Human Sexuality

CLI HS520 - Human Sexuality

Credits: 2

This clinical course is intended to prepare students for effective practice in dealing with clients’ sexual issues. The course provides an overview of sexual issues that arise in clinical practice. Topics will include appropriate language, sexuality through the life cycle, appropriate boundaries, and cultural differences in sexuality, physiology of sexuality, taking a sexual history, sexual orientation, sexuality and disabilities, reclaiming sexuality following a history of sexual abuse,, sexual addiction and other special topics. In addition the diagnosis and treatment of the main sexual dysfunctions will be addressed. These include: inhibited sexual desire, arousal disorder, anorgasmia, vaginismus, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, retarded ejaculation and dispareunia. Behavioral, psychodynamic and systemic approaches will be examined. Students will explore the applications of this knowledge to clinical practice and will also examine their own level of comfort with this material as it relates to the clinical situation.