Mentored Activity: How to Consult About Sexuality

Use the Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestions, and Intensive Therapy (PLISSIT) model in your clinic.

  1. Chose a patient from your clinical work.
  2. Ask the patient about his/her sexual life and function using the PLISSIT model.
  3. Describe the interaction and your personal experience.  Were you embarrassed? Do you regularly approach these issues with your patients?
  4. Assess whether the patient needs help regarding this subject. Can you help the patient, or do you need to refer him/her?
  5. Write a summary of the visit and ask for your mentor’s reflections on it.