Learn the Knowledge and Skills to be a Sex Therapist/Sex Counselor!

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September 2019- August 2020!

Components of Training

The Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health 12-Month Sexual Health Certificate Program is a program designed for individuals who are licensed in the field of Mental Health (Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Counseling, and Social Work), Nursing, Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Clergy/Pastoral Counseling.


This program will provide a Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) experience and allow you to earn the 150 credit hours of Core Knowledge and Sex Therapy Training in topics and competency areas that are required by the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification as a Sex Therapist or Sex Counselor.

Coursework is delivered in a combination of dynamic in-person training weekends, engaging, comprehensive and informative web-based learning through self-paced e-learning courses and live webinar opportunities.  Courses cover both the 90 hrs. of Core Knowledge requirements, and 60 hrs. of Sex Therapy Training.  


The SAR experience is a 15-hour dynamic and engaging process of self-discovery, learning, and group process.  This experience is to focus on the participant's own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior.  By design, this training is not group or personal psychotherapy or an academic experience.  While some information is given, it is meant to facilitate exploration, not on acquiring cognitive information.

*There are also options for individuals looking for Core Knowledge or Sex Therapy CE components, or a SAR separately.  Please see corresponding page here.

Human Sexuality Education Core Knowledge Training - 90 Hrs.

This curriculum area includes course topics such as:

  • Ethics and Ethical Decision Making and Behavior

  • Developmental Sexuality across the lifespan from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective

  • Socio-cultural factors to sexuality

  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Orientation, and Sexual and Gender Fluidity

  • Intimacy and Intimate Relationship

  • Diversity in Sexual Expression and Lifestyle

  • Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

  • Health and Medical factors of Sexual Health and Functioning

  • History and Development of Sexology and Sexuality Research and Education

  • And More!!!

Sex Therapy Training - 60 Hrs.

This curriculum area includes course topics such as:

  • Theory and methods of Sex-Related psychotherapy

  • Techniques of Sexuality assessment and diagnosis

  • Interventions within relationship systems

  • Interventions of Sexual concerns and difficulties in intimacy

  • Medical intervention of psychosexual diagnoses

  • Ethical decision-making and best practices in Sex Therapy and Sex Counseling

  • And More!!!

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) - 15 Hrs.

Each SAR is a unique experience, with a particular focus for each one being held. Topics that may be a focus are:

  • Gender Identity, Expression, and Fluidity

  • Exploration of Fantasy 


  • Self-Pleasure Dynamics and Individual Sexual Exploration

  • Non-Monogamy

  • Sex Work

  • Sexuality and Aging

  • Sexuality and Disability

  • Religious and Spirituality attitudes and Sexuality  

  • And More!!!

Program Structure

Cost and Payment

The Certificate Program is broken down into three trimesters, each beginning with an in-person training weekend and including a series of web-based learning throughout the trimester period.  The following structure outlines the progression through the program.

Trimester 1

Training Weekend 1  

  • SAR - 15 hrs.

Web-Based Learning

  • Core Knowledge - 31 CE hrs.

  • Sex Therapy Training - 4 CE hrs.

Trimester 2

Training Weekend 2 

  • ​Core Knowledge - 19 CE hrs. 

  • Sex Therapy Training - 4 CE hrs. 

Web-Based Learning

  • Core Knowledge - 20 CE hrs.

  • Sex Therapy Training - 15 CE hrs.

Trimester 3

Training Weekend  3​

  • Sex Therapy Training - 23 CE hrs

Web-Based Learning

  • Core Knowledge - 20 CE hrs.

  • Sex Therapy Training - 15 CE hrs.

Cost of the full program is $5,000.  For those who register, a $500 deposit is required at registration.  

Currently, there is an Early Bird registration discount of $500 for those that register and pay in full prior to July 31st.  

For additional payment options, please contact OCRSC here

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