Ethics & the Sex Therapist


Michael Giordano guides therapists on ways to navigate the real-world ethics as a responsible clinician. Recorded lecture at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. 3 CE credits (asynchronous)


Taught by: Michael Giordano, LCSW

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners

Course includes: A 2-part recorded webinar.


3 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): 

AASECT Human Sexuality Education Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): A, C, D, E, F, G, I
AASECT Sex Therapist Content Areas: A, B, C, D, E
AASECT Sexuality Counseling Content Areas: N/A
AASECT Sexuality Educator Content Areas: N/A
ISTI Knowledge Categories: 1b

AASECT and ISTI Certification pathways

You create your OK Cupid account, start scanning the Quickmatch feature, and are quickly match at 85% compatibility with a current client. What do you do, besides feel sick to your stomach? This workshop will explore some modern dilemmas faced by sex therapists, especially therapists looking for love or other pleasures. With the guidance of the AASECT Code of Ethics and our own personal & professional philosophies, we will clarify our wants and desires for our clients & for or ourselves, while exploring how our personal lives interact with our professional.
In this workshop, attendees will participate in both small and large group discussions, talking about how to navigate on-line dating, going to your favorite yoga class, participant at your local dungeon, and seeing clients at a small gathering, and similar situations. Less didactic and more interactive, we will work to discuss the issues we don’t often talk about, all within an ethical, client-focused framework.
We will discuss the challenges of dating, gender identities, kink, sexuality, and other issues that come up around being a sex therapist and living in the world.


Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

  1. Identify at least one other professional with whom they can discuss these unique boundary issues;
  2. Analyze their wants and desires for clients and self with regards to ethical practice;
  3. Assess a personal boundary/ethical question and create a strategy for addressing it;
  4. Practice interventions and techniques of sex therapy skills through direct observation, demonstration, case review, and role-playing;

Based in Washington, DC, Michael Giordano has been a Clinical Social Worker since 1999. He earned his MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and worked in small non-profits before entering private practice in 2007. His main interests are gender identity, trauma, and sex therapy. In his free time, Mike is a harried dad, an avid yogi, and somewhat committed runner.










**This course meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact or go to Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information.

The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute actively seeks out experts in the field of psychotherapy and related disciplines to serve as instructors and guest speakers for our courses. Many of these experts regularly publish materials in magazines, books, and academic and professional journals. They and other instructors may utilize these materials for instruction or refer to them as sources, which may result in financial benefit for the author(s).


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