Designed for Therapists, Healthcare Workers, & Educators
There is a huge need for licensed therapists, counselors, and healthcare educators with training and experience in sexual therapy. The Buehler Institute's Core Knowledge training is a continuing education program, academically sound at a post-doctoral level, and provides 75 of the required training hours to complete an AASECT certification.
Why Choose The Buehler Institute?
The Buehler Institute provides 75 hours of continuing education in sexual issues in an online classroom setting. This is the maximum amount of distance learning hours allowed by AASECT and fulfills 50% of the certification requirements.
The Core Knowledge program consists of 4 modules with powerpoint lectures, video clips, website visits, and journal articles that were chosen both for content and interest. Activities are designed to be completed in 1 hour or less.
Content created and curated by top expert in the field Dr. Stephanie Buehler, author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex. Her focus is on developing you professionally to deliver the best possible sex therapy services.
WHAT'S IN THE PROGRAM?
Core Knowledge Concepts in Sexuality covers the basics of what every therapist, counselor, healthcare worker, and educator needs to know in order to help individuals struggling with sexual issues.
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
Core Knowledge Concepts in Sexuality provides the groundwork for becoming a Certified Sexuality Educator, Counselor, or Therapist with AASECT.
Are you ready to go ALL-IN and become a licensed sex therapist with AASECT?
The Blended Learning Program covers everything in the Core Knowledge Program and MORE. In one year you can complete 150 credits in sex therapy training plus two LIVE weekend workshop retreats in Orange County, CA!
The Blended Learning Program gives you a step-by-step path to becoming a sex therapist. With 45 hours of live training at our two weekend retreats and 105 hours of online continuing education course work, you will have completed all of the required training to become certified with AASECT.
In addition to the Core Knowledge program, courses include:
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)
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.
Weekend trainings are offered four times per year to accommodate your busy schedule.
Weekend Workshop A
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
Weekend Workshop B
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
To learn more about AASECT certification, please visit the AASECT website. Or visit The Buehler Institute’s FAQ page.
Important Disclaimer: The Buehler Institute is not a school, but a continuing education provider. As such, we do not grant any type of license; it is assumed that someone taking this program is licensed to practice in the United States or is in a graduate program that will make them license-eligible. If you live outside of the United States, you will need to check with appropriate government agencies to determine what is required in order to practice sex therapy.
AASECT-requires this statement: Completion of this program does not ensure nor guarantee AASECT certification. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I guaranteed AASECT certification by completing the Buehler Institute programs?
Fulfilling the educational requirements for AASECT certification does not guarantee certification. There are additional requirements for AASECT certification:
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.
What is the Buehler Institute and Who is Dr. Stephanie Buehler?
The Buehler Institute Psychological Services, Inc. is incorporated in the State of California to provide psychological services, including continuing education. The Buehler Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and California Board of Registered Nurses to provided continuing education (CE). Stephanie Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST-S is a licensed psychologist (California PSY 17609) and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor. Dr. Buehler is on medical staff at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. She is the author of several books on sexuality and relationships. Dr. Buehler holds degrees from UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, and Alliant University.
How long do I have to finish the program?
The core-knowledge program can be finished in 6 months to 1 year. The international program and blended learning program are meant to be completed in 12-18 months. The programs are self-paced so how long it takes you to finish will depend on your dedication and schedule.
How are the Core Knowledge and Blended Learning programs different?
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 email@example.com.
The Blended Extension Program program includes the Core Knowledge Program materials, and meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) to be approved for an additional 75 CE credits. This totals the full 150 credit hours required for certification with AASECT. The Blended Extension Program includes 2 live retreats with 45 hours of live instruction, plus 105 hours of online course training. 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.
When Does My Access to the Program End?
Never! Once you have an account, you can always access what you have email@example.com.
Is there a refund policy?
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.
Core Knowledge Program
75 Hours of Online Training Toward AASECT Certification
Blended Learning Program
Full 150 Required Training Hours for AASECT Certification