Counselling in Sexual Health 1 (SEXH5402)


This unit will introduce students to the microskills, and basic theories of counselling in a sexual health setting. This unit of study has two parts: an online component and a face-to-face residential component. The face-to-face workshop will include an extension of online content and include a Sexual Attitudes Re-Assessment Seminar (SARS). The face-to-face workshop is compulsory.
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
(i) Demonstrate the application of microskills to interpersonal communication, professional communication and in a counselling context;
(ii) Apply basic counselling interventions in a sexual health context;
(iii) Critique the application of counselling and psychotherapy theories in sexual health settings;
(iv) Critique and discuss ethical issues in sexuality counselling;
(v) Demonstrate skills in taking a sexual history;
(vi) Demonstrate the ability to develop a basic management plan for an individual or couple based on best available research and clinical evidence; and
(vii) Develop a self-awareness of sexual attitudes.

Further unit of study information


On-line plus block intensive mode 4 days 9am-5pm


1 x group work task (25%); online quiz (20%); 1 x 2000 word assignment (20%); 1 x 2500 word assignment (25%); discussion board involvement (10%)


Corey, Gerald (2011) Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. ISBN: 9780840028549;
McLeod, John (2009) An introduction to Counselling. ISBN: 9780335225514

Faculty/department permission required?


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