cmhc551 | Graduate

Human Sexuality And Sex Therapy

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The goal of this course is to learn about the many facets of human sexuality and the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in a safe and respectful environment. Topics include the physiology, psychology, and sociology of sexuality, including the effects of sexual attitudes and functioning on individuals and families. Clinical applications, including the treatment of sexual difficulty and dysfunction will also be explored. Students will develop familiarity with the language and terms of sexology and demonstrate an ability to apply this knowledge to clinical situations.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Gender Identity and Roles, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality â Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, Sex and Disability

    • Examine the biopsychosocial components to gender identity.
    • Identify and examine various gender stereotypes and describe cultural influences upon such stereotypes.
    • Distinguish among specific social, institutional, legal, family, and health concerns for gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people.
    • Analyze the physical changes and the patterns of sexual expression and sex drive throughout the lifespan.
    • Discuss the myths around, and barriers to, sexuality for people with disabilities.
    • Describe adjustments and adaptations that may be needed for people with disabilities to fully express their sexuality.
    • Examine the biopsychosocial  influences on sexual orientation.

    Counseling Approaches

    • Identify best tools and practice for assessment.
    • Discuss effective interviewing techniques to ensure accuracy of information.

    Sexual Deviations

    • Identify and describe the DSM categories of sexual dysfunction.
    • Distinguish between those who represent a true pathology as identified by the DSM and those who represent different orientations and values based on culture and history.
    • Discuss free sexual expression versus the psychosocial deviations of sexual behavior.
    • Examine the influence of pornography and prostitution on arousal and developing healthy sexual relationships.
    • Examine concepts of exploitation and victimization in regard to sexual relationships.
    • Discuss different cultural perspectives on various sexual practices such as prostitution, sexualization of children, polygamists, promiscuity, etc..
    • Define sexual addiction and describe its influence on individual perceptions and expectations of human relationships.

    Ethical Issues

    • Based on identified countertransference issues, articulate how this would affect your scope of practice.
    • Identify countertransference issues stemming from your own background.
    • Describe and evaluate how you manage your own countertransference issues when working with those who have different sexual values.
    • Identify which populations you feel you would be most effective with as a counselor.
    • Describe legal obligations to report certain behaviors.

    Sexual Coercion, Medical Issues Pertaining to Human Sexuality

    • Define sexual abuse and sexual assault.
    • Discuss the motivation and causal factors in sexual assault. 
    • Define pedophilia.
    • Differentiate between the various types of sexual molestation.
    • Analyze the resistance of habitual predatory sex offenders to treatment.
    • Identify medications that might interfere with sexual activity.
    • Identify the key components of bacterial, viral, and parasitic sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Articulate the changes in sex drive and sexual behavior during and after pregnancy, including postpartum depression.
    • Discuss the psychological issues around elective abortion and spontaneous abortion.

    Historical Perspectives on Human Sexuality, Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, Sexual Techniques and Behavior

    • Discuss human sexuality in its historical context.
    • Identify anatomical structures and functions of female and male anatomy.
    • Identify the stages in the human sexual response cycle for males and females.
    • Demonstrate correct and accurate terminology when discussing human sexual anatomy and physiology.
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