How do we frame our understanding of human sexuality? Just as there are many different ways to look at the world, there are many different ways to view healthy and dysfunctional sexual functioning. This unit explores the various theories and concepts of human psychosexual development. Having a theoretical understanding of sexuality is the foundation for providing services and treatment to clients. As you complete the unit readings, consider which theories best fit your worldview at this moment in time.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Review theories of learning and personality development as they apply to human sexuality concepts, including current understandings about neurobiological behavior.
2. Explore current theories of individual and family sexual development.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your Understanding Human Sexuality text to complete the following:
• Chapter 2, “Theoretical Perspectives on Sexuality,” pages 24–42.
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Trice-Black and Foster’s 2011 article, “Sexuality of Women With Young Children: A Feminist Model of Mental Health Counseling,” from Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 2, pages 95–111.
Click on the link to view the video Behavioral Couples Therapy: Couples Therapy With the Experts 12. In this video, Richard B. Stuart utilizes basic principles of behavioral therapy to empower clients to change their own behaviors and develop insight and understanding into how what they do influences the behavior of others. In the video, Stuart works with Adele and Wesley, a couple with many elements of a successful marriage but struggling to find a way to stay together. While issues from her past trouble Adele, Wesley feels hurt and rejected, and does not know how to recapture his loving feelings for his wife.
With information derived from a brief developmental history and presession questionnaires, Stuart is able to quickly dive into the language and metaphor of each client, using anecdotes and personal stories to reflect his understanding. He then moves on to identify each of their primary concerns and reframe their understanding of problematic behaviors. After negotiating strategies for achieving a mutually desired solution, the clients are asked to engage in specific behavioral changes that can be evaluated the following week. Consistently focusing on their strengths and the positive aspects of their marriage, Stuart helps Adele and Wesley recommit to each other to successfully undertake the behavioral changes asked for.
This video is approximately 116 minutes in length.
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Apply Developmental Theory to Human Sexuality Concepts
Discuss which theories of learning and personality development as they apply to human sexuality concepts seem most consistent and inconsistent with your own worldviews. Additionally, address how neurobiology has impacted our understanding of theories of human sexuality.
Discussion 2: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Behavioral Couples Therapy
List the three most salient points for you from the Behavioral Couples Therapy video. Describe the systemic issues that help provide an understanding of the family, and discuss how behavioral couple’s therapy is utilized to address these issues.