Target Audience: Students, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists
Course Level: Intermediate
Just as humans are complex so too human sexuality is likewise complex. One way of thinking about human and sexual complexity is to think of us as many-leveled creatures with our physical, social, psychological, psychodynamic, and spiritual features laminated together. Further, just as human sexuality is complex and affects all aspects of the person, sexual problems are complex in their etiology, e.g., attachment, desire, genetics, psychodynamics, personality, social influences, and trauma (Friedman et al., 2014). Proposed treatment approaches are likewise varied and complex and can include CBT/ACT, sex therapy, psychotropic, medication, relapse prevention, couple therapy, marital therapy, family therapy, and longer-term psychotherapeutic approaches. In addition, Catholic Christian authors offer unique perspectives for an understanding healthy and problematic sexuality, the etiology of problems, psychotherapy for sexual healing, the processes of healing, and the place of sexuality in God’s plan.
This program does not qualify for NBCC credits
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Ray Biersbach has been a Catholic deacon since 1982. His ministry work has included service to a range of people. He practiced psychotherapy for 40 years, 30 of those as a licensed psychologist. He has performed research, taught at the masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. He has served as director of clinical programs and retired as the psychology administrator for a New Jersey hospital for the seriously and chronically mentally ill. He currently writes full-time on the connection between psychotherapy and faith. He lives near Seattle with his wife of 46 years and has three grown children.