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Alternative Title

Increasing clinicians' sexual intervention self-efficacy beliefs

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Masters Thesis

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School for Social Work


Social work education, Sex-Sutdy and teaching (Graduate), Sex therapy, Sex therapists-Psychology, Social work training, Social work practice, Human sexuality training, Graduate school, Graduate curricula, Sexuality, Sex, Sexual pleasure, Sexology, Therapist comfort with sexuality, Sexuality discussions


This study had two primary goals. The first was to learn what factors have aided sex therapists in increasing their perceived sexual intervention self-efficacy with adult clients. The second was to identify sex therapists’ suggestions for how Master’s of Social Work (MSW) programs might increase their students’ perceived sexual intervention self-efficacy. Data was collected via interviews with twelve clinical social workers who practice sex therapy. This study found that training and a stance of openness increased participants’ perceived sexual intervention self-efficacy. Participants suggested that MSW programs increase discussion about human sexuality; focus on teaching about the intersections of sexual diversity, culture, and identity; and give students tools to provide basic sexuality education to clients. The data also revealed that a majority of participants’ MSW programs did not prepare them to treat adult clients’ sexual concerns, and a lack of diversity and access in the sex therapy field.




ii, 69 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-61)