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Course Descriptions

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Systemic Sex Therapy I

Systemic Sex Therapy 1 is the first of three 30-hour courses that present various aspects of Sexology and Sex Therapy, including the assessment and treatment of sexual disorders designated in the DSM-5.

We use the Intersystem Approach (IA), a comprehensive, intimacy-based model in which sexual issues are viewed within the wider contexts of the family, the intimate relationship, and cultural, environmental, and other systems. The IA will be used throughout the duration of all three sex therapy courses.

The topics covered in Systemic Sex Therapy 1 include, but are not limited to: sexual anatomy, physiology, sexual disorders, sexual development and normative age-related sexual changes, sexual response cycles, sexual interviewing techniques, current evidence-based literature, sexuality research, and history of sexology. Specific sexual disorders, such as hypoactive sexual desire disorder in men and female sexual interest/arousal disorder are thoroughly discussed. Consideration is also given to: alternate forms of sexual expression, creating a safe and ethical environment for treatment, emerging forms of intimate expression and relationships, possible impacts of disability on the experience of sexuality, and the self of the therapist.

Systemic Sex Therapy 2

Systemic Sex Therapy 2 is the second of the three 30-hour courses presenting various aspects of Sexology and Sex Therapy.

The topics covered in Sex Therapy 2 include, but are not limited to the following: bio/psycho/social considerations relating to erectile disorder; the complex etiology of the often-misunderstood dysfunction, delayed ejaculation; and the prevalence, etiology, assessment, and treatment of premature ejaculation. Additionally, the partner’s response to the various male and female sexual disorders is considered through a systemic filter. Female sexual disorders are explored comprehensively, including female orgasmic disorder and genito-pelvic pain penetration disorders.

Because human sexual expression can be broad and varied, we will also discuss uncommon sexual presentations that are not listed in the DSM-5. The multifaceted topic of early trauma and its effects on the adult relationship are considered. We establish criteria for differentiating sex abuse survivors from those with sexual disorders in the absence of emotional or sexual trauma. Infidelity assessment and treatments are thoroughly explored. Finally, general principles of sex therapy are examined incorporating the wide range of traditional and alternative treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness-based therapy. Issues of sexual pharmacology, such as the impact of medications on sexual functioning and pro sexual medications, are studied.

Systemic Sex Therapy 3

Systemic Sex Therapy 3 is the third of three 30-hour courses presenting various aspects of Sexology and Sex Therapy.

In this course, advanced/current topics in sex therapy are presented. These include but are not limited to: physical issues which impact sex, the multidimensionality of sex, sexual diversity, gender variance, transgender phenomena, paraphilias, alternate lifestyles, non-monogamy, sexual minorities, sexsomnia, preconceptions about normalcy, homophobia & heteronormative bias. Other subjects include: influences of technology on intimate relationships, sexual compulsivity, asexuality, controversies over the treatment of pedophilia, and the impact of culture, ethnicity, and spirituality on sexual identity. The professional development of the therapist continues to be a focus of the course: therapist sexual value system, comfort, integrity, ethics, knowledge, non-judgmental attitude, language, and confidentiality are all explored in the context of the topics presented.

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR I & 2)

The SAR is a process-oriented, structured group experience that promotes the therapist’s awareness and comfort related to the sexuality of the self and others. The SAR format includes lectures, explicit media, experiential activities, and small group discussions. Therapists’ values and attitudes affect the quality of treatment; therefore, active participation in the SAR is essential. This experience will enhance awareness of and comfort with the diversity of human sexual attitudes and behaviors. Moreover, the SAR promotes non-judgmental and respectful attitudes toward others, especially those who differ from the therapist in attitudes, values, feelings, beliefs, and sexual behaviors. Each SAR is 7 hours.  SAR 1 is a prerequisite to SAR 2.

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Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)