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Human Sexuality
Master of Science

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The Master of Science in Human Sexuality is designed to serve the needs of professionals in mental health and related areas who want to teach and consult in the area of human sexuality and is a step toward professional qualifications in the field of sex counseling and therapy. Because human sexuality has a strong emotional component, students are required to participate in a regime of coursework that encourages competency in creative methodologies combining intellectual and emotional understanding. The program combines extensive coursework and fieldwork under the guidance of experienced faculty members.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Program Director

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As prerequisites for acceptance to the Master's degree, participants should have completed the equivalent of a recognized baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field of study and have several years of meaningful professional experience. Participants are expected to be proficient in collegiate English language skills, with TOEFL examination scores of 500 minimum. Participants also must have access to a computer, email and the Internet and appropriate outside library resources and practical field study sites, for the full extent of the program.

Master's participants in Human Sexuality complete a minimum of 40 credits above the baccalaureate degree including comprehensive examinations and the thesis, as outlined below. Coursework requirements include the academic major and major concentration including, as appropriate, field studies, directed studies, and additional electives, as needed, to satisfy the minimum credit requirements. Most students complete their program within two years. Master's students complete a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the academic coursework. Participants also complete research preparation coursework and prepare a formal thesis proposal, complete the thesis project, and prepare the manuscript for faculty review. Master’s participants complete an oral review of the thesis project at a conclusion to the physical review of the thesis. As a minimum degree requirement, Master's students must maintain enrollment at Akamai University for at least one calendar year.

Core Elements of Academic Major (Required: 18 credits minimum)
Major Concentration (Required: 9 credits minimum)
Research Preparation (Required: 3 credits minimum)
Comprehensive Examination (Required: 2 credits)
Thesis Proposal (Required: 2 credits)
Thesis (Required: 4 credits)
Oral Review of Thesis (Required: 2 credits)

Core Elements of the Academic Major
Participants complete core elements of the academic major comprised of 18 credits of mandated studies, as outlined below:

Required:A minimum of 18 credits selected from among the following courses:
HSX 501: Introduction to Human Sexuality (3 credits)
HSX 502: Bio-Medical Foundations of Human Sexuality (3 credits)
HSX 503: Culture and Sexuality (3 credits)
HSX 504: Sex Therapy (3 credits)
HSX 505: Human Sexual Development (3 credits)
HSX 506: Sex Education (3 credits)
HSX 507: Sexual Health (3 credits)
HSX 508: Advanced Areas of Sexuality (3 credits)
HSX 509: Ethical and Legal Issues in Sexuality (3 credits)
HSX 512: Supervised Clinical Practice (3 credits)
HSX 513: Sexual Diversity (3 credits)v SX 515: Sexual Attitude Reassessment (3 credits)
HSX 517: Couples Sex Therapy (3 credits)
HSX 519: Humanistic Psychotherapy (3 credits)

Addressing Licensing Requirements
For the purposes of satisfying licensing requirements, the major field of study in Human Sexuality is designed in a flexible manner to permit the students to integrate the necessary coursework, as required by licensing authorities and accreditation agencies in their local vicinity. While the major may include a minimum of 18 credits, it may be expanded to as many as 42 credits, as demanded by licensing authorities (with payment of additional tuition assessments). The University makes no claim that the program will provide a full and successful preparation for licensing in your jurisdiction.

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Major Concentrations (Required: 9 credits minimum)
Participants complete a major concentration comprised of nine credits of specialized studies selected from one the following concentrations:

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Advanced Human Sexuality Research

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

Required:A minimum of 9 credits, selected from the following:
HSX 561: Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (3 credits)
HSX 562: Clinical Applications of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (3 credits)
HSX 563: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Sex Problems (3 credits)

Advanced Human Sexuality Research

Required:A minimum of 9 credits, selected from the following:
RES 500: Survey of Research Methods (3 credits)
RES 501: Basic Research Statistics (3 credits)
RES 502: Intermediate Research Statistics (3 credits)
RES 505: Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
RES 653 Transpersonal Research (3 credits)
RES 699: Research in Complementary Medicine (3 credits)
OR: Another research preparation course selected with guidance of the senior faculty.

Research Preparation
Master's students must pursue studies providing advanced research knowledge necessary for success in their final projects (thesis). At least three semester credits of research preparation coursework is required and this might focus upon quantitative and qualitative methods or participatory action research techniques including subject selection, research design, and statistical analysis, as appropriate to each student’s proposed project. Through this requirement, students learn to effectively define applied problems or theoretical issues and articulate the rationale for the study. They should learn to present an effective scholarly review of the academic literature and implement quantitative, qualitative or participatory action methods for evaluating academic issues.

Required:A minimum of 3 credits, selected from the following:
HSX 510: Research Design and Implementation (3 credits)
OR Another research preparation course selected from elsewhere in the University

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Comprehensive Examination
Once you have completed the coursework elements of your degree, you will be asked to schedule the Comprehensive Examination. Your primary mentor and a faculty member representing the secondary academic area conduct both the written and oral components of the examination. The written portion is open book style with selected essay questions requiring creative responses that reach for the higher levels of cognition. Your answers are expected to draw from both the primary and secondary competencies of your program with proper referencing of the scholarly literature. The oral component of the examination is normally completed by telephone conference and is intended to allow detailed investigation of your written responses.

EXM 880: Comprehensive Examination (Required: 2 credits)

Thesis Proposal
You are expected to prepare a formal proposal related to your concept for research under the direction of your primary mentor and according to University expectations. At a minimum, your research proposal should clarify the thesis statement and methodology (including the data gathering instruments and data analysis techniques) and provide an effective overview of the scholarly literature that sets the foundation for the thesis. Your research proposal should also include a brief manuscript outline that demonstrates how you will present in written form the various elements of the research project.

RES 885: Thesis Proposal (Required: 2 credits)

Thesis Project
Following approval of your thesis proposal, you will begin your research project. Your thesis may take the form of a traditional research project or it may be a major scholarly project of the type appropriate to the discipline. Whichever approach to the thesis is chosen, the resulting project must demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge in the major field of study, be your original work and represent a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the human condition or an improvement to the professional field. Your thesis research may be conducted via quantitative, qualitative, or participatory action research. The body of your thesis manuscript, structured according to a set of approved manuscript guidelines, should exceed 75 double spaced, typewritten pages. If your thesis takes the form of a scholarly project, it must follow the guidelines provided by the University for such projects.

RES 890: Thesis (Required: 4 credits)

Oral Review of Thesis
Once you have prepared the thesis manuscript, you will be asked to schedule the formal review process. Your primary mentor and a faculty member representing the secondary academic area will conduct both the formal physical review of the thesis manuscript and the oral review of thesis. The physical review of the thesis manuscript usually takes the review committee four to six weeks. Each reviewer will prepare questions and commentary relative to your underlying review of the literature, the thesis methodology, the mechanics of your project, and your presentation of the findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The Oral Review of Thesis is conducted under the direction of your primary mentor with the assistance of one qualified member of the faculty. The examination is carried out by telephone conference call and is designed to allow detailed investigation of your thesis. The faculty reviewers explore with you issues related to your thesis including methodology, review of literature and interpretation of the findings.

One outcome of the thesis review process is a set of final expectations directing you through the remaining tasks for completing the thesis manuscript. Once your final manuscript is approved, you will submit the formal document to an approved bindery and later ship the bound thesis to the University for permanent archival storage.

EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis (Required: 2 credits)

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All trainers and facilitators are highly qualified professionals who possess a graduate level degree from a recognized institution of higher education. In addition, they have vast experience in their field of practice or faculty members of recognized colleges and universities. They offer a blend of academic excellence, rigorous scholarship, and practical real-world experience that provides students with unparalleled opportunities to expand their horizons. They will present topics in variety of ways, including lectures, case studies and group discussions. All faculty members satisfy the high standards of Akamai University.

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Dr. Krippner is current President of the International Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man and Director of the Master's Program in Human Sexuality for the foundation's ancillary institute, International Institute of Human Sexuality. He, also, currently holds the position of professor of Psychology and Director of Consciousness Study Program at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco CA. He earned his Ph.D. at Kent State University and was the Director of the Child Study Center. He has served as President of Divison 30, Psychological Hypnosis of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Ignacio Arroniz Medina, MD
Dr. Medina is President Division: Institute of Medicine and Advanced Behavior Technology, Former President of the Juarez Society of Cardiology and of Juarez Cardiovascular.Medical Director of Poliplaza Medica.

Dr. Agustin Felix Monsisvais, MD, Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Dr. Monsisvais is Director of Medical Services for the Institute of Medicine and Advanced Behavior Technology. He was formed Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Hemodialisis and Director of Medical Interns at the Juarez Medial Hospital.

Dr. Jorge Alvarez, MD, MA (Molecular Biology)
Dr. Alvarez is Medical Director of the Human Sexuality Masters Program and Associate Professor of Human Sexuality Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Juarez Schoool of Medicine.

Dr. Maria Guadalupe Nava Loya, MD, Gynecology, Obstetrics
Dr. Nava Loya is Director of the International Institute of Human Sexuality and current Director of the first In-Vitro Fertilization Program at the Human Reproduction Hospital in Juarez.

Carlos Millan Reveles, MD. Urology
He has served as Director of Medical Education Programs for the Institute of Medicine and Advanced Behavioral Technology. He is former President of the States Association of Urology.

Marcos A. Ledezma, MD, Pathology
Former Director of the Department’s of Health Division on STDs., Center for the Control and Prevention on Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He serves as current Director of Pathology for the Juarez Medical Center. Also, he holds the position of Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Juarez.

Joel Fortunato Reyez, Psychiatry
Dr. Reyes has held the position of Director of Psychiatric Services at the Centro de Centro the Rehabilitación Social in Juarez Mexico. He is a graduate from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and the Hospital Psiquiátrico Fray Bernardino de Sahagun.

Manuel Villa Ontiveros, MD, Pediatrics
Dr. Ontiveros is a practicing Pediatric Surgeon and currently serves as Director of Educational Programs for Parents and Children at the Institute of Medicine and Advanced Behavior Technology.

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HSX 501: Introduction to in Human Sexuality (3 credits)
This course comprises a comprehensive view of sexuality, ranging from psychological and sociological dimensions, covering topics such as homosexuality, masturbation, bisexuality, fantasy, female and male sexuality, special problems, sex therapy and cultural expressions.

HSX 502: Bio-medical Foundations of Human Sexuality (3 credits)
This course includes a technical look at the body and its sexual function and anatomy. Moreover, it includes sections on basic gynecology and urology for sexologists. Furthermore, a look at the anatomy and function of male and female genitalia, physiological etiology of sexual dysfunction: impact on functioning of medication, surgical techniques and human reproduction. Also, in the framework of Urology, sexual dysfunction’s of the male, medical treatments and surgical interventions. I.e. Surgical implants, hormone injections, etc.

HSX 503: Culture and Sexuality (3 credits)
This course presents an introduction to the rational and systematic investigation of sexual problems from Ancient Greece to the present time. Also, a look at the ways that sex is shaped by culture from tribal to industrial societies. Topics include, culture and biology, religion, sex and power and family structure, male and female menopause and puberty rites.

HSX 504: Sex Therapy (3 credits)
This course presents a review of sex therapy techniques, how they were developed, the rationale for the use, implementation strategies, and assessment of effectiveness. Comparison among the different theoretical approaches will be stressed to allow the student to develop an eclectic approach. Role-playing techniques will be used to demonstrate the therapeutic approaches

HSX 505: Human Sexual Development (3 credits)
This course presents the developmental stages of sexuality throughout the ages.

HSX 506: Sex Education (3 credits)
This course examines sex education programs at varying educational levels. Topics include the design and implementation of curricula to teach children, adolescents and adults.

HSX 507: Sexual Health (3 credits)
This course provides the foundation for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Epidemiological programs and advanced intervention strategies. This course will be conducted in collaboration of medical members of the department of health.

HSX 508: Advanced Areas of Sexuality (3 credits)
This course covers the areas of human sexuality not discussed in the introductory course 501, or only discussed briefly. The topics included in this course includes other range of sexual behaviors such as paraphilias, group sex, trans--sexualism, sex and disability, sexual crimes, sexual abuse and prevention and evolutionary perspectives in human sexuality, etc.

HSX 509: Ethical and Legal issues in Sexuality (3 credits)
This course covers the ethical and moral dimensions of human sexuality. Moreover, religious, socio cultural and legal milieu in which human sexuality evolves through the ages. Although, in this course, emphasis is placed in the Judeo-Christian tradition and their influence in sexuality for the Western tradition, however, cross-cultural mores, legal cross-cultural systems ethical and values are also addressed.

HSX 510: Research Design and Implementation (3 credits)
This course prepares students for effective design of research. Topics include statistics for the social sciences. Students will choose a research topic in the context of which he will apply the research techniques learned in the course.

HSX 512: Supervised Clinical Practice (3 credits)
In this course students will present cases from their own caseload or clinical practice for evaluation by supervisors of the sexuality program. Also, students may choose a clinical setting in the context of which evaluation can take place via of tape recording of clinical cases.

HSX 513: Sexual Diversity (3 credits)
This course examines the many controversial theoretical and practice issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and human sexuality practices. Students explore diversity in several dimensions of human sexuality including sexual definitions, the prevalence of various behaviors, the intensity of sexual response, sexual object choice, and other modes of sexual _expression. Among other topics, student may research notions of deviance, premarital coitus, male and female orgasm, homosexual behavior, bisexual behavior, transvestites, trans-gendered individuals, as well as parphilias, fetishes, and other sexual interest patterns.

HSX 515: Sexual Attitude Reassessment (3 credits)
Through a structured group experience this course will guide students in examining their own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior. The objective of the course activities is assure human sexuality professionals acquire the body of knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address the sexual concerns of the patient and client. Course activities will move the student through the processes of self-exploration and re-assessment of attitudes, feelings, and judgments about all areas of sexuality to avoid stereotypical attitudes and moralizing, and assure the adoption of empathy and professional poise. Furthermore, part of this course will include that the student participate en personal psychotherapy with some of the instructors in order to explore his own feelings, attitudes and values towards sexual diversity.

HSX 517: Couples Sex Therapy (3 credits)
Students examine how to assess and treat the sexual problems most commonly presented by individuals and couples, including disorders of desire, aversion, arousal, orgasm, and pain. Foundational and contemporary principles of modern sex therapy will be covered, taking into account history, context, meaning, and relational components. Topics include sex therapy with special populations (e.g. gay/lesbian, trauma, aging, etc.) and the relationship between sexuality, communication, spirituality, and intimacy.

HSX 519: Humanistic Psychotherapy (3 credits)
This course explores the body of thought in psychotherapy started by Carl Rogers in the 1950s. Topics include an exploration of existentialism, the works of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of human needs, Fritz and Laura Perls' Gestalt therapy, and Person-centered psychotherapy. Student will discover the importance of Rogers' basic tenets of unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathic understanding in the counseling profession. to assure the client's psychological well being.

HSX 561 Introduction to Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (3 credits)
Students will learn the basic REBT techniques in therapy. In this course student, will also, learn about the history and origins of REBT among the cognitive therapies along with the theoretical and philosophical basis of the REBT model.

HSX 562: Clinical Applications of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (3 credits)
In this course, students will learn the practical and clinical applications of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy to a wide range of clinical problems, diagnostic and intervention skills; how to develop treatment plans; and how to establish a therapeutic alliance

HSX 563: Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Sex Problems (3 credits)
This course presents students with the clinical applications of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy to sex problems. Sexual dysfunctions of male and female are addressed and their treatment via cognitive behavioral approaches such as Cognitive Restructuring, sensate focuses a la Masters and Johnson and the like.

EXM 880: Comprehensive Examination-Master's Students (2 credits)
Masters students complete this comprehensive examination as a required element of their academic program, prior to undertaking the thesis. The examination usually includes both written and oral components and is confined to the programs of studies completed by the student.

RES 885: Thesis Proposal (2 credits)
This course is required of all Masters students designed to guide them through the formal research proposal process for their final projects, including the development of the research methodology, data gathering device and data analysis techniques. Students also prepare annotated bibliographies of the major scholarly works underlying their project.

RES 890: Thesis Project (4 credits)
This course governs the conduct of the thesis project for the Master's level student. The Masters thesis is the demonstration of the mastery of a body of knowledge in a given field and is presented in a manuscript usually 75 or more pages in length. The final project may take any of several forms, depending upon the field of study and the expectations of faculty. This may be quantitative or qualitative research, participatory action research, or a major project demonstrating excellence. Master's students may re-enroll for this course for no-credit, as needed.

EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis-Master's Students (2 credits)
This examination is an oral review of the Masters thesis conducted by the graduate committee immediately following their reading of the thesis manuscript.

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