How do I get Certified as a Sex Therapist, Educator or Counselor through AASECT and Sexual Health Alliance?
THE SEXUAL HEALTH ALLIANCE (SHA) IS PROUD TO OFFER a full Sex Therapy certification Program with 155 AASECT cE you can apply toward AASECT Certification!
Join our community and receive support, guidance, structure and education all within our unique platforms and groups. Become a certified sex therapist, educator or counselor through the below program.
Throughout the program you will:
1.) Attend 3 live trainings (in-person) “Sexceptional Weekends” in the SHA region of your choice. Click on your city for specific information on the first training weekend. Pick one city to complete this program as each city has their cohort. *Attend multiple cities, but let us know in your application. Each of these weekends kick off this full program in each city.
Los Angeles - May 3rd-4th 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 (APPLY NOW BELOW)
Chicago - May 10th-11th, 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 (APPLY NOW BELOW)
Seattle - May 31st- June 1st, 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 (APPLY NOW BELOW)
Albuquerque - Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2021 (APPLY NOW BELOW)
Registration Closed: Dallas, Texas - January 25th-26th, 2019, Apr 27-28th 2019, Fall 2019 (You may apply below for 2020 cohort)
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 earn 155 AASECT CEs toward AASECT Certification. You will also automatically obtain the Sexual Health Alliance Certification when completing this program. You will receive all the correct CEs you need for being certified as an educator, counselor or therapist.
*Apply here first and once accepted, pay the below fee:
*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, Welcome Swag Bag and more!
You’re joining a national community of sex positive professionals. All of our in-person and online trainings are conducted by the top experts in the world with the opportunity for you to become one. Complete all of your AASECT Certification Educational CE requirements with The Sexual Health Alliance!
Cost: $5150* Until April 5th, 2019
(Click the below option to pay in one payment, or over 3 payments) Monthly payment options also available below for a few extra dollars a month.
Alternatively, many have requested a monthly payment option, please subscribe below for this option.
Our program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for AASECT CE credits.
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.
You will be given a full packet at the end of the program for AASECT Sex Therapy Certification.
NOTE: This program includes all the education needed for AASECT Sex Therapy Certification (A minimum of 150 AASECT CEs). You will need to register for a SAR (anywhere offered) and obtain 50 hours of AASECT Sex Therapy Supervision in order to turn in a complete packet to AASECT to become an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. We will match you with a supervisor if desired. The Sexual Health Alliance's next SAR is currently being planned. Check back here soon for more information.
*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 already have several students in the program.
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.
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.
Question: Can I take this program if I want to be an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator or Counselor?
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.
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 www.aasect.org 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 email@example.com
Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on whether these CEs can be applied to your license.
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 SHAcertifications@gmail.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org