ICP has inaugurated a certificate program in sex therapy as part of its ongoing Sex Therapy Collaborative, which offers sex therapy training as a joint endeavor between PCGS (Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality) and FACTS (Family and Couples Treatment Services) – divisions of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Founded in 1971, The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) is one of the oldest and most respected not-for-profit mental health training and treatment facilities in New York City. ICP established its 4-year psychoanalytic program under an Absolute Charter from the NY State Board of Regents, and our certificate in sex therapy joins ICP’s other highly regarded training programs. The Institute is composed of a diverse group of over 200 therapists and is the only institute in NYC to offer sliding-scale sex therapy. It accepts a number of health insurance plans.
ICP welcomes patients of all sexual orientations and takes a sex-positive stance. ICP therapists use a biopsychosocial approach to explore sexual issues, integrating both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. ICP’s services are aimed at helping diverse people across age, racial/ethnic identity, creed, color, sexual orientations, gender identity/expression, disability, and marital or relationship status/form.
Incorporating the latest science-based research, sex therapists at ICP are trained to work with both individuals and couples on common sexual challenges such as:
Our certificate in sex therapy combines didactic and clinical training and covers a wide range of topics that span assessment, case formulation and treatment planning. Close attention is paid to the development and deepening of the therapeutic alliance and the processing of clinical material that happens both in the room and connected to homework assignments completed in between sessions.
Applicants to the certificate program in sex therapy are required to complete:
Most of ICP’s sex therapy courses offer AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) CE credits that can be used toward AASECT certification or renewal of AASECT certification. Most courses also offer NYS CE credits.
The sex therapy certificate program at ICP is co-led by Suzanne Iasenza and Ian Kerner and faculty supervisors include Bruce Berman, Samantha Lutz and Mike Moran amongst others. Previous speakers at the Sex Therapy Collaborative have included:
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ICP’s certificate in sex therapy may be completed over the course of four academic years, or in as little as two academic years, and the fee is per component. ICP offers the yearly Jocelyn Elders Honorary Scholarship to encourage and nurture diversity within our Sex Therapy Collaborative as well as the field of sex therapy.
If you have already taken one or more sex therapy trainings at ICP as of September of 2016, those trainings may be used towards ICP’s certificate in sex therapy pending a planning session about your overall timeline for completing the certificate program requirements.
If you are interested in applying to the certificate program, please plan to enroll in the 10-week course on Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy, which is a requirement for joining the program’s clinical groups and seeing patients. Upon completion of the 10-week course, you will be interviewed by our faculty for admission into the certificate program. At the interview, we will discuss your interest in the program and overall clinical experience, as well as your availability and commitment to see ICP sex therapy patients. Enrolling in the 10 week course does not guarantee admission into the certificate program.
For more information about the certificate program in sex therapy, please contact Tobin Berliner, program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org