Consent & Safer Sexual Health

Consent & Safer Sexual Health Course

The Consent & Safer Sexual Health course was developed by Dr. Tamara Griffin and Dr. Ava Cadell, and covers all aspects of safer sex and safer relationships, including comprehensive information about STDs and HIV/AIDS, their stages, treatments, prevention methods and protocols. Sexual assault and consent are examined in the context of history and practical application, as are the many different methods of birth control and their effectiveness. This course also identifies how to make safer sex sexy, focusing on the importance of negotiating with sexual partners to use safer sex practices and enhance protection while maintaining eroticism. 

This course follows SMART learning objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Phased). By the end of this course, students will understand and be able to:

  1. Identify at least five (5) ways to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  2. Differentiate the between HIV and AIDS by explaining the defining criteria for AIDS
  3. Name the stages of HIV, explain the different types of HIV testing, and which (4) fluids transmit HIV & why
  4. Explain the five major modes of HIV and STIs transmission
  5. Summarize the HIV test counseling process and identify at least five (5) protective factors
  6. Identify all sexually transmitted infections (STI)
  7. Distinguish between direct and indirect risk factors
  8. Understand how indirect factors create risk for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections
  9. Examine how our past & personal triggers potentially puts us at risk for HIV and other STIs
  10. Develop a safer sex plan by identifying ways to protect yourself
  11. Identify all the major methods of birth control and their pros and cons
  12. Identify at least three (3) ways to negotiate safer sex & make safer sex sexy
  13. Explain the different types of safer sex tools including condoms, female condoms, lubricants
  14. Understand the meaning of sexual consent, and the consequences of non-consensual sex
  15. Learn about safer dating practices and how to avoid sexual harassment and sexual assault


  1. Video:

SAFER ADULT PLAY Narrated Multimedia Presentation Video (1hr 35m)

  1. Final Quiz – 25 questions (about 30 minutes)*

*If you are enrolled in our Certified Love Coach Program, Certified Master Sexpert Program or Certified Relationship Coach Program, you will be required to take an exam of 100, 50 or 30 questions respectively with a combination of multiple choice, true false and essay questions. A passing grade is 80%.

Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course for their own practice as relationship coaches, love coaches, wellness coaches, intimacy coaches, and other professional specialties such as educators, sexologists, counselors or therapists.


 This course is eligible for credit at the American Board of Sexologists towards the 300 hours required for membership. Please note professional life experiences are also eligible for academic credit as determined by the discretion of the ABS International board, including researchers, documentary filmmakers, authors, adult toy retailers or other entrepreneurs in the field of sexual health and pleasure.  Visit ABS for more details: http://www.americanboardofsexology.org/