Human Sexuality – CEFS 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An analysis of the physiological, psychological, cultural, and religious aspects of a wide range of topics in the area of human sexuality. Emphasis is on the development of an understanding and appreciation of the role of sexuality in individuals, couples, and families throughout the various phases of the life cycle.


(CEFS 500 or COUN 500) and (CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 502 or COUN 502) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510)


No aspect of human functioning is more broken than sexuality. Every client expresses sexuality regardless of the presenting problem. It is imperative that marriage and family counselors as well as clinical mental health counselors understand human sexuality and its impact on family and couple functioning. Human sexuality was endowed upon us as humans. God made both male and female.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the nature, development, and function of human sexuality throughout the life span of human development. (Program Learning Outcome 1, 5, & 6; CACREP—MFC A.6, 7; C.1, 3)
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of disorders and treatment of human sexual problems with consideration of ethical and legal standards. (Program Learning Outcome 1, 4, 5, & 6; CACREP—MFC A.5; B.1, 2; C.2; D.5)
  3. Analyze and synthesize one’s sexual development as a means of enhancing sexual self-awareness and its application to the work of a therapist. (Program Learning Outcome 2 & 3; CACREP—MFC A.2, 6; C.3; D.6)
  4. Integrate biopsychosocialspiritual aspects of the sexual experience and apply it to marriage and family counseling from a systemic approach as well as other approaches. (Program Learning Outcome 2 & 3; CACREP—MFC A. 6, 7; B.2; C.3; D.1, 2, 3, 4)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread of at least 300 words in response to the provided prompt for each forum along with two 150-200 word replies to their classmates or instructor. Each thread must contain at least 2 scholarly references, and each reply must contain at least 1 scholarly reference. See the assignment instructions for more information. 


The student will write a 6–8-page research paper in current APA format that focuses on the theology of healthy sexual development from a Christian world view. Covered topics must include three sections: Biblical and theological perspectives on healthy sexuality, Healing of sexual wounds,  and a Summary of your personal theology of sexuality. The paper must reference at least 8 scholarly resources in addition to the course textbooks and scripture.   


The student will research a specific area of interest in the area of human sexuality or sexual dysfunction and write an 8-10 page paper (not including title page, reference page, or appendix) in current APA style that summarizes the topic, societal and cultural impact of the selected issue, and appropriate clinical and spiritual responses to the issue. The student will cite at least 10 outside scholarly resources. The student will also prepare a resource listing as an appendix, focused on the selected topic/area of interest, appropriate for counselors and/or clients to access. The resource listing must include no less that 20 appropriate resources and be in current APA style. Resources can include books, agencies, treatment centers, etc. See the Assignment Instructions for more information.

Final Quiz

The student will complete a Final Quiz for the course. The exam will be open-book, and it will contain 25 true/false and multiple choice questions to complete within a 1 hour time limit.