Psychology and Sexology CPD (short course)

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Why study this course?

Develop your interest and understanding in psychology and sexology on this three-day intensive course aimed at exploring all parts of human sexuality, behaviour and dysfunction.

More about this course

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to increase both your awareness and understanding of sexology within a medical, psychological and sociological context. The course supports continuing professional development (CPD) and good working practices among health care practitioners such as psychologists,sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, physicians and counsellors working in the NHS and private practice.  Those studying psychology and social or health care who are interested in sexology would also benefit from attending this course.

Human sexuality explores experiences of eroticism and attraction, including the way in which people experience and express themselves sexually. Human sexuality impacts cultural, political, social and legal aspects of life.

You'll learn the conceptual tools and methodology necessary for understanding both the dynamics of human sexuality and relationships, as well as the behavioural, biological and cognitive factors of sexual dysfunction and paraphilia. It will further develop the clinical communication processes involved in working with vulnerable and culturally diverse groups. Successful completion of this course will enhance your knowledge and clinical skills in sexology and a training certificate will be awarded on successful completion.

Teaching and learning practices are aligned with Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommendations in order to ensure the quality standards and relevant benchmarking tools.

You will learn to:

  • develop an understanding of what human sexuality encompasses
  • understand the dynamics of human sexuality and to explore relationships
  • understand the behavioural, biological and cognitive factors along with the aetiology of sexual dysfunction and paraphilia
  • develop an understanding of the therapeutic and medical interventions available to those with sexual dysfunction, marital issues and deviant sexual behaviours
  • have an understanding of law, ethics, policy and mental health
  • develop skills in addressing the sexualities of vulnerable groups
  • assist in the communication processes involved in discussing sensitive issues
  • understand the importance of referral and strategies involved in addressing sexual dysfunction and paraphilia

A study of human sexuality provides the conceptual tools and methodology for understanding the contemporary scene. By focusing on the external constraints to human sexuality it helps us to better understand ourselves and the motivations of others around us.


There is no assessment.

Fees and key information

Course type
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Entry requirements

Whilst this course has been developed to target health and social care practitioners, anyone who has an interest in this subject can also attend. Therefore there are no entry requirements.

Who's this course for?

This course is for health and social care practitioners or anyone who has an interest in the subject.

Course structure

Day 1

Introduction to sexology
Human sexuality
Sex and disability
Sex and aging
Cancer, terminal illness and sexuality

Day 2

The big O
Sexual dysfunction
Sex therapy

Day 3

Technology, sex and sex crimes
Domestic violence and sexual assault
Prostitution, addiction and human trafficking
Drugs, medication and sex drive

After the course

Having foundations in psychology, this course would complement skills of healthcare professionals, those employed in education, the social services or judicial system when addressing best practice in relation to sexually-related issues, whether from a medical, psychological or sociological perspective.

A further, eventual aim of this course is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who believe in the importance of both the production of quality research and the clinical, educational, and social applications of research related to all aspects of sexuality.

Course dates

This is a three-day course that runs from 10am to 4pm with one-hour lunch and coffee breaks.

2019 dates:

2, 3 and 4 July 2019


  • Full price: £360
  • London Met students: £324 (10% discount is available to current students, staff and London Met alumni that have graduated within the last five years, former ID number must be provided)

How to apply

To book on to this short course, please make a payment via the eShop.

Once the payment is done, please complete the University's Enrolment Form 2018-2019 and send it back with a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photograph to

For information on course content, please contact the course leader Samantha Banbury via email

For any other information, please email

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.