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Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19, 2017

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration will open at the end of November 2016

The Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program is an intensive five (5) day program that provides specialized training in sex counselling and therapy. The program includes basic and advanced skills, theoretical models and content materials for sex therapy with a range of clients. It is designed to provide practicing clinicians and graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and treat the sexual concerns and complaints of individual and couples.

The week intensive program provides basic and advanced skills, theoretical models, information and materials for sex therapy with a range of clients.  Facilitative learning will take place within small group discussions and practice therapy sessions with participants simulating clients and consultation teams, along with lectures and videos.

Course Goals

A course of this nature is designed to aid both current and future practitioner (e.g., clinician, educator, and researcher) to work in the sexuality field.  The overall focus of this course is to increase the learners’ awareness of diverse sexuality and sexual difficulties, and how issues of sexuality arise and are addressed in clinical settings. By the end of this course, participants will have a framework for addressing clinical issues involving sexual, relational, and physiological components.  They will be able to critically discuss the complexities to be considered when working with various clients presenting sexual concerns, and able to articulate a rational for the choices in their assessment and/or intervention with client(s).  Participants will be aware of the contextual variables that effect human sexuality. They will have increased awareness of “self-as-therapist” and their social location (class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, etc.) and impact on their clinical work.

Professional Continuing Education

The course is intentionally designed to meet professional accreditation core competencies (i.e., AAMFT , AASECT) with the belief that the course goals will serve all class participants with a foundation of sexual issues and clinical intervention.

Application for CE’s from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Councelors and Therapists (AASECT) will be submitted.


Your Instructors

Carm De Santis, M.Sc.

Carm De Santis, MSc, RMFT is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sexualities, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo and a sessional instructor with the Department of Family Studies and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Passionate, innovative, collaborative – are a few ways to describe Carm, who among peers and colleagues is a highly regarded sex, couple, and family therapist.  Since graduating in 1997 from the University of Guelph Couple and Family Therapy Program, and with over 20 years experience as a sex educator Carm is considered a “change maker”.  Her high standard of practice to think critically and be accessible and inclusive is reflective of her work and sensitivity to diversity and commitment to social justice.  Her wealth of knowledge and experience is reflective of her commitment to life long learning and to integrate research, theory, and practice.  Carm is a Clinical Fellow with AAMFT and OAMFT, and registered Sex Therapist with BESTCO.  Currently a doctoral student committed to understanding the embodiment of pleasure, and the promotion of sexual health and wellbeing.
Areas of interest:

  • Diverse sexualities
  • Ethical issues
  • Sex therapy with abuse survivors
  • Extra-dyadic relationships
  • Disability and sexuality
  • Female sexual difficulties
  • Male sexual difficulties
  • Sexual Compulsivity
  • Medical Issues in Sex Therapy
  • Play and Pleasure
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D.
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a clinical psychologist, Certified in Sex Therapy (BESTCO, AASECT), Sex Education and as a Diplomate in and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. Since 1983, she has been teaching Human Sexuality at the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, where she received the Prix d’Excellence in 2000. She also teaches Sex Therapy at the affiliated Saint Paul University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. She is former Chair of Certifications for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She is in clinical practice and deals with sexual issues in individual, couple and group therapy and offers inter-disciplinary training to those in medicine, psychology and social work. She has published extensively on sexual problems and how to assess, diagnose and deal with them in clinical practice and serves on the editorial boards of several sexology journals. Dr. Kleinplatz has edited two books, most notably, New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, (Routledge, 2001, 2nd Edition, 2012), a book intended to challenge, expand and diversify the field of sex therapy. Her clinical work focuses on eroticism and transformation. Her current research focuses on optimal sexuality, with a particular interest in sexual health in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations.
Areas of interest:

  • Orientation to sex therapy
  • Factors in the development of sexual problems
  • Assessment of sexual difficulties, dysfunctions, disorders


Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program participants must book their own accommodation.

Conference Hotel

The Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre is the conference hotel of the 38th Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference

601 Scottsdale Drive
Guelph ON  N1G 3E7

Telephone: 1- 844-544-9904



Location and Directions

The Intensive Sex Therapy Training program is held each year at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


 Airport Transfer to Guelph

Red Car Airport Service offers a shuttle service from Pearson International Airport (Toronto), Munroe International Airport (Hamilton) and Waterloo International Airport to the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre.

Red Car Service is also available from Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop), Union Station in Toronto and Buffalo International Airport at regular published rates.