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Sexual Problems: Assessment and Treatment

Code: PDSH09     Acronym: PSAT

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S (since 07-02-2022 to 28-05-2022)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDSH 17 Plano Oficial 1 - 6 28 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Pedro Jorge da Silva Coelho Nobre

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,00
Ana Luísa de Matos Dias Quinta Gomes 0,24
Pedro Jorge da Silva Coelho Nobre 1,30

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


The course “Sexual Problems: Assessment and Treatment” aims at developing knowledge, skills and expertise related to sexual problems, namely male and female sexual dysfunctions, paraphilic disorders and gender dysphoria. Skills in diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment (namely psychological interventions) of different sexual problems will be developed.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students should be able:

  • To identify and characterize the different sexual disorders according to the main systems of classification and diagnosis (e.g. DSM, ICD)
  • To know the main findings related to epidemiology, comorbidity and sociodemographic predictors of sexual disorders
  • To know the major etiological factors and psychosocial conceptual models of sexual disorders
  • To expand skills related to the assessment of sexual disorders
  • To expand skills on evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for sexual disorders

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



  1. Classification and Diagnostic systems of sexual disorders (e.g. ICD, DSM)

  2. Epidemiology, comorbidity and sociodemographic factors of sexual disorders

  3. Etiologic factors and psychosocial models of sexual disorders

  4. Male and female sexual dysfunctions: Assessment and treatment

  5. Paraphilic disorders: Assessment and treatment

  6. Gender dysphoria: Assessment and treatment

Mandatory literature

Hall & Binik (Eds); Principles and practice of sex therapy (6th Edition), Guilford Press., 2020, Guilford Press, 2020
Binik & Hall (Eds); Principles and practice of sex therapy (5th Edition), Guilford Press., 2014
Bancroft, J. ; Human sexuality and its problems (3ª ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone., Churchill Livingstone., 2008
Hall, K., & Graham, C. (Eds); The Cultural Context of Sexual Pleasure and Problems: Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients., Routledge , 2013
Wincze, J. P., & Weisberg (Eds); Sexual dysfunction: A guide for assessment and treatment (3rd Ed), Guilford Press., 2014
Zoe Peterson (Ed.); Handbook of Sex Therapy, The Wiley-Blackwell, 2017
Nobre, P. J.; Disfunções Sexuais: Teoria, investigação e tratamento, Climepsi, 2006

Teaching methods and learning activities

  • Expositive method, promoting the development of updated knowledge on the subject areas in study

  • Clinical case studies' reading and discussion (diagnosis, assessment, and treatment)

  • Role-plays for the development of assessment and intervention skills on sexuality disorders

  • Research of bibliographic material using scientific databases (b-on, PsychInfo, EBSCO, Google Scholar, etc.)

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho escrito 80,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 4,00
Estudo autónomo 45,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Trabalho de investigação 45,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Type of assessment

Students will prepare an individual essay about the state of the art of assessment and treatment of a sexual problem (systematic review of the literature)

In order to be approved in this course, the students should:

1. Obtain a grade of 9,5 or superior

2. Complete all components of the evaluation

Calculation formula of final grade

FINAL GRADE = (written work*0,80 + participation in the classes*0,20)

Examinations or Special Assignments


Internship work/project


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)


Classification improvement

Students may improve the final grade during the appeal season (for that they should develop a new written work)


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