CIIS - Human Sexuality Doctoral Program

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This new PhD program has a deep commitment to sexual and gender diversity and human rights, and to bridging the gap between the academy and advocacy.

Admissions Requirements
All applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited university. This Clinical Practice concentration is open to applicants who have completed a master’s program in a clinical field (MFT, LPCC, or LCSW) and are licensed or are license eligible. The concentration includes a clinical methodology course and a supervised two-semester proseminar to provide supervision and case mentoring. Cases come from the students’ own practices.
About the Degree
The new PhD program in Human Sexuality begins with the inaugural cohort in the Fall semester 2014. This program is unique in providing a comprehensive doctorate in the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality, with concentrations in human sexuality and clinical practice, and in human sexuality and policy leadership. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates a dynamic learning environment that expands holistic sexual literacy knowledge and skills to create individual and societal change. Foundational courses address theory, methodology, data analysis, and clinical policy implications. This program is committed to clinical and policy exploration of all human beings (LGBTQ people, heterosexual women, and heterosexual men), in the most diverse and fluid spectrum of sexual and gender variations across the life course, including desires and orientations, identities, behaviors and expressions. This includes individual psychosexual development and functioning, intimate relationships, families, spirituality, and well-being, as reflected in sexual, gender and reproductive health, rights, and policies in the United States and globally.

A small cohort is admitted annually, providing a dynamic, small-group experience. This state of the art program consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. The program, designed for working professionals, begins with an intensive multiday retreat followed by weekend retreats and online work throughout the year. Our program offers comprehensive knowledge, clinical and policy skillsets, cutting-edge scientific research and community engagement with diverse populations. The doctorate includes a dissertation based on original research, as well as deep immersion in the clinical and/or policy realms through intensive clinical proseminars and policy traineeships.

This program aims to shape the inter-professional dialogue between clinical practitioners and sexuality policy leaders in the 21st century. Fundamental to the vision of this program is the infusion of existing areas of diversity such as ethnicity, race, gender, social class, ability, and national origin. Foundational courses address theory, methodology, data analysis, and clinical and policy implications of core issues, including culture, sexual socialization, and the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual expression, rights and policies, and women’s sexual and reproductive issues in the context of social justice.

Program Overview
There are two concentrations in this degree program: the Clinical Practice concentration and the Sexuality Policy Leadership concentration.

The Clinical Practice concentration includes a deep training in clinical theory and methodology as applied to human sexuality and a supervised two-semester proseminar to provide critically reflective supervision and case mentoring. Cases come from the students’ own practices. Our program emphasizes the diversity of clinical experience including: adolescents and adults; midlife and ageing; love, sex, and relationships; sexual function and dysfunction, complementary forms of healing and treatment including spirituality as a component of wellbeing; in addition to addressing particular areas of psychological wellbeing such as sexual coercion, reproductive decision-making, trauma and resilience.

The Sexuality Policy Leadership concentration includes a deep submersion through two traineeships in diverse populations: LGBTQ sexuality, health, and rights; women’s sexual and reproductive lives, health, rights, and policy formation, and men’s sexuality, reproductive and social lives. Policy traineeships may be at centers for LGBTQ community, women’s sexual and reproductive health, national or global human rights organizations, providers such as sexual health and support centers, or other advocacy and policy organizations that focus on these issues. The Program offers long-term partnerships for community engagement and advocacy that will facilitate students’ choices and careers. This concentration provides the next generation of culturally competent thought leaders and sexuality policy leaders with critical knowledge, skills, methodology, and reflection in making policy and interventions to support social and sexual justice in the USA and globally.

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