International Board of
Sexuality Professionals

The International Board of Sexuality Professionals condemns the sexual and gender violence that occurred October 7, 2023 by Hamas. We support the victims of these horrifying acts of violence. For those struggling with the sexual and physical violence that occurred and continues, we would be happy to offer resources and referrals.

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About IBOSP

 The International Board of Sexuality Professionals (IBOSP) is an international membership and certification organization dedicated to creating a collegial, professional “home” for mental health and medical clinicians, educators, sexual wellness coaches, researchers, and body-based practitioners. We are committed to creating pathways into the future of integrative sexuality from an inclusive and holistic perspective.

Membership is open to anyone working in any aspect of sexuality, and members certified by other organizations can submit documentation of their training and experience to apply for Board Certification.

The field of sexuality including sex therapy, sex education, sexual medicine, sex research, body-based practices and sexual wellness coaching is rapidly expanding. With the introduction of cutting-edge, sex-positive approaches in recent years, hundreds of mental health, medical, and education professionals are breaking through previous cultural and psychological barriers to offer their clients life-changing services and information, and the promise of greater sexual well-being and acceptance. Increased sexual literacy is sorely needed to meet the challenges being presented to us by our clients and consumers. 

As psychotherapists, counselors, educators, researchers, writers, clergy, coaches, and physicians in contemporary culture, we are being asked to help deal with myriad issues ranging from gender identity to polyamory, internalized homophobia to sexual abuse, dysfunction to emotional intimacy and many more. Offering the best and most effective treatment and support requires that we educate ourselves to become standard bearers in this burgeoning field. 

The International Board of Sexuality Professionals is dedicated to increasing the scope of knowledge and providing an inclusive community to all sexual wellness professionals. Where other certifying organizations have limited options for inclusion, we pride ourselves on finding community and comradery for all of our members. From students and beginning professionals to Board-Certified Diplomates, IBOSP offers a listing in our online directory, enabling you to become a standard bearer in this rapidly growing field, making it easier for potential clients to find you. Join us and become a part of the exciting, new, internationally focused healthy-sexuality evolution, and let people know that you are among the most esteemed members in the field. 

Our Mission

Created with the principles of inclusion, equity and community at its core, the International Board of Sexuality Professionals (IBOSP) is an interdisciplinary certifying body that recognizes and verifies excellence in the comprehensive field of sexuality and sexual health. IBOSP certification verifies to the public, consumers, and peers that the highest level of training has been achieved for each respective specialty within the scope of human sexuality. Members of IBOSP are part of a growing community of like-minded sexuality professionals who are dedicated to promoting sex positivity, diversity, sexual health, and wellness.

Our Vision.

To provide members with the most inclusive and recognized membership organization and certifying body for sexual health professionals. Membership in our organization provides professionals in the field of sexual health community, support, recognition, and an opportunity to advance in their career. IBOSP certification verifies to the public, consumers, and other professionals that you have achieved the highest level of training in your respected specialty within the field of sexuality. Members of IBOSP will be part of a growing community of like-minded sexuality professionals who are dedicated to promoting sex positivity, tolerance, diversity, and sexual health and wellness.

Core Values.

Diversity, continuous improvement through education, inclusion, integrity, and a positive impact of the field of human sexuality.

Our Code of Ethics

In the belief that the quality of services of certifying organizations directly influences the burgeoning field of sexuality, the International Board of Sexuality Professionals (IBOSP) members shall exert every effort to raise professional standards, promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgment, achieve conditions that attract persons worthy of trust to careers in sexuality, and to assist in advancing knowledge, inclusivity, diversity and uncompromised education through a dedicated sex-positive purview.

The Member Commitment

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Shall not in an application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency and qualifications.

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Shall not misrepresent their professional qualifications.

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Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.

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Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualifications of a candidate for a professional position.

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Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of membership unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.

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Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague/member.

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Shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action.

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