How do I get Certified as a Sex Therapist, Educator or Counselor through AASECT & Sexual Health Alliance?

Are you confused by the exhaustive and lengthy process? Have the programs you’ve seen been too expensive and far from home? We’re now in SEVEN cities bringing you local community and certification programs!

THE SEXUAL HEALTH ALLIANCE (SHA) IS PROUD TO OFFER a full Sex Therapy certification Program with all additional ce hours needed for AAsect sex therapy CERTIFICATION & aasect sexuality educator certification!

This program offers community, support, guidance, structure and education all within our unique platforms and groups. Become a certified sex therapist, educator or counselor and receive all the hours needed to apply for AASECT Certification through the below program.

Throughout the program you will:

1.) Attend 3 live trainings (in-person) “Sexceptional Weekends” with the world’s experts in the SHA region of your choice. Trainings occur in the late Fall and late Spring.

  • Albuquerque (APPLY NOW BELOW) Starts September 28th, 2019.

    **For LA, Chicago and Seattle students that want to apply but missed the first weekend, you may “make it up” and attend the first weekend in Albuquerque.

  • Los Angeles

  • Chicago

  • Seattle

  • Dallas

  • Denver

  • Austin

  • If you would like to see this program come to San Antonio, Detroit, New York or another city not listed, please join our list HERE.

2.) Take our online program with our national experts.

  • The online portion of this full program is completed at your own pace (includes recommended deadlines for encouragement).

Complete number 1 and 2 above and become a Certified Sex Therapist and/or Certified Sexuality Educator as well as earn 165+ AASECT CEs toward AASECT Certification. You will also automatically obtain access to future trainings at a discount and other perks when completing this program.

Apply now for 2020 Programs

*Apply here first and once accepted, pay the below fee:

This program includes SHA online program + 3 in-person weekends in citie(s) of choice + Meet & Greet Parties with your cohort + Access to Online resource group and supervisor lists, "Do it for me" AASECT Application, discussion sessions with THE experts, a Discounted SAR, Welcome Swag Bag and more!

*You’re joining a national community of sex positive, progressive & radical professionals. Complete all of your AASECT Certification Educational CE requirements with The Sexual Health Alliance today and gain a complete package to turn into AASECT for Sex Therapy and Sex Educator Certification!

Cost: $5150* (limited time available)

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Our program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for AASECT CE credits.

NOTE: This program includes all the education needed for AASECT Sex Therapy and sex educator Certification (A minimum of 150 AASECT CEs). You will need to register for a SAR (anywhere offered) and obtain 50 hours of AASECT Supervision in order to turn in a complete packet to AASECT. We will match you with a supervisor if desired. The Sexual Health Alliance's next SAR is in August in Denver.

The sex therapy certification program is for all students that are currently enrolled in a mental health graduate program and mental health professionals who are licensed in their states or provinces to provide mental health care and have completed graduate school for clinical training in their professional area. Applicable professional degrees may include a PhD, MD, MSW, or MA, Masters in MFT. If you an educator and wanting to obtain AASECT Certification as a Sexuality Educator, please email us.

*To become a Certified Sexuality Educator or a Certified Sexuality Counselor require a Bachelor’s degree plus work experience. Please notify us in your application is you are choosing one of these tracks.


  • Question: I’m a student in graduate school, can apply and go through this program as a student?

  • Answer: Yes! You can attend all our trainings as a student and obtain all CEs needed toward AASECT Sex Therapy Certification. We have many students in the program just like you!

  • Question: I cannot make one of your live weekend events in person, what will happen?

  • Answer: You can attend the next live Sexceptional weekend event in your city or a different city. You will have 2 years to attend 3 in-person weekends. We highly encourage you to “make up” the weekend you missed in the next city that offers that particular training.

  • Question: How long is this full sex therapy certification program?

  • Answer: The full sex therapy certification program can be completed in 12-18 months. You have up to 2 years to attend 3 in-person weekend trainings and the online program is self guided.

  • Answer: Yes, you are able to take our program and receive the all CEs needed toward certification plus opportunities for teaching experience.

  • Question: Can I only take some of the online portion? Or can I only take the in-person portion?

  • Answer: Yes! You can start accumulating AASECT CEU's even if you are not a member of AASECT and even as a student. They do not expire. Some of our events and webinars are available and priced HERE and on the specific region/city event page. We currently do not have the 90 hour online program available for purchase.

Dr. Chris Donaghue in Austin, TX

Dr. Chris Donaghue in Austin, TX

Snapshot of Qualifications for AASECT Certification 

  • Start accruing your hours at any time. CEs (or CEUs) never expire. If you are a student, you are able start your hours while in school.

  • Ten (10) hours of Sexuality Attitude Reassessment (SAR) (The Sexual Health Alliance offers a SAR about once a year).

  • Ninety (90) hours of Human Sexuality Core Knowledge (These are CEUs that you are able to earn through The Sexual Health Alliance, above program).

  • Sixty (60) hours of training specific to Sexuality Education (These are CEUs that you are able to earn through The Sexual Health Alliance, above program).

  • All candidates MUST be supervised by AASECT certified professionals for the indicated number of hours. Candidates must have a certain number of hours of field experience that are supervised.

  • AASECT approved CEU courses (The Sexual Health Alliance is an approved organizational provider) will be accepted to fulfill content required for AASECT Certification. All other professional CEU 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.

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist: Potential AASECT Certified Sex Therapists are mental health professionals, trained to provide in-depth psychotherapy, who have specialized in treating clients with sexual issues and concerns. They are either licensed, or in the absence of required licensure, they are certified, registered, or clinical members of a national psychotherapy organization. Sex therapists work with sexual concerns and, in addition, where appropriate, are prepared to provide comprehensive and intensive psychotherapy over an extended period of time in more complex cases. Minimum degree required is a Master's degree.

AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator: Potential AASECT Certified Sexuality Educators are typically leading workshops, teaching classes, or organizing and facilitating seminars. Sexuality educators may teach in the classroom at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. They may also provide education for groups of children, adolescents, or adults, training for professionals, and outreach and education in community-based, healthcare, corporate, and faith-based settings. Sexuality educators also may design and conduct workshops, courses, and seminars; contribute to the sexuality education literature; develop curriculum; plan and administer programs; deliver lectures; and provide one-on-one client education sessions. The minimum degree required is a Bachelor's degree.

AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor: Potential AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselors might be working in a clinical or medical setting, giving specific suggestions and advice. Examples of sexuality counselors are Planned Parenthood counselors, nurses and other health professionals, school counselors, and clinical pastoral care and counseling providers. Sexuality counseling is generally short term and client-centered, focusing on the immediate concern or problem. Minimum degree required is a Bachelor's degree.

Please see for the full list of requirements for AASECT Certification. 

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for AASECT CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact

Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on whether these CEs can be applied to your license.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Respark Scholarship Program - Diversity Scholarship: In continuing our efforts to build inclusive and diverse communities, we are pleased to announce Respark Therapy & Associates is awarding a scholarship to attend the Sexual Health Alliance year long program described above. This person must demonstrate a commitment to promoting sex positive education and building an all inclusive community. Please send applications to We will reopen applications for this program on October 1st, 2019.

  • Be a person of color.

  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology, or sexual health.

  • Provide two letters of recommendation documenting this person’s commitment to the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, or sexual health.

  • Personal statement addressing how this scholarship award might help in accomplishing one’s personal career goals.

The Sexuality : Diversity Matters Alliance

The Sexuality : Diversity Matters scholarship program provides pro-bono supervision for those pursuing AASECT certification. The current award is specifically for sex therapy supervision and was targeted to assist People of Color. It is anticipated that the program will grow over time to include sex counselors, sexuality educators and will also broaden to encourage other aspects of diversity within the sexual health community. The program was created in response to an incident of hate-speech from outsiders to the conference in Puerto Rico that was targeted at the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN). AASECT certified Supervisors who are interested in participating in the program in the future by donating their time to the scholarship “bank” can contact Dan Maloney for more information. The Alliance anticipates opening up the scholarship competition again within the next year. Please direct inquiries to Dan Maloney, LCSW at