When making sense of sexual and relationship issues, attachment trauma is often the missing link to understand what gives complexities to our interactions.

Moving beyond observations and assessment of current behaviour and relationship dynamics, understanding a client’s early attachment and schemas can help us to make sense of the complex and subconscious drives, fears and desires that contribute to our sexuality.  

This training will outline the patterns and connections between neurochemical responses, attachment, trauma, sex, and schema types to assist with your case formulations and treatment plans. 

CPD hours: 4

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.

Step-by-step practical instructions

Dr. Ashton shares her insights from practice in the field so you leave with in-depth knowledge

Join a community of peers

Attend group supervision at the end of your training. Meet like-minded practitioners and learn from each other.

Downloadable assessment guide

The SHIPS assessment guide amalgamates current research and attachment psychometrics so you can conduct a thorough assessment.

Training Curriculum

  Introduction (Total listening time 4:53)
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  Attachment theory (Total listening time 19:15)
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  Schemas & attachment (Total listening time 6:06)
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  Neurochemical factors (Total listening time 15:02)
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  Sexual behaviour parallels & schema examples (Total listening time 37: 54)
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  Conclusion (Total listening time 4:39)
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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 schema template
  • 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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Check out our blogs & resources

SHIPS blogs are authored by our Psychologists and are written about topics we discuss with our clients in therapy.
They can be helpful resources for practitioners and clients.



Anxious Attachment: What can a healing in a relationship look like for you?

Avoidant Attachment: What can a healing in a relationship look like for you?

Fearful/Disorganised Attachment: What can a healing in a relationship look like for you?

Lets Talk About Schemas

Self-Sacrificing Schema

Abandonment Schema

Unrelenting Standards Schema

Defectiveness Schema

Entitlement Schema

Social Isolation Schema

Failure Schema