Science-based AASECT-Approved
Sex Therapy and Sexuality Training

Current, engaging, and inclusive programs and courses
for therapists and wellness providers.

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Programs to Help You Meet Your Career Goals

Whether you are looking to meet AASECT educational requirements or want to expand your knowledge in sexology, we have a program to meet your needs.

Sexual problems are very common. Sex therapy and sexuality counseling are growing fields and there is a great need for skilled therapists and wellness professionals. Plus, sexology is a exciting, evolving field of study!  

The Buehler Institute
Continuing Education Programs
for Sex Therapists and Wellness Providers


The most complete educational experience we offer! The Comprehensive Sexology Program includes 150 total hours of Continuing Education: 105 hours of self-paced dynamic content and 45 hours of live training via Zoom.* 

Formerly the Blended Learning Program, this is our most popular program because it fulfills the entire educational requirement for AASECT certification as a sex therapist or counselor. Live training is workshop style and enrollment is limited to encourage interaction with our experts.

of Sexology

The Foundations of Sexology Program includes 105 hours of self-paced online learning in a broad spectrum of topics related to relationships and sexuality. 

This program is designed for graduate and postgraduate professionals who want to learn more in the field of sexology and help people with the most common sexual concerns. While AASECT certification has geographical limits, our Foundations of Sexology program is ideal for professionals both in the US and internationally. 
Most people who take the Foundations of Sexology program will want to continue their studies with Advanced Topics in Sexology.

Advanced Topics
in Sexology

This offering is intended for professionals who already have a solid education in sexology or who have taken Foundations of Sexology, and who wish to gain 45 hours of intensive live online training via Zoom.

In combination with Foundations of Sexology, Advanced Topics in Sexology fulfills all of the educational requirements for AASECT certification. Online training is workshop style and the number of enrollees is limited to maximize interaction with our experts. Priority is given to those who have completed the Foundations of Sexology program.

Stand-Alone Courses in Sexuality & Relationships

We have a variety of courses available with many more scheduled starting in Fall 2021. Our courses are designed for graduate students and postgraduate professionals in psychology and allied health fields. The courses can be used to fulfill AASECT requirements and also license renewal--please check with your state to see if they accept AASECT, APA and/or NBCC continuing education.
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How do I get AASECT Certified?

AASECT certification can be daunting! In this video, Dr. Stephanie Buehler breaks down the requirements for certification as a sex therapist or sexuality counselor and how we can jumpstart your certification journey.
(Note: Grad students can work on all prerequisites, then submit their applications once they are licensed to practice.)   
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Our learners believe in us...

"Dr. Buehler's training program provided the grounding needed to earn AASECT Certification, the flexibility required to fit classes into a busy schedule, and the support asked for when I hit some bumps in the road to my goals."

Renee Rivera, MSW, LCSW, CST
The Blended Learning Program was so convenient. I travel a lot and I could do a lot of the program just while waiting at the airport or flying. And I loved the live weekends in Newport Beach
Julie C.
I can't believe how much I learned. I thought I knew a lot about sex, but this program really made me think about so much about human sexuality I never even considered.
Michael L.
Thank you for creating this program. Instead of going around from conference to conference I was able to fulfill all of my AASECT requirements in one program.
Wendy G.
Dr. Stephanie Buehler
Director, The Buehler Institute
I am a licensed psychologist (CA 17609) and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor with over 20 years of practice experience. I wrote the book What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex and other texts. I am also a Fellow for the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.  I have worked as a sex therapist in a variety of healthcare settings including an integrated wellness center and a major regional hospital.  

I have treated hundreds of clients with both simple and complex issues.  I am primarily a systems theorist but I use the approach that is best for the client and the presenting problem, whether that is attachment, CBT, ACT, or existential.

My work as a master teacher for L.A. Unified School District and a writer for an educational publishing company are the background of my passion for educating others whether through coursework or supervision.

What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex
A Textbook Written by Dr. Buehler

Get credit for reading the second edition of Dr. Stephanie Buehler's bestselling textbook. This book covers sexuality from A to Z in a way that makes sense for every therapist, nurse, educator, and physician.
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The Buehler Institute was created to provide the highest quality training in human sexuality for mental health professionals and healthcare providers. Its founder, Dr. Stephanie Buehler, is a licensed psychologist and author of a bestselling sex therapy textbook, among others. Our educational programs are designed to help people seeking AASECT certification in an effective and engaging format.

We are located virtually but our mailing address is:
31677 Virginia Way, #9327
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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The Buehler Institute is approved as a provider of continuing education by the following agencies. Many states licensing boards will accept CEs from these agencies for license renewal. It is, however, the responsibility of the enrollee to inquire with their state licensing board.
The Buehler Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Buehler Institute maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.
The Buehler Institute has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. The Buehler Institute is
solely responsible for all aspects of
the programs.
The Buehler Institute is an institutional provider for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
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The Buehler Institute is approved as a continuing education provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #CEP 16394.