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Human Sexuality:
Advances and Treatment

10 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $99.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Course fulfills Human Sexuality course requirements for psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs in California and other states.

This course is also offered as part of a Pre-licensing Savings Package of pre-requisite courses.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

Sexuality is one of the most fundamental parts of being human and is usually present in therapy, whether explicitly or implicitly. Its effects on identity and individual or relational issues are almost always intertwined with therapy, and well-qualified therapists need to have a working knowledge of all its aspects. The well-qualified therapist must be versed in sexual psychoeducation, how sexuality affects individual and couples relational issues, and how to directly address sexual issues when they are explicitly part of therapy. Many therapists are reluctant to discuss sexual issues with clients. This course, with this frank discussion of sexual issues and its information on sex therapy, will help therapists become more comfortable and conversant with sexuality in its many and diverse forms.

Expert Contributors

This advanced course in human sexuality covers required CE topics in many states and goes well beyond to include more in-depth discussion of sexuality issues. Section One explores couples' sexual issues and principles of couples therapy. It includes an audio interview with renowned sex therapist Dr. Barry McCarthy and articles by best selling author and therapist Esther Perel, SW, author of Mating in Captivity. Section Two addresses societal issues about sexuality, which negatively impact healthy sexuality, and explores whether pornography is always unhealthy or may serve positive purposes. It includes a audio from sex therapist and critical thinker Dr. Marty Klein on the "War on Sex," along with articles by Dr. Klein, therapist Wendy Maltz, LCSW, author of The Porn Trap, and psychologist Dr. Kimberly Young, world renowned expert on Internet addictions and online behaviors. Therapists will learn about the exponential rise in the use of Internet pornography, how it affects couples and society, how and when to treat it, and differing ways to view porn. Section Three considers sexuality issues concerning women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, the middle-aged and elderly, and includes a discussion of sex and HIV. You will learn the latest guidelines from the American Psychological Association (APA) and American Counseling Association (ACA) that describe required clinical competencies for therapists working with LGBT populations, and introduced to American Psychological Association (APA) primer on The facts about sexual orientation and youth. Next there is a review of the inequalities in the health care system for people with HIV, and HIV-positive psychologist, Dr. Tom Smith, describes in an audio interview the current state of HIV prevention and living with HIV. This is followed by a unique audio interview with George Zilbergeld, brother of the famed Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld, authors of Better Than Ever, which explains why and how sex in middle and old age isn't just a compromise but an erotic joy. Section Four contains up to date information on contraception from the World Health Organization, including sections on contraception methods for HIV-positive people. Section Five examines the most recent information on the physiological aspects of sexuality, including information on sexually transmitted diseases; their incidence, symptoms and treatments. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Explain basic sexual anatomical and developmental function to clients.

2.    Discuss the incidence, causes and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.

3.    Identify the common treatments for STDs.

4.    Summarize the sexual disorders which may be present for male and female clients.

5.    Review the challenges that may exist about sexuality and sexual function within special populations.

6.    Specify the treatments for Internet pornography addiction or compulsion.

7.    Appraise whether/when pornography use is harmful.

8.    Explain the basic competencies expected of therapists who work with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations.

9.    Describe what does and does not constitute sexual dysfunction.

10.    Identify the issues concerning HIV and sexuality.

11.    Identify the sexual issues facing married and elderly people and how to treat them.

12.    Summarize the key principles and perspective of feminist psychology concerning sexuality.

13.    Review the principles of couples sex therapy.

14.    Describe the connection between sexuality and intimacy.

Course Syllabus

Sexuality and couples

  • Principles of couples sex therapy
  • Marital sex and desire after motherhood
  • Using erotic fantasies to revitalize couples' sex lives
  • Infidelity in relationships

How values interface with sexual issues

  • The cultural and legal war against healthy sexuality
  • The healthy role of pornography

Internet pornography

  • When is it a problem for individuals or couples?
  • Treating internet pornography

Sexual issues with specific populations

  • A new perspective on women's sexual problems
  • American Psychological Association clinical guidelines for working with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients
  • Clinical guidelines for working with transsexual clients from the American Counseling Association
  • Health inequities that exist for men with HIV
  • Being gay in middle and high school
  • Sex among the middle-aged and elderly

HIV and sex today

  • Today's illusion of safety leads to an increase in HIV infection
  • How to encourage safe sex

Information on contraception from the World Health Organization

  • Combined oral contraceptive pills
  • Progestin-only pills
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • Injectable contraceptives
  • Contraceptive patches
  • Vaginal rings
  • Implants
  • IUDs
  • Female sterilization
  • Vasectomies
  • Contraception decisions for HIV-positive women

Incidence, symptoms and treatments of sexually transmitted diseases

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Other STDs
  • STDs in women and infants
  • STDs in adolescents and young adults
  • STDs in racial and ethnic minorities
  • STDs in men who have sex with men
  • STDs in persons entering correctional facilities

Physiology of pediatric sexual development

Male reproductive endocrinology

Female reproductive endocrinology

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