Accreditation

Accreditation with the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd (SAS)

SAS is Australia’s leading peak body for the regulation and accreditation of psychosexual therapy and sexuality education. Psychosexual therapy, or sex therapy, and sexuality education are self-regulated as no statutory regulation is available. SAS has therefore developed a system of accreditation to ensure the public is protected with trained, qualified and experienced therapists and educators providing professional psychosexual therapy and sexuality education in Australia.

SAS has developed evidence-based guidelines for the accreditation of psychosexual therapists, sexuality educators, and sexologists. The accreditation standards are comparable to the standards set by international accreditation bodies the 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.

Benefits of accreditation

As an accredited Psychosexual Therapist 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 receive:

  • Ability for accredited members to be featured on the SAS website with picture, bio and contact details
  • Eligibility for nomination and election to the National Council and its executive positions
  • Ability to promote your accreditation status
  • Permission to use the national SAS logo
  • Permission to use the Accredited Member logo
  • Clinical Accredited Members may 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. They adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice. To find out more, go to www.societyaustraliansexologists.org.au.
  • Provisional Accredited Members may promote their accredited status by using the following:
    [Member’s Name] is an Accredited Provisional [Psychosexual Therapist/Sexuality Educator] Member of the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd. They adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice. To find out more, go to www.societyaustraliansexologists.org.au.

Accreditation criteria

Outlined below are the minimum standards for accreditation as a Psychosexual Therapist or Sexuality Educator. Accreditation is only available to General Members, or Provisional 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.

Clinical Psychosexual Therapist

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.

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 required 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.

Provisional Psychosexual Therapist

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.

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 required 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.

Clinical Sexuality Educator

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

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)

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 required 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.

Provisional Sexuality Educator

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

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)

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 required 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.

Applying for accreditation

It is a good idea to contact the National Accreditation Officer to discuss your options before applying for accreditation. Please review the full accreditation criteria and information on recognition of prior learning before completing the accreditation application forms. You can access this information and all documentation on the Documentation page.

Costs of accredited membership

The membership year runs 1 July until 30 June. Membership fees are due on 30 June each year. The standard annual membership fee of $150 applies to accredited members.

A one-off application fee for accreditation is required upon acceptance of accreditation status. The application fees are:

  • Clinical $100
  • Provisional $50

These fees are current as at 1 July 2017.

Please contact your State Branch representative or the National Accreditation Officer for further information.