Sexual Trauma Professional Certification
IBOSP Certified Sexual Trauma Professionals are mental health professionals, educators, counselors, clergy, coaches, consultants, body-based practitioners or healthcare professionals, who work with individuals and people who have experienced sexual trauma. IBOSP Certified Sexual Trauma Professionals have specific, comprehensive training in Sexual Trauma.
Who seeks Sexual Trauma Professional Certification?
Mental health professionals, educators, counselors, clergy, coaches, consultants, or healthcare professionals, who work with people who have experienced sexual trauma. Certified Sexual Trauma Professionals take a trauma-informed approach that promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing. Certified Sexual Trauma Professionals focus on helping people rebuild healthy relationships and discover (or re-discover) their sexual selves.
Why Apply for STPC?
Certification as a Sexual Trauma Professional provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advanced training in, are knowledgeable about, and positive in your approach to people who have experienced sexual trauma.
What are the basic eligibility requirements?
- A current IBOSP membership in good standing
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in behavioral health field (counseling, social work, counseling, marriage and family, psychology, or psychiatry)
- A minimum of 100 hours of experience working with individuals who have a history of sexual trauma
- Documentation of 50 hours of trauma and sexual trauma education to include topics: Knowledge of trauma informed practices, models, theories, or interventions; Knowledge of core human sexuality education (sexual development across life span, reproductive anatomy and physiology, theories of human sexuality); Cultural competency and diversity (knowledge of sexual minorities, diverse sexual expression, sociocultural factors that may influence sexuality; Ethics and professionalism (reporting sexual abuse, sexuality research, professional communication, legal concerns, standards of care); Clinical considerations (assessing trauma, addressing trauma repetition, treating sexual assault and sexual abuse, treating relational trauma/betrayal related to infidelity)
- Two recommendation letters from a colleague or IBOSP member
- Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.