Summer 21 - 1
July 5-July 18, 2021
Developed and Facilitated by Jenise Finlay,
University of Calgary


Beginning with an introduction to chronic pain and sexuality, this workshop will cover current chronic pain prevalence and epidemiology, how pain can affect sexuality, common concerns around sexuality for patients with chronic pain, and key aspects of improving sexual well-being in the context of chronic pain. Participants will learn about central sensitization and the psychological, physiological, and pharmacological factors that can affect sexual function in individuals living with chronic pain. Misconceptions about sex and disability will be addressed and participants will have the opportunity to
explore their own beliefs and assumptions around invisible and visible disabilities related to chronic pain.


  • Jenise Finlay (she/her/hers)
    Jenise Finlay is a sexual health nurse currently pursuing her thesis-based Master of Nursing degree at the University of Calgary with a focus on chronic pain in young adult women. She has worked for Alberta Health Services as a Registered Nurse since 2014
    in a variety of public health settings across the province including maternal-child care, communicable diseases, immunization, sexual-reproductive health, and HIV care. She has worked primarily in sexual-reproductive health since 2016 - as a clinic nurse at Edmonton’s Birth Control Centre as well as a Partner Notification Nurse at both the Calgary and Edmonton Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinics. Jenise is passionate about teaching and has expertise in connective tissue disorders and central sensitization syndromes such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility spectrum disorder, and fibromyalgia.