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Course Description

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, applications are also welcome from those who have a foundational understanding, education and 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).

*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
  • 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 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.

All class times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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

Assessment

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 should be received by the beginning of January and all registrants will be updated via email.

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*Course details are subject to change.

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