Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapist Certification

IBOSP Certified Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapists are licensed, certified, or registered mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy for presenting issues related to sex and sexuality.  IBOSP Certified Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapists have specific, comprehensive training with populations whose lives and relationships are negatively impacted by sexual behaviors deemed problematic.

Who seeks Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapist Certification?

Mental health professionals who work with people concerned about sexual behaviors, or who identify as sexually “compulsive” or “addicted.” Certified Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapist applicants help people struggling with sexual behavior deemed problematic. These difficulties may include sexual behaviors that feel incongruent with their values, trauma repetition, infidelity or partner betrayal, compulsive pornography use, relationship conflicts regarding sex, sexual self-harm, and other presenting issues resulting from problematic sexual behavior.

Why Apply for Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapist Certification?

Certification as a Problematic Sexual Behavior Therapist provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advanced training in the field and have the endorsement of an international certifying body. Certification also helps you stand out as an expert.

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.
  • License or comparable depending on country
  • Complete a minimum of fifty (50) total hours of training and/or education in problematic sexual behavior to include topics such as: Considerations or aspects relating to sexuality of diverse populations (sexual minorities, culture and ethnicity, age, homelessness, religion); Diagnosis and assessment related to problematic sexual behaviors; Ethics, limitations and competence, and standards of care in treating PSB; Theories, methods, and intervention(s) for PSB; Family members affected by PSB; Foundations of healthy sexuality.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of direct therapy experience working with individuals and people in relationships who are experiencing Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references completed by a licensed (or comparable) mental health or medical professionals.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics