Learn how to set therapy up for success

Using the original SHIPS model, learn how to case formulate sexual health, intimacy and relationship issues to give you a clear treatment plan.

Learn skills for setting up expectations, building a collaborative relationship with clients and setting boundaries.

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.

Training Curriculum

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  SHIPS treatment model
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  What is evidence-based ?
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  Use what is in the room
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  Create a healing space
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  Trajectory of long-term treatment
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  Orienting clients to treatment
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  Common countertransference responses
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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
  • 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.



Let's Talk About Non-Sexual Emotional and Physical Intimacy

Reframing Sex. What is Sex?

Factors That Can Affect Your Sex Drive

Different Types of Attraction