All You Need To Know About AASECT Sex Therapy Certification
Curious about working in the sexual wellness field?
Are you interested in integrating mental and sexual health?
Want to help BIPOC and marginalized folx from a sex-positive lens?
This webinar is for you!
No continuing education credit is provided for this webinar, it is designed to be a free resource for future sex therapists and those considering AASECT Sex Therapy Certification.
As a clinician (and personally), I am fully aware that sex, sexuality, and pleasure are vital to a healthy life. Yet, when I would inquire about sexual wellness in my clients’ lives, they often responded with shock that I had even asked.
Most clients shared that in all their years in therapy with other clinicians, no one has asked about their sex life. Many were relieved that the topic was brought into the session. Others did not know what to say. Some would burst into tears.
After years of these responses, I decided to begin the AASECT Certification journey to support my clients more effectively. The problem was that I had no idea where to begin. I did not know anybody that had completed this certification. The process seemed confusing and overwhelming. Receiving colleagues’ feedback that sex therapy was not for BIPOC folx because there were more important life issues than sexual health for people of color (insert eye roll here).
Call after call, with many never returned. After weeks of researching online, I connected with Patti Britton, who shared and answered all my questions about AASECT Certification. She also introduced me to the supervisor and mentor of my dreams, the brilliant Gina Ogden.
AASECT is the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. It is the largest organization to certify sexuality professionals, providing opportunities for training, community, and visibility to promote understanding human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. AASECT is devoted to promoting sexual health through the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT’s mission is to advance the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselor,s and therapists.
AASECT Certified Sex Therapists are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide in-depth psychotherapy to treat clients with sexual issues and concerns. In the absence of available licensure, they are certified, registered, or clinical members of a national psychotherapy organization. Sex therapists work with simple sexual concerns also, but in addition, where appropriate, are prepared to provide comprehensive and intensive psychotherapy over an extended period of time in more complex cases.
Today, I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor, group practice owner, and business consultant who is impassioned about providing holistic & integrative ways to support sex therapists in providing powerful healing to their clients.
I am also highly committed to providing BIPOC and marginalized folx good mental and sexual health by mentoring and supervising clinicians who have a similar lived experience or want to learn about sex therapy from a multicultural, intersectional, sex-positive perspective.
Being one of a few bilingual and BIPOC AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisors, I receive numerous national and international calls and emails inquiring about sex therapy and the process of becoming a certified sex therapist. It is important that provide guidance and support to anyone interested in sexual health.
Pursuing a career in sexual health can be life-changing. You will learn about your sexual narrative through a sex-positive lens, update cultural, religious, and family teachings about sex, and you will learn to use your own sexual story to help others heal. The AASECT Certification journey changed how I serve my clients and how I live my life.
participants will learn
- The requirements for AASECT Certification.
- The difference between sex therapy will support you in becoming a better clinician?
- What sex therapy is, and what it is not.
- The clinical issues that a sex therapist works with.
- The benefits of acquiring an AASECT Certification.
- What is involved in certification.
- Supervision and mentoring and obtaining a supervisor.
- Gain clarity about the process of certification—core knowledge areas, supervision, sex therapy training & the SAR.