Training Program in Human Sexuality

The training program in human sexuality is designed for practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and members of the clergy who wish to acquire up to date knowledge of human sexuality and new skills in sex therapy.

Training consists of two parts: supervised clinical work and academic work. Course material is integrated so that the program can provide a genetic, dynamic, etiologic, and therapeutic understanding of all aspects of human sexuality. Each candidate selects, prepares, and treats sexually dysfunctional patients and is assigned to a supervisor. The candidate attends a weekly seminar incorporating didactic material and clinical case discussion. Guest speakers involved in various aspects of sexuality address the candidates throughout the course. Some of our guest experts have included, Mindy R. Schiffman, PhD, Joseph Alukal, M.D., Stephen Snyder, M.D., Stacy Futterman, PT. Peregrine M. Kavros, PhD., and Shirley Zussman, Ed.D. Candidates are assigned reading for advanced texts and other work covering the full spectrum of sexuality. The program takes one academic year to complete.

The philosophy of the program envisions sexual disorders as deriving from biological, psychological, and social factors. Biology emphasizes the anatomical, structural and hormonal bases of disorders; psychology emphasizes the role of the mind and personality factors; social factors emphasize cultural, environmental and familial influences on the expression of sexual functioning.

Participants meet with patients on a weekly basis for a 45 minute session and receive hour-for-hour supervision for each treatment session. In addition to their own cases, trainees are exposed to other treatment issues during clinical case conferences. Weekly seminars of one hour cover a broad range of didactic material on sexual dysfunctions and clinical case discussion. Seminars are held every Monday at 4:30pm with the exception of national holidays and a Christmas and spring break.

Upon completion of the Program, participants receive documentation of completion. Participants also receive 32 AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, Therapists) CE units, and supervision credits to be used towards AASECT certification.

For further information about training, please contact Amy Rosenberg, LCSW, at 212-535-3271 or email program.humansexuality@nyumc.org.