Registration is Now Open

Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19, 2017
University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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.

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 you will:

  1.  have a framework for addressing clinical issues involving sexual, relational, and physiological components.
  2.  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).
  3.  be aware of the contextual variables that effect human sexuality.
  4.  have increased awareness of “self-as-therapist”,  social location (class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, etc.) and impact on your clinical work.

Learning Outcomes

This learning outcomes of this course have been intentionally designed to meet professional accreditation core competencies set by Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and as part of the University of Guelph’s Couple and Family Therapy Program Educational and Learning Goals and Expected Student Learning Outcomes (ESLOs).

Please refer to the course syllabus for a detailed listing of the core competencies for each organization.

A. Professional Practice

Students will learn about assessments and apply therapeutic intervention strategies when working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, presenting with sexual related concerns.

B. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Evaluation

Students will develop a professional identity encompassing an interdisciplinary sensibility, informed by relevant research-based information from related disciplines (sexology, family therapy, sociology, psychology, social work, health, etc.) and supported by the principles of critical appraisal of knowledge.

C. Intersections: Social location, power relations, and social context

Students will integrate a sophisticated sensitivity to diversity into their professional identity as therapists and counsellors, privileging attention to social location/socio-cultural context and including an understanding of social justice issues, awareness of, and employ social justice constructs and demonstrate how direct and systemic marginalization, discrimination, and abuse may impact people’s everyday lives.

D. Professionalism, Ethical Conduct and Accountability

Student will construct a professional identity as a professional identity that consistently applies principles of ethical practice in their work with clients, maintains high standards of conduct –including following “best practices” regarding the delivery of services, and engages in critical, reflexive self-evaluation.

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

Registration Fees

Register Now for the Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program$1,555.00 (Cdn) Register on or before April 17, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Fee

$1,800.00 (Cdn) Regular Fee – register after April 17, 2017

The Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program will sell out and we encourage you to register early. Last year the program was full by February.

Your are expected to attend all five days of the program.

This course will make use of CourseLink, the University of Guelph learning management system, and you will require access to the internet.

Application Process

There is an application process for acceptance into this class. You will be required to submit a resume during the registration process.


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 Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program.

601 Scottsdale Drive
Guelph ON  N1G 3E7

Telephone: 1- 844-544-9904



Location and Directions

The Intensive Sex Therapy Training program is sponsored by the University of Guelph and will be held at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre in 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.