AASECT Sexuality Counselor

AASECT Sexuality Counselor

AASECT describes a sexuality counselor as a representation of a variety of professions, ranging from medicine to the clergy. Examples of sexuality counselors are physicians, Planned Parenthood counselors, nurses and other health professionals, school counselors, and clinical pastoral care and counseling providers. Counselors assist the client to realistically resolve concerns through the introduction of problem-solving techniques of communication as well as providing accurate information and relevant suggestions of specific exercises and techniques in sexual expression. Sexuality counseling is generally short-term and client-centered, focusing on the immediate concern or problem.

Academic Requirements:

Core Knowledge:

Skills Training:

NISHW will offer Prepare Enrich, Relate Well and possibly Gottman to assist in the 8 hours suggested for couples skills training. This will be offered during in-person quarterly conferences as well as online for asynchronous learning opportunities. It is the responsibility of the student to choose these trainings alongside their course schedule. Prepare Enrich Certification is included. ALL other trainings will be at student’s responsibility.

NISHW Quarterly Conferences and Live courses offered throughout the US and internationally will be NISHW student’s opportunity to fulfill their academic course work hours that are required in-person. These events will be scheduled out ahead of time providing opportunities for students and faculty to plan for travel accommodations, etc. NISHW students must attend AT LEAST one quarterly conference during their enrollment in the certification process. Cost of academic coursework is included in tuition.

SAR – 2 Days (14 hours) – Facilitated by Dr. Lexx and designated colleagues. Must be done in person or via synchronous learning and will be offered per the course calendar. This is included in tuition.


Clinical Work

100 hours of supervised sexuality counseling. These hours will be completed while under clinical supervision. Clinical hours will be broken into a practicum and five internships to be completed between 12- 18 months.


30 hours of supervision begins when practicum approval has been granted and begins. This is covered simultaneously during internship while the 100 hours of sexuality counseling experience is completed. Clinical Supervision will be provided by an AASECT approved supervisor of your choice. It can either be an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor Supervisor or an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. We strongly suggest selecting from the listing of BIPOC supervisors the NISHW has, as it will lend to better application of coursework and provides appropriate support to learners. The minimum duration of the supervision will have been between 12 and 18 months. Total hours per month may not exceed six (6) hours.

Specialization Tracks

If you select a specialization track with your certification you would complete coursework after academic courses have been completed. This IS an additional certification. Specialty tracks can be completed in-person totaling 40 hours for a week- long training or via online/asynchronous learning for 60 clock hours/credits and completion of an oral defense. See specialization track list for options.


NISHW would like to celebrate this major accomplishment with a graduation ceremony for students who complete the program. Graduation will occur in the Spring and Fall of each year starting in 2024 when the first graduates will complete the program. Applications for graduation will be required. More info to come.


The pricing below includes the following: SAR (14 hours), Two Quarterly Institute (50 education for in-person training), remainder of 150 hours of education required by AASECT, 5 hours of supervision and bonus welcome package at orientation.

*For those who choose a specialty track at time of application receive it 50% off and will begin during practicum/internship. This includes 10 hours of consultation by instructors who are highly qualified and subject matter experts in the specialty area.

One Payment

Non-refundable application fee $150
Non-refundable Down Payment $0
Payment plan fee $0

Total w/o Specialty – $7,500 

Total w/ Specialty – $9,000

6 Month Payment Plan

Non-refundable application fee $150
Non-refundable Down Payment $500
Payment plan fee $350

Total w/o Specialty – $1,308.33/mo

Total w/ Specialty – $1,558.33/mo

12 Month Payment Plan

Non-refundable application fee $150
Non-refundable Down Payment $500
Payment plan fee $350

Total w/o Specialty – $654.17/mo

Total w/ Specialty – $779.17/mo

18 Month Payment Plan

Non-refundable application fee $150
Non-refundable Down Payment $500
Payment plan fee $350

Total w/o Specialty – $436.11/mo

Total w/ Specialty – $519.44/mo

Spaces are limited in cohorts for 2022. Do not wait to apply! The Non-Refundable $500 deposit is due within 7 days of acceptance and will secure your spot in the current cohort. If the current cohort is full you will be notified and placed in the next cohort. Payments will begin to be drafted on the fifteenth of the following month and every month after to fulfill the payment plan. NO CERTIFICATIONS WILL BE REWARDED UNTIL ALL FEES AND COST HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY NISHW.

Full refund is available for those who pay a one time payment and request the refund via the appropriate form within 7 days of payment. Refunds will be returned via the method of payment within thirty days of request. As per the financial agreement any payments outside of this will result in a credit for NISHW and will be good for 12 months from the date the credit is issued.