FAQ

FAQ

General Frequently Asked Questions
Scroll down to see FAQ specific to IITAP and AASECT


WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO WITH A Ph.D. IN CLINICAL SEXOLOGY?
Prospective students often wonder why bother to invest time and money in obtaining a Ph.D. We’ve included some descriptions from our graduates of what they are doing with their Ph.D to give you inspiration.
In this FAQ is also a section on the advantages of being Board Certified.

Here’s what some of our Ph.D graduates are doing:
I work at Therapy Department; a counseling and consulting private practice in Huntington Beach, CA. I specialize in sex therapy, relationships, and transgender identities. I provide in office and video counseling to clients throughout the United States. My PhD helped me create, develop, and launch the Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model training program. My PhD has given me many opportunities that I have dreamed of including further expert status, which has greatly benefited my business. It has also provided me with specific training in sex therapy and gender identity that helps me give the best clinical care to clients.
Best Regards,
Kristie Overstreet PhD, LMHC, LPCC, LPC, CST, CAP
Clinical Sexologist & Psychotherapist
Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model Training & Certification Program
Author of Fix Yourself First: 25 Tips to Stop Ruining Your Relationship

It was a wonderful decision, thanks to the vision of Dr. Clark my dearest and lovely mentor! I'm now in Lobito, Angola. And thanks to my Ph.D I'll be soon working for the University of Lusiada. I'll be giving training to others academic professors on Human Sexuality! That same university invited me along with another Ph.D ( we are the only two in this city) to initiate the process of creating a Center for Africa Studies! The grants are in their way! We are in the process of having Columbia University from New York, on board.It will be a major accomplishment for the Institution!! All that thanks to my Ph.D!!!
Have my regards,
María Silva
Masters in Social Work
TCT Transgender Care Therapist
Ph.D Clinical Sexology
Other graduates are working in private practice, teaching, running treatment programs, writing and marketing books and workshops, coaching, training other professionals, and more.

WHAT CERTIFICATION WILL I HAVE WHEN I COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM?
In addition to earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, as a graduate of IICS, you will be eligible for Board Certification (through the Therapist Certification Association) as either a Sex Therapist, Clinical Sexologist, or Sexology Educator.
You will also be able to seek certification in your specialty area, either through the Therapist Certification Association (TCA) or the Board relevant to that field (Hypnotherapy, Addictions, Transgender Care, Kink Conscious Counseling). For example, the Florida Certification Board will be the certifying board for our addictions graduates in this state. The International Transgender Certification Association will certify our transgender care graduates. Our student advisor will offer you personalized assistance and guidance for Board Certifications in your state or country.
AASECT (The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certification is distinct from TCA. The Director of the Institute, Dr. Carol L. Clark, is a supervisor and provider for both TCA and AASECT. With your Ph.D., you may choose to pursue AASECT Certification as a Sex Educator, Sex Counselor, or Sex Therapist. There are additional supervisory requirements for AASECT that will incur added fees.


IS IICS AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION?
IICS is licensed by the Florida Commission of Independent Education (CIE) to offer a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology and students earning that degree will hold it in perpetuity regardless of professional licensure status or geographical location. The CIE license is an assurance that IICS is held to a high educational and operating standard and is audited yearly.
Accreditation by a U.S. DoE entity is not necessary as this degree does not lead to a license. Our tuition is low enough that most students do not need Federal financial aid. We offer a payment plan and some students are eligible for a scholarship.


AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS PH.D. PROGRAM?
You may be accepted in the IICS program with a Master’s Degree or Equivalent in a Human Services field, including medicine, nursing, addictions, social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling.
Official transcripts indicating proof of your Master’s Degree, or indicating proof of a Bachelor’s degree plus transcripts or certificates confirming sixty (60) graduate level credits in a healthcare field may also be acceptable. These will be evaluated upon application.
Contact us to discuss your current education and credentials if you are unsure.


DO I NEED TO ATTEND IN PERSON?
The entire program may be taken via live webinar, in person, or combination of both.
There are two attendance track options: Every Saturday or 5 days on alternate months.
You may begin the Clinical Sexology Education at any time. We have open enrollment.


HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
The educational portion of the program may be completed in one year and you have two years from time of registration to complete your Dissertation/Doctoral Project. You may request an extension if needed. There is no additional charge for this.


WHAT IS EXPECTED OF STUDENTS?
Students are required to attend all of the classes. They may miss up to 3 sexology classes and will need to view the recording and write a summary. Each specialty has its own requirements.
IICS provides substantial resources in the form of videos, articles, and assessment instruments. Students are required to view and read these independently and it is expected that they will do so. There are no weekly time requirements.
Students will participate in 30 hours of supervision/case consultation (SCC) during which they will present their own cases and process other students’ cases. If students are not therapists, they will focus on their own field of practice and adapt their cases to that. Students will have flexible scheduling for their hours.
Students will take an Oral Exam at the end of their sexology education and SCC. This will be their opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned from the program, including applicability to cases.


WHAT IS THE TUITION?
The total tuition is $18,240. There is no extra charge for additional time to complete the dissertation/project. Books will cost less than $500 and are the student’s responsibility.


WHAT KIND OF PAYMENT PLAN IS THERE?
Students will have the option of making monthly payments for 24-36 months from the time of enrollment. There are no pre-payment penalties.
If you work for the VA or a company that reimburses for Continuing Education, you may get assistance from them, as we are CE providers for several boards.


WHEN ARE CLASSES HELD?
The Clinical Sexology classes are held in your choice of tracks. Track 1 is on Saturdays and Track 3 is from Thursday through Monday on alternate months, which allows out-of-town students to attend in person if they desire, but remember, all classes are streamed live. You may complete the classes in any order, so you do not have to adhere to a particular schedule. You may begin when we receive your deposit following acceptance. You may also mix the tracks, but you will not be able to finish more quickly, only have more flexibility.
The Specialty Concentrations each have their own schedules. Please refer to the Calendar on the website to see the complete schedules for all classes.


WHAT IF I CAN’T COME TO MIAMI?
You don’t have to. Good news! You may take all your sexology training and supervision/case consultation via live webinar.


WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DO A DISSERTATION?
Dissertations can seem scary and so we give our students a great deal of support.
Completion of doctoral research in the form of a dissertation or doctoral project is what qualifies you for a PhD. It says that you are an expert in a particular area and that you have contributed something new to the field.
Dissertations and doctoral projects both involve a lot of reading and writing up your findings in the form of a literature review that leads to identifying a missing piece that you, the doctoral student, will fill in. The only difference is a dissertation measures something and a doctoral project creates something.
For example, a dissertation may measure the impact of an external event on the subjects’ sexuality; while a doctoral project may create an intervention that will teach people how to address a problem such as having a transgender parent. Some of our students have created a program specialty, or researched the need for and then translated the sexology program into Spanish. Some of our students have written workbooks for special populations.
Our faculty will guide you through all phases of your research so you can enjoy the process.


WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF BOARD CERTIFICATION WITH TCA?
As a Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, or other healthcare provider, you know that a big limitation you face is not having sexology training and experience. All graduates of STTI and IICS will become Board Certified.
Upon completion, you will be Board Certified by the Therapist Certification Association and market yourself as such. In other words, you can become a Board Certified Sex Therapist while taking classes from your home or office.
For more information, please go to
https://www.therapycertificationtraining.org/training/sex-therapy-training
Our certification classes also apply towards the PhD program if you later choose to do a dissertation and receive your PhD.
The advantages of being a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, Sexology Educator, or Sex Therapist include:

  • Marketing yourself as a Board Certified Sex Therapist with the confidence of knowing you received top-notch training.
  • Listing on the TCA website “Find a Professional” page.
  • Access to the international community of graduates, students and professionals in sexology on the TCA listserv. The ideal place to promote your events, network for collaboration and share case studies.
  • Access to the international TCA Facebook group community of graduates, students, and professionals. This is an invaluable resource to promote your events, network for collaboration and share case studies.
  • Up to 10 free Continuing Education credits every 2 years. (Applicable to TCA, NBCC, AASECT, and Florida Board renewals).


OK, I’M READY TO APPLY!
Yay! Go to https://clinicalsexologyphd.org/ now!


FAQ for IITAP CSATs OR AASECT CSTs, CSEs, and CSCs
How many of my credits will count towards a Ph.D.?
Credits may be transferred from other institutions, including those from Therapy Certification Training (TCA). IICS will accept up to 24 credits, or 75 class hours, from a non-TCA institution.
For CSATs, this means transferring their IITAP credit towards the Sex Addiction and Compulsivity specialty. Both academic and financial credit will apply.
For applicants with AASECT credits, these may apply towards the Clinical Sexology Education portion of the program both academically and financially.
As a CSAT, you know that one of the biggest limitations and criticisms you face is not having sexology training and experience. Good news! You may take all your sexology training and supervision/case consultation via live webinar with the Sex Therapy Training Institute.

How many more classes will I need?
The IICS program has three sections: Clinical Sexology (48 credits), Specialty Concentration (24 credits), and the Dissertation/Doctoral Project (24 credits). If you are transferring 24 credits from your IITAP-approved training, you will need 48 credits in Clinical Sexology and the credits from your Dissertation/Doctoral Project. Your CSAT credits will count as your Specialty Concentration.
If you are transferring 24 credits from your AASECT-approved training, you will need an additional 24 credits in Clinical Sexology and the credits from the other two areas.
If you are both AASECT and IITAP certified and took your sexology training at a non-TCA institution, you may choose to apply the credits as you like. For instance, transfer 24 Clinical Sexology credits and then complete training in a TCA Specialty Concentration other than addictions.
What will my tuition cost?
We will apply up to $3,800 credit towards the $18,240 tuition if you transfer your AASECT or IITAP credits. We will evaluate your transcripts and provide you with an analysis and confirmation of transferable credit.

WHAT KIND OF PAYMENT PLAN IS THERE?
Students will have the option of making monthly payments for up to 24 months or even extend to 36 months from the time of enrollment. There are no pre-payment penalties.

 

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