Advanced Topics in Sexology

For People Who Have Completed Foundations of Sexology

Finish Your AASECT Educational Requirements!

Take 45 hours of live, engaging training and get ready to apply for AASECT certification as a Sex Therapist or Sexuality Counselor!

Weekend Workshop Schedule

Most of our weekend workshops take place on Zoom but in 2023 we added a live, in-person weekend in October.  Don't worry--we will definitely keep offering online Zoom weekends in 2024, as this option has allowed people from all over to get sex therapy training.
Weekends take place Friday, Saturday, and most of the day on Sunday.  If you have a religious tradition that needs accommodation, let us know.
Enrollment is limited to no more than 20 people per weekend. It’s a great opportunity to learn intensely, be exposed to new ideas, and to network with fellow travelers on the path. The comment most often made on evaluations is, “I learned so much!”
Upcoming Weekend Workshop Dates are below.
Weekend A:
Theory and Practice of Sex Therapy and Physical Illness, Mental Illness, and Disabilities

2023 Dates:
September 22-24, 2023 (VIRTUAL)
November 10-12, 2023 (VIRTUAL)

2024 Dates:
March 1-3, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
June 21-23, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
November 8-10, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
Weekend B:
Theory and Practice of Sex Therapy with Sexual and Gender Minorities

2023 Dates:
June 23-25, 2023 (VIRTUAL)
October 6-8, 2023 (IN PERSON*)

2024 Dates:
January 26-28, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
May 3-5, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
September 13-15, 2024 (VIRTUAL)
*In person workshops will take place in Costa Mesa, CA, at the Marriott Residence Inn. The hotel is easily accessible from the Santa Ana Airport (John Wayne Airport) and minutes from the beach, Disneyland, and premier shopping destinations including South Coast Plaza and The Lab. Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Southern California!  

Whether you decide to take advantage of the in-person workshops, or prefer to stay virtual, we will walk you through the enrollment weekend workshop process once you have registered for the program.
For 45 hours of in-person instruction the fee is $2349 if paid in full, or make payments of $200 for 12 months for a total of $2400. And yes, you can take one weekend this year and one weekend next, if that’s what is going to allow you to move forward with your career goal.
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APA, NBCC, California BRN and AASECT Approved
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 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.

Advanced Topics in Sexology meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 45 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification. The Buehler Institute Psychological Services, Inc., Provider #12-138-Q. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

The Buehler Institute is an approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education. The Buehler Institute maintains responsibility for all content. Californians, note: The CA BBS accepts APA approved CEs. All others, please check with your state licensing board. 

The Buehler Institute is approved as a continuing education provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #CEP 16394.

Your Primary Instructor

Dr. Stephanie Buehler, Director of The Buehler Institute, is a licensed psychologist in the state of California (PSY 17609). She is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and supervisor of sex therapists and counselors. Dr. Buehler is the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex and Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couples Guide to Staying Connected. A new book is due out in 2017 entitled Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Sexuality and Intimacy.
Dr. Buehler is a graduate of UCLA (B.A.), USC (M.P.W.), CSULA (Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential), Pepperdine University (M.A.), and Alliant/California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego (Psy.D.). She worked for a decade as an elementary school teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles; a decade for Teacher Created Materials as a freelance author and editor; and for the past fifteen years has been in private practice in Orange County, CA.
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and has been in practice for 20 years as a sex and relationship therapist. In addition to the book mentioned above, she is also the author of Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Sexuality and Intimacy with another book in the works.
Dr. Buehler is an in-demand speaker around the US and has been quoted and has many articles published in major media and academic journals. She loves public speaking and was a master teacher for LAUSD and Teach for America.
Most of all, her focus is on YOU. Rather than following the methods of a therapist guru, she will help you develop yourself professionally. You'll learn how to deliver the best possible sex therapy services and find the success that you seek. by
The Buehler Institute

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.

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