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Course Description

Engage in specialized training to gain the foundational knowledge and awareness of diverse sexuality and sexual difficulties necessary to assess and treat sexual concerns within a clinical setting.  This five-day intensive course includes theoretical models and content materials for sex therapy intervention with a range of clients.

Facilitative learning will take place within small group discussions, practice therapy sessions, lectures and videos.

This course is primarily designed for people in the clinical field, as the course material and assignments focus on working with clients.  Applicants are expected to  have a foundation in the theory and skills of relationship therapy, knowledge of basic anatomy, gender socialization, basic models of sexual arousal and response, as well as an overview of sexuality over the lifespan.  

This course does not certify you to be and/or practice as a Sex Therapist. For more information about how to become a certified sex therapist, contact an accrediting association, such as the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO), or the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, or Therapists (AASECT).

*This course requires a substantial amount of pre-course reading and submission of a pre-course assignment.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create a framework for addressing clinical issues involving sexual, relational and physiological components
  • Appreciate the complexities of working with a variety of clients and articulate a rationale for the choices in their assessment and/or intervention
  • Identify the contextual variables that effect human sexuality
  • Identify and assess for a range of common presenting individual and relational sexual problems and their etiology.
  • Recognize “self-as-therapist”, your social location (e.g., class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, positionality, ethical self, etc.), and how it impacts your clinical work.
  • Discuss the complexities of working with a variety of clients and articulate a rationale for the choices in their assessment, model, and/or intervention.
  • Apply interdisciplinary and integrative assessment/s, diagnosis/es, and model/s for addressing clinical issues involving sexual, relational, and physiological components.

Course Topics

  • Assessment of Sexual Problems and Difficulties
  • Models, Interventions, and Treatments within Individual and/or Relational Contexts
  • Ethical Considerations in Practice
  • Gender, Sexual, Erotic, and Relational Diversity
  • Identifying Sexuality Difficulties/Problems/Disturbances/Dysfunctions
  • Relational Dynamics
  • Infidelity/Affairs
  • Sexually Explicit Material, Pornography, and Digisexuality
  • Problematizing Sexualized Behaviors (out-of-control sexual and digital behaviors)
  • Illnesses and Disabilities
  • Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Sexual Enhancement
  • Life Course Considerations
  • Sexuality within Sociopolitical Cultural Contexts

Additional Requirements

You will be required to submit a CV/resume upon registration outlining your therapy/clinical background/experience and/or associated educational background. You will be informed of your acceptance within 2 weeks from your registration date.

This course is offered via remote delivery utilizing live video conferencing combined with the University's online learning management system.  You are required to be present and engaged via live video-conferencing for the full 5 days of the course.

Considering the intensive nature of this course, it is advised that participants do not schedule any other appointments/engagements throughout the 5 course days.

All class times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Proficiency in English - written and verbal required.  This course will be delivered in English and assignment submissions are to be submitted in English.


Assessment Item Weight
Attendance and Participation 50%
Assessment #1 - Pre-Course Self-of-the-Therapist Pre-Assessment and Reflection 25%
Assessment #2 - Post Course Self-of-the-Therapist Post-Assessment and Reflection 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Professional Accreditation

The outcomes have been intentionally designed to meet professional accreditation core competencies set by the following organizations:

Historically, this program has met the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).  AASECT approval is expected to be confirmed by the end of September and all registrants will be updated via email.

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Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program
Remote Instruction
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00AM to 6:00PM
October 23, 2021 to October 25, 2021
Remote Instruction
Saturday, Sunday
10:00AM to 6:00PM
November 13, 2021 to November 14, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

This course will be delivered remotely.  You will be required to participate live via video-conferencing from 10:00am - 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) daily.

Note: Due to the intensity of the program and the full class days, it is advised that you do not schedule anything else during the course dates.

There is an application and acceptance process for admission to this course. While the course is primarily designed for people in the clinical field, applications are welcome from a wide range of professions, including those who have foundational understanding and training in sexuality (e.g., educators) and/or other clinical training (e.g., nurses, social workers, etc. ).  When applying, you will be required to pay the full tuition fee and submit a resume/CV. If you are not accepted into the program, a full refund will be processed on your credit card.

This course uses Zoom for live video conferencing, combined with the CourseLink Learning Management System.

This course involves:

  • A pre-course orientation - Wednesday October 6, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00pm EST
  • Pre-course reflection assignment and readings
  • Post course reflection assignment.

Basic Technical Requirements:


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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Handbook of LGBT Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy by Bigner, J.J., & Wetchler, J.L. © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group ISBN -13: 978-0415883597
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy by Binik, Y.M., & Hall, K.S.K © 2020 Guilford Press 6th edition ISBN -13: 978-1462513673
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