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Sex Therapy

This track is for mental health professionals who are licensed in their states or provinces to provide mental health care and have completed graduate school for clinical training in their professional area. Applicable professional degrees may include a PhD, MD, MSW, or MA, Masters in MFT. The Sex Therapy track is designed to help clinicians identify and treat client challenges--both individual and couple--related to sexual problems and concerns. One full year of post graduate work is required. Sex Therapy Track participants report they value the depth of clinical knowledge and couples training, the chance to interact with professionals from so many fields, and the confidence to reach out to their communities knowledgeably about sex therapy treatment. In private practice, many report an increase of referrals from other professionals in their community after completing the certificate and listing that on their website or advertising. Throughout the program you will:

  • attend 11 classes
    • 2 four-day sessions at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
    • 2 two-day sessions at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • 5 classes offered in web-based learning
  • have the opportunity to earn 165 ACE (social work) CEUs, 165 AASECT CEUs, and where applicable for psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners and nurses, 165 CMEs

Application & Fees

Sexuality therapist - $5225.00

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)

  • Process-oriented seminar using lecture, media, experiential methods, activities, and small group discussions
  • Explores attitudes, values, feelings, and beliefs about sexuality and how these impact their professional interactions.

Core Sexual Health Education (CSHE)

CSHE 1 - Introduction to Sexual Health—Cultural and Biological Underpinnings

  • Sex and Sexuality
  • The foundations of Sexuality in History, Culture, and Religion
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexuality across the Lifespan

CSHE 2 - Medical and Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health—A Biopsychosocial Perspective across the Lifespan

  • Menstruation, Conception, Pregnancy/Pregnancy Options, Birth, Menopause
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections & Safer Sex Practices
  • Conditions impacting sexual and reproductive function for men and women - substance abuse, injury/disability, chronic illness, and medication for illness

CSHE 3 - Sexual Health Problems

  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexual Variations and Disorders
  • Criminal Sexual Behavior
  • Trauma
  • Pornography
  • Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity
  • Sexual Harassment

CSHE 4 - Intimacy and Sexuality in Couples Relationships

  • Patterns - "Hooking Up" to "Getting Hitched"
  • Same Sex Relationships
  • Alternative Lifestyles
  • Love and Attraction
  • Intimacy
  • Common Sexual Challenges in Relationships
  • Couples Therapy for Sexual Challenges

CSHE 5 - The Discipline of Sexology

  • History of Sexual Research
  • Landmark Studies
  • Application of Psychological Theories to Sexual Issues
  • History of Sexual Education in North America
  • Emergence of Sex Therapy as a Specialization
  • Professional Organizations 

CSHE 6 - Gender and Sexual Orientation

  • Gender Identity and Roles
  • Sexual Orientation 

Advanced Training In Sexuality Counseling And Therapy (ATSCT)

ATSCT 1 - Techniques of Sex-Related Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Psychosexual Disorders in the Current DSM IV-TR

  • Application of models in different settings
  • Principles of interdisciplinary consultation, collaboration, and referral
  • Ethics in the provision of counseling and therapy in sexual health
  • Sexual health interviewing and taking a sexual history in different settings
  • Assessment and brief treatment strategies following Psychosexual Disorders in the DSM IV-TR

ATSCT 2 - Theory and Methods of Sex-Related Counseling and Psychotherapy - Couple and Individual Approaches

  • Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems, integration of sexuality counseling/sex therapy and couples therapy
  • Sex therapy/sexuality counseling and desire phase problems, sexual aversion, disorders of sexual development, and trauma-related sexual difficulties
  • Treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and atypical sexual behavior

ATSCT 3 - Theory and method of assessment and treatment of psychosexual disorders related to chronic illness

  • Sexual counseling and sex therapy with medically related sexual problems - techniques and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Treating sexual health problems in the presence of chronic illness and lifespan challenges

ATST 4 - Advanced Sex Therapy Techniques: Interdisciplinary approaches to assessment and treatment of psychosexual disorders, individual and couple treatment

  • Interdisciplinary practice in psychosexual disorders--diagnosis and treatment
  • Sex therapy treatment—techniques and treatment challenges in diverse health and mental health settings
  • Clinical approaches using individual, couple, group, and innovative approaches to treatment of psychosexual disorders
  • Use of supervision as a sex therapist
  • Techniques for evaluating clinical outcomes
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