Foundations of Professional Sexuality Counseling: Enhancing Competence for Mental Health Professionals

Posted On: December 5, 2023

Date(s) - 05/12/2023 - 06/12/2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Foundations of Professional Sexuality Counseling

Discover the key to unlocking your clients’ deepest concerns and enhancing their overall well-being

Join Dr. Martha Tara Lee, renowned Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist, for a transformative two-day training program Foundations of Professional Sexuality Counseling designed to equip mental health professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to confidently address matters of relationships, intimacy, and sexual well-being.

In a world where discussions about sexuality are often considered taboo, this comprehensive training program will empower you to navigate these sensitive topics with ease, providing more effective support to your clients. Gain the competence and confidence you need to excel in your counseling practice.

Unlike other training programs, this workshop is specifically designed for professionals in the counseling field who do not have sexuality/sexology training. Dr. Martha Tara Lee’s expertise and passion will guide you through a dynamic learning experience, equipping you with practical skills that can be immediately applied in your counseling practice.

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and role play exercises, you will explore topics such as sexual development, cultural influences on sexuality, common sexual concerns, and the relationship between sex and mental health. This comprehensive approach ensures you have a well-rounded understanding of human sexuality and its impact on mental health.

Who this training is for: This workshop is open to mental health professionals and post-graduate students in fields such as counseling, psychology, and social work. Whether you are a Registered Counsellor, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, or Social Worker, or a postgraduate Psychology/Counselling student who has completed at least one semester of practicum/internship, this workshop will enhance your competence in addressing relationships, intimacy, and sexual well-being with your clients.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your counseling practice and support your clients in matters related to relationships, intimacy, and sexual well-being. Register now and take the first step towards becoming a more competent and confident professional in the field of sexual counseling.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Sexuality: Understanding the cultural and societal influences on sexuality, exploring common misconceptions, and debunking myths.
  2. Owning Your Sexuality: Reflecting on personal beliefs and biases, exploring self-awareness in relation to sexuality, and addressing any discomfort or biases that may impact client interactions.
  3. Let’s Normalize Sex Talk: Strategies for normalizing discussions around sex and creating safe spaces for clients to explore their concerns.
  4. Sexual Functioning, Anatomy, and Sexual Dysfunction: An in-depth exploration of sexual functioning, including the physical and psychological aspects, common sexual concerns, and understanding sexual dysfunction.
  5. The DSM-5 Guide to Sexuality: Understanding the diagnostic criteria and classifications related to sexual disorders in the DSM-5, exploring the role of the DSM-5 in assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Case Studies & Role Play: Applying knowledge and skills through case studies and role-playing scenarios, practicing effective communication strategies when discussing sexuality with clients.
  7. Ethical Considerations: Discussing ethical considerations when addressing sexuality with clients, including confidentiality, boundaries, and cultural sensitivity.
  8. Building Competence & Confidence: Strategies for ongoing professional development in the field of sexuality, resources for further learning and support.

Objectives of the Workshop:

  1. Develop a fundamental understanding of the psychology of human sexuality, including cultural and societal influences, common misconceptions, and debunking myths.
  2. Enhance confidence and competence in mental health professionals to effectively discuss and address sexuality issues with clients, promoting a non-judgmental and inclusive approach in counseling practice.
  3. Increase self-awareness of personal biases and values related to sexuality, enabling mental health professionals to navigate discussions with clients in a respectful and unbiased manner.
  4. Acquire practical skills through case studies and role play exercises to effectively address sexual concerns in therapy, utilizing effective communication strategies and therapeutic techniques.
  5. Provide mental health professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate discussions about sexuality with clients, ultimately enhancing the quality of care provided and promoting overall well-being.

By attending this workshop, you will gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate discussions about sexuality with your clients, ultimately enhancing the quality of care you provide and promoting their overall well-being.

Date: Tues 5 Dec and Wed 6 Dec 2023

Time: 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Venue: 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Centro Biano, Singapore 534818 (- 4mins walking from Tai Seng MRT)

Capacity: Limited to only 15 participants

Day 1:
9:00 a.m.: Introduction to Sexuality
10:00 a.m.: Understanding Personal Sexuality
11:30 a.m.: Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.: Normalizing Sex Talk
1:30 p.m.: Sexual Functioning, Anatomy, and Dysfunction
3:30 p.m.: Break
4:00 p.m.: Case Studies & Role Play
5:00 p.m.: End of Day 1

Day 2:
9:00 a.m.: Reflections/Review
10:00 a.m.: The DSM-5 Guide to Sexuality
11:00 a.m.: Ethical Considerations
12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:30 p.m.: Case Studies & Role Play (continued)
3:30 p.m.: Break
4:00 p.m.: Q&A and Closing Remarks
5:00 p.m.: End of Day 2

Next Steps:

  1. Complete this online enrollment form.
  2. Wait for confirmation on virtual interview with Dr Martha Tara Lee.
  3. Make online payment below.

Investment: S$1,500 per person (after 30 Oct 2023)

Installment scheme available but must be paid before start date.

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Regular Rate: S$1,500 per person (after 30 Oct 2023)

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Or want to ask Dr Martha some questions about this workshop in-person? 
You can book a 15min zoom session here.

Gentle reminder – please complete online form to express your interest here 🙂

Registration Information:

To register for the workshop, please visit or contact Early bird registration is available until 30 Oct 2023, with discounted rates for students. Limited spots are available, so early registration is encouraged.

Continuing Education Credits:

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 12 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact
Note: This workshop aims to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment. Participants are expected to engage in respectful and professional behavior throughout the workshop. This includes:
  1. Active listening: Engage in active listening by giving your full attention to others, refraining from interrupting, and showing genuine interest in their perspectives.
  2. Respectful communication: Use respectful language and tone when expressing your thoughts and opinions. Avoid derogatory or offensive language that may marginalize or harm others.
  3. Open-mindedness: Approach discussions with an open mind, being willing to consider different perspectives and challenge your own beliefs and assumptions.
  4. Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of personal stories or experiences shared by others during the workshop. Do not disclose or discuss these outside of the workshop setting.
  5. Empathy and compassion: Show empathy and compassion towards others, recognizing that everyone has unique experiences and challenges related to sexuality. Be supportive and understanding in your interactions.
  6. Non-judgmental attitude: Maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship styles. Avoid making assumptions or passing judgment based on individual preferences or experiences.

We look forward to welcoming you to this enriching and transformative workshop that will enhance your competence in addressing sexuality-related issues in your counseling practice. Together, we can create a more open and supportive space for clients to explore and navigate their sexual concerns.

Testimonial from Past Student

“This course provides a good overview of the various concepts of sexuality, the various presenting issues/disorders, and some ways of working with clients with sexual concerns. Dr Martha is a knowledgeable practitioner who is passionate about the subject matter and about teaching it to others. I highly recommend this course to mental health professionals who wish to expand their knowledge in this area!” – Goh Li Shan, 7 Dec 2023

“Dr Martha has great depth in the expert knowledge in the field of sexuality. Lots of relevant experience!” – Rachel Khoo, 10 Dec 2023


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Regular Rate: S$1,500 per person (after 30 Oct 2023)
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Early Bird: S$1,200 per person (before 30 Oct 2023)

Facilitated by Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Dr. Martha Tara Lee has been a passionate advocate for positive sexuality since 2007. With a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Counseling, she launched Eros Coaching in 2009 to help individuals and couples lead self-actualised and pleasurable lives. Her expertise includes working with couples who have unconsummated marriage, individuals with sexual inhibitions and discrepancies in sexual desire, men with erection and ejaculation concerns, and members of the LGBTQIA+ and kink communities. Dr. Lee welcomes all sexual orientations and is available for online and face-to-face consultations. Martha speaks English and Mandarin.

She is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the region (as of 2011) and is also an AASECT certified sexuality educator supervisor (as of 2018). She strives to provide fun, educational, and sex-positive events and is often cited in the media including Huffington PostNewsweek, South China Morning Post, and more. She is the appointed Resident Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society, Of, and Virtus Fertility Centre. She is the host of radio show Eros Evolution for OMTimes Radio. In recognition of her work, she was named one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women under 40’ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the author of Love, Sex and Everything In-Between (2013),  Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between (2015), From Princess to Queen: Heartbreaks, Heartgasms and Everything In-Between (2017), and {Un}Inhihibited (2019).

For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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