Certified Alternative Relationship Therapist

IBOSP Certified Alternative Relationship Therapists are licensed, certified, or registered mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy for presenting issues related to sex and sexuality. IBOSP Certified Alternative Relationship Therapists have specific, comprehensive training in alternative relationships, human sexuality, and sex therapy.

Who seeks Certified Alternative Relationship Therapist?

Mental health professionals who focus primarily on the sexual health and well-being of individuals and couples, inclusive of alternative relationship practices. Alternative Relationship therapist certification applicants apply theory and methods to working with individuals in consensual nonmonogamous relationships, practice Kink/BDSM, or are part of other subcultures including furries, sex workers and those who practice power dynamics.

Why Apply for the Certified Alternative Relationship Therapist?

Certification as an Alternative Relationship therapist 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 with.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A current IBOSP membership in good standing
  • A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a mental health or medical field.
  • Current professional license or equivalent as an independent practitioner.
  • Fifty (50) hours of alternative relationship training including foundational courses, integrating kink practices safely, aftercare and harm reduction, and clinical issues regarding the negotiation of consent.
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • A minimum of 50 hours of direct therapy experience working with individuals and people in alternative relationships
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references completed by a licensed (or comparable) mental health or medical professionals.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.