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Introductory Training Courses


      Course Objectives:
  1. To be familiar with approaches to the treatment of sexual dysfunction
  2. To understand the use of the ‘practitioner-patient relationship’ in psychosexual medicine
  3. To have confidence to manage presentations of sexual dysfunction in your normal practice 
Participants: Suitable for doctors: GPs, GUM, O&G, sexual and reproductive health, dermatology, psychiatry, urology.  Also open to nurses, physiotherapists, health advisers and others working in sexual health (affiliation to a regulating body required). Participants should have some experience of working with patients with sexual difficulties and a good command of the English language.
Course structure: Delivered virtually (via Zoom) or face to face.  Sessions consist of teaching, discussion and case presentation by group members, in sessions of 2, 3, 4 or 6 hours to total 12 hours.
Duration: a total of twelve hours arranged over 2 - 6 sessions.
  • Doctors: £300 per course
  • Allied Health Professionals/non-medics: £250 per course
CPD Certificate: A certificate of attendance for 12 hours CPD will be issued by the IPM.
As this course works best in small group numbers, places are limited to 10 (virtual) or 12 (face to face) and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 
Attendance at an Introductory Training Course is now an essential requirement before sitting the Diploma Examination (DIPM) and is ideally done before, or soon after, commencing Regular Seminar Training.
If after attending the Introductory Training Course you would then like to continue training towards the Diploma Examination, these 12 hours are carried over and count towards the required hours to sit the exam.
Our current list of scheduled Introductory Courses can be found at Introductory Courses - find a course
Bespoke Courses: Shorter courses and/or bespoke courses for internal groups and departments are also available by arrangement.  Further information here.

Sample Course Content

(this will be adapted according to the needs/requirements of participants):
  • Approaches to the treatment of psychosexual dysfunction
  • Vaginismus and superficial dyspareunia
  • Male problems: physical treatments
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Psychoanalytic principles
  • Managing consultations including psychosomatic genital examination
Each session will consist of approximately 25% teaching and 75% minutes case discussion.

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