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About the Certificate
Our Sex Therapy Certificate is delivered in two components: (1) live synchronous teaching weekends (2) self-paced online asynchronous learning. The live synchronous teaching weekends take place in-person at CIIS in San Francisco OR online via Zoom for a total of 75 hours. Teaching weekends are either fully in-person or fully online as indicated on the schedule; there are no hybrid opportunities (i.e. joining virtually to an in-person class).
Upon completion of the live synchronous weekends, students will receive a digital certificate of completion through Accredible, along with a BBS Continuing Education Certificate for completed hours upon request.
Students will have access to the online asynchronous material for one additional full year to complete at their own pace. This portion of the certificate is an additional and optional 90 hours and designed as a supplement for those students seeking AASECT certification. In total, our program consists of 75 synchronous and 90 asynchronous hours, for a total of 165 hours.
The current curriculum for each cohort is designed and delivered by the individual instructors for each course, partly guided by mapping their content to the AASECT core knowledge areas and clinical skills training areas.
The learning experience will consist of both live synchronous activities as well as independent asynchronous self-paced learning through our online CANVAS platform. Activities will include but are not limited to: lectures, small group discussion, large group discussion, and experiential learning (role-play, journaling, self-reflection, activities in the community, information gathering) as well as applied work in clinical and therapeutic settings. We aim to offer a professional context to develop competency in sexual knowledge, clinical assessment and treatment of sexuality concerns.
CIIS' Sex Therapy Certificate is designed as additional training for counseling professionals who are licensed, are license eligible, or who have completed their coursework to become license eligible. Types of professionals for whom this program applies include:
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
- Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
- Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PsyD)
- Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (MD & NP)
Under specific circumstances, prospective medical and mental health professionals who are not yet licensed may apply if they have completed the great majority of their coursework and have secured a traineeship or internship for gaining training hours of counseling and psychotherapy and have plans to complete their coursework in parallel.
Applications for Certificate Programs may be submitted through CIIS' online application platform. Applications include:
- Background & Goal Statement
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- An optional Scholarship Essay
We especially encourage applications from individuals who: identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color; identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within 60 days of submitting their application.
View fees and tuition for the Sex Therapy Certificate under the Public Programs dropdown on our Tuition and Fees page.
- Zoe and Walt Sipe
- Fall & Spring
This course emphasizes therapeutic stance related to sex therapy, working with eroticism in the clinical context, and practical demonstrations of common presenting issues in sex therapy. There will be training around participants' ongoing personal and professional development as sex therapists. We will integrate multiple theoretical orientations to sex therapy including behavioral, somatic, psychodynamic, gestalt, and attachment. As sex therapy often includes interaction with medical issues, we will also work with assessment, psychopharmacologic impacts, and working with interdisciplinary teams, including medical professionals.
- Bianca Laureano
- Fall, Spring, & Summer
This course is designed to offer all students exposure in the form of facilitated discussion, small group activities, self-reflection, and media consumption along a range of sexual practices and experiences. The focus of the course utilizes an intersectional, justice-centered, and anti-oppression framework, to facilitate and address unexamined axiological assumptions we all hold about romantic orientations, bodies, gender, sexual exploration and attractions; and to consider and stay curious about them as a reflexive lifelong practice. This course is aligned to and is part of the AASECT sex educator and AASECT sex therapy certification and is considered one of the components of competency in core knowledge and experience in the field. The content will consist of a range of media with captions, that support various learning styles, and is presented by an experienced and certified facilitator.
- Damon Constantinides
- Fall, Spring, & Summer
This course provides an introduction to a framework for sex therapy with trans and non-binary clients that is rooted in narrative therapy, transfeminism, queer theory, intersectionality and in challenging the cissexist culture we are all living in. Nine principles for providing sex therapy to erotically marginalized clients will be discussed with case examples.
- Martha Kauppi
- Fall & Spring
In this two-day workshop, Martha Kauppi will facilitate a learning process designed to help clinicians build a robust skillset for working with complex relational challenges that present concurrently with sex issues. From a sex positive and inclusive perspective, and through the theoretical lens of the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (Bader/Pearson), Kauppi integrates concepts from attachment, differentiation, and neuroscience to create a cohesive clinical approach to relational sex therapy. Participants will leave with effective strategies for conceptualizing couples and relational therapy cases, and a robust set of treatment strategies for working with a broad range of relational and sex-related challenges.
- Heather Howard
- Fall & Spring
This course offers a variety of clinical solutions related to intimacy, pleasure, and physical comfort. Dr. Howard and guest speaker(s) who specialize in partner engagement and erotic trance share their clinical approaches to intimacy and pleasure, and Dr. Howard rounds out the course with practical adjustment strategies to promote sexual comfort for clients with health challenges.
- Juan Camerena
- Fall, Spring, & Summer
This thought-provoking course will take a critical and reflective approach to examine a range of sexual behaviors and expressions that may be, for various reasons, viewed as problematic. Such areas may include out of control sexual behaviors, rape culture, exploitation, sexuality & substances, and harassment. The course will consider issues of ethics, historical context, and various therapeutic approaches and interventions.
A separate portion of this course will highlight Dr. Camarena's expertise in working with models of gender and sexual identity, the intersections of race and sexuality, and sex therapy within the LGBTQQIA community.
- Estefanía Simich
- Fall, Spring, & Summer
This course explores some of the intersections that might present in sex therapy when working with clients from diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the world. It is through the exploration of these intersections (e.g., culture, religion, migration, intergenerational teachings), that the course will focus on providing a space for exploration of ways of approaching cases and learning new practical skills to use with diverse groups of clients in sex therapy. The course emphasizes on the impact of patriarchal systems, systems of oppression, gender violence, sexual rights, migration and how this presents itself in sex therapy.
|Friday, June 23||9am-3pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Juan Camarena||Introductions & Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy|
|3:15pm-5:15pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS (Instructor Joins via Zoom)||Damon Constantinides||Sex Therapy with Trans and Non-Binary Communities|
|Saturday, June 24||9am-5:30pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Roger Kuhn||Sex, Therapy, and Relationality: An Integrative Approach|
|Sunday, June 25||9am-5:30pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Roger Kuhn||Sex, Therapy, and Relationality: An Integrative Approach|
|Friday, July 7||10am-3:30pm PT||Zoom||Bianca Laureano||Sexual Attitudes Reassessment|
|Saturday, July 8||10am-3:30pm PT||Zoom||Bianca Laureano||Sexual Attitudes Reassessment|
|Sunday, July 9||10am-3:30pm PT||Zoom||Bianca Laureano||Sexual Attitudes Reassessment|
|Friday, July 28||9am-5:30pm PT||Zoom||Dr. Lexx Brown-James||Sex Therapy Skills for Clinicians|
|Saturday, July 29||9am-5:30pm PT||Zoom||Dr. Lexx Brown-James||Sex Therapy Skills for Clinicians|
|Friday, August 11||9am-1pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Juan Camarena||Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy|
|2pm-6pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Marla Stewart||Your Orgasm Matters|
|Saturday, August 12||9am-1pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Juan Camarena||Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy|
|2pm-6pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Estefania Simich||Intersectionality in Sex Therapy|
|Sunday, August 13||9am-5pm PT||Namaste Hall, CIIS||Juan Camarena||Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy & Closing|
Continuing Education Credits
This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 165 CEs (75 In-Person & 90 Online). Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and is approved for 75 CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT licenses.
For questions about BBS CE credits, contact CIIS Public Programs at email@example.com. Please note that LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, allied professionals are encouraged to apply. However, it's important that all practitioners who are not clinically licensed are aware that we are teaching from a context of clinically licensed therapists who work within the therapeutic frame. That doesn't mean other practitioners won't benefit greatly from the course and be able to integrate much of the material into existing coaching/physical therapy practices, but it's important to understand this specific context.
The course is separated into two different components: synchronous (in-person or online via Zoom) and online asynchronous (via Canvas). The online asynchronous work on Canvas is not required to complete our certificate program and receive a digital certificate. It is required if you want to go on to apply for AASECT certification.
The asynchronous portion of the course is designed as a supplement to the synchronous material specifically for those seeking AASECT certification. It contains 90 hours of work and it is done at your own pace. Students have one additional year to complete the asynchronous portion. For example, if you join the certificate for a Fall cohort, you will have until December 31 of the following year to complete the online asynchronous coursework.
Yes. This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 165 CE credits (75 Synchronous & 90 Asynchronous). Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the certificate meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. California Institute of Integral Studies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for the licenses listed above. California Institute of Integral Studies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. BBS licensed individuals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
Under specific circumstances, prospective medical and mental health professionals who are not yet licensed may apply if they have completed the great majority of their coursework and have secured a traineeship or internship for gaining training hours of counseling and psychotherapy and have plans to complete their coursework in parallel. We have found that the coursework is most useful for those who have already begun practicum or are seeing clients, allowing them to incorporate the material into their practice. However, it is ultimately up to you when to apply.
Our cohorts are typically 25-30 students.
Our Certificate provides training for therapists in the form of in-person and online coursework. The students of our Certificate program work with a diverse range of clients.
For anyone seeking AASECT certification, we recommend reviewing the list of requirements on AASECT’s website. There two main components to the AASECT application: educational training and supervision hours. Our program satisfied ALL of the educational training requirements set out by AASECT. Upon completion of our program, participants will be eligible to conduct 300 hours of practical training in sex therapy in discussion with an AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor. AASECT requires 50 hours of supervision. Therapists can begin accruing supervised sex therapy hours after being enrolled in graduate school; they MUST have a contract arranged with an AASECT supervisor prior to any hours counting toward AASECT certification.The STC team will help you find a supervisor in your area and also provide a list of supervisors around the country that provide low-cost or sliding scale supervision.
After completion of the supervision hours, applicants send their documentation of coursework and supervised hours to AASECT as an application for certification. CIIS will provide a packet of helpful materials to assist students in applying for AASECT certification, including a helpful breakdown of Core Knowledge Area requirements met for each hour of teaching and an application filled in with their specific cohort’s information to be used as a guide.
Our Certificate does not include supervision hours, practicum, or internships. However, we will assist certificate students in finding an appropriate supervisor. We will also provide a list of supervisors around the country that provide low-cost or sliding scale supervision.
Unfortunately, certificate programs are not eligible for student loans. Certificates are technically considered “Continuing Education” and students are not considered matriculated college students, and so most tuition-based scholarships and loans do not apply.
Payment plans are offered at no additional cost. The specific details of these payment plans will be sent out as part of a welcome packet once the application period is over and all applicants are accepted. See below for more details.
Spring Summer Fall All accepted applicants to the Spring & Fall cohorts will receive the option to pay in one, two, or four installments. All accepted applicants to the Summer cohort will receive the option to pay in one or two installments. All accepted applicants to the Spring & Fall cohorts will receive the option to pay in one, two, or four installments.
Two-Payment Plan Dates: February & May
Four-Payment Plan Dates: February, March, April, & May
Two-Payment Plan Dates:
June & August
Two-Payment Plan Dates: September & December
Four-Payment Plan Dates: September, October, November, & December
Sex Therapy Certificate Info Sessions
A Free Online Info Session with Program Lead Zoe Sipe