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SEX THERAPY
PROGRAM

(STP)

Sexuality is a central aspect of human life and yet it is too often mired in shame, deflection and avoidance. Sex therapy at ICP is focused on improving communication and solving problems in an atmosphere of confidentiality, empathy, safety and thoughtful reflection. Sex therapy can be structured as an adjunct to your current therapy. We welcome all sexual orientations and take a sex-positive stance. ICP therapists use a multi-layered, biopsychosocial approach to exploring sexual issues, and our therapeutic approach is both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral.

Sex Therapy Training:
Certificate in Sex Therapy

Sex therapists at ICP are trained to work with both individuals and couples on common sexual challenges such as:

  • Lack of sexual interest, low desire, sexual incompatibility, desire discrepancy
  • Early ejaculation, erectile unpredictability, delayed ejaculation
  • Painful sex, inhibited arousal, orgasm issues
  • Problematic sexual urges, thoughts and behaviors
  • Impulsive/compulsive use of porn
  • Sex after infidelity
  • Increasing pleasure during sex
  • Opening up a relationship, navigating consensual non-monogamy and polyamory
  • Integrating kink, eroticized power play, and other forms of sexual adventure into one’s sex life
  • Special issues related to LGBTQ+ sexualities
  • Sex therapy with gender non-conforming patients
  • Working on relationship issues within which sexual problems are often embedded
  • Processing Sexual Trauma

Our certificate in sex therapy integrates didactic and clinical training and covers a wide range of topics that span assessment, case formulation and treatment planning. ICP's Sex Therapy Program is uniquely comprehensive in that it also provides sex therapy cases (individuals and couples) from the Institute's sliding-scale clinic, as well as weekly group supervision of those cases.

Close attention is paid to the development and deepening of the therapeutic alliance with a particular focus on its intersectional dimensions. The processing of clinical material by patients happens both in the treatment room and via homework assignments completed in between sessions.

Our program is one of the only sex therapy programs in New York State that includes AASECT training CEs and also provides client hours that can directly count toward the AASECT clinical hours requirement (as long as those hours are being individually supervised by an AASECT certified Supervisor).

VeryWellMind.com named ICP’s Sex Therapy Program   
The Best Sex Therapy Certification Program in New York City, 2024.

Read the announcement.

Academic Calendar

STP’s sex therapy program meets on Fridays with most didactic courses taking place between the hours of 9:30AM to 4:30PM. Our didactic curriculum also includes 3 to 4 ‘Speaker Series’ events on Wednesdays or Thursdays 7:00PM-9:00PM or on Saturdays, 10:00AM-12:30PM and our annual ‘Summer Sexuality Series,’ which meets on Wednesdays, 1:45PM-3:15PM every June.

All candidates are required to carry three sex therapy cases from ICP’s clinic and to have available hours to see patients that include daytime and evening hours. Candidates are expected to continue with patients through the summer on a limited basis when their supervision group is not meeting. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates are invited to participate in an ongoing supervised STP Staff Therapy Group.

Certificate Eligibility

To be eligible for our certificate program, you must have a graduate degree in a licensable mental health field. Anyone is welcome to take our public workshops,

Tuition and Expenses/Fees

  • Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $2,995.
  • Tuition is subject to change annually.
  • Please note that expenses for training directly related to one’s profession may be considered a tax-deductible expense.

Graduation Requirements

  • Attendance:
    • Group supervision: No more than 2 absences per semester are permitted. More than two absences will result in loss of credit towards completion of the clinical certificate program.
    • Didactic courses: Attendance policy for any multi-day courses will be stated in the syllabus.
  • Case Requirements:
    • Candidates are expected to maintain a minimum of three ICP cases to complete the program.
    • Staff therapists must continue with ICP clients until clinically appropriate to terminate.
    • Staff therapists are expected to maintain a minimum of one ICP case.
    • If you are a candidate in your second year and you are not planning to stay on as a staff therapists, please discuss with your supervisor to determine a cut-off date for receiving new cases.
  • Summer Recess:
    • All candidates and staff therapists are expected to continue seeing ICP clients over the summer, with the exception of vacations for client/therapist.
    • If you are unlicensed (LMSW or on a limited permit), supervision will be provided over the summer.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

STP offers a yearly Joycelyn Elders Honorary Scholarship to encourage and nurture diversity within our Sex Therapy Program as well as the field of sex therapy. It provides full tuition coverage to complete the certificate program.

Curriculum

General Notes about STP’s Curriculum:

  • Most coursework meets on Fridays between 9:30AM-4:30PM
  • Annual Summer Sexuality Series meets on Wednesdays, 1:45PM-3:15PM every June
  • Speaker Series meets on Wednesdays or Thursdays 7:00PM-9:00PM or on Saturdays, 10:00AM-12:30PM. There are approximately 3-4 Speaker Series events per academic year.
  • All course content includes an intersectional lens

1st Year Requirements

Fall 2024:

  • Principles & Practices of Sex Therapy I (weekly for 12-13 weeks);
    Fridays 9:30AM-11:30AM
  • Principles & Practices of Sex Therapy II (weekly for 12-13 weeks);
    Fridays 9:30AM-11:30AM
  • Group Supervision (weekly for 15 weeks);
    Fridays 12:00PM-2:00PM
  • Countertransference & Sexuality (biweekly for 6 weeks);
    Fridays 3:00PM-4:30PM
  • Speaker Series Workshops (Topics TBA)
Spring 2025:
  • Group Supervision (weekly for 15 weeks);
    Fridays 12:00PM-2:00PM
  • Intersectionality & Sex Therapy (biweekly for 9 weeks);
    Fridays 3:00PM-4:30PM
  • Speaker Series Workshops (Topics TBA)
  • Summer Sexuality Series (4 Wednesdays in June);
    1:45PM-3:15PM

2nd Year Requirements

Fall 2024:
  • Group Supervision (weekly for 15 weeks);
    Fridays 12:00PM-2:00PM
  • Countertransference & Sexuality II (biweekly for 6 weeks;
    Fridays 3:00PM-4:30PM
  • Speaker Series Workshops (Topics TBA)
Spring 2025:
  • Group Supervision (weekly for 15 weeks);
    Fridays 12:00PM-2:00PM
  • Speaker Series Workshops (Topics TBA)
  • Summer Sexuality Series (4 weeks);
    Wednesdays in June 1:45PM-3:15PM
DIDACTIC COURSES include (subject to change):

  • Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy
  • Intersectionality and Sex Therapy
  • Sex and Counter-transference
  • Summer Sex Series with Suzanne Iasenza ( four weeks in June on Wednesday afternoons for ninety minutes)

SPEAKERS SERIES:

In addition to didactic courses, STP hosts a yearly Speakers Series for the broader community with three to four workshops per year. These workshops are usually 2-3 hours in length and candidates are required to attend all workshops. Workshops are usually scheduled on Wednesday or Thursday evenings 7-9pm, or on Saturday mornings.

AASECT:

Most of STP’s didactic sex therapy courses offer AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) CE credits that can be used toward AASECT certification or renewal of AASECT certification, and the client hours can count toward your AASECT clinical hours requirement as long as the candidate is also seeing an AASECT Certified Supervisor or Supervisor-in-Training and has submitted a contract to AASECT. Participation in STP group supervision does NOT meet the supervision requirements for AASECT certification. Completion of our 2 year training program will fulfil the 150 hour education requirements for AASECT certification.

Please note that ICP’s sex therapy program is currently offered using Zoom in its entirety, but is also subject to state mandates regarding telehealth and shifts in policy from insurance companies. Candidates must be licensed in NYS, and/or able to see patients in-person and remotely.

Application Process

To apply to our certificate program, we require the following:

  • A graduate degree in a licensable mental health field
  • A CV
  • Download and complete the questionnaire
  • A personal statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A completed application with a $75 application fee (pay it online here)

Upon submission of all application materials potential candidates will be interviewed by one of our faculty. Admission decisions are made each Spring for the following Fall.

Application Deadline:
Rolling admissions for the 2024-2025 academic year start May 1, 2024.

2024-2025 Information Sessions
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For more information about our program, the application process, or scholarships/financial aid: Contact our Program Manager at stp@icpnyc.org.

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