Counselling in Psychosexual Therapy (SEXH5403)


Students will explore the application, practice and evidence base of a range of counselling techniques/models to sexual health settings. These will include: sexual dysfunction, fetishes and apraphilias, pornography and sex addictions/compulsive behaviours. The unit of study will be conducted in two stages. Stage one is an online component and stage two is a compulsory intensive teaching block. During the intensive teaching block students will extend their knowledge and practice of counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions for sexual health concerns through role-plays, as well as participate in a Sexual Attitude Re-Assessment Seminar (SARS). On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Apply a variety of counselling and/or psychotherapeutic techniques in addressing sexual health concerns; (ii) Critique the application of counselling and/or psychotherapeutic techniques in addressing sexual health concerns; (iii) Develop treatment/management plans for a variety of sexual health concerns; and (iv) Develop an awareness of sexual attitudes.

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Online plus block intensive mode, 4 days, 9am-5pm


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


Long, L.L., Burnett, J.A., & Thomas, R.V. (2006). Sexuality counseling: An integrative approach. New Jersey: Pearson Ed.

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