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Course Description

Engage in specialized training to explore the relationship between issues in sexual development and sexual functioning. Focus on theory, research, and clinical interventions for sex therapy with a range of clients in a clinical setting. 

Facilitative learning occurs through small group discussions, practice therapy sessions, lectures and videos.

This course does not certify you to be and/or practice as a sex therapist. For more information about becoming 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 is offered in a blended format and uses Zoom videoconferencing and CourseLink, the University's online learning management system. 

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 affect 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
  • Consensual and Non-Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • Sexually Explicit Material, Pornography, and Digisexuality
  • Problematizing Sexualized Behaviors (out-of-control sexual and digital behaviors)
  • Sexual and Related Mental Health Issues
  • Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Sexual Enhancement
  • Life Course Considerations (e.g. aging adults, young to mid-life adults etc.)
  • Sexuality within Sociopolitical Cultural Contexts

Additional Requirements

  • This course is primarily designed for people in the clinical field, as the course material and assignments focus on working with clients. Clinical fields include medicine, psychology, counselling, couples and family therapy, social work, and psychotherapy.
  • There is an application process.
  • It is expected students will attend all synchronous video conferencing sessions. Mandatory attendance may be required if you are applying for CE units from an accrediting association such as ASSECT.
  • Online discussion, readings, and individual and group work is scheduled to be completed via CourseLink, your course website, before, between and after the synchronous video conferencing sessions.

Application Process

Upon registration, you will be required to submit a CV/resume outlining your therapy/clinical background/experience and/or associated educational background.

Applicants are required to have a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, clinical experience, and a strong foundation in the theory and skills of relationship therapy, knowledge of basic anatomy, gender socialization, basic models of sexual arousal and response, and an overview of sexuality over the lifespan.

You will be informed of your acceptance within two to four weeks from your registration date.

Proficiency in English—written and verbal—is required. This course is delivered in English and assignment submissions will be submitted in English.


Assessment Item Weight
Participation - Graded Discussion and Individual & Group Activities 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:

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 36 AASECT CE Credits. These CE Credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Sponsoring Partner


The next course will be offered in Summer 2023 (online synchronous). Dates TBA

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