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.
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.
- 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
- Sexually Explicit Material, Pornography, and Digisexuality
- Problematizing Sexualized Behaviors (out-of-control sexual and digital behaviors)
- Illnesses and Disabilities
- Sexual Enhancement
- Life Course Considerations
- Sexuality within Sociopolitical Cultural Contexts
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.
|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%|
Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.
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.
*Course details are subject to change.