You want to become a sex therapist or sexuality counselor… but how?
Let The Buehler Institute Help You Fulfill Your Career Goals...
Our Blended Learning Program* combines the best of two worlds, excellent online education plus two live workshops in beautiful Newport Beach, CA. This program is designed for licensed psychotherapists or for students or interns in a program leading to a degree that allows you to become a licensed psychotherapist. Allied healthcare professionals (RNs, NPs, PTs, nurse midwives) who wish to counsel patients are also welcome to attend.
We also have a Core Knowledge Program ** that covers 75 of the 90 AASECT hours* required in that area of study. You are welcome to take that program first, then add the Blended Learning Extension***.
Or perhaps you are looking for our new International Program that is especially for professionals living in most every country besides the US, Canada, Mexico, and Israel.*
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.
The Buehler Institute is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists as an organizational provider*, the American Psychological Association, the California Board of Registered Nurses, and the National Board of Certified Counselors to provide continuing education. The Blended Program provides all of the educational requirements for sex therapy and sexuality counseling certification.
*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 as an affiliate of Hoag Hospital.
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.
Twice you’ll come to beautiful Newport Beach, in Orange County, CA (located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego--"where Disneyland is") for 3-day learning experiences to round out your sex therapy education. 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. Breakfast included all three days to make life easier--and the Marriott Newport Beach does an outstanding job!
By the way, no smooshing you into a conference room with the other sardines! The weekend groups are intentionally small so that you get individual attention. It's more like attending a process group than a course. After all, therapy and counseling are intimate endeavors. Learning sex therapy should be an intimate experience, too!
****There are other requirements for becoming AASECT certified. For sex therapists, you must also complete a workshop called a SAR (Sexual Attitude Reassessment), 50 hours of supervision with an AASECT supervisor, and 300 clinical hours conducting sex therapy under supervision. The sexuality counselor must also complete a SAR, 30 hours of supervision with an AASECT supervisor, plus 100 clinical hours of counseling conducted under supervision. The SAR and supervision are not included in the Blended Program. This allows you to get a different perspective from other people working in the field of sexology, though you are welcome to take the SAR and supervision from Dr. Buehler depending on availability. 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 email@example.com.
**The Core Knowledge Program meets
the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators,
Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 75 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.
***The Blended Extension Program
program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality
Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 75 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 email@example.com.
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.
What’s in the Program?
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 Content in the Online Courses is varied 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!
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
Both workshops include talented co-instructors and guest speakers, thought-provoking media, and plenty of interaction and time for Q&A. A delicious breakfast is included each day of the workshop. Lunch is on your own at the hotel or go across the street to dozens of restaurants at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. Newport Beach is located in Orange County, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. (Best airport is SNA/Santa Ana but it is also accessible from Long Beach and LAX.)
YOU CAN TAKE THE WORKSHOPS IN ANY ORDER, "B" BEFORE "A" IS OKAY! The 2019 dates are:
Weekend B: September 20 to September 22, 2019 (Just a few spots left!)
Weekend A: November 1 to November 3, 2019 The 2020 dates are: Weekend B: March 20-22, 2020 Weekend A: May 15-17, 2020 Weekend B: October 2-4, 2020 Weekend A: December 4-6, 2020
Yes! You May Attend Any Workshop or a Day of Training. You May Also Take the Core Knowledge Program First, then Add the Blended Extension.
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 nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more.
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is affiliated with Hoag Hospital, the #1 ranked hospital for Orange County, CA.
She has worked alongside healthcare providers of all types and understands the role of 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.
When to Enroll? Anytime You'd Like.
Enroll anytime. 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.
Need an invoice? Just contact us and we can send a PayPal or regular invoice.
If you want to enroll, but have questions, please contact us here and a team member will get back to you ASAP.
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.
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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Live Training Hotel Information
All workshops will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spawhich has a hotel shuttle from John Wayne Airport / Santa Ana, Orange County. A continental breakfast will served each morning, with lunch on your own. The rooms are offered at a discounted rate you won’t find anywhere in OC for a property like this.
This hotel was chosen for its proximity to the ocean and close access to Fashion Island, an outdoor mall with all kinds of bar and dining options from casual (Lemonade), to healthy (True Foods Kitchen, Whole Foods Market), to fun and fancy (Fleming’s), to just plain fancy (Fig & Olive). After a long day of learning, you can go have fun with your new colleagues.
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