What skills will I gain?
The program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to succeed in the emerging field of sexual health. Drawing on theory and the best practices through case studies, simulations, and group projects, participants will critically apply the conceptual, theoretical, and practical frameworks necessary to address the common challenges associated with comprehensive sexual health education. The impact of personal bias will be explored with respect to different cultures, lifestyles, and values.
Which courses do I need?
Upon program completion registrants will be issued a parchment through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the use of the letters PgCSHealth (post graduate certificate in sexual health) to designate program completion. Certificate courses may be used as elective credit with the approval of the home institution.
This certificate is made up of four 3-credit graduate level courses offered in a fully distanced based format. In order to obtain the certificate registrant’s must complete the following four required courses.
REHAB 543: SEXUAL HEALTH: ISSUES & PERSPECTIVES
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0). This course will provide the students with an understanding of sexuality from a personal, familial, societal, cultural and ethical perspective. The course will provide an overview of basic anatomy, physiology, psychosocial, lifespan and sexual health issues. The impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning as well as specific sexual dysfunctions will also be covered. This course will present strategies and skills service providers can use when dealing with sexual health issues.
REHAB 544: SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0).This introductory course will provide students with an understanding of sexual health education philosophy, instructional techniques and an appreciation of the common challenges associated with comprehensive sexual health education. The impact of personal bias will be explored with respect to differing cultures, lifestyles and values. The course will focus on practical implementation of tools and skills for the service professional based on current evidence in the literature. Pre-requisite: REHAB 546
REHAB 545: SEXUALITY: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0). This course will provide the students with an understanding physical and mental changes associated with an illness, injury or disability as it affects sexual health adjustment. The course will provide an overview of sexuality in terms of basic anatomy, physiology, and sexual health issues as it relates to disability. The impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning as well as specific sexual dysfunctions will also be covered. This course will also provide practical guidelines for dealing with specific sexual health concerns expressed by clients and their partners. Pre-requisite: REHAB 546
REHAB 546: SEX POSITIVITY: IN THEORY & PRACTICE
This course will give students a better understanding of the importance of using a sex-positive approach with clients. The course will explore what shapes an individual's sexual morals, values, and beliefs. The impact of religion, culture, media, and the law on sexuality will be emphasized. This course will help students become more aware of their sexual attitudes and offer strategies to become more effective sexual health practitioners. Pre-requisite: REHAB 543