fellow with the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH).

Dr. Cirino's research interests involve medical and behavioral therapy interventions for perinatal mental health conditions and female sexual dysfunction. She recently moved to Houston, Texas from Portland, Oregon and is married with three children. Traveling with family and friends and teaching are her greatest passions.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sat Nov 30 Miami, Florida
- 4:30 pm
Sun Dec 01 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Mon Dec 02 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 03 Basseterre, St. Kitts
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Dec 04 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Dec 05 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Dec 06 Coco Cay, Bahamas
9:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat Dec 07 Miami, Florida
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Miami, Florida - As far as vacation destinations go, Miami tops most sun-seekers’ lists. With its gorgeous beaches, vibrant neighborhoods and melting pot of cultures, the Magic City is the perfect place to spend a few days before your Caribbean island hop. Ahead of your cruise from Miami, jump-start your morning in true Miami style with a Cuban cafecito from a ventanita — a streetside shop window. Then climb the historic lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on quiet Key Biscayne before lounging on the island’s secluded sandy shores. If you’re looking for a bit more action, head to South Beach — home to world-class restaurants, nightlife, shopping and lively beaches, all set against snap-worthy Art Deco buildings. Art lovers who visit Miami can head to Wynwood and explore the neighborhood’s colorful street murals and local galleries. Or take a trip back in time at the Renaissance-style Vizcaya estate, which offers a glimpse into Miami’s dazzling past.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Basseterre, St. Kitts - The island England zealously defended from Brimstone Hill, the "Gibraltar of the West Indies." In Basseterre, a mini-London, there's Piccadilly Circus to shop and a gingerbread version of Big Ben by which to check the hour.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - Named after a Danish Queen, Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking deepwater harbors in the world. The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town centre, making it easy to combine sightseeing with St. Thomas’ fantastic shopping opportunities. Eighteenth century architecture provides the perfect backdrop for walking tours and shopping here in the "Duty Free Capital of the World." For a dose of history, visit Emancipation Park, the American-Caribbean History Museum, or Bluebeard the pirate's castle at Magen’s Bay. If tropical bliss is what you're after, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will lull you into deep relaxation!

Coco Cay, Bahamas - Located in the middle of the Caribbean's bright blue water lies the secluded island of CocoCay. With its white-sand beaches and spectacular surroundings, CocoCay is a wonderland of adventure. Reserved exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, this tropical paradise has recently been updated with new aquatic facilities, nature trails and a ton of great places to just sit back, relax and enjoy a tropical drink.

CocoCay Map

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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