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Council for Relationships (CFR) continues to offer a unique certificate program in Sex Therapy. Clinical, Supervisory and Educational components for Sex Therapy certification are offered in one program. Classes and supervision are conducted onsite on Wednesdays from September through May.

The curriculum is designed for clinicians such as Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Physicians, etc. who want to expand their clinical repertoire in Sexuality.

Applicants must have at least a Master’s degree in a human service program from an accredited college or university. Additionally, applicants must have at least a year of psychotherapy experience.

This program provides major components required by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) for Sex Therapist Certification.

  • 90 hours of Sex Therapy Courses (90 CE Credits)
  • 10 hours of Experiential SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) workshop (10 CE Credits)
  • 50 hours of Supervision (50 CE Credits)
  • Supervised clinical experience (your cases and/or CFR clients) towards the 250 clinical hours required by AASECT
  • Over 25 hours of optional workshops in Sexology related topics


Sexual Functioning
      Sexual anatomy, physiology, the human sexual response
      Components of satisfying sexual relationships
      Normative changes in sexual functioning throughout the life span
      Gender differences in human sexual response cycles
      The impact of emotional, physical, environmental, cultural, and religious factors on sexuality

Challenges to Sexual Wellbeing
      Chronic illness, altered body image, aging, and physical disability
      Sexually transmitted illnesses
      Psychiatric illness, substance abuse, alcohol, drug abuse

Sexual Trauma
      The effects emotional and physical trauma on sexual functioning
      Sexual repercussions of incest
      Differentiating sex therapy clients from incest survivors

Sexual Dysfunctions
      DSM-IV Diagnostic criteria
      Prevalence, etiology, assessment & treatment of sexual dysfunctions
      Individual vs. conjoint formats

      Conducting a sex history
      Using a Sexual Genogram
      Screening individuals and couples for sexual problems
      Techniques of Sexual Interviewing

      Cognitive, behavioral, psycho-educational, and alternate treatments
      The role of psychopharmacology
      When to Treat Sexual Issues and/or relationship concerns
      Enhancing communication skills
      Promoting compliance
      Relapse prevention

Gender related issues
      Varieties of sexual orientation and gender identities
      Incongruities and paradoxes in sexual behavior
      Preconceptions about normal sexuality
      Gender identity issues

Systemic Approach
      Sexual intimacy challenges, such as fear of commitment, closeness, feelings, etc., in a partner
      Influences from the families of origin, such as internalized cognitions
      Relational factors such as trust, safety, comfort, and communication
      Therapist Challenges
      The profession of sex therapy
      Awareness of the operating sexual value system of the therapist
      The therapist’s personal attitudes, values, and emotions related to sexuality of the self and others
      Countertransference issues, sexual anxiety, fear, and ignorance in the therapist

Other Sexology Topics
      Sexually transmitted illnesses
      Safer sex practices
      Sex addiction and compulsivity
      Atypical sexual behavior
      Treating Infidelity
      Technology, Intimacy & Sexuality
      Alternate lifestyles such as polyamory
      Theories used in the practice of sexology
      Sexology research and literature

The CFR Postgraduate Sex Therapy Program provides clinical, supervisory and educational modules required by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) for Sex Therapist Certification. Also, it meets partial requirements for AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) certification.

Our eminent therapists have published seminal texts and journal articles about relationship and sex therapy. They are experts in the field of sexology and have been invited to present their work at professional conferences, media and other training institutions within the United States and Europe. We are fortunate to have faculty with the highest level of professional affiliation in AASECT, AAMFT and SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapy and Research).

Nancy Gambescia, PhD
Director of Sex Therapy and Education Programs, Council for Relationships
Telephone: 610-525-1978

50 hours of Sex Therapy Supervision… $2700
90 hours of Sex Therapy Class… $850 per class/$2550 total
SAR… $250
Please contact Africa Jones, for payment arrangements: 215-382-6680 x3236

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