Curriculum

Photo by Avel ChuklanovSexual and gender health fellows are an integral part of the clinical services provided to patients as well as our ongoing research activities. Our curriculum is a longitudinal one with the ultimate goal of developing clinical competency to treat a wide variety of sexual and gender related concerns on an independent basis. Besides offering assessment and brief therapies for sex and gender related issues, we provide an extensive amount of long-term therapy, addressing deep developmental wounds that may occur with a variety of co-morbid psychiatric conditions.

Fellows will be able to specialize in the following clinical specialties:

  • Sexual and relationship dysfunction
  • Intimacy dysfunction
  • Compulsive sexual behavior and paraphilias
  • Child, adolescent and gender concern

The training is designed to meet requirements for psychology licensure as well as the competencies required for certification required by the American Association for Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). The fellowship prepares fellows to provide sex and gender therapy for a wide variety of individuals, oftentimes with co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses.

  • Providing 13-26 hours per week of direct individual, family, or group therapy (with additional clinical time devoted to case management and documentation) depending upon the specific human sexuality fellowship and the amount of time that can be devoted to research In addition, the clinical experience and supervision meets requirements for licensure in the State of Minnesota or other states.
  • Working effectively in an inter-professional team (faculty psychologists, psychiatry physician assistant, nurse practitioner, family physician, support staff)
  • Providing education to medical students, family medicine residents on topics such as sex history taking, basic counseling skills for sexual concerns and problems.
  • Engaging in scholarly activity that advances the field of sexual therapy and research

There are required training activities, including a minimum of 2 hours of individual clinical supervision per week plus 2 hours of additional learning activities.  This involves one hour of group supervision per week, one hour co-therapy per week, three hours of didactic lectures per month, additional research supervision and case consultation.

In addition, the fellows will develop a research plan that is carried out under supervision and completed at the end of the fellowship. It is expected that fellows will present the project at a local or national meeting. Fellows are encouraged to turn their project into publishable articles in peer-reviewed publications under faculty supervision. The ultimate goal of this part of the curriculum is to develop research skills to carry out independent research. The extent of research training is dependent upon the type of human sexuality fellowship offered.