Academic and Professional Experience The applicant will have earned an advanced clinical degree that included psychotherapy training from an accredited college or university recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the following clinical experience. Master's degree plus two years of post-degree clinical experience. A Doctoral degree plus one year of post-degree clinical experience.
The applicant will hold a valid state regulatory license or certificate for the state in which the applicant practices, in one of the following disciplines: Applicants from outside the United States will document how their equivalent certification meets or compares to the AASECT requirements for certification. Core Knowledge The applicant will have completed a minimum of ninety 90 clock hours of academic coursework in sexuality education, covering general knowledge in the Core Knowledge areas listed below.
Of these ninety 90 clock hours of Core Knowledge, seventy-five 75 hours may be earned through eLearning. When documenting the ninety 90 hours, it is expected that the applicant document at least three 3 clock hours per content area listed under Core Knowledge.
Coursework from a university or college does not have an expiration date. The Certification Committee reserves the right to request additional information about any coursework or CE credit as needed. Core Knowledge All candidates must have knowledge of the following as they relate to sexual health and pleasure: Ethics and ethical behavior.
Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course. Socio-cultural, familial factors e.
Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, including, but not limited to polyamory, swinging, BDSM, and tantra. Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, including, but not limited to, common issues such as: Sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Cyber sexuality and social media. Learning theory and its application. Knowledge of professional communication skills used with clients, students, and colleagues.
History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling, and therapy. Principles of sexuality research and research methods. Of these sixty 60 hours of Specialty Training in Sex Therapy, thirty 30 hours may be earned through eLearning.
The remaining thirty 30 hours non-eLearning must be in-person learning [synchronous eLearning does not apply for these remaining thirty 30 hours]. Practicum experience should emphasize trainings focused on skill development, case review, role play, demonstration and watching videotape.
Applicants must document at least three 3 hours in each content area listed below, with a maximum of twenty 20 hours in any one content area of A — G below: Theory and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, including several different models. Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.
Theory and method of approach to medical intervention in the evaluation and treatment of psychosexual disorders. Principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.
Ethical decision-making and best practice. Exposure to treatment of clinical sex therapy cases through direct observation, demonstration, case review, or role-playing.
Applicants must be very clear in their documentation as to how they gained exposure to sex therapy cases. The difference between the requirements V and VI is that the education requirements in V are directed at general knowledge about human sexuality, while the training requirements in VI are directed at specific skills in sex therapy.
The two categories of requirements are sufficiently different, and documentation is necessary in each. Such training may not be personal psychotherapy or an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information. It is strongly recommended that this experience occur early in the applicant's training to be most beneficial. The applicant must have been an attendee in the SAR and not been functioning as a facilitator or co-facilitator in any capacity.
This supervised experience must be started only after the applicant is enrolled in graduate school. It is in the therapy milieu in which competency is demonstrated.
All supervisors must prepare and submit to the AASECT office a supervision contract for each sex therapy supervisee prior to commencing individual or group supervision. Applicants whose supervisor does not submit supervision contracts in advance to open a file will have their applications rejected. The goal of supervision will have been directed toward the improvement of professionalism by emphasis upon the enhancement of clinical skills and the continuation of the educative process.
Cases selected for supervision should be, as much as possible, followed from the beginning to the end of the clinical process. Individual supervision means one-to-one supervision. Group supervision, to be most effective, should contain no more than four 4 supervisees per individual supervisor and, where possible, should be extended beyond one 1 hour.
If two 2 supervisors meet together to do group supervision, they may have five 5 - eight 8 supervisees in the group. The time that each group meets should be equivalent to one 1 hour per supervisee. Supervision must occur over a period of no less than eighteen 18 months to twenty-four 24 months.
Total hours per month may not exceed six 6 hours. The following examples do not meet the supervision requirements: Personal psychotherapy or counseling. A process that is primarily didactic, such as a workshop or seminar, in which the primary focus is teaching rather than the raw data of the supervisee's clinical practice.
Supervision from a family member or significant other person. Supervision from a colleague with whom one is involved in a partnership. Application and Approval Process Application To submit by mail: Copy of official transcript. Copy of license, certification, or proof of membership in one 1 of the approved disciplines or professional organizations Item IV.
Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi, etc. Official transcripts, attendance certificates, syllabi and other credible evidence documenting sixty 60 hours of training in sex therapy that includes the designated areas of focus Item VI.
Official documentation of participation in a structured group experience focusing on sexual attitudes and values e. Endorsements must be received from the following persons on the appropriate forms: A professional colleague who can comment on the applicant's professional responsibilities, professional ethics and overall ability as a sex therapist.
A character reference from someone outside the applicant's immediate work setting, from someone who has known the applicant for a minimum of two 2 or more years example: Do not use family members or significant others, relatives, personal friends, business partners.
The applicant should clearly mark each document in their application so that the document can easily be matched with the certification requirement to which it applies. If the reviewers have questions or need additional information, the applicant will be contacted.
When all criteria are met and approved by Committee, the applicant will receive notification of the approval. Upon approval from the Sex Therapist Certification Committee, the successful applicant will receive a certificate in recognition of having met AASECT requirements for certification in the area of sex therapy. This certification will be subject to renewal every three 3 years with renewals following in three 3 year increments.
Click here to find the policy for re-instatement after certification lapse. The minimum requirements of education and training for Sex Therapist Certification are: Ten 10 hours of SAR. Seventy-five 75 of these ninety 90 hours can be earned by eLearning. A minimum of sixty 60 clock hours is required of which thirty 30 hours can be through eLearning.
Most individuals applying for initial certification will not have accomplished any of the items listed below. However, for those individuals who have done so, on a case-by-case basis, AASECT will consider accepting any of the following alternative mechanisms for meeting some of the ninety 90 hours of Core Knowledge.
Publication of a sexually related book. If there is more than one 1 book, each book has to be about a completely different sexual related topic. Publication of a paper in a professional journal or a chapter in a text book. If there is more than one 1 paper or chapter, each of them has to be about a completely different aspect of the sexual related topic.
Editing of collected works, books, or journals about sexually related issues. If there is more than one 1 edited work, each work has to be about a completely different sexual related topic. Doctoral dissertation about some aspect of human sexuality. Up to a maximum of fifteen 15 hours of presentation.
Up to a maximum of ten 10 hours of presentation.