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


THE SEXUAL HEALTH ALLIANCE IS PROUD TO OFFER a full AASECT Sex Therapy certification Program!

Throughout the program you will:

1.) Attend 3 live (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 local cohort and schedules. If you have special circumstances, contact us.

2.) Take our online program with the national experts at your own pace.

  • Launches Nov. 1st, 2018

Complete number 1 and 2 above and earn up to 155 AASECT CEs toward AASECT Certification which is all of the educational credits needed.

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

Cost: $4850* Until November 15th, 2018 (Early Bird Rate)

*Includes ALL online classes + 3 in-person weekends in one city + Meet & Greet Parties with your cohort + Access to Online resource group and supervisor lists, "Do it for me" Application handouts, Welcome Swag Bag and more!

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This program is for 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.

You will be given a full packet at the end of the program for AASECT Sex Therapy Certification. And, we will match you with a supervisor if desired. We do all the work for you!

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 and obtain 50 hours of AASECT Sex Therapy Supervision in order to turn in a complete packet to AASECT. The Sexual Health Alliance's next SAR is currently under way. Check back here soon for more information.


  • Question: I cannot be able to make one of your live weekend events in person, what will happen?
  • Answer: You can attend the corresponding live Sexceptional weekend event in a different city, or wait until the next time that particular or similar weekend is offered in your own city. Contact us as soon as you know you can't make an in person weekend. 


  • 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. 

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).
  • Sixty (60) hours of training specific to Sexuality Education (These are CEUs that you are able to earn through The Sexual Health Alliance).
  • 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 will also 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 Master's degree.

Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification.

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

The Sexual Health Alliance is an AASECT approved as an organizational provider and offers CEUs towards Sex Therapy, Sexuality Educator, and Sexuality Counselor Certification and Renewal through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).