Psychology 776

PSYC 776: Human Sexuality Counseling

Prerequisites: PSYC 641

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides foundation of knowledge concerning basic human sexual functioning, knowledge of sexual diseases, awareness and acceptance of sexual variance, knowledge of sexual dysfunctions and an understanding of basic treatment and sex therapy techniques. Legal and ethical issues and concerns pertaining to sex counseling/therapy will be considered. A seminar format utilized.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of the course is to provide advanced graduate students with information that will prepare them to work with clients who may show problems involving sexual matters. Topics included are:

1. Introduction to Human Sexual Study
2. Human Sexual Functioning
3. Sexuality and the Life Cycle
4. Sexuality Norms
5. Sexuality of the Handicapped
6. Sexual Diseases and Treatment
7. Sexual Variance
8. Sexual Dysfunctions and Treatment
9. Sex Therapy Techniques
10. Legal and Ethic Issues in Sex Therapy and Counseling


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A seminar format is utilized with instructor, students and community-resource persons presenting topics of relevance to the course. Discussion, film/video tapes, presentations, as well as some lectures, are used.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The purpose of the course is to provide advanced graduate students with knowledge concerning a wide range of issues and concerns pertaining to human sexuality. Specific objectives include:

1. Increased understanding of human sexual behavior and function;
2. Increased awareness and acceptance of one's own personal sexuality and attitudes toward sexuality;
3. Knowledge of sexual dysfunctioning and treatment;
4. Awareness and acceptance of sexual variance;
5. Knowledge of sexual disease and their treatment;
6. Knowledge of basic sex therapy techniques;
7. Increased awareness of contemporary sexuality issues, and
8. Knowledge of legal and ethical issues in sex counseling and therapy.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments include in-class tests, a final examination, the assignment and presentation of research projects, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information

A variety of resources from local agencies and professionals is utilized.


Review and Approval

March 1999