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Phase I : Class Content

IPSA offers 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 Phase 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 of sex therapy and surrogate partner therapy to their practices.

Intimacy and Human Sexuality

Sexual Anatomy and Physiology

Reproduction and Contraception
Sexual Response Cycle

Sexuality Throughout the Lifespan
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Human Sexualities: 


Sexual Orientation 

Sexual Behavior Choices


Attachment Theory

Lifestyle and Relationship Choices

Sex Therapy (Clinical Sexology)

History-taking Methodologies
Body Imagery and Body Dysmorphia
Working with the Differently-Abled
Sexual Health Treatment Principle

Sexual Dysfunctions
Sex Therapy
Behavior Modification Theory
Relaxation Methods
Sensate Focus Philosophy
Sensate Focus Experiential Exercises
Communication Skills Development
Understanding Client Resistance

Surrogate Partner Therapy

Diagnosis and Assessment

Systematic Desensitization

A Model for Experiential Learning

New Behaviors and New Emotions

Expanding Skills and Confidence

Emotional Attachment in SPT
Supervising Therapist's Role in SPT

Conscious Closure

Coaching or Partnership

Professional Issues

Surrogate Self Care
Professional Ethics of Surrogate Partners
Creating and Maintaining a Private Practice

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