Intro to Sex Therapy


Intro therapist training on sex therapy basics, history of sex therapy, and intersectionality in sex therapy. Expert lecturers, online training.


Jan 26-27, 2023

Held via live simultaneous webcast; no asynchronous registration allowed.
10 am – 6 pm Eastern/7 am – 3 pm Pacific

– Discounts for Early Registration end Dec 15

Thu – Jan 26

  • Intro course to Sex Therapy (Sex Therapy Basics) – Tammy Nelson, PhD

Fri – Jan 27

  • Research / History of Sex Therapy – Tammy Nelson, PhD
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Intersectionality in Sex Therapy and Sex Ed – Renee Burwell
  • Closing Lecture – Tammy Nelson, PhD
**Not available as a resale course. This item will be live only, do not miss your opportunity to attend this special training. 
Courses are often available at a later date as an eLearn. eCourses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact our Administration for the most up-to-date schedule. You must attend the entire course live to receive CE credit, no asynchronous registrations are allowed.

In this 2 day training you can fulfill these requirements:

AASECT Sex Ed: AASECT Core Sex Therapy: AASECT Sex Counseling: ISTI Categories:
Thu: B, E, I, M
Thu: A, B, C, D, E, F
Thu: A, E
Fri: n/a
Thu: 1A, 1B, 1C


You may register for any combination of individual days.

Jan 26 (Thu) 10 am – 6 pm         Intro to Sex Therapy with Dr. Tammy Nelson

Sex therapists need training and tools to intervene with sexual dilemmas. Based on clinical practice, research, and case examples, we will cover the definition of sex therapy and introduce sexuality counseling interventions and how these impact client dysfunction.  We will review the ethics of AASECT, the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists. This class will help participants create a plan for their own clinical work, and foster effective, ethical therapeutic relationships both with their clients and their colleagues.

The dilemmas for therapists working with sexual issues can trigger bias, countertransference, projection and hopelessness for the therapist and their clients can face frustration and repeat destructive patterns that lead to unhealthy behaviors. We will cover how to integrate positive sex therapy models and create a solid foundation for sexuality counseling through a systemic sex therapy model.

After an overview of clinical concepts in sex and couple’s therapy, we will review the PLISSIT model and how it applies to all sex therapy today. Participants will review multiple theoretical models and understand several theories and treatment interventions. This course will review contemporary skills to help both beginning and more advanced therapists and counselors address concerns around intimacy, helping individuals and couples to improve their relationships.


Jan 27 (Fri) 10 am – 1 pm        The History of Sex Therapy – Research Methods and Theory with Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Sexology as a field is still relatively young. However, we can look back in history and find those voices who contributed to the field of sex therapy- the scientists, researchers, authors, and therapists who began the systematic study of human sexuality and created the world where we can treat our clients today. The history of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling, and therapy is a long and fascinating one, and important in our work to understand where we are today. The principles of sexuality research and research methods come from the ethical study of human sexuality, a rational and systematic study of sexual beings, their biological properties, their sexual behavior, and how they feel about it. We will explore more definitions of sexual behavior and pleasure and how Freud and others came to be the grandparents of our field of sex therapy and sexuality counseling today.

Jan 27 (Fri) 2 pm – 5 pm        “Cultural Humility in Sex Therapy” (Cultural Sensitivity and Intersectionality in Sex Therapy and Sex Ed) with Renée Burwell, LCSW, MPA, CST-S, CSE

Clinicians will explore common theories and effective best practices for working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.  We will explore both practical and theoretical skills for working with clients.  Participants will explore their own biases and how culture shapes and can inform clients’ views around their sexuality.

Jan 27 (Fri) 5 pm – 6 pm        Closing – Tammy Nelson, PhD

About the Trainers:

Renée Burwell, LCSW, MPA, CST-S, CSE is a nationally acclaimed psychotherapist and educator with specializations in sex therapy and trauma.  Her practice, Pandora’s Awakening, offers services and educational outreach that help destigmatize mental and sexual health services.  She is a skilled facilitator offering trainings and workshops to healthcare and social services professionals on mental health, sexual health, and reproductive justice.  In addition to her work with Pandora’s Awakening and The Sage Alliance (501c3), she is also on the community board for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, an active member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Association of Black Sexologist and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCHN), and is a writer and educator for various mediums including Pure Romance, Bedroom Kandi and CNN.  
Tammy Nelson Ph.D. is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy,” “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together,” “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity,”  and “When You’re the one Who Cheats.” She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, a TEDx speaker, and the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex.
Integrative Sex Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Integrative Sex Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 14 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 on courses they accept for CEs.


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