The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASET) is an organization for sex counselors, sexual education teachers and therapists. It is one of the largest and most influential associations of this type in the United States. It has branches in more than fifty countries around the world. In North America, AASET is the only regional sex education organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Sexuality Education Resource Center (SEERC) was established to provide a central place for sexuality education professionals to exchange ideas and information. The Center was named after the founding members who were instrumental in its growth and success. Its current steering committee is comprised of women over 40 years old. Its mission is to strengthen the role of sexual educators and counselors in community-based prevention education programs. It also provides technical assistance to local sex education programs.

The AASET offers two main publications: A Professional Journal of Sexual Education (PJSE) and a book on Sexuality and Family Therapy (SPT). The Professional Journal of Sexual Education (PJSE) includes peer reviewed articles, reviews, research reports, case studies and case histories on a wide variety of sexual health topics. Reviews and case studies are published to encourage, inform and motivate professionals to write about their specific areas of professional experience. The SPT book on Sexuality and Family Therapy (SPT) is designed to be comprehensive, practical and user-friendly. The book covers all areas of sexual health education, including family prevention, adolescent to adult treatments, STDs, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and relationships.

Currently, the American Association of Sexuality Educator and Psychotherapist is seeking a newly minted Professional Board of Reviewers for Sexuality Education. Appointment to this board requires at least ten years of experience as a qualified educator or counselor in the field of sexual health or sexual culture. Past experience as a practicing therapist or sex therapist is necessary for certification. The American Association of Sexuality Educator and Psychotherapist since 1992 has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Counseling and Mental Health Education Programs (CAAPHE).

To be considered for reapplication, an applicant must fulfill content requirements for each area of specialization that he/she has gained. Generalist application is available for those who have attained a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Specialist application requires at least a master’s degree in the chosen specialization. Those with professional experience in the area of sexual health must fulfill special level content requirements.

In order to be considered for reapplication, all curriculum vita and course certificates required by the American Association of Sexuality Educator and Psychotherapist Supervision Contract should be submitted to the supervising board. The contract will also require the applicant to undergo training and supervision by an additional professional. There are specific qualifications for this additional supervision and these are:

In order to receive a certificate, an educator must also have a supervising professional. These professionals are referred to as CAAPHE Supervisors. All individuals who wish to be included on a teacher or counselor team in which memberships are limited must first be approved by the CAAPHE. Once all supervising professionals have agreed to supervise the group, the individual applying for the position of educator or counselor will be required to again go through the application process.

With all of these requirements in place, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your application in for certification by the American Association of Sexuality Educator and Psychotherapist Supervision. Your application should also follow the guidelines and procedures set forth in their website. If you aren’t already a member of this organization, you should become one today!