Accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd

The Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd is Australia’s leading peak body for the regulation and accreditation of psychosexual therapy and sexuality education. Psychosexual therapy, or sex therapy, in Australia is self-regulated in Australia, as there is no statutory regulation available.  The Society has developed a system of accreditation to ensure the public is protected with only trained, qualified and experienced therapists providing professional sex therapy in Australia.  Self-regulation through accreditation ensures a higher level of professionalism in sex therapy.

The Society has developed evidenced-based guidelines for the accreditation of psychosexual therapists (sex therapists, sexologists, sex counsellors) and sexuality educators. The accreditation standards of the Society are comparable to the standards set by such international accreditation bodies as American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the United States, and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) in the United Kingdom.

The Society offers accreditation of professionals at the following standards:

  • Associate Sexuality Educator
  • Associate Psychosexual Therapist
  • Clinical Sexuality Educator
  • Clinical Psychosexual Therapist

Please read the information below on our accreditation standards. If you have any questions please contact your state branch representative or the National Accreditation Officer (these details can be found at Contact Us).

Who can Become Accredited?

Accreditation is only available to General Members, or Associate Members if seeking to upgrade. A member in good standing with the Society and who meets the accreditation standards may apply for accreditation or upgrade of accreditation at any time.

Benefits of Accreditation

As an accredited Psychosexual Therapist and/or Sexuality Educator you will be recognised as a leading professional in your field in Australia. In addition to the benefits of General Membership, you will also be receive the following benefits:

  • Eligibility for nomination and election to the National Council and its Executive Positions
  • Ability to promote to your accreditation status (please read more below: Promotion as a Psychosexual Therapist or Sexuality Educator)
  • Permission to use the Society of Australian Sexologists logo (national not state branch logo)
  • Permission to use the Accredited Member logo
  • Promotion of your practice on the Society’s website and referral service
  • Associate Accredited Members may also promote their accredited status by using the following:
    [Member’s Name] is an Accredited Associate [Psychosexual Therapist/Sexuality Educator] Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. He / she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice. To find out more, go to www.australiansexologists.org.au.
  • Clinical Accredited Members may also promote their accredited status by using the following:
    [Member’s Name] is an Accredited Clinical [Psychosexual Therapist/Sexuality Educator] Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. He / she adheres to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice. To find out more, go to www.australiansexologists.org.au.
Accreditation Criteria

Outlined below are the minimum standards for accreditation as a Psychosexual Therapist or Sexuality Educator. Full accreditation criteria, information on recognition of prior learning and accreditation application forms can be found below:

  1. Associate Sexuality Educator
    Sexological Education

    A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

    • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research);
    • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures);
    • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention);
    • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles);
    • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan;
    • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices;
    • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes);
    • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual education and sexuality-related (broad) research.
    Training and Education Provision
    • Minimum Certificate IV Training and Assessment (or equivalent, or RPL), or
    • Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Bachelor/Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma and Masters in a cognate area (Education, teaching, training)
    Attitudes and Values Training Experience

    A minimum of 12 hours is require in:

    • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.
    • Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.
    • The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.
    Teaching/Training Practice Hours
    • A minimum of 72 training/teaching hours in sexuality or a cognisant area
    • These must be formal training hours and not adjunct to another role or therapy
  2. Clinical Sexuality Educator
    Sexological Education

    A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

    • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research);
    • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures);
    • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention);
    • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles);
    • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan;
    • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices;
    • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes);
    • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual education and sexuality-related (broad) research.
    Training and Education Provision
    • Minimum Certificate IV Training and Assessment (or equivalent, or RPL), or
    • Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Bachelor/Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma and Masters in a cognate area (Education, teaching, training)
    Attitudes and Values Training Experience

    A minimum of 12 hours is require in:

    • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.
    • Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.
    • The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.
    Teaching/Training Practice Hours
    • A minimum of 216 training/teaching hours in sexuality or a cognisant area
    • A minimum of 24 hours mentorship by SAS clinical sexuality educator or SAS approved (by Accreditation Committee) mentor
    • These must be formal training hours and not adjunct to another role or therapy
  3. Associate Psychosexual Therapist
    Proof of Registration with Approved Professional Association
    • AHPRA Occupations include: Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy (the occupations listed for APHRA that are not appropriate for psychosexual therapy accreditation are: dentistry, podiatry, chiropractic, optometry, osteopathy, and pharmacy),
    • PACFA MAs,
    • Australian Counselling Association,
    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • or equivalent Professional Association

    International Applicants: Applicants from countries other than Australia seeking accreditation as a Psychosexual Therapist will need to meet this criterion as appropriate to their national registration standards. Proof of registration with the respective professional body will need to be supplied.

    Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance
    Proof of National Police Check (and/or Working with Children’s Check where appropriate)
    Sexological Education

    A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

    • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research);
    • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures);
    • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention);
    • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles);
    • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan;
    • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices;
    • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes);
    • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual therapeutic and sexuality-related (broad) research.
    Attitudes and Values Training Experience

    A minimum of 12 hours is require in:

    • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.
    • Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.

    The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

    Supervision and Client Hours
    • A minimum of 200 client-contact hours with a minimum of 50 supervision hours; consisting of a minimum of 30 hours individual supervision with maximum 20 hours group supervision.
    • The supervisor needs to be approved by Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd.
    • These hours need not be in sex therapy.
  4. Clinical Psychosexual Therapist
    Proof of Registration with Approved Professional Association
    • AHPRA Occupations include: Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy (the occupations listed for APHRA that are not appropriate for psychosexual therapy accreditation are: dentistry, podiatry, chiropractic, optometry, osteopathy, and pharmacy),
    • PACFA MAs,
    • Australian Counselling Association,
    • Australian Association of Social Workers
    • or equivalent Professional Association

    International Applicants: Applicants from countries other than Australia seeking accreditation as a Psychosexual Therapist will need to meet this criterion as appropriate to their national registration standards. Proof of registration with the respective professional body will need to be supplied.

    Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance
    Proof of National Police Check (and/or Working with Children’s Check where appropriate)
    Sexological Education

    A minimum of 216 hours (or RPL equivalent) is required covering the following content areas:

    • Overview of the discipline of sexology (including historical and contemporary approaches to psychosexual therapy and sexuality research);
    • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender (including sexual and gender diversity/identity, spirituality/religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual subcultures);
    • Sexual Function and Dysfunction (including diagnosis, testing/assessment, intervention);
    • Sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology (including models of sexual response cycles);
    • Developmental sexuality across the lifespan;
    • Knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices;
    • Knowledge of atypical sexual behaviours (including rape and sexual assault, paraphilias, and fetishes);
    • Familiarity of current research in psychosexual therapeutic and sexuality-related (broad) research.
    Attitudes and Values Training Experience

    A minimum of 12 hours is require in:

    • A Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. approved Attitudes and Values training experience (e.g. SAR); consisting of a process oriented exploration of the applicant’s own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behaviour.
    • Such training is not to be construed as personal psychotherapy or as an academic experience in which the primary emphasis is on cognitive information.

    The applicant will submit a one page comprehensive statement of his/her professional philosophy and goals of psychosexual therapy including how the SAR affected that philosophy.

    Supervision and Client Hours
    • A minimum of 1000 client-contact hours (may include the above 200 hours), with a minimum of 80 supervision hours (may include the above 50 hours); consisting of a minimum of 50 hours individual supervision, with a maximum of 20 hours group supervision and a maximum of 10 hours peer supervision.
    • The supervisor needs to be approved by Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd.
    • All hours except the first 200 hours MUST be sex therapy oriented.
Applying for Accreditation

In the first instance contact your State Branch President or Accreditation Officer. Applications must be on the official forms (see below).

Psychosexual Therapist
Sexuality Educator
Other Accreditation Documentation
Costs of Accredited Membership

The Membership year runs 1 July til 30 June. Membership fees are due on 30 June each year. The fees are current as at 1 July 2013. Members who join later in the year will pay a pro-rata fee. All renewing previous members will pay the full fee regardless of when they renew their membership.