Preceptorship for Psychologists

Preceptorship for Pyschologists, Counselors,
Sex Therapists

This program has been temporarily suspended due to changes in hospital regulations. If you are interested, please call 617 638-8476, and you will be contacted when the program is reinstated. Thank you for your patience.

The course objective is to observe firsthand the psychological approach that is integrated into the Center for Sexual Medicine for the diagnosis and treatment of sexual health problems. For both male and female patients, the CSM utilizes the process of care which incorporates process 1, identification of the sexual problems through psychologic interview with an on site psychologist, medical, sexual, psychosocial history, physical examination, genital sensory blood flow testing as needed and laboratory tests as needed. Process 2 involves the education of the patient and the partner. The initial office visits incorporates the 2 processes.

The visiting therapist will spend his/her time with Dr. Stan Ducharme. Although there is no guarantee that every patient or couple will feel comfortable with an observer, most patients do not have a problem with this and are eager to assist in the training of professionals in this field.

In addition to consulting on all new patients seen at the CSM, the psychologist often provides psychological clearance for patients undergoing penile implants, revascularization and other surgical procedures. Therapy is also provided to many men who have undergone penile surgery and are now working to resume an active sexual life with their partner. The visiting therapist also will spend time observing Dr. Ducharme providing sex therapy, couples therapy or individual therapy which is often provided as an adjunct to the medical treatment provided by the urologist. In addition, sexual education may be provided to men and women who have a variety of cognitive or physical disabilities.

The day starts at 9:00am. Jackets and ties or professional dress are required of all visitors. The typical visit involves managing 15-20 patients in a day. If there is time between patients, that time will be utilized for teaching. Dr. Ducharme does not always take a lunch hour, so please come prepared to work through the day.

Visitors may book either one or two days. Please contact Laurie MacIsaac at 617 638-8476. After the visit the sponsoring agency will receive a letter acknowledging a pledge made on the date of the visit and including information for making a donation in return for the training.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine