You want to become a sex therapist or sexuality counselor… but how?
The Buehler Institute Can Help You Fulfill Your Career Goals!
With our Blended Learning Program, you can fulfill the educational requirements for AASECT Sex Therapy Certification! We offer an enjoyable, go-at-your-own-pace 105-hour online program plus 45 hours of engaging live training*. Created by world-renowned psychologist and sex therapist Dr. Stephanie Buehler, you will come away with information you can use right away in your practice!
There is a huge need for sex therapists and counselors to help the millions of individuals and couples with sexual problems. Therapists and counselors work in many settings, including private practice, pelvic health clinics, oncology clinics, LGBTQ centers, and more. This is a rich and fulfilling career for those who undertake the proper education and training.
IMPORTANT: AASECT only certifies people from the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico & Israel. If you live elsewhere, you are welcome to take this program but you may also consider our International Program.
The Content in the Online Courses is varied and includes lectures, articles, documentaries, and more.
Dr. Buehler worked for a decade as an editor and writer for an educational publishing company
and designed the online course material for maximum interest!
Here's a Peek at What You Will Learn Online
Becoming a Sex Therapist
History of Sexology
Female Sexual Anatomy
Male Sexual Anatomy
Definitions of Sexual Health
The Sexological Ecosystem
Women’s Sexual Problems
Men’s Sexual Problems
Couples Problems in Sex Therapy
Sexuality, Culture, and Religion
Gay Affirmative Sex Therapy
Ethical work with the LGBTQ Population
Ethics in Sex Therapy: Surrogacy
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Females and Males
Sex after Cancer
Medical Family Therapy Approaches to Sexual Problems
Sexual Recovery after Sexual Abuse and Assault
Treatment Factors in Out of Control Sexual Behavior
Sexual Diversity: Kink and Non-monogamy
Sexological Research Methods
Blended Program Only
Sexual dysfunction and the DSM-5
Treatment approaches to DSM-5 sexual disorders
Medical Family Therapy and sexual disorders
Integrated Systems Theory and sexual disorders (requires reading text)
The Blended Program also includes two, 3-day live weekends.
Here's just some of the content available in each training session:
Varies approaches to sexual history taking
Using the ecosystemic framework for complex cases
Understanding medical issues and sexual function
Treating Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorders
Sex after cancer
Sexuality and disabilities
Introduction to the Sexual Genogram
Systemic approaches to sex therapy
EFT and sex therapy
Solution-focused sex therapy
Treating the transgender client
Treating sex and relationship problems in LGB clients
"Thanks so much for an incredible Weekend B! I didn't want it to end. I found it to be incredibly interesting and moving." – Donna Shanahan
COVID RESPONSE: ALL LIVE EDUCATION IS NOW BEING HELD ONLINE VIA ZOOM THRU 2021! IF YOU'VE EVER HESITATED TO TAKE TRAINING BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBLIGATIONS THAT MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT OR DON'T WANT THE EXPENSE OF TRAVEL, THIS IS THE TIME TO JUMP ON BOARD!
YOU CAN TAKE THE WORKSHOPS IN ANY ORDER, "B" BEFORE "A" IS OKAY!
The 2021 dates are: Weekend A: April 23-25, 2021, online via Zoom. Weekend B: May 21-23, 2021, online via Zoom. Weekend A: July 23-25, 2021, online via Zoom. Weekend B: September 24-26, 2021, online via Zoom. Weekend A: November 5-7, 2021, online via Zoom. To provide 22.5 hours of continuing education plus breaks, workshop hours are Friday and Saturday from 8:30 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. If workshop is held via Zoom, we will maintain the same schedule Pacific Standard Time.
WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING ALL ABOUT?
If you want high quality learning in a convenient format, this is the program for you. In a year you can earn 150 credits in sex therapy training, all of the education you need for sex therapy certification by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.****
The majority of the coursework is online. Log in whenever you’d like during each Module. Learn by listening to expert recorded lectures, watch thought-provoking documentaries, and participate in lively optional online discussions. Twice a month you can tune into a Google hangout with Dr. Stephanie Buehler to get questions answered and to reflect on what you’ve learned. (Hangouts are also optional, and will be recorded for later viewing.)
Course material is varied and includes lectures, documentaries, website visits, and journal articles. The material is introductory, but at a post-doctoral level to satisfy APA requirements. Courses are broken into sections, so you can choose to complete the entire course in one sitting--or just do as much as you have time for that day.
RESPONSE TO COVID Due to COVID, AASECT has approved that the requirement for live hours of
training can be fulfilled with synchronous, live online education.
This exception is in place through May 31, 2021. We are using a private
Zoom space to deliver the same high quality training to you, with guest
instructors and all of our curated media intact.
Weekends are offered four times a year and are interchangeable so you can select the dates that best suit your schedule. You can take a weekend training right away, or wait until you've completed some or all of the online learning. The weekend groups are kept small so that you get individual
attention. After all, therapy and counseling are intimate endeavors.
Learning sex therapy should be an intimate experience, too!
AASECT DISCLAIMER: We are required to make clear the following information:
*The Blended Program meets the
requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors
and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 150 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most questions can be answered on our FAQ page
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 CounselingCouples 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.
AASECT CERTIFICATION DETAILS
*Fulfilling the educational requirements for AASECT certification does not guarantee certification. There are additional requirements for AASECT certification. Basically, they are:
1. You must be licensed to practice. Graduate students are welcome, but you cannot turn in your application for certification until you have your license.
2. You will need to attend a workshop called the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR). This is an experiential workshop that you must take in person. It is separate from this program so that you can take it wherever and whenever it is convenient to you.
3. For sex therapist certification, you will need to perform 300 clinical hours of sex therapy under 50 hours of supervision under an AASECT supervisor. For sexuality counselors, you will need to perform 100 clinical hours of counseling under 30 hours of supervision under an AASECT supervisor. This is also separate from this program so that you can choose whomever you wish for supervision; many AASECT supervisors offer remote supervision by Skype, phone, etc. This gives you a broader perspective and may allow you to focus on a particular area, e.g., sexual pain, oncology, kinky sex, transgender clients, etc.
Our Blended Program in Sex Therapy was designed by Dr. Stephanie Buehler, licensed psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist and supervisor. Dr. Buehler is the author of several books, including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex. She had prior careers as an educator for Los Angeles Unified School District and as a writer and editor for an educational publishing company. She designed the program to be accessible, practical, and most of all, thought-provoking. She is an active member of AASECT and other organizations. Dr. Buehler continues to maintain a private practice In Orange County, CA where she is also Hoag Allied Health Staff.
When Can You Enroll? Anytime You'd Like!
CLICK HERE TO ENROLL NOW!
Enroll anytime! You'll be taken to our enrollment page with payment options. Within 24 hours after you enroll, you will receive an email from Dr. Buehler welcoming you to the program and detailing how to log in and start learning TODAY!
You can take the workshops in any order–take “B” first, then “A,” or “A” first, then “B”–just as long as you take one of each. Enrollment is limited to a dozen participants in each weekend for maximum comfort and attention.
Program Fee: $5495, includes all online course work and both LIVE weekend trainings. To make the program more affordable, we offer a 12-month payment subscription of $465 per month through PayPal. Just click the orange button below to be taken to our payment page.
Please note that our enrollment process in our programs is not automatic; someone must enroll you into your courses. This can take from one to 48 hours depending on schedule.
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If you want to enroll, but have questions, please contact us here and a team member will get back to you ASAP.
CLICK THE ORANGE BUTTON TO ENROLL! Pay in full and save or select 12- or 24 months to pay.
You have 15 days from the start of your program (the day you enroll) to withdraw. After 15 days, you must withdraw in writing. You will receive a refund less $35 / credit for any coursework completed, less $75 processing fee. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons after 15 days, please supply a letter from your physician stating that you are unable to participate.
You may also take the Core Knowledge Program first, then add the Blended Extension. This helps you spread payments out over 24 months. Click for the Core Knowledge Program to learn more.
Watch the video to learn more about AASECT Certification and our Programs. Then, if you have questions, please contact us here.
What is an AASECT Certified Counselor?
An AASECT Certified Counselor is someone with an advanced degree in a healthcare area but who does not practice psychotherapy. AASECT Certified Counselors include pastors, rabbis, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more.
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is Allied Staff with Hoag Hospital, the #1 ranked hospital for Orange County, CA.
She has worked alongside all kinds of providers in integrated settings and understands the needs for sexuality counseling.
Our program is designed primarily for sex therapists because that is who primarily seeks our programs--
but we welcome anyone seeking AASECT certification as a counselor.
To learn more about the counseling certification process, please visit www.AASECT.org
Finished the Core Knowledge Program and Looking for the Blended Program Extension? Click Here.
Three books are required for this program, both of which can be purchased through Amazon or other online textbook seller. PS Conflict of interest statement: I make a small profit (about $10) on the sale of each of my textbooks, but I am not an amazon reseller.
What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex
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Systemic Sex Therapy
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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.
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 CounselorsBCC 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). Provider #12-138-Q.
The Buehler Institute is approved as a continuing education provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #CEP 16394.