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ACADEMICS2018-05-21T23:43:02+00:00

Academic Programs – Overview

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Health and Intimacy Studies is a unique, independent and freestanding academic and scientific discipline that studies, examines and researches all aspects and manifestations of how humans behave sexually at a most basic level, both historically and culturally.

When studying, examining and researching what humans and other animals do sexually, sexology classifies what is like and what is dislike, i.e. the emic and etic.   Health and Intimacy Studies examines what is understood to be “normal” healthy, positive and legal sexual behavior in these contexts and compares, contrasts and analyzes it in light of what is “normative” sexual behavior.

Health and Intimacy Studies also includes examining the biology, physiology, endocrinology and evolution of human and other primate sexual behavior.  The range of examination includes but is not limited to everything from how humans become sexually aroused physiologically and hormonally, the interplay of sexuality and evolution, and, the intricacies of the socio-sexual response cycle.   The academic and scientific discipline of sexology cross pollinates not only with the aforementioned sciences but also the political, social, class, religious, educational and other social-cultural constructs, mores and values that influence how humans express and manifest sexuality.  To complete its context, Health and Intimacy Studies also compares and contrasts human sexual expression to that of other primates and less complex animals. A more in-depth look at Health and Intimacy Studies and the profession of Sexologists can be found in Appendix A of this catalogue.

The Health and Intimacy Studies Certificate Program’s purpose is to provide the student with the knowledge, skill and ability to identify, describe and explain to others, basic information on the topics of human sexual anatomy, physiology and endocrinology and related health issues.  Students are able to identify, describe and explain the broad spectrum of human sexual expression and sexual health issues related to aging, disability, and sexually transmitted infections and diseases.  Legal and ethical issues, the history of Health and Intimacy Studies and the basic research methods and analytical tools used are addressed.

Students learn to identify describe, and explain what is considered normal trans-historically and trans-culturally, and what is actually statistically normative sexually in the human population.  The integration of social, cultural, religious, legal and medical institutions and constructs are examined and students can identify, describe and explain their effect upon human sexual expression through this program.

The programs also teaches students to categorize and compare various manifestations of human sexuality from the perspective of like and dislike, emic and etic.  Professionals who are asked questions of a sexual nature, or who interact with human sexual behaviors gain broad-based, basic knowledge, skill and experience on the subject.  Teachers, counselors, social workers, mental and physical health professionals, legal and law enforcement professionals, pastors, rabbis, priests and other spiritual and community leaders can learn to address the subject from a non-judgmental perspective, identify the issues, and be able to provide accurate information and make a referral if necessary.  

This program provides the broad-based, basic knowledge; skill and ability for students to continue onto the Clinical Health and Intimacy Studies Certificate Program and to special certificate programs to greater enhance their expertise in their respective fields.

The Purpose of the Clinical Health and Intimacy Studies Certificate Program is to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and abilities to identify and describe sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction related to human sexual anatomy, physiology and endocrinology.  Students are able to identify and describe issues of sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction pertaining to the various forms of human sexual expression that are associated with the broad and varied spectrum of human sexual expression.

    Dysfunction and dissatisfaction relating to aging, physical and mental disabilities, disease, and sexually transmitted infection and diseases are taught and students will be able to identify and describe these issues.   Additionally, students learn how and gain the ability to provide treatment to suffering individuals who are experiencing dysfunction and dissatisfaction due to injury or trauma to the physical body, hormonal issues, aging, physical and/or mental disability, or sexually-transmitted infections or diseases.  

    Dysfunction and dissatisfaction related to social, cultural, religious, legal and medical institutions and constraints are also taught.  Students learn the history of treating sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction, and the respective methods and modalities.  Research concerning the respective their respective effectiveness and/or potential harmfulness.  Experiential therapies, including those employing and/or involving various degrees of touch, cognitive reframing, and social skills are studied.  Students learn how to employ some of these methods as well.

    Self-discovery and awareness of personal discomfort bias and misinformation regarding human sexuality are covered.  This process is designed and intended to empower students to be able to address any and all sexual matters in a non-judgmental and body positive as well as sex-positive perspective.

2 weekend-long experiential in-person workshops

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APPENDIX A • B • C

Health and Intimacy Studies is a unique, independent and freestanding academic and scientific discipline that examines, studies, researches and analyzes it’s subject (human sexuality) from its specific and unique perspective utilizing research and data unique to the discipline, data, information and research from other academic and scientific disciplines.  The study of Health and Intimacy Studies examines and researches all things about, aspects and manifestations of what humans and other animals do sexually both trans-historically and trans-culturally.

When studying, examining and researching what humans and other animals do sexually, sexology classifies what is like and what is dislike, i.e. the emic and epic.  Health and Intimacy Studies and examines what is understood to be “normal” healthy, positive and legal sexual behavior in a cultural and historical context, and compares, contrasts and analyzes it in light of what is “normative” sexual behavior.

Health and Intimacy Studies, examines, and researches the biology, physiology, endocrinology and evolution of human sexual behavior and in other animals. How humans and other animals become sexually aroused, hormonally, and physiologically, and the interaction of evolution and the socio-sexual response cycle are studies, examined and researched by sexologists.

The academic and scientific discipline of sexology acknowledges that human sexual behavior is amalgam of biology, anatomy, physiology and endocrinology; evolution and conscious understanding constructed from cultural, political, social, class, religious, educational and other social-cultural constructs, mores and values that influence how humans express and manifest sexuality.  Health and Intimacy Studies also compares and contrasts human sexual expression to that of other primates and les complex animals.

Sexologists are also at the forefront of sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and diseases.  Mary Calferon, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a Sexologist, as was John Mongy, the head of the Gender Reassignment Clinic at John Hopkins, and Helen Singer Kalplan, the founder of Seicus.

The Academic discipline and science of Health and Intimacy Studies emerged in the 19th century with the other physical and social sciences that were born during this era.  Health and Intimacy Studies comes from the same explosion of academic and scientific inquiry as biology, anatomy, physiology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science.  Beginning in 1903, physicians and psychiatrists began to examine, diagnose and treat sexual issues (Drs Bloch and Hirschfeld).  What humans did trans-culturally was examined and studied as Europeans began to have contact with other societies and cultures.

Alfred Kinsey, a biologist, and his team began to conduct the first systematic taxological study of human sexuality in the 1930s.  The two volumes produced by Kinsey, Pomeroy and Martin-Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female—revolutionized and transformed America’s understanding of what people did sexually.  William H. Masters, M.D./OBGYN and Virginia Johnson, a sociologist, researched the physiology of Human Sexuality, and began the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dissatisfaction and dysfunction in the post-WWII era.  

Sexologists are often learned and licensed professionals whose area of practice addresses or concerns human sexual behavior.  Medical doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social workers, and local professionals who have specific education and study regarding human sexuality and who address the questions, concerns and dissatisfaction and or dysfunction of others are Sexologists.   In addition, those highly educated and skilled experts are Sexologists.  The academic and scientific disciplines of Health and Intimacy Studies address all things sexual and can lead to expertise and specialization for any professional who encounter and addresses these issues.

Intimacy Anxiety Disorder is high anxiety regarding some or all aspects of intimacy. Intimacy is one of the strongest drives in human experience.  Intimacy refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together; a familiar and very close affective connection with another. There are many individuals who have the desire, are yearning, to form an intimate relationship with a potential partner or romantic interest, but have very high anxiety regarding initiating behavior. These people can be considered for a diagnosis of Intimacy Anxiety Disorder. There are 10 million people with Intimacy Anxiety Disorder in US.

The Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) does not have an accurate diagnostic category for individuals with high levels of anxiety about intimate contact with potential partners, including sexual and/or partner-social interaction with potential partners. These individuals don’t fit in either DSM-5 category for Sexual Dysfunctions or Anxiety Disorders.

Dr. Elaine Floyer has formally defined Intimacy Anxiety Disorder in the format used in DSM-5, as is shown in Figure 1.  After Figure 1 there is a differential diagnosis of Intimacy Anxiety Disorder from other Anxiety Disorders and from Sexual Dysfunctions.

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