Skip to Main Content Skip to bottom Skip to Chat, Email, Text
"Degrees & Programs"


Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy




Estimated Tuition


Total credits


Course length

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Enroll by 1pm Central:

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Course level: Graduate

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. Students residing in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Nevada and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.


  • This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a graduate degree in counseling or related field (e.g. Psychology, school counseling, school psychology, gerontology counseling, rehabilitative counseling).

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Identify the proper anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Identify the stages in the male and female sexual response cycles.
  • Identify ethical codes that pertain to sexuality counseling.
  • Determine social and cultural elements that influence an individual’s beliefs and values regarding sexuality.
  • Analyze the role of personal values and beliefs regarding human sexuality in sexuality counseling.

Week 2

  • Identify DSM-5 diagnostic criteria of disorders related to sexuality and gender.
  • Evaluate the use of different assessment tools and techniques in sexuality counseling.
  • Formulate a theoretical conceptualization of sexual addiction.

Week 3

  • Analyze treatment approaches for issues presented in sexuality counseling.
  • Justify the use of theoretical treatment interventions.
  • Assess personal comfort levels in discussing human sexuality topics in assessment and treatment with clients.
  • Apply ethical decision-making to specific scenarios in sexuality counseling.

Week 4

  • Determine legal and ethical standards related to differing values and beliefs in sexuality counseling.
  • Examine the role of transferences and countertransference in sexuality counseling.
  • Determine strategies for counseling clients with differing values and beliefs than your own.
  • Evaluate theoretical approaches for working with clients of different social and cultural backgrounds.

Week 5

  • Examine the unique issues survivors of rape may experience.
  • Analyze treatment approaches for clients who have experienced different types of rape.
  • Design a treatment program for survivors of child sex trafficking.

Week 6

  • Analyze theoretical conceptualizations of a client in sexuality counseling.
  • Integrate positive sexuality in the assessment and treatment processes.
  • Synthesize the assessment and treatment of a client in sexuality counseling.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

Next Steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Call (844) 937-8679

Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

Before you enroll in a course, check with your school of choice to make sure they will accept our transfer credits and to understand any requirements or limitations. Then you can complete your course, and request your official transcript be sent to your school. That’s it!

How to request your transcripts