Working with sexual issues in systemic psychotherapy with Desa Markovic

Course overview

While many psychotherapists work skillfully and creatively with the subject of sex, the lack of professional support systems means that the topic is often still treated as a taboo in the psychotherapy room. Bringing the medical perspective of sexology together with systemic psychotherapy informed by social constructionism, this workshop will offer practical guidance and theoretical framework for effective therapeutic interventions.

This day is suitable for experienced professionals working in this area either as a stand alone day or to follow on from the 15th of May study day with MSc level students for which it forms a development of the content.

Desa Markovic will highlight some of the most recent research studies in sexology, and summarise the current principles and practices of working with sexual issues in psychotherapy. Drawing on her recently published book ‘Working with sexual issues in psychotherapy; a practical guide using social constructionist framework’ (2017), she will share her knowledge and expertise in both systemic and psychosexual therapy in relation to topics such as: sexual and gender diversity; sexual myths and misconceptions; useful techniques for working with the variety of sexual concerns; ways of integrating sexology and systemic psychotherapy. Clinical examples will be discussed using the MOST (Multidimensional Open-minded Sex Therapy) Model - a working framework applicable to various different presenting problems related to sexuality and sexual relationships.


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.