Diploma in Clinical Sexology
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The CICS two-year Diploma in Clinical Sexology is a unique interdisciplinary programme, distinctive from similar courses in its attention to the combined psycho-social and organic dimensions of sexual and relationship health and wellbeing. The course has been designed to ensure that by the end of the programme, our graduates have a solid foundation of comprehensive knowledge and skills for confident therapeutic practice with sexual and relationship health and wellbeing problems.

Gender, sexual and relationship diversity is fully integrated into all aspects of the course.

The course closely follows the stringent theoretical knowledge syllabus of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, (COSRT), to which we are closely affiliated. Our Diploma course has been awarded ‘Course Approval Pending’ status by COSRT. The course is also attentive to the Syllabus of Clinical Sexology provided jointly by the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).

The therapeutic theoretical orientation of the course is “pluralism”. Pluralism is an emerging way of thinking about therapy, based on the fundamental assumption that ‘no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want, and benefit from, different things in therapy.’ (See pluralistictherapy.com for more information). We encourage our students to draw on a range of approaches to therapy, to best serve each unique client, whilst maintaining the centrality of relationship, relational working and therapeutic alliance to all counselling and psychotherapy work.

The course runs monthly on Fridays and Saturdays, intended to be convenient for professionals already in full-time work and is based in historical Cambridge within easy access of the City Centre.

Already qualified and experienced in working with couples but not yet trained to work with psychosexual themes? 

Talk to us about an Accreditation of Prior Learning route to COSRT Accreditation via modules of our Diploma in Clinical Sexology.
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Entry Requirements

Course Assesment

Assessment is continuous and comprises of both written and observed assessment protocols.

  1. Evidence of Learning Portfolio
    Throughout the course students complete structured Evidence of Learning Portfolio to demonstrate their understanding of each of the course modules, using whichever medium best suits their learning style. This could be, for example, traditional essays or films, mind maps, drawings and poems, works and projects that adequately capture and illustrate that the syllabus has been understood. The Evidence of Learning Portfolio is marked each month by the Course Directors and is externally assessed on full completion.
  2. Case Study
    Students are required to complete a comprehensive, 5000-word case study to demonstrate the integration of their learning into safe, supervised clinical practice. The case study submission date is September the 15th, 2018. This is marked by the Course Directors and an external assessor.
  3. Assessment and Viva Voce
    The final two days of the course comprise of a series of live assessments in the presence of an external assessor to confirm successful assimilation of learning and appropriate application to clinical practice.
  4. Clinical Practice
    To be awarded the CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology, students must complete 200 hours of clinical practice supervised at a ratio of 1:6, covering the full range of sexual and relationship presentations. This is in line with COSRT requirements. This clinical practice must include a minimum of 10 cases, 5 of which must be couples/multiples.

Qualification Pathways

Following successful completion of the CICS diploma, students can work towards COSRT accreditation. To achieve COSRT accreditation, students must complete a total of 450 clinical hours supervised at a ratio of 1:6 (an additional 250 hours to the diploma).

Students who are already accredited with BACP, UKCP, BPS, HCPC and equivalent will need to complete a total of 320 clinical hours (instead of 450) for COSRT accreditation supervised at a ratio of 1:6 (an additional 120 hours to the diploma).

CICS can support students through the COSRT pathway to UKCP Registration.

Successful completion of the CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology will fulfil the criteria to apply for the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and (European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) Certified Psycho-Sexologist exam.

Fees

The total course fee is £5,900. A non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable on acceptance of a place. The balance is then paid in monthly installments.

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