Introduction to working with sexual issues in systemic therapy with Desa Markovic

Course overview

Sexual issues have been marginalised as a topic in psychotherapy training, literature, research and clinical practice. A secretive and taboo treatment of sex can increase clients’ anxieties, thus reinforcing their sexual difficulties. This seminar will highlight the importance of addressing sexual issues in psychotherapy and provide input from psychosexual therapy and sexology to inform therapeutic interventions. Different ways of approaching sexual topics in clinical practice will be discussed, illustrated by case examples.

This training day is with MSc level students of Systemic Family Therapy. In addition to current students, we are pleased to have a limited number of places open to external participants and it is suitable for experienced professionals working in related areas of practice.

A second day of training on the 16th May (booked separately) forms a development of the content of this training.


Desa Markovic is a UKCP registered systemic psychotherapist and supervisor, and COSRT accredited psychosexual therapist and supervisor. She worked in mental health hospitals, psychosexual clinics and private practice. She held senior academic posts at several training institutes, including Relate, Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield, and Institute of Family Therapy London. In 2014 she was awarded fellowship from the Sheffield Society for the Study of Sexuality and Relationships for her contribution to sexology. She is a Professor in Systemic Psychotherapy and current Head of Psychotherapy Programmes at Regent’s University London.

Desa recently authored: 

Markovic, Desa (2017). Working with sexual issues in psychotherapy: a practical guide using a systemic social constructionist framework. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Fee information

The workshop fee is exempt from VAT. Bookings are accepted on the understanding that the workshop is offered in good faith but may have to be rescheduled or altered for reasons outside the control of the organiser. The University of Leeds reserves the right to cancel the workshop, in which case the fees will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation, the University will not be held liable for delegates' travel or accommodation expenses. Where a delegate wishes to cancel a booking, written cancellations received up to 14 days prior to the start of the workshop will be accommodated. After this date the full fee is chargeable and no refund will be made. However, we can accept substitution of a delegate at any time without additional charge.