S.A.R. by ISTI


Want Sex Ed for grown-ups? Tammy’s challenging and insightful 10 hour course in the Sexual Attitude Reassessment has helped hundreds of therapists. Sex for Therapists; Erotic Desensitization and Revision, Realities of Our Current Sexual World.



Feb 23 (PM), Feb 24 (All Day), Feb 25 (AM), 2022

Held via: Live Simultaneous Webcast

Guest Faculty: Michael Giordano, LICSW

14 CEsNEW Requirement by AASECT and ISTI for certification.

Tammy’s powerful workshop satisfies this requirement and brings your work to the next level.

2021 Discount Rates end Dec 31st

Student discounts and scholarships are available, email our administrative team.

Want more sex ed for grown-ups? Interested in becoming a sex educator or a sex therapist? Join me online for a Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) workshop, for a closer look at what it means to be sexual in today’s age of erotic monogamy, dating, and the world of online visual stimulation. Find out about fetishes, S&M, open marriage, and so much more.

Feb 23: (2 pm – 6 pm Eastern / 11 am – 3 pm Pacific) PART 1 – Michael Giordano, LICSW and Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

This portion of the SAR will focus on exploring “edges” where discomfort and biases emerge. Participants will watch videos of potentially challenging sexual behaviors and have the opportunity to reflect on the experience.  Additionally, participants will learn how to utilize a sexual health tool to help them challenge biases when they experience countertransference clouding their judgment.

Feb 24: (10 am – 6 pm Eastern / 7 am – 3 pm Pacific) Part 2 – Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Feb 25: (10 am – 1 pm Eastern / 7 am – 10 am Pacific) Part 3 – Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

What is a Sexuality Attitudes/Values Reassessment (S.A.R.) Training Experience?

A  structured group experience consisting of a process-oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior (e.g., a SAR). This training is not personal psychotherapy or an academic experience nor is the emphasis on cognitive information.

Participants will write a one-page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of sex therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy at the end of this course, to submit to AASECT.

World-Renowned Workshop

Using real case examples, video and hands-on interventions, special expert guest lecturers, the workshop will focus on the dilemmas of low desire or non-sexual relationships that all couples face and that therapists of all backgrounds struggle within treatment.

The tendency to judge others’ sexual behavior as abnormal if it doesn’t align with our own erotic behaviors or beliefs is deeply entrenched in our psyche. In this training, we will work on being more open-minded and creating a non-pathological view of sexuality in order to work with individuals and couples fairly and effectively.

This workshop will help professionals by exposing them to a variety of sexual practices, and educating them on fetishes, paraphilias, and fringe behaviors, as well as expanding their beliefs about pornography, infidelity, homosexuality, open marriage, polyamory, and other practices around sexuality that may trigger personal issues, emotional responses, and resistance.

This is both a practical and fun workshop, with a judgment-free environment. There will be discussion, lecture, film, group experiential, with the possibility of guest lecturers. Handouts will include worksheets, workbooks, suggested reading lists, and other surprises.


  • Participants will learn how to create a safe, non-pathological environment around sexuality in their treatment of couples and individuals.
  • Participants will learn about alternative sexual practices and the variety of open monogamy practices in the current culture.
  • Participants will be able to communicate their own countertransference and resistance that may have been unconscious and triggering in the treatment of couples with sexual issues.
  • Participants will identify fetishes, paraphilias, and fringe behaviors and how to treat them, when possible.
  • Participants will process their own emotional, somatic, and psychological responses including resistance and vicarious trauma that may be triggered by issues around pornography, sexual exploitation, and BDSM.
  • Participants will expand their knowledge and challenge their beliefs about pornography, infidelity, homosexuality, open marriage, polyamory, and other practices in relationships that may be counterintuitive to their own beliefs.

Participants will explore their own countertransference and how to use it to benefit clients and themselves, in the almost-never-talked-about conflicts around couples and low desire.  How much sexuality education is necessary to help couples move into healthier and happier relationships? What are we comfortable with?  Does it matter if we ourselves are happy in our own sex lives?

Do psychotherapy, couples therapy, and sexuality counseling help or hurt?  Modalities of treatment will focus on the sex therapy movement and how it integrates with couple’s therapy to help heal.

Required TEXT:
  • Getting the Sex You Want, Dr. Tammy Nelson
  • What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, Stephanie Beuhler
  • Sex Made Simple Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy, Barry McCarthy

AASECT Requirements and Certification Review:

Meets Requirements for AASECT Core Knowledge Areas:

Sex Ed: A, C, D, F, J, O  Sex Therapy: C, E, F

CSCT Category 1b, 2b, 3b

Pre-Certification Assessments available with Dr. Nelson
  • What courses apply toward certification?
  • What should you register for next?
  • Do webinars count?
  • What have you already taken that can apply toward AASECT Certified Sex Therapy or AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor certification?

Sign up now for a PRE-CERTIFICATION REVIEW meeting – One Hour Consult – includes 1 CE toward CKA “o” includes paperwork review. We will also work with your supervisor and help you to plan your training to complete your Certification training, supervision, and SAR within the shortest amount of time, giving you the most contemporary education and convenience possible.

About the Trainers:

i-bXvBL69-MTammy 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.






Michael Giordano, LICSW 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 and an avid yogi. www.WhatIHearYouSaying.com, Mike.Giordano.MSW@gmail.com

All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide. Other faculty may be announced at a later time.

Included in your tuition: eWorkbook for SAR by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources. A suggested reading list will be sent upon registration. All classes are approved for CE’s through AASECT. AASECT CEs are accepted and approved by APA in most states. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information. To learn more about AASECT certification requirements, go to www.aasect.org.

*Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact info@assect.org.

** You will receive a refund less $50 deposit for your registration if you cancel within one week of the course. If you cancel with 24 hours notice for any reason, you will receive a refund less $100 deposit. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you forfeit your tuition but may use your payment at any other time, for any other course.