All about the variety in human sexual behavior. Updated Fall 2019.
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Sexual behaviors are quite diverse, to say the least. We might think of them on a continuum from safe to dangerous, vanilla to kinky, solo to the more the merrier. As a sexologist, you can expect to hear almost anything in your office-and you need to be prepared.
Just as psychotherapists and allied healthcare professionals learn to suspend judgement about other behaviors that might be different than what is considered normal for us (e.g., perhaps clients who co-sleep with their children), one learns to suspend judgement about sexual behaviors.
In this course, you will first learn how certain sexual behaviors came to be considered "deviant" and the modern conflict over their inclusion in the DSM.
Next, you will study three different types of sexual diversity-transvestism; BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism); and open relationships.
Activities include watching a PowerPoint lecture; viewing videos; and reading journal and non-academic articles.
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe how the diagnosis of paraphilia came to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
2. Compare the definition of paraphilia from the field of sexology vs. the field of psychiatry
3. Describe the phenomenon of gender non-conforming behavior expressed in forms of dress (what was known as "cross dressing).
5. Name at least three aspects of consent in a BDSM relationship
6. Describe at least three aspects of a successful polyamorous individual and/or relationship
Total CE Hours: 3
*If seeking AASECT certification, these hours may count as the following:
Area F: 5 hours
Area P: 1 hour
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.
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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.