Paraphilic Disorders are often driven by a complex, multi-layered array of psychological, neurological and social factors. We need to understand how to accurately formulate the development and maintenance of the disorder so that we can identify individualised treatment targets for effective treatment.

In this training we will outline models, theories and treatment approaches you can use for formulation and treatment. We will explore risk models, mandatory reporting and common countertransference experiences so you feel equipped to manage challenges that arise.

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.

Join a community of peers

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

Practical step-by-step instructions

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

Worksheets for reflection

Download worksheet you can use alongside your client work. These will assist with reflection and maintaining your wellbeing.

Training Curriculum

  Introduction (Total listening time 6:10)
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  Risk Assessment & Mandatory Reporting (Total listening time 10:58)
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  Formulation models (Total listening time 11:01)
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  Additional formulation theories and models (Total listening time 14:38)
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  Contributing factors (Total listening time 11:31)
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  Treatment pathway for shame reduction - not disorder (Total listening time 9:32)
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  Treatment pathways for change & harm minimisation - disorder (Total listening time 14:37)
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  Countertransference (Total listening time 6:22)
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  Conclusion (Total listening time 1:40)
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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


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

Duration of Access: 

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

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