The scientific study of sexuality is diverse and multidisciplinary and includes scholars, researchers, and clinicians working within the many branches of the natural and social sciences and humanities. The term ‘sexology’ is a general umbrella referring to many forms of scientific study of sexuality.
At CICS we define ‘clinical sexology’ as an umbrella term referring to a wide range of clinical interventions concerning sexual health and wellbeing. We break clinical sexology into two major categories, one rooted in the natural sciences and medicine, concerned with the biophysical and physiological aspects of sexual health and wellbeing and the other, rooted in the social sciences and talking therapy traditions, dealing with the social and psychological aspects of sexual health and wellbeing.
At CICS we define ‘clinical sexology’ as an umbrella term referring to a wide range of clinical interventions concerning sexual health and wellbeing.
Our view to sexual health and wellbeing in our courses is bio-psycho-social, integrative and pluralistic. One of the reasons why many people with sexual difficulties fail to get their sexual problems resolved is because of the lack of an integrative approach. Sexual problems arise from a wide range of medical, psychological, relational and social factors. Our aim at CICS is to equip our students with knowledge across the full range of these factors to best enable them to support their clients to full recovery.
CICS psychotherapeutic theoretical orientation is ‘pluralism’. Pluralism is an emerging way of thinking about therapy, based on the fundamental assumption that no one psychotherapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding and treatment of sexual and relationship problems. Instead, pluralism suggests that different clients are likely to want, and benefit from, different interventions in therapy.