Developmental Sexuality

Speaker: Cortina Peters, LMHC, CLC

Course Description

We know that sexuality and sexual development are fundamental aspects of who we are as individuals. Therefore, it is important to discuss and develop a comprehensive understanding of sexual issues across the developmental continuum.

While setting an academic foundation with a therapeutic underpinning, this course will examine the basic physical, psychological, cognitive, and social changes that help define sexual development during different stages of the life span, while paying particular attention to adolescent years and late adulthood.  Along with the developmental contexts in which such changes occur, this course will also explore and highlight both normal and deviant sexual development and function, while incorporating appropriate clinical interventions from a systemic and interdisciplinary perspective used to treat various issues surrounding sexual development  and maturation. Through lecture, role play, and open discussion, this course will enhance the knowledge and challenge some of the perspectives of course participants as it relates to sex and sexuality.

Course Goal:

  • To create an in-depth understanding of developmental and sexual biology through the life span, while applying various treatment interventions.

Learning Objectives:

Having successfully completed this course, session participants will be able to:

▪  Describe human sexual development, behavior, and attitudes across the lifespan.

▪  Demonstrate how to communicate openly and effectively with clients about issues related to human sexuality.

▪  List 6 differences between developmentally normative and atypical sexual behaviors.

▪  Describe three appropriate therapeutic interventions when working with sexual developmental issues.

▪  Demonstrate four appropriate therapeutic interventions when working with sexual developmental issues.