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Subject: Seeking an academic course in sex therapy
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: woodv-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 29 Dec 2003 17:31 PST
Expires: 28 Jan 2004 17:31 PST
Question ID: 291265
I am a registered psychologist seeking a course in sex therapy in Australia.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Dec 2003 19:10 PST
I hear tell Australia is a pretty big place.  Are you looking for a
course in any particular geographical area, or were you hoping for a
distance learning type of course (e.g. and online course) where
location isn't all that significant.

Clarification of Question by woodv-ga on 30 Dec 2003 17:22 PST
Hello researcher

I would prefer a face-to-face course and that would need to be in the
state of Victoria, however, I left it open because I think courses are
scarce. Distance would be okay.
Thanks a lot.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 30 Dec 2003 17:44 PST
Hello again,

Have a look at the links below and let me know if they are useful. 
I'm not posting them as an answer, since I'm not sure if they are at
the appropriate level for your needs, if they are geographically
realistic, or even if they are current offerings, as some of the
descriptions are several years old.

If you can pinpoint the type of courses/programs that seem most
promising, I can focus in on them, and provide more detailed (and up
to date) information as an answer to your question.



Syllabus - " Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical & Humanistic Hypnotherapy"

Topics covered will include:
- Sex therapy - impotence and frigidity, nymphomania and satyriasis.


5951 (v.4) Sexology 652

Syllabus: Counselling stream - Counselling and therapy. Sex aids,
medication and erotic materials. Ethics in sexology. Working with
special groups. Current arguments in sexual counselling. Education
stream - Moral reasoning in children. Designing an intergrated
program. Age and culturally appropriate strategies. Meeting special
Unit Outcomes:  on successful completion of this unit students will
have - Developed advanced skills in interviewing and counselling for
sexual and relationship problems. Demonstrated an in depth knowledge
of the legal, moral and spiritual implications of certain
sexualbehaviours. Developed an ability to synthesise the biological,
cultural, social, behavioural and spiritual aspects of human sexual
expression. Developed a further knowledge of physical, emotional and
behavioural aspects of sexuality.


Couple and Sex Therapy

This workshop will take place over two days. The first day provides an
introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach to the assessment
and treatment of distress in marriage/couples.  The second day will
include an introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach to the
assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunctions in adults.


Clarification of Question by woodv-ga on 02 Jan 2004 19:40 PST
www.psych.usyd.... was definitely the best. It is at a recognised
university and appears academically sound. I really appreciate your
efforts.  Viv

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 03 Jan 2004 20:04 PST
Hello Viv,

First off...a very happy new year to you and your country men and
women down under (from my perspective, anyway).

Second...I'm afraid I'm not finding much to add to my initial
postings.  Either there's not that much to offer, or I'm just not
familiar enough with the Australian system of higher education to hit
the right buttons.

I did have a follow-up look at the Curtin site, and -- at least from
appearances -- it looks pretty legit.  Do you have reason to think
it's not up to snuff.  Here's some more of their materials:


Graduate Programs: PhD in Sexology
The Doctor of Philosophy in Sexology is a higher degree by research
offered to graduate students who choose to continue their study in
sexuality by research. Students design their own research study within
their particular field of interest in sexology. The length of this
degree is a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years study
full-time. Students may enroll in the PhD program part-time.

Career Advancement
Professional qualifications in sexology provide health and welfare
practitioners with a specialised field of expertise in sexual health,
counselling, therapy, education and research. A PhD in Sexology equips
graduates with specialised research skills and knowledge within the
field of sexology, which may be applied to their chosen or established
career field, such as health promotion, education or counselling.

Graduates and enrolled students are eligible for membership of the
Western Australian Sexology Society (WASS), which is affiliated with
the World Association of Sexology (WAS), and the Australian Society of
Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT). Students are also
eligible to apply for general or student membership with the
international sexology society, The Society for the Scientific Study
of Sexuality (SSSS). International students may also apply for
membership with their home country sexology society while studying at
Curtin University.


Anyway, I'll keep poking around in case anything else comes up.  But
it might be the case that another researcher (GA has several based in
Australia) may have better success in turning up some other options
for you.

All the best...


Clarification of Question by woodv-ga on 04 Jan 2004 14:12 PST
Hello Paf
and wishing you a fabulous 2004, too, thank you!

Your help is totally amazing - I didn't expect such an in-depth
exploration for the small sum I offered.

Curtin Uni is good but as you first suggested, Australia is a big
place and Curtin is to me, say, like living in New Orleans and going
to uni in San Francisco - my fault for not stating that in my last
clarification. However, that said - the material you have added this
time certainly makes it worth another look - the course sounds great
and I have niece living over there...

University of Sydney is more like living in NewO and going to uni at
Jacksonville - but the course you found said there was a 2-day
component, so that could be do-able. A short course would be

I'm sure there is nothing deficient with your button-hitting skills: I
don't think there is that much on offer here in Oz in this field.

Thanks again

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 04 Jan 2004 14:40 PST

If you are as impressed by Paf's efforts as I am, you might want to
consider asking him to post his research as the official answer to
your question. This will enable him to be paid for his excellent work.

Best regards,
pinkfreud-ga, Google Answers Researcher (and good friend of pafalafa-ga)

Request for Question Clarification by jackburton-ga on 05 Jan 2004 09:42 PST
Hi there, Viv!
I was also working on your question in the background, but then I
abondoned my search. I did find this, however ...I don't know if it's
a possibility (?):
It starts in 2004, though it's not based in Victoria - The course is
mostly flexible distance learning format. Many of the units will be
presented on-line, but there will be a face-to-face counselling unit
and a clinical placement for those enrolled in the Diploma and Masters
"Graduate Program in Sexual Health" 
Offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health
Sciences, The University of Sydney, in collaboration with:
*	Australasian College of Sexual Health Physicians (ACSHP) 
*	Australian Society for Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists (ASSERT)
*	Sexually Transmissible Infections Research Centre (STIRC), University of Sydney.
The proposed Graduate Program in Sexual Health will consist of three
articulated courses:
*	Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) 
- Full Time: 12 months / Part Time: 24 months
*	Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Sexual Health) 
- Full Time: 9 months / Part Time: 18 months
*	Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Sexual Health)
- Full Time: 6 months / Part Time: 12 months
The purpose of the proposed Graduate Program of Sexual Health is to
provide, at postgraduate level, a multi-disciplinary learning
experience on human sexuality and sexual health. Sexuality will be
presented as an essential part of holistic health and wellbeing and
sexual health care as encompassing preventative, acute care and
Who should do the course?
The flexibility of the course content and structure will make the
course appropriate for professionals dealing with people of any age,
gender and sexual preference. This course would, therefore, be
appropriate for any of the health related professions (medical,
nursing and allied health professionals) as well as other
professionals dealing with people (counsellors, family planning
workers, social workers, teachers and clergy). The course is
structured to provide a core competency base with opportunity to
develop specialist skills in particular interest areas and

Clarification of Question by woodv-ga on 05 Jan 2004 14:23 PST
Hello Paf

your good friend pinkfreud suggests I ask you to post the final result
as an official answer so that you get paid, and I must say I agree, as
I suspect you have gone above and beyond the call of duty (and $15).

Many many thanks

Clarification of Question by woodv-ga on 05 Jan 2004 14:31 PST
Also to jackburton-ga

Thank you indeed, for sending me through your result, that is also
beyond the call of...

Can I ask a non-research question - are you mostly students who do
this from home??? or are you all sitting in rows of cubicles in a vast
kind of answers-warehouse??? [I only found out about it several days
ago and I think it's the most fantastic thing since Encyclopaedia
Cheers, Viv
Subject: Re: Seeking an academic course in sex therapy
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 05 Jan 2004 15:31 PST
Hello Viv,

Thanks for inviting me to post an answer.  Since I've done what I can
with your original query, let me tackle your follow-up questions:

>>Can I ask a non-research question<<

Sure...we get all kinds of imaginable (and unimaginable) questions here at GA.

>>are you mostly students who do this from home??? least I don't think so.

>>...or are you all sitting in rows of cubicles in a vast kind of

GA has us chained to our stations, and we only get one potty break a day.  Ha, ha!

Actually, the Google Answer researchers, or GARs as we call ourselves,
are a diverse and motley crew scattered over the globe, working from
wherever we can find (hopefully broadband) internet access.  We are
not Google staff, but rather independent contractors.  I'm sure some
of the GARs are students, but many are not.  I myself am a Washington
DC bureaucrat who loves doing GA work as time and questions allow.

>>I only found out about it several days ago and I think it's the most
fantastic thing since Encyclopaedia Britannica<<

I couldn't agree more, but it's mighty nice to hear it from one of our
clients.  Hope we'll see you back here again one of these days in the
not too distant future.

Till then...a happy, healthy and all around wonderful new year to you and yours.  


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