Sexual Trauma Therapist Certification

IBOSP Certified Sexual Trauma Therapists are licensed, certified, or registered mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy for presenting issues related to sex and sexuality. IBOSP Certified Sexual Trauma Therapists have specific, comprehensive training in sexual trauma, human sexuality and sex therapy.

Who seeks Sexual Trauma Therapist Certification?

Licensed mental health professionals who work with people who have experienced sexual trauma. Certified Sexual Trauma Therapists take a trauma-informed approach that promotes a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing. Certified Sexual Trauma Therapists focus on helping people rebuild healthy relationships and discover (or re-discover) their ideal sexual selves.

Why Apply for the Sexual Trauma Therapist Certification?

Certification as a Sexual Trauma Therapist provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advance training in the field of sexual trauma and have the endorsement of an international certifying body. 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 Master’s or Doctoral degree in a mental health or medical field.
    Current professional license or equivalent as an independent practitioner
  • 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 with topics such as: Knowledge of trauma informed practices, models, theories, or interventions; 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)
    Supervision 10 hours of case consultation in sexual trauma
  • Have two satisfactory colleague references completed by a licensed (or comparable) mental health or medical professional.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.