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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

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 has historically met the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) requirements. AASECT approval is submitted yearly. Contact our office for information on the application status.

Sponsoring Partner

Note:

The next course will be offered in January 2023.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
January 15, 2023
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
January 22, 2023
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Monday
Time
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
January 23, 2023
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Tuesday
Time
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
January 24, 2023
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
February 05, 2023
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Monday
Time
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
February 06, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
36.0
Location
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

This course has both asynchronous and synchronous components. Following the first two-hour synchronous session via Zoom conferencing, you will complete activities and assessments on the CourseLink course website. You will then attend five full-day synchronous sessions. Between sessions, you will engage in discussions with your peers in the CoruseLink discussion forums. The course ends with additional time to complete the final assessments.

Note: Due to the intensity of the synchronous sessions, it is advised that you do not schedule anything else on these dates.

Applications close two weeks before the course start date. Please review the application requirements before applying. You must pay the full tuition fee and submit a resume/CV when applying. A full refund will be processed if you are not accepted into the course.

Students are responsible for having the technical requirements to participate in this course. Including the following:

  • Free version of Zoom
  • Internet connection, wired or wireless
  • Webcam (Built in or USB plug-in)
  • Headset or a Microphone and Speaker (Built in, wireless or USB plug-in)
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Handbook of LGBT Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy by Harvey, R., Murphy, M. J., Bigner, J. J., & Wetchler, J. L. (Eds.) © 2022 Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group 2nd edition ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0415883597
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy by Binik, Y.M., & Hall, K.S.K © 2020 Guilford Press 6th edition ISBN -13: 978-1462513673
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