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Course Description

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Engage in specialized training and gain the advanced skills necessary to assess and treat the sexual concerns of individuals and couples. This five-day intensive course includes theoretical models and content materials for sex therapy with a range of clients. The focus of the course is to increase your awareness of diverse sexuality and sexual difficulties, and how issues of sexuality arise and are addressed in clinical settings.

This course is primarily designed for people in the clinical field, with course material and assignments that focus on working with clients; however, given the course is an introduction to sex therapy as a field and practice, applications are welcome from a wide range of professions—including those who have a basic background and some training in sexuality (e.g., educators) and/or have some form of clinical training (e.g., nurses, social workers, etc.).

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

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
  • Recognize “self-as-therapist”, your social location (class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, etc.), and how it impacts your clinical work

Course Topics

  • Development and Assessment of Sexual Problems and Difficulties
  • Interventions and Treatments within Individual and/or Relational Contexts
  • Sexuality Diversity and Variations
  • Identifying Sexuality Difficulties/Problems/Disturbances/Dysfunctions
  • Relational Dynamics
  • Infidelity/Affairs
  • Pornography and Sexually Explicit Material
  • Problematizing Sexualized Behaviours (compulsions, addictions)
  • Illnesses and Disabilities
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Sexual Enhancement
  • Life Course Perspectives
  • Sexuality within Sociopolitical Cultural Contexts

Additional Requirements

You will be required to submit a CV/resume upon registration and will be informed of your acceptance within 2 weeks from your registration date.

This course is offered in-person, however, you will be required to connect to the internet to access CourseLink, our online learning management system before and throughout the course.


Assessment Item Weight
Attendance and Participation 25%
Assessment #1 25%
Assessment #2 35%
Assessment #3 (optional) 15%
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 for Continuing Education (CE) credits of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. AASECT Approval and total number of credits offered will be confirmed in March 2020.

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Section Title
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program
In-Class Instruction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00AM to 6:00PM
June 08, 2020 to June 12, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Potential Discount(s)
Reading List / Textbook
To be Determined
Section Notes

There is an application and acceptance process for admission to this course. While the course is primarily designed for people in the clinical field, given the course is an introduction to the field and practice of sex therapy, applications are welcome from a wide range of professions, including those who have some 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. If you are not accepted into the program at this time, you will receive a full refund.

Continuing Education Withdrawal and Refund Policy and COVID-19

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