Working with Sexuality: Bodies, Desires and Imagination

Learning Objectives
  1. To be able to describe the historical development of the concept of perversion, and to know the current clinical terminology and definition
  2. To be able to identify the differences between the male and female arousal cycle, and how this can impact the lifecycle of relationships
  3. To understand how Childhood Sexual Abuse impacts the ability to self-regulate affect and to tolerate intimacy
  4. To be able to discuss how psychic equivalence and pretend modes of relating can affect a couple's sexual life
  5. To be able to describe the Window of Tolerance and Polyvagal Theory and their use in treating sexual trauma
  6. To demonstrate an awareness of the concept of consent and its complexities
  7. To be able to list the 4 diagnostic elements of sexual compulsivity and to understand the behaviour cycle
  8. To be able to consider the ways in which sexual fantasy life can point to past trauma and attempts to live with it
  9. To be able to assess how your own sexual identity, as well as your attitudes towards sexual preference and behaviour may affect your clinical work.
  10. To be able to assess and compare different interpretations of and approaches to psychosexual difficulties in your clinical work