Alternative Relationships Certification

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes and Michael Aaron, Ph.D. are proud to announce the first ever Alternative Relationships Certification Program!

This 50 credit program, consisting of 22 classes, is designed to allow students to flexibly work around their schedules, streaming the content-rich courses at their own convenience. Courses can be taken in any order, but they are structured to ramp up from introductory to advanced knowledge content. Covering consensually nonmonogamous arrangements, such as swinging and polyamory, to kink/BDSM, as well as unique subcultures such as furries, sex workers, and Master/slave dynamics, this program allows therapists to feel comfortable working with any nonnormative sexual practice their clients may present in the therapy office.
NOTE – Upon registering for this program, you will receive a link in your emailed receipt to complete a student survey. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience. It should take you less than 3-4 minutes to complete. Thank you

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Modern Sex Therapy Institutes and Michael Aaron, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce the first-ever Alternative Relationships Certification Program!

Our New Program:

Today, therapists are increasingly encountering relationship systems that defy traditional expectations and norms. In a rapidly shifting society, therapists often find themselves challenged to understand the new lifestyles that they are now seeing in their practices. As a result, we developed the Alternative Relationships Certification program, a unique, one-of-a-kind training and certification program for those looking to develop expertise and become more knowledgeable and comfortable working with nontraditional relationships.

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Course Breakdown

Introduction to Alternative Sexualities and Working with Relational SystemsMichael Aaron, Ph.D.3
Understanding Non-MonogamyZhana Vrangalova, Ph.D.2
Working with Relationships Transitioning into Alternative Structures/ExpressionsMichael Aaron, Ph.D.3
Introduction to BDSM and KinkRhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D.2
Alternative Sexual Expression and Desire Discordance (Working with couples with varying sexual interests)Michael Aaron, Ph.D.2
Working with Ego-Dystonic Sexual ExpressionsMichael Aaron, Ph.D.2
Specific Clinical Issues with Polyamorous & Non-Monogomous RelationshipsMargie Nichols, Ph.D.2
Specific Clinical Issues with BDSM/KinkRhoda Lipscomb, Ph.D.3
Integrating Kink with Harm Reduction and other Therapeutic ModalitiesMichael Aaron, Ph.D.2
Clinical Issues Around Negotiating ConsentEmily Prior, M.A.3
Kink as Normal – Helping clients embrace their authentic Kink desiresGalen Fous, MTP3
Unique Subcultures (Furries, otherkin, vampyres, etc) 40 minutes eachCourtney Plante1
Understanding Sex Work and Sex WorkersEmily Prior, M.A.3
AltSex and Gender Non-Conforming IndividualsLucien Felding, Ph.D.2
Typical Issues Working w/BDSM & Kink (sex ed)Emily Prior2
Understanding the Spectrum of Gender ExpressionDon Dyson, Ph.D.3
Understanding the Spectrum of Orientation ExpressionBrent Satterly, Ph.D.3
Authority-Based RelationshipsTBD2
Intro to PolyamoryJim Fleckenstein2
Poly course on dos and don’ts for therapists on working w/poly relationshipsJim Fleckenstein2
Psychodynamics, Archetypes, the Unconcious and KinkGalen Fous, MTP3
Psychobiology of BDSMEdwin Perez, M.D.1

Qualifications for AASECT Certification

* MSTI is an approved organizational provider for AASECT Ce's, Provider #07-110-J. Attainment of AASECT CE's does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

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