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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 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 connect to the internet to access CourseLink, our online learning management system.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Attendance and Participation 25%
Client Consultation and Therapeutic Planning Group 25%
Client Therapeutic Action Plan 35%
Critical Commentary 15%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Professional Accreditation

The learning outcomes of this course are part of the University of Guelph’s Couple and Family Therapy Program Educational and Learning Goals and Expected Student Learning Outcomes (ESLOs). The outcomes have been intentionally designed to meet professional accreditation core competencies set by the following organizations:

Sponsoring Partner

*Course details are subject to change.

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