Certified Somatic Sex Educator

IBOSP Certified Somatic Sex Educators teach and 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 Somatic Sex Educators have specific, comprehensive training in somatic psychology and human sexuality.

Who seeks Somatic Sex 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. Services consist of somatic and sex therapy assessment, diagnosis, psychological treatment, physiological considerations, and modalities specifical to somatic psychotherapy.

Why Apply for the Somatic Sex Educator Certification?

Certification as a somatic sex 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 emerging somatic methodologies and sex education practices. Certification also helps you stand out to potential employers and maximize earning potential.

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 training in somatic sexuality modalities including foundations, trauma, diversity, and movement-based skills.
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.