Practicum & Field Experience, Human Sexuality Studies
Coursework in the Field
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The practicum experience at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) provides students with supervised experience in their area of specialization.
This real-world experience is a cornerstone of the curriculum; it allows students to hone their skills within the context of guided practice.
Sexuality Education Track
To gain hands-on practice in an educational setting, students enrolled in the sexuality education track complete a minimum of 50 educational contact hours over the course of one term. Students receive 25 hours of supervision by a faculty member through the accompanying practicum class. Student–supervisor interaction focuses on supporting the student’s progress in educational program implementation, curriculum development, lesson plans, and assessments.
In their field placements, students gain experience implementing the theories of education, teaching methods, and lesson-planning skills they have practiced throughout their coursework.
Students in the counselor education/human sexuality studies interdisciplinary program also participate in this field experience.
Sex Therapy Track
Students in the sex therapy track gain experience by completing a minimum of 250 clinical contact hours over two terms. Students receive 25 hours of supervision each term (50 hours total) by a faculty member through the accompanying practicum class. Student–supervisor interaction focuses on increasing the student’s clinical competencies in assessment, diagnosis, treatment-planning, interdisciplinary treatment models, and professional development.
In their field placements, students explore clinical developmental, health, wellness, and sexuality counseling theories, as well as how to appropriately apply them in their respective placements.
Students in one of our interdisciplinary programs with the Center for Social Work Education or the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology may potentially fulfill their human sexuality studies sex therapy field experience requirements as part of their clinical psychology or social work placement. This process is coordinated through the Field Offices of each student’s home discipline (social work or psychology) in collaboration with the CHSS office.