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 6 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Held at : The Chicago School of Psychology – Washington, DC

**Also available Feb 7-8 – Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy Course by ISTI.
Get the most of your travel and time off of work by purchasing both courses together.

Guest Faculty: Michael Giordano, LICSW and Shadeen Francis, LMFT

10 CEs – these hours of specific SAR CEs are required by AASECT for certification as a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and for designation as a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT).

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


Student discounts available, email TammyNelsonAsst@gmail.com.

Want more sex ed for grown ups? Interested in becoming a sex educator or a sex therapist? Join me in Washington DC for a Sexual Attitude Reassesment (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.

Attitudes/Values 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 .

PART 1 – Michael Giordano, LICSW

Most therapists and professionals who work with sexuality face their own issues and countertransference around eroticism and intimacy as they start their career as sex therapists. Treatment protocols are unclear and normally they rely on their limited training or their own personal experiences. This can bring up awkward and uncomfortable feelings that can create blocks in the therapy. The personal bias of the therapist also can confuse the real issues in treatment and mirror pathology for the client.In Tammy’s SAR workshop we will work through sexual issues, resistance, guilt and shame, and create ways to help challenge resistance around stereotypes, or old beliefs around sex.

PART 2 – Shadeen Francis, LMFT

Sexuality professionals are tasked with maintaining an awareness of individual and societal attitudes about a variety of sexuality topics in order to work effectively with their clients. The Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) is an experiential, group-based process that facilitates participants’ examination of their sexual attitudes, beliefs, values, and practices. This SAR intensive offers the opportunity for participants to explore their beliefs and challenge understandings about the intersection of social identity, intimate pleasure, and kink.

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 with in 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 possibility of guest lecturers. Handouts will include worksheets, workbook, suggested reading list, 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 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?

Does 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 McCartthy

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 – Free 15 minute consult (with attendance at any Sex Therapy U event), One Hour Consult – includes 1 CE toward CKA “o” includes paper work 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-MDr Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together”  and her new book “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity.”  She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, MSNBC, Healthy Life Magazine, Shape, Men’s Health, Men’s Health UK, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Twist Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post and a source in Time Magazine. She writes for the Huffington Post and  YourTango and gives workshops and Intensives for couples and trains therapists around the world on issues relating to sex and relationships.   She can be found at www.drtammynelson.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: Workbook for SAR by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources. A suggested reading list will be sent upon registration. Also included, coffee, drinks and light refreshments in the mornings.All classes are approved for CEU’s for AASECT certification and 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 sex therapy 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.