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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Systemic Sex Therapy

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Program Overview

This specialization is designed for students that are interested in working with individuals and couples that are facing sexual difficulties. Courses in this specialization cover the historical and theoretical foundations of systemic sex therapy, including how religion, culture and society have informed sexual behaviors. Students will learn about sexual disorders, models of therapy and assessment, creating a non-judgmental therapeutic alliance with clients and ethical issues specific to this field of practice. Additionally, students will learn how to apply this knowledge within the practice of marriage and family therapy.


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Course Details

Course Info

  • Quarter Units: 12
  • Courses: 4
  • Estimate time to complete: 9 months

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Systemic Sex Therapy

Students in this certificate are required to complete the four courses listed below.

Course Name

This course examines the foundations of the health and development of couples’ sexual relationships from the perspectives of diversity, ethics, and MFT research. The course will provide an overview of different issues that present in couples’ sexual relationships and examine how historical religious, cultural and social mores have informed sexual behaviors and satisfaction. You will also learn about different models of systemic sex therapy and assessment. In addition, you will learn about the importance of creating a non-judgmental therapeutic alliance with your clients.

This course features an exploration of specific issues pertaining to the clinical practice of systemic sex therapy. Topics will focus on issues of sexual disorders, sexual satisfaction, and the concept of sexual positivity. Sexual expressions such as polyamory, kink, and LGBTQ+ will be considered from the perspectives of religion, spirituality, and ethnicity. You will learn how to develop a variety of system-based models that will encourage sexual health and satisfaction.

In this course, you will review the diversity of sexual expression an MFT could encounter when working with clients. Using a sex-positive attitude, you will engage in a systemic exploration of clinical and ethical implications of treatment pertaining to diverse sexual preferences and experiences of clients. Emphasis will be placed on clinical awareness and practitioner comfort with relevant, current, diverse sexual values and behaviors.

In this course, you will be provided with an overview of various presenting issues pertaining to sexual functioning and behavior. From a sex positive approach, you will systemically evaluate many factors that contribute to the development and presence of a problem in sexual functioning and behavior. You will learn specific techniques to use as an MFT for providing treatment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program will expand their knowledge of the chosen subject, while challenging themselves in master’s level courses.


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