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Sexuality Education

The Sexuality Education track is for professionals with an undergraduate or master's degree (or higher) who regularly provide information about sexual health in educational or health care environments. This includes professionals who work in settings such as schools, residential treatment facilities, medical centers, and family planning centers. One full year of work in a people-related field is required after graduation. Past program participants report that the curriculum design, the comprehensive learning about sex, and the collaboration between professionals were invaluable parts of the Sex Educator Track. Throughout the program you will:

  • attend 9 classes
    • 1 four-day session and 2 two-day sessions held at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
    • 5 classes offered web-based learning
  • have the opportunity to earn 135 ACE (social work) CEUs, 135 CMEs, and 135 AASECT CEUs

Application & Fees

Sexuality educator - $4275.00

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 Education (ATSE)

ATSE 1 - Curriculum design I

  • Development of educational/learning philosophy
  • Curriculum and syllabus development, Level 1
  • Teaching/training activities
  • Pedagogic styles and strategies, Level 1

ATSE 2 - Curriculum design II

  • Semester-long consultation culminating in weekend course
  • Development of educational/learning philosophy
  • Curriculum and syllabus development, Level 2
  • Teaching/training activities
  • Pedagogic styles and strategies, Level 2
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