Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice Call for Contributions

Cultural and Religious Considerations within the context of Sexuality and Relationship Therapy

Sexual and Relationship Therapy

Editors: Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD and David Ribner, DSW

Religious and cultural beliefs are known to have great influence on expectations and behaviors. These beliefs could facilitate or hinder (a) healthy sexual behavior, (b) treatment process, and (c) the patient-professional alliance hence the ultimate outcome of the therapy.

This special issue seeks innovative, health-based therapeutic approaches and models that expand the conversation about sex and relationship therapy within the cultural context.

We invite empirical or review papers (maximum 6000 words), commentaries, clinical case reports, and opinion pieces (maximum 1200 words) on the subject of sexual and relationship therapy with specific address to cultural and religious contexts.

Commentaries and opinion pieces will be reviewed by the Editors alone; papers will be sent for external peer review. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2014 for abstracts, with full papers due by August 30th, 2014.

Appropriate topics include:

  • Overviews of the literature on different culturally appropriate issues which might be relevant to sexual and/or relationship therapy
  • Particular issues relevant to specific cultural context or religious beliefs  with relevant case studies
  • Culturally sensitive therapies for relationship and sexual difficulties
  • Culturally sensitive therapies within the context of couple therapy
  • Specific considerations when working with Muslim clients
  • Specific considerations in working with clients in diaspora
  • Challenges for the therapists when working with culturally different groups
  • Challenges for therapists when working with culturally similar groups
  • Training needs of the therapist community in regards to cultural and religious knowledge and skills

Submission Information

Informal enquiries and abstract submissions should be directed to: Dr. David Ribner ( and Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh (

Instructions for authors are available here. 

Final manuscripts to be submitted via the journal’s ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM website and marked ‘for culture and religion special issue’.