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Class Content

IPSA offer a 100-hour didactic and experiential course of study in intimacy and human sexuality. For professional training participants, the course also includes principles and fundamentals of sex therapy and surrogate partner therapy. This level 1 class is the required first stage of IPSA Professional Surrogate Partner Training, and provides an excellent education in sex therapy (clinical sexology) for the therapists and counselors who wish to add a deeper understanding sex therapy and surrogate partner therapy to their practices.


Class Content:


Intimacy and Human Sexuality

  • Human sexual anatomy and physiology
  • The Sexual Response Cycle
  • Sexuality throughout the lifespan
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Contraception
  • Sexual behaviors, choices, orientations and lifestyles

Sex Therapy (Clinical Sexology)

  • History-taking methodologies
  • Body Imagery: It’s affect on physical and emotional intimacy
  • Working with the differently-abled
  • Sexual orientation and gender issues
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Sexual health as a treatment principle
  • Sex Therapy
  • Behavior modification theory
  • Relaxation methods
  • Sensate Focus philosophy
  • Sensate Focus experiential exercises
  • Communication skills development
  • Client resistance: How and why it manifests
  • How to Work with Therapeutic Resistance

Surrogate Partner Therapy

  • Emotional Attachment in the surrogate and client relationship
  • The role of the supervising therapist in SPT
  • Working with same-sex clients

Professional Issues

  • Surrogate Self Care
  • Ethics of a responsible surrogate
  • Creating and maintaining a private practice

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