Human Sexuality Certificate
Human Sexuality Certificate Program
The clinical marketplace has a perennial shortage of therapists who can work with sexuality issues. The goal of Southwestern College’s Certificate Program in Human Sexuality is to help address this shortage, and prepare therapists to add this powerful clinical specialty to their practice. Three required clinical courses will ground students in developmental sexuality and facilitate the development of specific clinical skills for thinking, theorizing, and working with a variety of sexual issues.
Consistent with Southwestern College’s experiential, self-reflective approach to clinical studies, the program will also give students an opportunity to explore their own sexual development, attitudes, assumptions, sexual history, dreams and fantasies. Areas of emphasis include: ethics, the role of sociocultural & familial factors in shaping sexual values and behavior, intimacy skills, diversities in sexual expression (BDSM, kink, tantra, polyamory), issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual exploitation (including assault, abuse, & harassment), sex addiction, tools for reducing shame and enhancing pleasure, cybersexuality and social media, the history of the discipline of sex research, theory, therapy, desire, sexual dreams and fantasies.
Complete with any six courses.
- Sexual Attitudes and Developmen
- Clinical Skills: Theorizing and Thinking about Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy
- Clinical Skills: Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy
- Pornography and the Question of Sex Addiction
- Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality: The Heart and Soul of Sex
- Touch and Embodiment
- Innocence Betrayed: Understanding Sexual Abuse and Trauma
- Eros in Myths, Dreams and Fantasies
- The Principles of Pleasure
Skills you will learn:
- The ability to work more effectively with a wide range of sexual issues
- Specific clinical skills in diagnosing, treating, and responding to sexual issues in psychotherapy from a holistic, strengths-based perspective
- The opportunity to explore your own sexual attitudes and assumptions
- Expanding your capacity to think psychologically about sexual issues
- Managing transference and countertransference issues
- Broadening your capacity for working with relationship dynamics
- Expanding your knowledge about diversities in sexual expression
- The ability to bring conscious awareness to your own blind spots, wounding, and unresolved trauma while actively working with these issues in a healing way
Where you might use these skills:
- Private practice
- Agencies working with individuals, couples and families
- Trauma treatment centers
- Eating disorder treatment centers
- Youth Shelters
- Colleges and universities
- Reproductive health centers
- Assisted living and retirement homes
Laura Rademacher is the author of The Principles of Pleasure: Working with the Good Stuff as Sex Therapists and Educators and an AASECT Approved Sex Therapy Supervisor. Laura has presented for organizations such as AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), CatalystCon, MnATSA, Pride Festival in Stockholm Sweden, and Self Serve in Albuquerque, NM. Her workshop, Teaching Pleasure; Best Practices was awarded the 2014 Schiller Prize by AASECT. She lives in Minneapolis, MN where she maintains a private practice.
Laura frequently presents to and works with the LGBTQ, BDSM, and consensual non-monogamy communities. It is important to her that her work is designed with people of all orientations, gender expressions, and relationship styles in mind. Laura is currently learning the most from sexual health professionals who teach about the intersections of race, culture, and sexuality.
Laura is excited and honored to take on Directorship of the NEI Human Sexuality Certificate program. Laura has taught in the NEI Human Sexuality Certificate as adjunct faculty for many years. Southwestern/NEI has always been one of her favorite places to teach. She feels the inner work that is central to Southwestern/NEI’s philosophy of transformational learning is also critical for effectively working with sexuality issues. She believes that experiential learning creates embodied knowledge and deeper levels of understanding than what can be achieved with book and lecture methods alone.
Laura would like to thank Dr. Ginna Clark for all the outstanding work she has done in creating and building the Human Sexuality Certificate.