Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program

Part II: Human Sexuality, Sex Education & Sex Therapy


  • Wendy Cherry, Psy.D
  • Ron Crane, MFT
  • Guest Instructors


January 13 – June 9, 2022, Thursdays

12:15 pm - 3:00 pm PST (15 min. break)


Online - Zoom Platform


The Human Sexuality, Sex Education & Sex Therapy (HSSEST) course is offered to all mental health professionals, and is designed to incorporate multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced). Each lecture stands on its own, but together gives a comprehensive understanding of sexual issues, problems, and their treatment. Each lecture covers an important area for the clinician’s understanding of human sexuality and sex therapy. We are fortunate that many national and international experts have agreed to present their material to further our understanding of sexual functioning, problems and treatment. 

We focus on four issues in sex therapy. These are 1) medical/organic, 2) sexual performance, 3) sexual desire, and 4) lack of sexual information and education. These areas will be covered extensively, along with other sex therapy issues, including sexuality and aging, LGBTQ sex therapy, adult aids and toys, sex therapy with culturally diverse populations, and sex and couples therapy. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own attitudes and feelings as it pertains to this important area.

Learning Objectives:

1. Summarize the four main problems in sex therapy: medical/surgical, sexual performance, sexual desire, lack of education.

2. Prioritize treatment of couples issues and sexual issues.

3. Recognize the most common sexual performance and sexual desire issues in males and females.

4. Assess appropriate interventions for male and female sexual issues.

5. Assess appropriate interventions for culturally diverse populations indicated by culture, religion, age, orientation, gender, lifestyle and disabilities.

6. Recognize indications of sexual addiction/compulsivity, fetishistic attachments, and childhood sexual abuse/trauma, and plan appropriate treatment.

7. Acquire specific interventions for sexual issues and problems.

8. Practice specific interventions and techniques through role-play.

Educational Goals:

This course is designed to help participants:

1.   Provide mental health professionals with techniques that effectively integrate couples therapy and sex therapy in a clinical practice.

2.   Provide new competencies and knowledge to mental health professionals by presenting new research findings (i.e. neuroscientific, psychomotor, psychobiological) and integrate these findings into existing education, theoretical models, and clinical approaches to the field of couples and sex therapy.

3.   Advance existing skills and competence in the field of couples and sex therapy to better equip mental health professionals to serve the needs of the public.

4.   Promote research endeavors by mental health professionals in the field of couples and sex therapy in order to contribute to the discipline of psychology as a whole.

Instructors (Guest Lecturers listed in Syllabus):

Wendy Cherry, Psy.D, a licensed psychotherapist, is the co-founder of AACAST, and the Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program. She trained with Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for almost two decades, and is an accomplished educator, lecturer and public speaker. Dr. Cherry furthers her knowledge in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology with membership in Dr. Allan Schore's Right Brain Psychotherapy Master Class. She has the distinction of being trained in both business management and as a mental health professional. Prior to her work in the field of psychology, Wendy created and directed one of the very first Internet companies, becoming a well-known speaker and media expert on internet issues in the Los Angeles area. 

Ron Crane, MFT, a Marriage and Family Therapist, received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University. He has done extensive post-graduate work at the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles.  He received a Doctor of Laws Degree, LLD (honoris causa) from International College in 1980 for his contributions to the Mental Health profession. Ron has been in the practice of psychotherapy for over forty-five years with special interest in: Individual and Couples Therapy, Gay and Lesbian Therapy, Sexual Therapy, and Addiction Therapy. He has been involved with: Sexual Abuse Treatment Centers, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Youth Shelters and Family Services, the South Central Los Angeles Mental Rehabilitation Center, and various addiction treatment programs.

Satisfactory Completion for CE: Participants must attend each class to receive CE credit for the Human Sexuality, Sex Education & Sex Therapy (HSSEST) course. Participants are currently allowed to miss two (2) classes in the lecture series, but must complete the required reading for the missed class(es) and watch the video recording of the missed class(es) in order to meet the stated learning objectives. CE credit is not available for missed classes. Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in for each class, completed an evaluation, and signed out of each class in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the class. No exceptions will be made. Students that miss more than two (2) classes will be ineligible for CE credit. CE certificates will be emailed to participants within thirty (30) days of course completion.

Refund Policy: All course cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing. Telephone requests will not be honored. Letters and/or an e-mail to the Executive Director should be received no later than 15 days prior to the first day of the course to receive a full refund of the course payments. An exception is made in the case of an emergency situation defined as the death or illness of registrant or a family member. In case of emergency, a full refund will be issued. In the case of a withdrawal from the course after the course has started, for any reason, the refund will consist of a prorated amount based on attendance, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All refund requests should be made in writing and sent to: AACAST, Attn: Wendy Cherry, Executive Director, 1072 Katherine Rd,, Santa Susana, CA, 93063 or by e-mail at

Accommodations for Disabilities: Participants who have a disability and require special assistance should contact Wendy Cherry, Psy.D. by email at or by phone at (818) 540-8657.

Grievances, issues, or concerns regarding the conference or registration should be addressed in writing and submitted to

The American Association of Couples and Sex Therapist (AACAST) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #133064) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. This course meets the qualifications for 44 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. AACAST maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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