Coursework through the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute focuses on a balanced blend of three main categories of study.
Information on the pathways to CSCT certification is available here.
All Sex Therapy courses include training in direct interventions including the assessing and treatment of sexual dysfunction and desire issues, sexual empathy, erotic recovery, and group therapy for relationship goals. Courses include solid theoretical and therapeutic directives as well as a core clinical foundation so that practitioners can leave the program confident in how to create a therapeutically healing space.
Courses focus on counseling, the fundamentals of couple’s therapy, and how to relate in relationship, both as the therapist to the client and within the therapeutic dyad. Courses cover the dynamics of reflective dialogue and students learn interventions including reflective dialogue skills, validation vs forgiveness, empathy, relational recovery, group therapy, and how to create new monogamy agreements. Courses include solid theoretical training in multiple schools of relationship therapy and therapeutic interventions from varied models of thought in order to best serve a variety of clients.
Professionals who study in this unique area of Integrative Therapy and Alternative Interventions will learn the fundamentals of relationship and sexual psychotherapy along with directives to create a safe, healing space for treating contemporary, alternative relationship structures. Students will learn to discern the difference between intuitive vs intervention counseling and how to apply integrative therapy to their work.
These 15 hours of training are what make this program especially unique and are essential in the learning for therapists going forward in this field. We cannot continue to train therapists using texts and research that is fifty years old, that is not intercultural, gender fluid, non-binary, that includes BIPOC research and that does not include more modern and contemporary treatment models. Treatment includes interventions like EMDR, art therapy, expressive somatic experiencing, etc. Integrative; Alternative Interventions courses include courses that take this field into the future and demand that clinical professionals integrate both sex therapy and relationship counseling with our current clientele and their unique dilemmas. In order to keep up with the challenges of contemporary practice.