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

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The Sexual Health Alliance provides CEs towards Sex Therapy Certification, Sexuality Educator and a Sexuality Counselor through AASECT. (The American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists)

The Sexual Health Alliance is an organizational one provider for AASECT. This means we are approved by AASECT to offer CEs toward AASECT certification and renewal.

Snapshot of Qualifications for AASECT Certification (from www.aasect.org) 

  • 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 SAR (The Sexual Health Alliance offers a SAR about once a year).
  • Ninety (90) hours of Human Sexuality Core Knowledge (These are CEs that you are able to earn through The Sexual Health Alliance).
  • Sixty (60) hours of training specific to Sexuality Education (These are CEs 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. (AASECT.org has a list). Candidates must have a certain number of hours of field experience that are supervised.  
  • AASECT 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.
  • The Sexual Health Alliance is an AASECT Approved CE Credit Provider.

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.

 

Please see www.aasect.org for the full list of requirements for AASECT Certification.