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FAQ

These are some of the most common questions and answers about Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

What if I do not finish my dissertation by the end of my second year?2020-12-17T11:45:17-05:00

If your dissertation takes you more than one year to complete, you will continue being enrolled as an MSTI student and
will pay for the credit hours for the ongoing dissertation until it is complete.

Are there any required textbooks?2020-11-20T11:52:10-05:00

There are no textbooks required but we do recommend a number of books to students
throughout the program. The 2 books we always recommend from the start are:
Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, AND Handbook of Clinical Sexuality.

What if I miss a class or want to watch the recording of the class?2020-11-20T11:51:45-05:00

Classes for the Ph.D. program are required to be live. If you miss a class, you will have to
make the class up live.

I have already taken the SAR, do I need to retake it?2020-11-20T11:51:13-05:00

No, you do not have to redo the SAR. If you have taken a SAR previously, we can accept the
certificate and the credit can transfer.

Can I graduate without the SAR?2020-11-20T11:50:42-05:00

If you have taken a SAR previously, we can accept the certificate and the credit can transfer.
It not, the SAR is a requirement to graduate.

What is SAR and what do I need it for?2020-11-20T11:50:13-05:00

A Sexual Attitude Reassessment is a process oriented seminar, different from traditional
academic classes. It uses lecture, media, experiential methods, activities, and small group
discussions to help participants explore their attitudes, values, and feelings about sexuality.

Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology questions:2020-11-20T11:49:44-05:00

What if I’m already a certified sex therapist

If you are already a Certified Sex Therapist, you will submit proof of the certification and
courses will transfer. You will transfer credits equivalent to one semester and therefore
have 2 semesters of coursework prior to dissertation as opposed to three.

Can I do supervision with a supervisor outside of MSTI?2020-11-20T11:49:00-05:00

For Certification, you are welcome to do supervision outside of our program and choose to
do our Education only program.

How does the supervision work within this program?2020-11-20T11:48:24-05:00

We have a number of supervisors including all three Co-Directors. We match you with a
supervisor for the required supervision hours. Half of the required supervision hours will
be done individually, and the other half will be group.
If you have a supervisor preference, you can certainly let us know. If the requested
supervisor is able to accommodate your schedule, we will definitely match you with that
supervisor.

Will this coursework fulfill the 150-hour requirement for AASECT once completed?2020-11-20T11:47:56-05:00

The coursework (education portion of our program) fulfills all 150 hours of your AASECT
requirements.

When would I need to gain an AASECT membership?2020-11-20T11:47:19-05:00

If you are working towards AASECT certification, you have to become a member from the
beginning. This is AASECT’s requirement.

What do I need to do for AASECT certification?2020-12-17T11:50:11-05:00

There are 3 different types of AASECT Certifications: Sex Educator, Sex Counselor, and Sex
Therapist. Each has different requirements when it comes to education and supervision
hours. Modern Sex Therapy Institutes meets all education, supervision, and SAR
requirements so that when you complete our program you are done. No need to do
anything anywhere else. We also help you complete and submit your application! You can also choose to
only do parts of your training with us if you prefer:  i.e. just the education, or just the supervision. We want what is best
for you!
To learn more about the various certifications, see the AASECT requirements for each below.

AASECT Requirements for Sex Therapist Certification

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) has established that the following education and experiential activities will meet the requirements for Sex Therapist Certification.

I. Membership in AASECT

The applicant may hold Professional, Retired, or Life Membership in AASECT.

II. AASECT Code of Ethics

The applicant will have read the AASECT Code of Ethics. By signing the certification application form, the applicant agrees to be bound by the AASECT Code of Ethics.

III. Academic and Professional Experience

The applicant will have earned an advanced clinical degree that included psychotherapy training from an accredited college or university and the following clinical experience. Only coursework from accredited institutions and/or AASECT sponsored or approved courses will be accepted to fulfill content requirements for certification.

A. Master’s degree plus two years of post-degree clinical experience.

– OR –

B. A Doctoral degree plus one year of post-degree clinical experience.

IV. Clinical Certification & Licensure

A. The applicant will hold a valid state regulatory license or certificate for the state in which the applicant practices, and be able to practice psychotherapy independently, in one of the following disciplines: psychology, medicine, social work, counseling, nursing, or marriage and family therapy. During the process of establishing the supervision contract, the supervisor is responsible for discussing licensing with the supervisee. In general, supervisees should know that if they are eligible for licensure and under contract for supervision, they should have the applicable state license. For those supervisees who are not yet licensed in their state, the supervisor’s license will be sufficient.

B. Applicants from Canada, Israel, Mexico and Puerto Rico will document how their equivalent education meets or compares to the requirements for AASECT Certification.

V. Human Sexuality Education: Core Knowledge

The applicant will have completed a minimum of ninety (90) clock hours of academic coursework in sexuality education, covering general knowledge in the Core Knowledge areas listed below. Of these ninety (90) clock hours of Core Knowledge, seventy-five (75) hours may be earned through eLearning. Education should be from an accredited university or college, may include some AASECT CE credits, or be a combination of both academic coursework and AASECT CE credits.

When documenting the ninety (90) hours, it is expected that the applicant document at least three (3) clock hours per content area listed under Core Knowledge. [one (1) clock hour = sixty (60) minutes] The remaining hours can be spread as desired among the core areas, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one area.

Coursework from accredited academic institutions will be accepted to fulfill content for AASECT Certification. AASECT sponsored or approved CE credit courses will also be accepted to fulfill content required for AASECT Certification. All other professional CE credit courses and/or trainings will count for one half (1/2) of full AASECT sponsored or approved courses/trainings. Acceptance of coursework, AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits or non-AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits is at the discretion of the AASECT Certification Committee member reviewers.

Note: For credits from AASECT sponsored or AASECT approved CE programs (one (1) CE = one (1) AASECT credit). For credits from non-AASECT sponsored or non-AASECT approved CE programs (two (2) CE credits = one (1) AASECT credit).

Core Knowledge Areas

All candidates must have knowledge of the following as they relate to sexual health and pleasure:

A. Ethics and ethical behavior.

B. Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course.

C. Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values), in relation to sexual values and behaviors.

D. Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity: heterosexuality; issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual people; gender identity and expression.

E. Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.

F. Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, including, but not limited to polyamory, swinging, BDSM and tantra.

G. Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology.*

H. Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality, including, but not limited to, illness, disability, drugs, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth & pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, other infections, sexual trauma, injury and safer sex practices.*

I. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

J. Sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

K. Cyber sexuality and social media.*

L. Substance use/abuse and sexuality.*

M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

N. Learning theory and its application.

P. History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling and therapy.

Q. Principles of sexuality research and research methods.

*Please note: Sections G,H,K,L are time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

VI. Sex Therapy Training

The applicant will have completed a minimum of sixty (60) clock hours of training in how to effectively carry out (do) sex therapy with patients/clients whose diagnoses include the ‘Psychosexual Disorders’ described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Of these sixty (60) hours of specialty training in sex therapy, thirty (30) hours may be earned through eLearning. The remaining thirty (30) hours (non-eLearning) must be in-person learning. (Synchronous eLearning does not apply for these remaining thirty (30) hours.)

For applications submitted after July 1, 2018 it is required that all 30 in-person hours (non e-learning) must be completed through an academic (college or university) program in sex therapy, a comprehensive sex therapy program or AASECT approved sex therapy training.

Sex therapy training must involve the learning of specific sex therapy techniques and interventions, not just theory. The training may be achieved through attending a specific sex therapy training program, taking graduate level academic courses that are specific to sex therapy techniques or by attending AASECT workshops which outline specific sex therapy techniques and how those may be applied to working with individuals and couples.  As an example: you might attend a workshop on Sensate Focus and learn the theory of this particular therapeutic technique. An additional workshop would be required on how to present this technique, what kind of language to use, how to time and pace the specific assignments, and in which order the assignments are given. Additionally, you would learn how to deal with clients who resist doing the assignments, how to help them deal with being blocked and how to deal with couples where one wants to do the assignments and the other partner does not.

Special exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis, but the applicant must work with their supervisor and obtain pre-approval from the AASECT Certification Committee prior to beginning the training if it does not meet the criteria listed above.

Applicants must document at least three (3) hours in each content area listed below, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one content area of A – F below:

A. Theory and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, including several different models.

B. Techniques of sex-related assessment and diagnosis of the ‘Psychosexual Disorders’ described in the current edition of the DSM.

C. Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems. Therapists with no documented graduate or post graduate training in couples counseling must acquire 16 hours of couples counseling training as part of the 60 hours of Sex Therapy Training (Section VI).  Couples therapy is psychotherapy which focuses on the couple and views the couple as the client. Clinical skills such as: attending to the interaction with each partner, knowing the power dynamic/ struggle that may occur, teaching effective, authentic communication, understanding and bringing awareness to deeper, hidden unmet needs and childhood wounds, psycho education of couples skill such as active listening, validation, empathy, asking for what they want and need, and negotiating differences are imperative. Suggested options to gain couples therapy skills and training are: Imago Relational Therapy, Gottman, Schnarch, Bader & Pearson, and Emotional Focused Therapy as possible examples.** This training may be done online.

D. Theory and method of approach to medical intervention in the evaluation and treatment of psychosexual disorders.**

E. Principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.

F. Ethical decision-making and best practice.

** Please note: Sections C & D are time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

Note: The difference between the requirements V and VI is that the education requirements in V are directed at general knowledge about human sexuality, while the training requirements in VI are directed at specific skills in sex therapy. The two categories of requirements are sufficiently different; therefore, documentation is necessary in each.

VII. Attitudes and Values Training Experience

The applicant will have participated in a minimum of ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience consisting of a process-oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior [e.g., a Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR)]. Such training may not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information. It is strongly recommended that this experience occur early in the applicant’s training to be most beneficial. The applicant must have been an attendee in the SAR and not been functioning as a facilitator or co-facilitator in any capacity.The SAR must be completed in-person.

The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.  Each SAR leader must document the name of the SAR participant’s AASECT Certified Supervisor if the SAR participant has one at the time of attendance at the SAR workshop.

The applicant will submit, in English, a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of sex therapy, including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

VIII. Clinical Experience, Field Work, Internship or Professional Training Experience

Effective as of January 1, 2015, the applicant will have completed a minimum of providing three hundred (300) hours of AASECT supervised clinical treatment of patients/clients who present with sexual concerns. Clinical experience will include, but is not be limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of psychosexual dysfunctions (diagnoses included in the ‘Psychosexual Disorders’ of the current edition of the DSM). It is expected that the applicant will function as the sole or primary therapist with patients/clients. This clinical experience will have exposed the applicant to a variety of the listed psychosexual disorders and will have included therapy with patients/clients of both genders and with couples. This supervised experience must be started only after the applicant is enrolled in graduate school.

Note: Supervised clinical work is the crux of AASECT Certification. It is in the therapy milieu in which competency is demonstrated.

IX. Supervision

The applicant shall have completed a minimum of fifty (50) hours of supervision with an AASECT Certified Supervisor of Sex Therapy.

Individuals beginning supervision toward AASECT Sex Therapy Certification must be members of the organization at the time the supervision contract begins.

All supervisors must have a signed supervision contract in place prior to commencing individual or group supervision. All contracts should follow the format presented under AASECT Guidelines for Supervision and include all the documents required for contract.

Supervision hours accrued prior to or without a contract will NOT count toward certification. Applicants who do not have signed supervision contracts will have their applications rejected.

The goal of supervision will have been directed toward the improvement of professionalism by emphasis upon the enhancement of clinical skills and the continuation of the educative process. The presentation of sex-related case materials utilizing direct observation or audio/video is encouraged. Cases selected for supervision should be, as much as possible, followed from the beginning to the end of the clinical process.

Supervision can take place in either an individual or group context, with group supervision accounting for no more than 50% of the supervision hours. Individual supervision means one-to-one supervision.

Group supervision, to be most effective, should contain no more than four (4) supervisees per individual supervisor and, where possible, should be extended beyond one (1) hour. If two (2) supervisors meet together to do group supervision, they may have five (5) – eight (8) supervisees in the group. Group supervision must provide the equivalent of 30 minutes per individual in the group. Therefore a group with two (2) individuals can be no shorter than one (1) hour. A group with three (3) individuals can be no shorter than 90 minutes. And a group with four (4) individuals can be no shorter than two (2) hours.

Supervision must occur over a period of no less than eighteen (18) months.. Total hours per month may not exceed six (6) hours.

CST Sex Therapist Training and Use of Supervisor: We acknowledge that some of supervision may include some didactic training. We continue to support that concept. However, if you have the need, you can complete additional hours of supervision (maximum of five) to meet the requirements in section VI Sex Therapy Training.

Please note:

• A signed Supervision contract must be in place prior to completing these additional hours of supervision.

• These five (5) additional supervision hours can be counted toward meeting the requirement of the 60 hours of Sex Therapy Training.

• These five (5) hours cannot be double counted toward the 50 hours of Supervision required in section IX.

An applicant with a minimum of ten (10) years of post-degree clinical experience in sex therapy (including working with couples), will require twenty-five (25) hours of supervision (50% percent of which is individual supervision) and an endorsement of clinical skill history by an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.

The candidate will need to document the work they have done with specific DSM / ICD-10 Diagnoses. This also includes writing a summary of their work to date that includes;

•       Statement on the theoretical orientation on the sex therapy you have been practicing
•       The types of couples therapy they have been trained in;
•       The location of the therapy they have provided e.g., in person, in a clinic, in private practice, telehealth (Not text based and where they hold licensure)
•       The types of client cases (including sex therapy specific cases treated)
•       Teaching or lecturing experience (if any)
•       Training received that allows them to provide these services (I.e. sex therapy programs, combination of CE trainings, university courses, etc.)
•       Membership in other professional organizations (Sexuality organizations, etc.)
•       Other types of cases they have worked with that fall under the sex therapy categories;
•       Survivors of Sexual Trauma,
•       Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors,
•       and issues in the LGBTQ Community.

Endorsement letters that are submitted with the application must state knowledge of the 10 years of sex therapy.

Questions about supervision arrangements should be directed to the Practitioner Supervisor Certification Committee Chair via the AASECT office. The following examples do not meet the supervision requirements:

A. Personal psychotherapy or counseling.

B. A process that is primarily didactic, such as a workshop or seminar, in which the primary focus is teaching rather than the raw data of the supervisee’s clinical practice.

C. Management and/or administrative meetings with an organizational director or executive.

D. Peer supervision.

E. Co-therapist supervision.

F. Supervision from a family member or significant other person.

G. Supervision from a colleague with whom one is involved in a partnership.

X. Application and Approval Process

Application

It is preferred that complete applications with all supporting documentation be emailed to certification@aasect.org with a maximum of two PDF attachments. If email is not an option, please mail to the office at 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60601. Mailed applications must be submitted with no staples, page protectors, tabs, binders, brochures, books or notebooks. Each page of the application should be an 8 ½ X 11 piece of paper (one-sided). It is recommended that you keep a copy of the complete application for your records.

In addition to the appropriate application fee ($300), which is non-refundable, the candidate will submit:

A. Completed formal AASECT Sex Therapist Certification Application, signed and dated.

B. Copy of official transcript. Transcript may be scanned into the application and does not need to be sealed envelope (Item III).

C. Copy of license, certification, or proof of membership in one (1) of the approved disciplines or professional organizations (Item IV).

D. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi, etc., documenting ninety (90) hours of education in the designated Core Knowledge areas of human sexuality (Item V).

E. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi and other credible evidence documenting sixty (60) hours of training in sex therapy that includes the designated areas of focus (Item VI).

F. Official documentation of participation in a structured group experience focusing on sexual attitudes and values e.g., a SAR (Item VII).

G. Endorsement form letter(s) from supervisor(s) certifying a minimum of three hundred (300) hours of clinical experience providing services as the sole or primary therapist for patients/clients with diagnosed ‘Psychosexual Disorders’ as determined by the current DSM.

H. Endorsements must be received from the following persons on the appropriate forms:

1. An AASECT Certified Supervisor of Sex Therapy attesting to the applicant’s supervised clinical work. A letter of endorsement from the Primary Supervisor should accompany the Endorsement form included in the application.

2. Two  professional colleagues who can comment on the applicant’s professional responsibilities, professional ethics and overall ability as a sex therapist.

I.  Updated and complete curriculum vitae (CV).

The applicant should clearly mark each document in their application so that the document can easily be matched with the certification requirement to which it applies. All documentation will become the property of AASECT.

Approval

Upon receipt of a complete application package, AASECT will forward the application to the Sex Therapist Certification Committee for review. If the reviewers have questions or need additional information, the applicant will be contacted. When all criteria are met and approved by Committee, the applicant will receive notification of the approval.

XI. Miscellaneous

A. All certified members are required to comply with the ethical standards established by AASECT as expressed in the AASECT Code of Ethics.

B. Upon approval from the Sex Therapist Certification Committee, the successful applicant will receive a certificate in recognition of having met AASECT requirements for certification in the area of sex therapy. This certification will be subject to renewal every three (3) years with renewals following in three (3) year increments.

C. Each AASECT Certified Sex Therapist will be listed in the AASECT Membership Directory and will be eligible to receive referrals from the Headquarters Office and AASECT website.

D. Membership in AASECT will be maintained on an annual basis to retain the AASECT Certification status. If membership in AASECT lapses, certification will also lapse. (Click here to find the policy for re-instatement after certification lapse.)

What Counts as Credit Towards AASECT Certification?

The minimum requirements of education and training for Sex Therapist Certification are:

  • Ten (10) hours of SAR.*
  • Ninety (90) hours of Human Sexuality Core Knowledge**; seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be via eLearning.
  • Sixty (60) hours of training specific to sex therapy***; thirty (30) of these sixty (60) hours can be via eLearning.

*SAR (10 hours)

The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.

**Human Sexuality Core Knowledge (90 hours)

It is preferred that the ninety (90) hours of human sexuality Core Knowledge be acquired via university or college coursework. Seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be earned by eLearning.

***Training Specific to Sex Therapy (60 hours)

For applications submitted after July 1, 2018 it is required that all 30 in-person hours (non e-learning) must be completed through an academic (college or university) program in sex therapy, a comprehensive sex therapy program or AASECT approved sex therapy training.

Please Note:

Most individuals applying for initial certification will not have accomplished any of the items listed below. However, for those individuals who have done so, on a case-by-case basis, AASECT will consider accepting any of the following alternative mechanisms for meeting some of the ninety (90) hours of Core Knowledge.

  1. Publication of a sexually related book. The book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each book = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits, depending on the subject, content, and length of the book, as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. If there is more than one (1) book, each book has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.
  2. Publication of a paper in a professional journal or a chapter in a text book. The content must be about some aspect of human sexuality, and the journal or book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each article or chapter = up to five (5) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one (1) paper or chapter, each of them has to be about a completely different aspect of the sexual related topic.
  3. Editing of collected works, books, or journals about sexually related issues. The Certification Steering Committee will determine if the edited work meets AASECT criteria. Each edited work = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one (1) edited work, each work has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.
  4. Master’s thesis about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits.
  5. Doctoral dissertation about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to fifteen (15) AASECT CE Credits.
  6. Designing and conducting a sexually related training or sexually enrichment program for AASECT members (sponsored or approved by AASECT). Up to a maximum of fifteen (15) hours of presentation.
  7. Designing and conducting a sexually related training or sexually enrichment program for a non-AASECT setting, or one not sponsored by AASECT. The Certification Steering Committee will determine whether the teaching experience meets AASECT criteria. Up to a maximum of ten (10) hours of presentation.

AASECT Requirements for Sexuality Educator Certification

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has established that the following educational and experiential activities will meet the requirements for Sexuality Educator Certification.

I. Membership in AASECT

The applicant may hold Professional, Retired or Life Membership in AASECT.

II. AASECT Code of Ethics

The applicant will have read the AASECT Code of Ethics. By signing the certification application form, the applicant agrees to be bound by the AASECT Code of Ethics.

III. Academic and Professional Experience

The applicant will have earned an academic degree from an accredited college or university and acquired professional experience as follows. Only coursework from accredited institutions and/or AASECT approved or sponsored courses will be accepted to fulfill content requirements for certification.

A. Bachelor’s degree plus four years of professional experience as a sexuality educator.  A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours (cumulative), of professional experience as a sexuality educator, in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

– OR –

B. Master’s degree plus three years of professional experience as a sexuality educator. A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours (cumulative), of professional experience as a sexuality educator, in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

– OR –

C.  Doctoral degree plus two years of professional experience as a sexuality educator. A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours (cumulative), of professional experience as a sexuality educator, in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

D. Applicants from outside the United States must document equivalent academic and professional experience.

For each year of professional experience, a minimum of one hundred (100) participant/ educator contact hours providing sexuality education must be documented. These hours are part of, not in addition to, the one thousand (1,000) hours required.

IV. Activities That Qualify as Professional Sexuality Education Experience

Professional sexuality education experience may be paid or volunteer and may include classroom teaching at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. It also includes education for groups of children, adolescents, or adults, training for professionals, and outreach and education in community-based, healthcare, corporate, and faith-based settings.

Examples of professional experience include, but are not limited to:

A. Participating in professional development seminars, training, conferences, and courses.

B. Designing and conducting workshops, courses, and seminars.

C. Contributing to the sexuality education literature; developing curriculum.

D. Planning and administering programs.

E. Delivering educational interventions that may be lectures or other forms of group interactive learning, as well as one-on-one (participant/educator) education sessions. Sexuality educators teach and train about a range of topics, including, but not limited to, sexual health; sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology; family planning, contraception, and pregnancy/childbirth; sexually transmitted infections; gender identity and roles; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; sexual function and dysfunction; sexual pleasure; sexual variation; sexuality and disability; sexuality and chronic illness; sexual development across the lifespan; sexual abuse, assault, and coercion; and sexuality across cultures.

V. Human Sexuality Education: Core Knowledge

The applicant will have completed a minimum of ninety (90) clock hours of academic coursework in sexuality education, covering general knowledge in the Core Knowledge areas listed below. Of these ninety (90) clock hours of Core Knowledge, seventy-five (75) hours may be earned through eLearning. Education should be from an accredited university or college, may include some AASECT CE credits, or be a combination of both academic coursework and AASECT CE credits.

When documenting the ninety (90) hours, it is expected that the applicant document at least three (3) clock hours per content area listed under Core Knowledge. [one (1) clock hour = sixty (60) minutes] The remaining hours can be spread as desired among the core areas, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one area.

Coursework from accredited academic institutions will be accepted to fulfill content for AASECT Certification. AASECT sponsored or approved CE credit courses will also be accepted to fulfill content required for AASECT Certification. All other professional CE credit courses and/or trainings will count for one half (1/2) of full AASECT sponsored or approved courses/trainings. Acceptance of coursework, AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits or non-AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits is at the discretion of the AASECT Certification Committee member reviewers.

Note: For credits from AASECT sponsored or AASECT approved CE programs (one (1) CE = one (1) AASECT credit). For credits from non-AASECT sponsored or non-AASECT approved CE programs (two (2) CE credits = one (1) AASECT credit).

Core Knowledge Areas

All candidates must have knowledge of the following as they relate to sexual health and pleasure:

A. Ethics and ethical behavior.

B. Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course.

C. Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values), in relation to sexual values and behaviors.

D. Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity: heterosexuality, issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual people; gender identity and expression.

E. Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.

F. Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, including, but not limited to, polyamory, swinging, BDSM and tantra.

G. Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology.*

H. Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality, including, but not limited to, illness, disability, drugs, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth & pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, other infections, sexual trauma, injury and safer sex practices.*

I. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

J. Sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

K. Cyber sexuality and social media.*

L. Substance use/abuse and sexuality.*

M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

N. Learning theory and its application.

O. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students and colleagues.

P. History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling and therapy.

Q. Principles of sexuality research and research methods.

*Please note: Sections G,H,K,L are time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

It is expected that the applicant will document at least three (3) clock hours [one (1) clock hour = sixty (60) minutes] per content area listed above (A-Q). The remaining hours can be spread as desired amongst the seventeen (17) core areas, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one area.

Education should be from an accredited university or college, may include some AASECT CE credits, or be a combination of both.

VI. Sexuality Education Training

The applicant shall have completed a minimum of sixty (60) clock hours of training in how to effectively carry out (do) sexuality education. Of these sixty (60) hours of specialty training in sexuality education, thirty (30) hours may be earned through eLearning. The remaining thirty (30) hours (non-eLearning) must be in-person learning. (Synchronous eLearning does not apply for these remaining thirty (30) hours.)

A portion of these hours in sexuality education training may be in general education (e.g., undergraduate or graduate courses in theory and methods of education), but at least thirty (30) hours must be in sexuality education. Sexuality education training may have been obtained through academic credit courses, workshops or practicum experiences.

Applicants are required to document at least three (3) hours in each content area listed below, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one content area A – E below.

A. Sexuality education training will include, but is not limited to: theory and methods of general education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).

B. Theory and methods of sexuality education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).

C. Ethical issues in sexuality education.

D. Theory and methods of approaches to sexuality education with specific populations (e.g., youth, older adults, couples, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities).**

E. Theory and methods of different approaches to sexuality education delivery (e.g., small group work, one-on-one education, large group lectures or interaction, online delivery or use of other electronic means)

**Please note: Section D is time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

Note: The difference between the requirements in V and VI is that the education requirements in are directed at general knowledge about human sexuality, while the training requirements in VI are directed at specific skills in sexuality education. The two categories of requirements are sufficiently different; therefore, documentation is necessary in each.

VII. Attitudes and Values Training Experience

The applicant will have participated in a minimum of ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience in which the major focus is on a process-oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior [e.g., a Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR)]. The applicant must have been an attendee in the SAR and not been functioning as facilitator or co-facilitator in any capacity. The SAR must be completed in-person.

Such training may not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information. It is strongly recommended that this experience occur early in the applicant’s training to be most beneficial.

The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.  Each SAR leader must document the name of the SAR participant’s AASECT Certified Supervisor if the SAR participant has one at the time of attendance at the SAR workshop. The applicant will submit, in English, a one-page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of sexuality education, including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

VIII. Field Work or Practicum Training Experience in Sexuality Education

Supervised sexuality education experience is the crux of AASECT Certification. It is in the educational milieu in which competency is demonstrated. The applicant shall have completed a minimum of providing one hundred (100) hours of supervised sexuality education. Sexuality education shall have been conducted in one or more settings such as the following: college and universities, public schools, professional schools and religious institutions, on-line formats, human service agencies, or community and public health clinics.

Field work or professional training experience should include but not be limited to:

A. Development of an educational/learning philosophy.

B. Curriculum and syllabus development.

C. Direct observation of teaching/training activities by AASECT Certified Supervisor.

D. Discussion and development of pedagogic styles and strategies.

The Sexuality Educator Supervisor will review and evaluate the applicant’s ability to:

A.  Assess educational needs.

B. Define goals and objectives.

C. Match teaching strategies with proposed outcomes.

D. Design and effectively use instruments which assess the performance (knowledge, behavior, attitude changes) of program participants and program effectiveness.

E. Utilize evaluation feedback.

F. Apply educational research findings.

G. Access and use other human and material resources.

H. Implement and effectively utilize educational methodologies which address the cognitive and affective dimensions of sexuality.

IX. Supervision

Individuals beginning supervision toward AASECT Sexuality Educator Certification must be members of the organization at the time the supervision contract begins.

The applicant will have completed a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of supervision with an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor. Of the 25 total hours of supervision required, 5 hours must be individual (1:1) and up to 20 hours may be group supervision (1:8).. Individual supervision means one-to-one supervision. The minimum duration of the supervision will have been at least twelve (12) months.

In order to open a file for the Sexuality Educator Supervisee, a Supervision Contract outlining the plan for supervision and signed by both Supervisor and Supervisee, will be entered into  PRIOR to commencement of individual or group supervision. All contracts should follow the format presented under AASECT Guidelines for Supervision and include all the documents required for contract.

Supervision hours accrued prior to or without a supervision contract will NOT count toward certification. Contracts are necessary for individual and for group supervision. Supervision should occur with some regularity once initiated (e.g., once a week or twice a month for a minimum of one hour per supervision session and a maximum of four hours per session). The Supervisor will review and evaluate the applicant’s academic preparation, professional experience, and educational/facilitation skills. Through observing the provision of a sexuality education program developed and implemented by the applicant, the Supervisor will seek to determine the Supervisee’s ability.

Group Supervision Guidelines for Educators: Educator supervisors may have a maximum of eight (8) supervisees in group supervision. Minimum group size is two (2) individuals. Maximum group size is eight (8) individuals. The minimum group supervision length for Educator Supervision groups with four to eight (4-8) people is two hours. The maximum group supervision length for one (1) Educator Supervisor with four to eight (4-8) people is 3 hours.

The following do not meet the Supervision requirements:

  • Supervision with a family member or a significant other.
  • Supervision with a colleague with whom one is involved in a business partnership.
  • Management or administrative meetings with an organizational director or executive.

X.   Application Process and Approval Process

Application

It is preferred that complete applications with all supporting documentation be emailed to certification@aasect.org with a maximum of two PDF attachments. If email is not an option, please mail to the office at 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60601. Mailed applications must be submitted with no staples, page protectors, tabs, binders, brochures, books or notebooks. Each page of the application should be an 8 ½ X 11 piece of paper (one-sided). It is recommended that you keep a copy of the complete application for your records.

In addition to the appropriate application fee ($300), which is non-refundable, the candidate will submit:

A. Completed formal AASECT Sexuality Educator Certification Application, signed and dated.

B. Copy of official transcript. Transcript may be scanned into the application and does not need to be in a sealed envelope (Item III).

C. Copy of license, certification, or proof of membership in one of the approved disciplines or professional organizations (Item IV).

D. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi, etc., documenting ninety (90) hours of education in the designated Core Knowledge areas of human sexuality (Item V).

E. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi and other credible evidence documenting sixty (60) hours of training in sexuality education that includes the designated areas of focus (Item VI).

F. Official documentation of participation in a structured group experience focusing on sexual attitudes and values e.g., a SAR (Item VII).

G. Endorsement form letter(s) from supervisor(s) certifying a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of supervision of providing sexuality education.

H. Endorsements must be received from the following persons on the appropriate forms:

1. An AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor attesting to the applicant’s supervised clinical work.

2. Two professional colleagues who can comment on the applicant’s professional responsibilities, professional ethics and overall ability as a sexuality educator.

I. Updated and complete curriculum vitae (CV).

The applicant should clearly mark each document in their application so that the document can easily be matched with the certification requirement to which it applies. All documentation will become the property of AASECT.

Approval

Upon receipt of a complete application package, AASECT will forward the application to the Sexuality Educator Certification Committee for review. If the reviewers have questions or need additional information, the applicant will be contacted. When all criteria are met and approved by Committee, the applicant will receive notification of the approval.

XI.  Miscellaneous

A. All certified members are required to comply with the ethical standards established by AASECT as expressed in the AASECT Code of Ethics.

B. Upon approval from the Sexuality Educator Certification Committee, the successful applicant will receive a certificate in recognition of having met AASECT requirements for certification in the area of Sexuality Education. Certification must be renewed every three (3) years. A new certificate will be sent when renewal criteria are met. (Click here for Certification Renewal Criteria)

C. Each AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator will be listed in the AASECT Membership Directory and will be eligible to receive referrals from the Headquarters Office and AASECT website.

D. Membership in AASECT will be maintained on an annual basis to retain the AASECT Certification status. If membership in AASECT lapses, certification will also lapse. (Click here to find the policy for re-instatement after certification lapse.)

What Counts as Credits Towards AASECT Certification?

The minimum requirements of education and training for Sexuality Educator Certification are:

  • Ten (10) hours of SAR.*
  • Ninety (90) hours of Human Sexuality Core Knowledge**; seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be via eLearning.
  • Sixty (60) hours of training specific to Sexuality Education***; thirty (30) of these sixty (60) hours can be via eLearning.

*SAR (10 hours)
The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.

**Human Sexuality Core Knowledge (90 hours)
It is preferred that the ninety (90) hours of human sexuality Core Knowledge be acquired via university or college coursework. Seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be earned by eLearning.

***Training Specific to Sexuality Education (60 hours)
Sexuality education training may have been obtained through university/college credit courses, comprehensive sexuality education programs, or AASECT approved Sexuality Education Training Institutes. A minimum of sixty (60) clock hours is required of which thirty (30) hours can be through eLearning.

Please Note:

Most individuals applying for initial certification will not have accomplished any of the items listed below. However, for those individuals who have done so, on a case-by-case basis, AASECT will consider accepting any of the following alternative mechanisms for meeting some of the ninety (90) hours of Core Knowledge.

A. Publication of a sexuality related book. The book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each book = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits, depending on the subject, content, and length of the book, as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. If there is more than one book, each book has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.

B. Publication of a paper in a professional journal or a chapter in a text book. The content must be about some aspect of human sexuality, and the journal or book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each article or chapter = up to five (5) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one paper or chapter, each of them has to be about a completely different aspect of the sexual related topic.

C. Editing of collected works, books, or journals about sexuality related issues. The Certification Steering Committee will determine if the edited work meets AASECT criteria. Each edited work = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one edited work, each work has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.

D. Master’s thesis about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits.

E. Doctoral dissertation about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to fifteen (15) AASECT CE Credits.

F. Designing and conducting a sexuality related training or sexuality enrichment program for AASECT members (sponsored or approved by AASECT). Up to a maximum of fifteen (15) hours of presentation. One (1) hour = One (1) AASECT CE Credit.

G. Designing and conducting a sexuality related training or sexuality enrichment program for a non-AASECT setting, or one not sponsored by AASECT. The Certification Steering Committee will determine whether the teaching experience meets AASECT criteria. Up to a maximum of ten (10) hours of presentation.

Sexuality Counselor Requirements

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has established that the following education and experiential activities will meet the requirements for Sexuality Counselor Certification.

I. Membership in AASECT

The applicant may hold Professional, Retired or Life Membership in AASECT.

II. AASECT Code of Ethics

The applicant will have read the AASECT Code of Ethics. By signing the certification application form, the applicant agrees to be bound by the AASECT Code of Ethics.

III. Academic and Professional Experience

The applicant will have earned an academic degree in a human service program from an accredited college or university and acquired professional experience as follows. Only coursework from accredited institutions and/or AASECT sponsored or approved courses will be accepted to fulfill content requirements for certification.

A.    A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree plus three years of professional counseling experience. A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of professional sexuality counseling experience (cumulative), in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

– OR –

B.    Master’s degree plus two years of professional counseling experience. A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of professional sexuality counseling experience (cumulative), in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

– OR –

C.    Doctoral degree plus two years of professional counseling experience. A minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of professional sexuality counseling experience (cumulative), in not under two (2) years and not over five (5) years prior to certification, will be documented by the applicant.

IV. General Eligibility

A.    No clinical certification is required.
B.    Applicants with a Master’s or Doctoral degree who hold valid state regulatory licenses or certificates in a discipline that provides psychotherapy will not be eligible for AASECT Sexuality Counselor Certification but are encouraged to apply for AASECT Sex Therapist Certification.

V. Human Sexuality Education: Core Knowledge

The applicant will have completed a minimum of ninety (90) clock hours of academic coursework in sexuality education, covering general knowledge in the Core Knowledge areas listed below. Of the ninety (90) clock hours of Core Knowledge, seventy-five (75) hours may be earned through eLearning. Education should be from an accredited university or college, may include some AASECT CE Credits, or be a combination of both academic coursework and AASECT CE Credits.

When documenting the ninety (90) hours, it is expected that the applicant document at least three (3) clock hours per content area listed under Core Knowledge. [one (1) clock hour = sixty (60) minutes] The remaining hours can be spread as desired among the core areas, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one area.

Coursework from accredited academic institutions will be accepted to fulfill content for AASECT Certification. AASECT sponsored or approved CE credit courses will also be accepted to fulfill content required for AASECT Certification. All other professional CE credit courses and/or trainings will count for one half (1/2) of full AASECT sponsored or approved courses/trainings. Acceptance of coursework, AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits or non-AASECT sponsored/approved CE credits is at the discretion of the AASECT Certification Committee member reviewers.

Note: For credits from AASECT sponsored or AASECT approved CE programs (one (1) CE = one (1) AASECT credit). For credits from non-AASECT sponsored or non-AASECT approved CE programs (two (2) CE credits = one (1) AASECT credit).

Core Knowledge Areas

All candidates must have knowledge of the following as they relate to sexual health and pleasure:

A. Ethics and ethical behavior.

B. Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course.

C. Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values), in relation to sexual values and behaviors.

D. Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity: heterosexuality, issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual people; gender identity and expression.

E. Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics.

F. Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, including, but not limited to, polyamory, swinging, BDSM and tantra.

G. Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology.*

H. Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality, including, but not limited to, illness, disability, drugs, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth & pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, other infections, sexual trauma, injury and safer sex practices.*

I. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, including, but not limited to, common issues such as: desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems and difficulty with orgasm.

J. Sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

K. Cyber sexuality and social media.*

L. Substance use/abuse and sexuality.*

M. Pleasure enhancement skills.

N. Learning theory and its application.

O. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students and colleagues.

P. History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling and therapy.

Q. Principles of sexuality research and research methods.

*Please note: Sections G,H,K,L are time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

It is expected that the applicant document at least three (3) clock hours [one (1) clock hour = sixty (60) minutes] per content area listed above (A-Q). The remaining hours can be spread as desired amongst the seventeen (17) core areas, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one area.

Education should be from an accredited university or college, may include some AASECT CE credits, or be a combination of both.

VI. Sexuality Counseling Training

The applicant shall have completed a minimum of sixty (60) clock hours of training in how to effectively carry out (do) counseling with patients/clients/couples/families/groups. Of these sixty (60) hours of specialty training in sexuality counseling, thirty (30) hours may be earned through eLearning. The remaining thirty (30) hours (non-eLearning) must be in-person learning. (Synchronous eLearning does not apply for these remaining thirty (30) hours.)

A portion of these hours in sexuality counseling training may be in general counseling (e.g., undergraduate or graduate courses in theory and methods of counseling), but at least thirty (30) hours must be in sexuality counseling. Sexuality counseling training may have been obtained through academic (college or university) credit courses, workshops or practicum experiences.

Applicants are required to document at least three (3) hours in each content area listed below, with a maximum of twenty (20) hours in any one content area A – F below.

Sexuality counseling training is to include but not be limited to the following:

A. Theory and methods of personal/individual counseling.

B. Theory and methods of sexuality counseling approaches to specific populations (e.g., youth, older adult, couples, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations).**

C. Theory and methods of different approaches to intervention in relationship systems.

D. Theory and methods of decision-making concerning sexually related medical interventions.**

E. Ethical issues in sexuality counseling.

F. Theory and practice of consultation, collaboration, and referral.

**Please note: Sections B and D are time sensitive and should have reasonable up to date information and training.

Note: The difference between the requirements in V and VI is that the education requirements in V are directed at general knowledge about human sexuality, while the training requirements in VI are directed at specific skills in sexuality counseling. The two categories of requirements are sufficiently different; therefore, documentation is necessary in each.

VII. Attitudes and Values Training Experience

The applicant will have participated in a minimum of ten (10) clock hours of structured group experience in which the major focus is on a process-oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior [e.g., a Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR)]. The applicant must have been an attendee in the SAR and not been functioning as facilitator or co-facilitator in any capacity. The SAR must be completed in-person.

Such training may not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information. It is strongly recommended that this experience occur early in the applicant’s training to be most beneficial.

The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.  Each SAR leader must document the name of the SAR participant’s AASECT Certified Supervisor if the SAR participant has one at the time of attendance at the SAR workshop. The applicant will submit, in English, a one-page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of sexuality education, including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

VIII. Clinical Experience, Field Work, or Practicum Training Experience

Supervised sexuality counseling experience is the crux of certification. It is the counseling milieu where competence is demonstrated. The applicant shall have completed a minimum of providing one hundred (100) hours of supervised sexuality counseling. Sexuality Counseling shall have been conducted in one or more various settings such as the following: medical offices and clinics, human service agencies, community and public health clinics, family planning centers, rape crisis centers, college and universities, schools, professional schools and religious institutions. This experience will have included observation, demonstrations of counseling techniques, role-playing and the development of communication skills. The applicant will have been exposed to a variety of human sexuality issues. This supervised experience may have been obtained prior to or following the receipt of the terminal degree.

IX. Supervision

The applicant will be an AASECT member in good standing before starting supervision.

The applicant shall have completed a minimum of thirty (30) hours of supervision with an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor Supervisor or an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. Minimum duration of supervision shall be twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months. Total number of supervision hours that will count towards certification will not exceed six (6) hours per month.

In order to open a file for the Sexuality Counselor Supervisee, a Supervision Contract outlining the plan for supervision and signed by both Supervisor and Supervisee, will be entered into prior to PRIOR to commencement of individual or group supervision. Applicants who do not have a signed supervision contract in place prior to starting supervision will have their applications returned. Supervision hours accrued prior to entering into a contract will NOT count toward certification. Contracts are necessary for individual and for group supervision.

The supervisory process will have had continuity, and be a systematic learning experience. The goal of supervision will have been directed toward the further development of professionalism by the emphasis upon the enhancement of counseling skills and the continuation of the educative process. Supervision should also encourage the further development of the applicant’s body of knowledge, community resources for information and referral networking, and experience in short term counseling.

Supervision can take place in either an individual or group context, with group supervision accounting for no more than 50% of the supervision hours. Individual supervision means one-to-one supervision.

Group supervision, to be most effective, should contain no more than four (4) supervisees per individual supervisor and, where possible, should be extended beyond one (1) hour. If two (2) supervisors meet together to do group supervision, they may have five (5) – eight (8) supervisees in the group. The time that each group meets should be equivalent to one (1) hour per each supervisee. If there are four (4) supervisees, the group should then meet for four (4) hours, credited as GROUP supervision hours. If the group meets for three (3) hours with three (3) supervisees, each supervisee will be credited with three (3) hours of group supervision time. Supervision sessions are not permitted to last for more than four (4) hours per session.

CST Sexuality Counselor Training and Use of Supervisor: We acknowledge that some of supervision may include some didactic training. We continue to support that concept. However, if you have the need, you can complete additional hours of supervision (maximum of five) to meet the requirements in section VI Sexuality CounselorTraining.

Please note:

• A signed supervision contract must be in place prior to completing these additional hours of supervision.

• These five (5) additional supervision hours can be counted toward meeting the requirement of the 60 hours of Sexuality Counselor Training.

• These five (5) hours cannot be double counted toward the 30 hours of Supervision required in section IX.

The following DO NOT meet the Supervision requirements of AASECT:

A. Personal psychotherapy or counseling.

B. A process that is primarily didactic, such as a workshop or seminar, where teaching is focused on material other than the raw data of the supervisor’s clinical practice.

C. Management and/or administrative meetings with an organizational director or executive.

D. Peer supervision.

E. Co-therapist supervision.

F. Supervision from a family member or significant-other person.

G. Supervision from a colleague with whom one is involved in a partnership.

Documents Required for a Contract: Guidelines for Supervision

X.   Application Process and Approval Process

Application

It is preferred that complete applications with all supporting documentation be emailed to certification@aasect.org with a maximum of two PDF attachments. If email is not an option, please mail to the office at 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60601. Mailed applications must be submitted with no staples, page protectors, tabs, binders, brochures, books or notebooks. Each page of the application should be an 8 ½ X 11 piece of paper (one-sided). It is recommended that you keep a copy of the complete application for your records.

In addition to the appropriate application fee ($300), which is non-refundable, the candidate will submit:

A. Completed formal AASECT Sexuality Counselor Certification Application, signed and dated.

B. Copy of official transcript. Transcript may be scanned into the application and does not need to be in a sealed envelope. (Item III).

C. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi, etc., documenting ninety (90) hours of education in the designated Core Knowledge areas of human sexuality (Item V).

D. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi and other credible evidence documenting sixty (60) hours of training in sexuality counseling that includes the designated areas of focus (Item VI).

E. Official documentation of participation in a structured group experience focusing on sexual attitudes and values e.g., a SAR (Item VII).

F. Endorsement form letter(s) from supervisor(s) certifying a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of sexuality counseling experience (Item VIII).

G. Endorsements must be received from the following persons on the appropriate forms:

1. An AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor Supervisor or Sex Therapist Supervisor attesting to the applicant’s supervised counseling experience.

2. Two professional colleagues who can comment on the applicant’s professional responsibilities, professional ethics and overall ability as a sexuality counselor.

H. Updated and complete curriculum vitae (CV).

The applicant should clearly mark each document in their application so that the document can easily be matched with the certification requirement to which it applies. All documentation will become the property of AASECT.

Approval

Upon receipt of a complete application package, AASECT will forward the application to the Sexuality Counselor Certification Committee for review. If the reviewers have questions or need additional information, the applicant will be contacted. When all criteria are met and approved by Committee, the applicant will receive notification of the approval.

XI. Miscellaneous

A. All certified members are required to comply with the ethical standards established by AASECT as expressed in the AASECT Code of Ethics.

B. Upon approval from the Sexuality Counselor Certification Committee, the successful applicant will receive a certificate in recognition of having met AASECT requirements for certification in the area of Sexuality Counseling. This certificate will be subject to renewal every three (3) years, with renewals following in three (3) year increments.

C. Each AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor will be listed in the AASECT Membership Directory and will be eligible to receive referrals from the Headquarters Office and AASECT website.

D. Membership in AASECT will be maintained on an annual basis to retain the AASECT Certification status. If membership in AASECT lapses, certification will also lapse. (Click here to find the policy for re-instatement after certification lapse.)

What Counts as Credit Towards AASECT Certification?

The minimum requirements of education and training for Sexuality Counselor Certification are:

• Ten (10) hours of SAR.*
• Ninety (90) hours of Human Sexuality Core Knowledge**; seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be via eLearning.
• Sixty (60) hours of training specific to Sexuality Counseling***; thirty (30) of these sixty (60) hours can be via eLearning.

*SAR (10 hours)
The SAR must be AASECT sponsored or approved.

**Human Sexuality Core Knowledge (90 hours)
It is preferred that the ninety (90) hours of human sexuality Core Knowledge be acquired via university or college coursework. Seventy-five (75) of these ninety (90) hours can be earned by eLearning.

***Training Specific to Sexuality Counseling (60 hours)
Sexuality counseling training may have been obtained through university/college credit courses, , workshops, practicum experiences. A minimum of sixty (60) clock hours is required of which thirty (30) hours can be through eLearning.

Please Note:

Most individuals applying for initial certification will not have accomplished any of the items listed below. However, for those individuals who have done so, on a case-by-case basis, AASECT will consider accepting any of the following alternative mechanisms for meeting some of the ninety (90) hours of Core Knowledge.

  1. Publication of a sexually related book. The book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each book = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits, depending on the subject, content, and length of the book, as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. If there is more than one book, each book has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.
  2. Publication of a paper in a professional journal or a chapter in a text book. The content must be about some aspect of human sexuality, and the journal or book must meet AASECT criteria as determined by the Certification Steering Committee. Each article or chapter = up to five (5) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one (1) paper or chapter, each of them has to be about a completely different aspect of the sexual related topic.
  3. Editing of collected works, books, or journals about sexually related issues. The Certification Steering Committee will determine if the edited work meets AASECT criteria. Each edited work = up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits. If there is more than one (1) edited work, each work has to be about a completely different sexual related topic.
  4. Master’s thesis about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to ten (10) AASECT CE Credits.
  5. Doctoral dissertation about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to fifteen (15) AASECT CE Credits.
  6. Designing and conducting a sexually related training or sexually enrichment program for AASECT members (sponsored or approved by AASECT). Up to a maximum of fifteen (15) hours of presentation.
  7. Designing and conducting a sexually related training or sexually enrichment program for a non-AASECT setting, or one not sponsored by AASECT. The Certification Steering Committee will determine whether the teaching experience meets AASECT criteria. Up to a maximum of ten (10) hours of presentation.
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Flexibility:

Our program is adaptable to your schedule, learning style, and interests. We offer several different locations to attend workshops, as well as, synchronous and asynchronous learning options.

Customization:

Because we have several Institutes running consecutively, as well as our online platforms, we can work with you to develop a training schedule that best fits your interests and goals as a sexuality professional.

Diverse perspectives:

Our institutes boast three seasoned supervisors with different specializations to ensure your supervision is comprehensive and effective in broadening your clinical perspective and addressing your clients’ needs.

Expertise:

Learn from the leading experts around the country.

Innovative Training Options:

Our online educational platform is unmatched! Found in many universities around the world, this platform gives you access to archived workshops including speaker videos, handouts, and readings.

Payment Plans:

We are committed to helping students and professionals achieve their goals. We offer several flexible payment options for professionals and students.

Guidance:

Certification can be a daunting process but we can help. Our directors work with you to ensure you meet all education and supervision requirements for certification, provide you with the necessary documentation, and guide you through the application process.

Who should take our courses?2017-11-11T15:36:52-05:00

Anyone wanting to learn more about sex and sexuality! The certifications are reserved for mental health professionals, students, interns, current sex therapists, counselors, medical professionals, clergy, educators, or others in a sexuality related field.

How do I get my certification and how long does it take?2017-11-11T15:36:20-05:00

Those seeking Florida sex therapy certification, will be given a certificate which allows you to use the protected title of Certified Sex Therapist upon completion of the program which typically takes 1 year.

For those interested in AASECT certification, we complete the educational section and supervisor form of your AASECT application reflecting the courses and hours you completed with us. Additionally, you receive a certificate of completion for the 150 educational hours.

An additional AASECT requirement is a Sexual Attitude Reassessment or SAR. Our SARs are offered 1-2 times a year, in various locations for an additional fee. Please inquire if you are interested in completing this experiential workshop. Lastly, you complete the AASECT application and submit it to AASECT for approval and certification. We will be here to support you throughout the process.

The length of the educational training is flexible and can be completed, as you are able. There are no time limits. However, AASECT requires that you are under supervision for a minimum of 18 months, and as such, you cannot apply for certification until this requirement is completed. This means at minimum, certification will take 18 months.

What about CEs?2017-11-21T00:14:37-05:00

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes is part of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute (AMHTI). AMHTI is approved by the American Psychological Association, (APA), American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the Florida Board of Psychology, and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling to sponsor continuing education. Most states accept our courses for CEs due to our APA providership. You can earn CEs for participating in our workshops live or online. Every hour attending a live workshop, webinar, or video recording, will equal one CE credit. Full Institute professionals will receive one certificate for all courses completed at the end of their training. Those purchasing single or weekend workshops receive a certificate with the number of CE hours earned.

AMHTI is approved as a provider of continuing education by numerous national agencies and routinely applies for continuing education credits for professionals from state agencies when needed.

There are many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations that will grant continuing education credit for attendance at AMHTI’s seminars and activities. If you have questions as to whether AMHTI’s continuing education credits will count for your state, please contact us.

Inline image 3The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AMHTI maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.

Inline image 2The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.1000. AMHTI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

AMHTI is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology Provider#: 50-11996

AMHTI is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider#: 50-11996

AMHTI is an approved provider with the The Florida Certification Board. Provider #5273-A

AMHTI is an approved provider with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Provider # 07-110-J 

How do I sign up?2017-11-19T20:37:47-05:00

It’s easy! You can either call or email Dr. Rachel Needle directly, at 561-262-4723, drrachelneedle@gmail.com, or simply click on the Registration and Fees tab and select the type of workshop or plan you are interested in. You can choose whole day or half day workshops, as well as purchase a full or partial institute program. If you register online, you will receive a follow-up phone call and/or email within 24 hours with additional details.

Full institute registrants seeking supervision will then need to provide us with the following:

  • CV/resume
  • License (if applicable)
  • Liability Insurance
  • Proof of AASECT Membership

Once we receive this information, we send you a contract for supervision to sign. This contract and the above documents will be sent to AASECT for approval. After approval is granted, your supervision will begin

How much does it cost?2017-11-19T22:09:32-05:00

Individual Workshops

1 full day workshop: $250
2 full day workshops: $475
½ day workshop: $140

Full weekend (20 hours of education): $600

For those seeking AASECT Certification

FULL INSTITUTE: 150 hours of education AND 50 hours of supervision: $8250

150 hours of education (no supervision): $4500

Florida Professionals

FULL INSTITUTE: (120hrs, 20hrs supervision): $5,500
Meets Florida masters level (LCSW, LMFT, LMHC) requirements

FULL INSTITUTE: (150hrs, 20hrs supervision): $6,000
Meets Florida doctorate level (Ph.D., Psy.D.) requirements

Payment Plans

For the full program of 150 hours of education AND 50 hours of supervision you can make payments over 12 months or 18 months.

12 month payment plan for the full institute: $730/month for 12 consecutive months
18 month payment plan for the full institute: $520/month for 18 consecutive months

Based on the AASECT Application course categories, where do the MSTI Workshops fit in?2019-02-02T14:56:10-05:00