The Sex Therapy Certificate (STC) at CIIS strives to provide clinicians with the highest quality sexuality and sex therapy education. It is our mission to offer comprehensive training to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, couples’ therapists, and allied professionals, in support of practitioners offering sex therapy as a naturally integrated part of the therapeutic experience. The STC program has the distinction of being one of the few programs in the nation offered by an accredited academic institution, and also provides 75 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs.

CIIS' history of contributions in the fields of counseling psychology, integral health, and sexuality studies form the basis for our approach to the certificate. We strive to provide an integral view of the field of sex therapy. This approach means including multiple perspectives and philosophies, remaining rooted in a sex positive view, and affirming the diversity of sexual practices, experiences, and identities of our communities and clients.

This certificate is designed as additional training for counseling professionals who are licensed, are license eligible, or who have completed their coursework to become license eligible. Types of professionals for whom this program applies include (but not limited to):   

• Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)   

• Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)   

• Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)    

• Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PsyD)   

• Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (MD & NP)   

Under specific circumstances, prospective medical and mental health professionals, who are not yet licensed, may apply if they have completed the great majority of their coursework and have secured a traineeship or internship for gaining training hours of counseling and psychotherapy and have plans to complete their coursework in parallel.   

We especially encourage applications from individuals within the above list who: are military veterans; identify as people of color; identify as LGBTQQAI, and/or serve marginalized or under-represented populations.   

Click here to learn more about the program and the types of professionals for whom it applies. For questions about this certificate program, please contact Kyle DeMedio at or (415) 655-5561.  

Important Dates

  • December 15th, 2020: Early Application Discount Deadline
  • January 31st, 2021: Application Deadline
  • February 10th, 2021: Scholarship Recipients Notified 

Spring 2021 Sex Therapy Cohort Weekends

• March 5th - 7th

• April 16th - 18th

• May 20th - 23rd

Application Materials 

  • Background and Goal Statement 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Scholarship Application (Optional)


Program Fees 

Full Program Fee: $6,500

Deposit: $200 - Applications will not be considered without deposit. Early Application Discounts: $100 off before December 15th, 2020.

Scholarships: CIIS Public Programs is offering the following scholarships for the Spring 2021 cohort:

  • BIPOC Scholarship: (1) full scholarship awarded to an applicant who identifies as black, Indigenous, and/or person of color
  • Full Scholarship: (1) full scholarship
  • Partial Scholarships: (3+) partial scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each

CIIS Discount: All current and former CIIS students are eligible to receive a 20% discount off the program fee.   

Payment Plans: All accepted students will be eligible for payment plan options (one, two, or four installments) at no extra charge. For questions about fees and payment, including payment plans, please contact Kyle at or (415) 655-5561.

Payment and Cancellation Policies: A deposit of $200 is due at the time of application. If you are not accepted, or if you wish to cancel after the payment of the initial deposit, this fee will be refunded minus a $100 processing fee. After payment of the initial deposit of $200, payment of the remaining balance (or the first payment of your payment plan) must be received by February 15th, 2021, to secure your space in the program. Payment plans are available and will be provided to accepted applicants. If a student withdraws before March 15th, 2021, fifty percent of the full fee will be due. The full fee is due if a student withdraws after March 15th, 2021.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Spring 2021 cohort is full. Applicants will be notified within one month of submitting their application. 

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