Interaction between sexuality and dynamics of interpersonal and family relationships

Objectives

This class is designed to teach students to:

  1. Discuss the various theories about love, attraction and attachment, i.e.: Sternberg, Lee, Gottman, et.al.

  2. Describe variations in sexual attraction and patterns of behavior in other cultures and countries.

  3. Explain the brain chemistry of attraction.

  4. Discuss and critique cultural and social influences that determine and impact relationships and family structures.

  5. Explain how sex becomes a presenting problem in relationships and discuss how some clients hide the underlying issues of lack of intimacy and control.

  6. Utilize a variety of instruments for assessment and treatment with couples.

  7. Apply strategies for communication and negotiation in relationships.

  8. Describe various alternative lifestyles and the issues for which individuals and families may seek treatment.

  9. Utilize a variety of methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.

  10. Utilize effective treatment strategies when working with issues of infidelity.

  11. Develop and implement a treatment plan for sex offenders under supervision.

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