In light of the various directives from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and our continued commitment to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), CIIS Public Programs has made the decision to move all Spring 2021 Sex Therapy Certificate courses online. The dates of all in-person courses will remain the same, but they will take place as online synchronous learning via Zoom. There will be no physical meetings in San Francisco. AASECT has approved in-person courses to be held on live online platforms, so all courses completed on Zoom will count towards the in-person requirements for AASECT certification.

To learn more about how CIIS is responding to COVID-19, click here

January 31st, 2021: Applications Deadline. Apply here.

The Sex Therapy Certificate (STC) at CIIS strives to provide clinicians with the highest quality sexuality and sex therapy education. It is our mission to offer comprehensive training to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, couples’ therapists, and allied professionals, in support of practitioners offering sex therapy as a naturally integrated part of the therapeutic experience. The STC program has the distinction of being one of the few programs in the nation offered by an accredited academic institution, and also provides 75 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs.

CIIS' history of contributions in the fields of counseling psychology, integral health, and sexuality studies form the basis for our approach to the certificate. We strive to provide an integral view of the field of sex therapy. This approach means including multiple perspectives and philosophies, remaining rooted in a sex positive view, and affirming the diversity of sexual practices, experiences, and identities of our communities and clients. 

Learn more about the certificate at the Details Page.
Sign up for an Online Information Session by going to the Info Session Page.
Explore the Spring 2021 STC Class Schedule.
Learn more about the different classes offered on the Class Description Page.
Learn more about the wide array of instructors at the Certificate Instructors Page.

Important Dates

• January 31st, 2021: Applications Deadline
• February 10th, 2021: Scholarship Recipients Notified 

Spring 2021 Cohort Weekends
(Live Online via Zoom)

• March 5th - 7th
• April 16th - 18th
• May 20th - 23rd

Click here to learn more about the program and the types of professionals for whom it applies. For questions about this certificate, please contact us at or (415) 575-6175.

About CIIS Public Programs

CIIS Public Programs produces conversations, workshops, and a podcast for people who are curious about themselves and the world. Our programs further personal and social transformation by bringing together the diverse voices of visionaries, artists, change-makers, and scholars to share compelling experiences, offer new perspectives, and expand creative horizons. Public Programs enhances and reflects the university's academic mission.

Anti-Racist/Inclusion Statement

CIIS Public Programs is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, and/or medical condition. Through our programming, we strive to amplify the voices of those who have historically been under-represented. We commit to use our in-person and online platforms to uplift the stories and teachings of black, indigenous, and other people of color; those in the LGBTQIA+ community; and all those whose lives emerge from the intersections of multiple identities.



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