Learn how to assess and treat erectile dysfunction using psychological frameworks and evidence-based treatment. You will understand how/why erectile difficulties occur, and how a psychological approach complements medical and traditional sex therapy treatment.

This training will give you the skills to use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Sensate Therapy to treat erectile difficulties. You will have access to a video case example to integrate and practice your skills.

CPD hours: 4

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Hi, I’m your trainer - Dr Sarah Ashton!

Sarah (she/her) is the Director and Founder of the first psychology practice dedicated to sexual health treatment – SHIPS and is the Founder and Lead Training Author of Sexual Health and Intimacy Psychological Training. Sarah is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), board approved supervisor (AHPRA), member of the Society of Australian Sexologists and has worked with clients in the sexual health field for over 15 years. She is the Coordinator for the Sexual and Mental Health Primary Health Network, and a Sessional Lecturer at RMIT University. She is a published researcher in The Journal of Sex Research, Porn Studies, Feminism & Psychology, and has written articles for The Conversation and Red Magazine. Sarah has been a guest speaker on Joy FM and ABC radio. Sarah brings a warm, down-to-earth, compassionate approach to therapy and leading her practice. She loves what she does and wants to share this important area of knowledge with emerging and established practitioners.

Training Curriculum

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  What is erectile dysfunction?
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  What is a psychological approach?
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  Psychological causes
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  Formulation & treatment plan
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  Cognitive Behaviour therapy approach
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  Sensate therapy approach
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  Case study
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  Summary and conclusion
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Suitable for:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Sex therapists
  • GPs
  • Students undertaking education in all of the above

Level of experience required:

  • Undertaking or completed qualifications in psychology or above disciplines
  • No experience with sexual therapy necessary

What is included:

  • Access to online training modules - unlimited time
  • Access to a 1 hour Zoom group supervision led by Dr Sarah Ashton, following completion of the course
  • Downloadable sexual history guide
  • Certificate of completion


  • 2-3 hours, plus 1 hour group supervision
  • CPD hours: 4

Duration of Access: 

Unlimited. Once you sign up, you can take as long as you like to complete the course.

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Erectile Dysfunction