Professional Organizations


The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT's mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.

*The Southwest Sexual Health Alliance is an Organizational Provider for AASECT, meaning that many of our educational programs provide CEUs towards AASECT Certification.


The Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) is a national-level, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports research addressing understudied sexual communities, with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory. Employing a community-based research model, CARAS has assembled a network of academics, clinicians and respected members of these communities who will work directly with researchers to promote scientific and other forms of scholarly research.


International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) is a multidisciplinary, academic, and scientific organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women's sexual function and sexual experience, support the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in research, education, and clinical practice of women's sexuality, and provide the public with accurate information about women's sexuality and sexual health


The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality. It is the oldest organization of professionals interested in the study of sexuality in the United States. SSSS brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who believe in the importance of both the production of quality research and the clinical, educational, and social applications of research related to all aspects of sexuality.


The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) is a community of professionals who have clinical and/or research interests in human sexual concerns. Its goals are to facilitate communication among clinicians who treat problems of sexual function, sexual identity, and reproductive life. SSTAR strives to provide a forum for exchange of ideas between those interested in research in human sexuality and those whose primary activities are patient care through annual meetings, fall clinical conferences, membership newsletters, and an e-mail list-serv for members.


The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA) is a community-based non-profit with the important mission of bettering the health and healthcare experiences of individuals who are involved with alternative sexualities. Our vision is a world where the fear of judgment and bias does not prevent people involved in a broad variety of sexual interests and activities from receiving caring, compassionate, and competent care from physical and mental health professionals.