You want to become a sex therapist or sexuality counselor… but how?
Many training programs require travel or being tied to a desk for the weekend while you sit and watch viedoes. They seem to cost an arm and a leg, too. Yet the desire to help people with their sexual problems pulls at you. It feels like a mission, a purpose, and you are thirsty to learn—how will you ever complete this dream?
Let The Buehler Institute Show You...
You have options. Stay on this page if you want to learn about the Blended Learning Program, which combines the best of two worlds, online education and live seminar training. 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 who wish to counsel patients are also welcome to attend. We also have a Core Knowledge Program that covers 75 of the 90 AASECT-required hours in this area. 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.*
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, virtually 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!
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and has been in practice for over 15 years as a sex and relationship therapist. She 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. There’s an upcoming book, too: Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Sexuality and Intimacy.
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. In her former career, she was a public school teacher and worked for an educational publishing company as a writer and editor–which is why the program is stimulating and set up for the way people really learn.
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 Ecosystemic Approach
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 guest speakers, 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. Enrollment is limited and strictly capped at 15 participants. The dates for 2018 are full! The 2019 dates are:
Weekend B: February 22 to 24, 2019. JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
Weekend A: May 17 to May 19, 2019. JUST A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
Weekend B: September 20 to September 22, 2019
Weekend A: November 1 to November 3, 2019
Yes! You May Attend Any Workshop or a Day of Training. Space permitting; please inquire.
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
Are you 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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