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Posted by: How to | 2004/01/06

How to Long to become a sexologist

Hi Elna,

Wanted to ask- how long do you have to study to become a qualified sexologist and what sort of qualifications do you need to be able to study.

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What is clinical sexology?

Simply put, clinical sexology is the diagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. It is a highly trained discipline that combines the resources of

physiology
psychology
religion
anthropology
philosophy
biology
zoology
medicine, and
sociology
with clinical sexology in providing sex therapy and counselling to persons with sexual problems.

There are presently three fields of professional practice in sexology: research, sexual education and clinical practice.

Sexology is studied at the university level, but the modalities within which it is studied vary depending upon the countries. (Sexology can not be studied in South Africa at present). In some European countries, it is necessary to be a physician doctor first in order to be a sexologist. In United States, a professional (for ex a psychiatrist, a psychologist, an anthropologist) who is specialized in the field of human sexuality can be recognized as a sexologist.

With this bachelor’s degree, a person can work in the field of sexual education, either in creating programs that are adapted to the needs of people who will receive the formation or in intervening individually with people served by public or community organisms. Moreover, a certain number of sexologists educators will also get a master's degree in sexual education in order to deepen the knowledge acquired in their undergraduate studies.

However, to be a clinical sexologist, it is necessary to get a master's degree in sexology counseling. Being specialized in the field of sexual difficulties, clinical sexologists are the professionals that are the most qualified to help people with their sexual problems. Most often, clinical sexologists receive people individually or in couple. In some cases, group therapies can also be offered for people who encounter a similar type of difficulty. There exist different sex therapy approaches and, quite often, each clinical sexologist specializes himself or herself within one or a few of these approaches.

Hope this helps.
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Dr Elna McIntosh

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Posted by: Debbie | 2015/06/19

Are there any international online organisations like Unisa that a person can study sexology through.

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