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Document Type

Entry Level Capstone - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Emily Dickey, MSOT, OTR/L, Upper Extremity Recovery Specialist

Second Mentor

Mariana D'amico, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Extensive research on addressing sexuality within the spinal cord injury (SCI) population was reviewed for six weeks prior to starting the development of an educational training program for the Sheltering Arms Institute (SAI) rehabilitation team. The research is presented in the form of a literature review and revealed an approximate gap of around 22 years in which health care professionals failed to implement knowledge translation techniques in the area of sexuality within the SCI population. Along with this evidence from the literature review, results from a survey distributed to staff at SAI working on the SCI unit also provided sufficient evidence to support my capstone project of developing a sexuality educational program for staff, and providing structure for the overall implementation of sexuality rehabilitation for the Sheltering Arms Institute SCI unit. Throughout the capstone experience various projects were completed to support the planning, development, and implementation of the first phase of a sexuality rehabilitation program at Sheltering Arms Institute on the SCI unit.

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