Certified Alternative Relationship Educator

IBOSP Certified Alternative Relationship Educators train about a range of topics, including but not limited to sexual health; sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology; family planning, contraception, and pregnancy/childbirth; sexually transmitted infections; gender identity and roles; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; sexual function and dysfunction; sexual pleasure; sexual variation; sexuality and disability; sexuality and chronic illness; sexual development across the lifespan; sexual abuse, assault, and coercion; and sexuality across cultures.  IBOSP Certified Alternative Relationship Educators have specific, comprehensive training in alternative relationships and human sexuality.

Who seeks Alternative Relationship Educator Certification?

Individuals who teach in the classroom at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. They may also provide education for groups of children, adolescents, or adults, training for professionals, and outreach and education in community-based, healthcare, corporate, and faith-based settings. Sexuality educators also may design and conduct workshops, courses, and seminars; contribute to the sexuality education literature; develop curriculum; plan and administer programs; deliver lectures; and provide one-on-one client education sessions. Coursework consists of consensual nonmonogamy, polyamory, kink/BDSM, as well as subcultures including furries, sex workers and those who practice power dynamics.

Why Apply for the Alternative Relationship Educator Certification?

Certification as an Alternative Relationship Educator provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advance training in the field and have the endorsement of an international certifying body, and allows clinicians to feel comfortable working with any sexual or relational practice their clients may present..

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A current IBOSP membership in good standing
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in the educational field.
  • Fifty (50) hours of alternative relationship training including foundations, ego-dystonic sexual expression, integrating kink and harm reduction, and clinical issues regarding the negotiation of consent.
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.