Human Sexuality in Helping Professions

The unit Human Sexuality in Helping Professions aims to provide students training as Professional Supervisors with an understanding of human sexual development and practice, set within an ethical and faith framework. Educated practitioners must consider the biological, psychological, social, moral, and cultural implications of sexual behaviour in their practices. This class will treat sexuality as it is dealt with in modern science, contemporary society, and the teachings of the faith communities. Students will develop a sexual ethic that advocates moral responsibility for personal sexual health, the health of their relationships with others, and with God. Students will explore their personal prejudices related to sexual identity in order to help others develop and practice within professional sexual ethics standards.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of sexual development over a human lifecycle including life-stage changes
  2. Explain how biological, psychological, and psychosocial factors can influence sexual behaviour using language that is both socially accepted and respectful of human dignity
  3. Using appropriate terms in the area of sexuality and sexual identification, engage respectfully in social issues surrounding sexuality and analyse these issues in terms of professional practice expectations
  4. Analyse components of healthy and unhealthy relationships and determine practices that reinforce their positive growth within a professional setting
  5. Apply a program that will assist others in the application of sexual ethics as a multi-dimensional discipline that draws upon scientific research, social and cultural standards, political structures, and religious and moral traditions using communication that is open, honest, and respectful.
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