Foundations of Sexual Identity--
The Sexological Ecosystem

So many elements contribute to who we are as sexual beings. In this course you will learn about the sexological ecosystem and how family, religion, and culture affect our sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
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Course Introduction

Program Content
In this course on the formation of sexual identity, you will learn how to organize and conceptualize sociocultural and familial information about an individual that may be relevant to their sexual complaints. First, using an ecosystemic framework, you will discover how to both closely and broadly examine the individual within the context of their environment. You will also see how an ecosystemic model can help organize information about couples.

Next, you'll learn about the influence of culture on sexual identity. In this overview of the AASECT Core Knowledge Area on socio-cultural influences on sexuality, you'll first receive an overview of the topic in a Keynote lecture format. Then, you'll watch, listen to, or read about several cultures and attitudes toward sexuality-both within the culture, and of stereotypical views from outside the culture. You'll learn about child marriage in Yemen; black American stereotypes; Latino relationship and sexuality; and more.

Finally, you will get an overview of the beliefs and attitudes toward sexuality in several religions. You will also learn some of the benefits and challenges associated with balancing personal values with religious values when it comes to sex. Activities in this course include watching a brief powerpoint lecture and reading articles, including a New York Times article about AASECT member Bat Sheva Marcus. It's a good read that I think you'll enjoy.

Intended Audience
This course is recommended both as an introduction to the topic as well as an update for more experienced practitioners of sex and relationship therapy.

Course Objectives
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Summarize the ecosystemic model of understanding an individual's sexuality within a socio-cultural and familial context.
2. Describe at least three ways in which culture impacts the construction of a person's sexuality.
3. Describe at least three ways in which cultural stereotypes oppress an individual's freedom of sexual expression.
4. Describe one way in which religion benefits and one way in which it challenges sexual expression.

Total CE Hours: 4.5
*If seeking AASECT Certification, these hours may count as follows:
Area C: 4.5 hours

Exam and Evaluation
You are required to take an exam to demonstrate that you read and understood the material. This course includes one exam and one evaluation. You will have three tries to pass the exam at 80% or better. Once you complete the course evaluation, you will be able to automatically download your certificate of completion.

Fine Print
Psychologists: TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Registered Nurses: TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.

AASECT Members: TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider # 12-13-Q.

Registration Requirements
Purchase this course by clicking on the "Enroll" button.
Privacy statement: We will never distribute your information to anyone.

Refund/Cancellation Policy
All requests for refund must be made in writing within 7 days of purchasing the course.

Course Author
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and author of several books including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, 2nd Ed. For more information, please see below.
Program Content
In this course on the formation of sexual identity, you will learn how to organize and conceptualize sociocultural and familial information about an individual that may be relevant to their sexual complaints. First, using an ecosystemic framework, you will discover how to both closely and broadly examine the individual within the context of their environment. You will also see how an ecosystemic model can help organize information about couples.
Next, you'll learn about the influence of culture on sexual identity. In this overview of the AASECT Core Knowledge Area on socio-cultural influences on sexuality, you'll first receive an overview of the topic in a Keynote lecture format. Then, you'll watch, listen to, or read about several cultures and attitudes toward sexuality-both within the culture, and of stereotypical views from outside the culture. You'll learn about child marriage in Yemen; black American stereotypes; Latino relationship and sexuality; and more.
Finally, you will get an overview of the beliefs and attitudes toward sexuality in several religions. You will also learn some of the benefits and challenges associated with balancing personal values with religious values when it comes to sex. Activities in this course include watching a brief powerpoint lecture and reading articles, including a New York Times article about AASECT member Bat Sheva Marcus. It's a good read that I think you'll enjoy.
Intended Audience
This course is recommended both as an introduction to the topic as well as an update for more experienced practitioners of sex and relationship therapy.
Course Objectives
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Summarize the ecosystemic model of understanding an individual's sexuality within a socio-cultural and familial context.
2. Describe at least three ways in which culture impacts the construction of a person's sexuality.
3. Describe at least three ways in which cultural stereotypes oppress an individual's freedom of sexual expression.
4. Describe one way in which religion benefits and one way in which it challenges sexual expression.
Total CE Hours: 4.5
*If seeking AASECT Certification, these hours may count as follows:
Area C: 4.5 hours
Exam and Evaluation
You are required to take an exam to demonstrate that you read and understood the material. This course includes one exam and one evaluation. You will have three tries to pass the exam at 80% or better. Once you complete the course evaluation, you will be able to automatically download your certificate of completion.
Fine Print
Psychologists: TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Registered Nurses: TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.
AASECT Members: TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider # 12-13-Q.
Registration Requirements
Purchase this course by clicking on the "Enroll" button.
Privacy statement: We will never distribute your information to anyone.
Refund/Cancellation Policy
All requests for refund must be made in writing within 7 days of purchasing the course.
Course Author
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and author of several books including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, 2nd Ed. For more information, please see below.

Created by

Dr. Stephanie Buehler
Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy

 Newport Beach, CA
As the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex (third edition coming in 2021), Dr. Buehler has lectured all over the US and around the globe. She has been a member of AASECT for over 15 years and has supervised many people through the process of certification. Dr. Buehler is Director of The Buehler Institute, which is approved by the APA, AASECT, NBCC, and CA BRN as a provider of live and online continuing education. Check out the hybrid Blended Learning Program to fulfill AASECT educational requirements. (Please note fulfilling educational requirements is not a guarantee of AASECT certification. Refer to the AASECT website for more information or email info@aasect.org.)
As the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex (third edition coming in 2021), Dr. Buehler has lectured all over the US and around the globe. She has been a member of AASECT for over 15 years and has supervised many people through the process of certification. Dr. Buehler is Director of The Buehler Institute, which is approved by the APA, AASECT, NBCC, and CA BRN as a provider of live and online continuing education. Check out the hybrid Blended Learning Program to fulfill AASECT educational requirements. (Please note fulfilling educational requirements is not a guarantee of AASECT certification. Refer to the AASECT website for more information or email info@aasect.org.)