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Sex Therapy

Sex Therapy Certificate Program
Course Description:

This Sex Therapy Certificate Program provides specialized training in sex counselling and therapy. Participants can choose to enroll in a number of modules (Part 1, 2, 3, & 4) to meet their learning needs. This advanced program is intended for participants who are interested in pursing clinical practice in sex therapy. This course provides an in-depth look at sexual dysfunction and related treatments. Areas of primary focus include:

  • Clinical knowledge of sexual dysfunctions specific to desire, arousal, orgasm and pain disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions

This course is designed for participants with prior knowledge and clinical experience in relationship therapy (couple and family therapy).

The Sex Therapy Certificate Program consists of the successful completion of the four courses listed below for a total of 39 hours of instruction.  All courses are designed as individual workshops or as a certificate program.

Part 1:
Sex Therapy:  Overview of basic concepts and clinical applications
This 2-day course provides an in-depth look at casino on line sexual dysfunction and related treatments.  This advanced course is intended for participants who are interested in pursuing clinical practice in sex therapy. Participants should have prior knowledge and clinical experience in relationship therapy (couple and/or family therapy).  Participants will learn:

  • Why it is important to understand aspects of your clients’ sexual concerns
  • How common sexual concerns are for both men and women
  • Medical aspects of sexual dysfunction
  • Integrating medical therapies with sex therapy
  • What is Sex Therapy?
  • Basics of taking a Sexual History with Individuals and/or Couples.
  • Interviewing couples with sexual concerns
  • Outline of therapeutic approaches to sexual dysfunctions

Date: TBD


Part 2:
Sex Therapy: Essential Skills
Prerequisites:  Part 1 or equivalent

Instructor: TBD
Date: TBD


Part 3:
Sex Therapy: Case-based Learning
Prerequisites: Part 1 or equivalent and Part 2

Instructor: TBD
Date: TBD


Part 4:
Sex Therapy: Clinical Applications in Actual Practice
Prerequisites:  Part 1 or equivalent, Part 2 and Part 3

Instructor: TBD
Date: TBD


About the instructor,
Dr. Stephen Holzapfel is a family physician and sex therapist interested in women and men’s sexuality and the interdisciplinary treatment of sexual dysfunctions from a physical, psychological and systemic couple perspective.  He will offer workshops in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy for OPTI.

Dr. Holzapfel is the Director of the Sexual Medicine Counselling Unit at Women’s College Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  He is also an active staff member at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate staff member (Koffler Men’s Health Centre) at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Dr. Holzapfel is a registered member and approved supervisor with the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario (BESTCO). His interest in sex therapy includes the management of men and women’s sexual dysfunction. He has conducted research in treatment for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder for Women. Dr. Holzapfel’s academic work centres on teaching and supervising sex therapists, family practice and other residents.
Dr. Holzapfel received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1982.  His professional designations include CCFP (Certificant of the College of Family Physicians) received in 1984 and FCFP (Fellow of College of Family Physicians of Canada) received in 1998.

A widely published clinician, Dr. Holzapfel’s recent publications/co-publications include ED Drugs: Seeing Clearly the Cardiac and Visual Risks of PDI Inhibitors, The Canadian Journal of CME, 2006 (April), Stress, Social Support, and Emotional Distress in a Community Sample of Pregnant Women, J. Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2004 and Male Sexual Dysfunction Beyond ED, Mainpro-C Program, University of Calgary, Nov. 2002.

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