AASECT Certification Update

Dear Members and Certified Professional Members of AASECT, 

It excites me to thank and praise AASECT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee as they propel our organization forward and challenge us to be better professionals and people. Because of their efforts, a new Section V. #C will become effective for all certifications as of midnight on 31 December 2020.

Those illustrious DEI Committee Members are: 

  • Molly Adler, LCSW

  • Juan Camarena, PhD

  • Debbie Bazarsky, PhD

  • Janet Brito, PhD

  • Jayleen Galarza, PhD

  • Melina Gaze, BA

  • Tameca Harris-Jackson, PhD

  • Karyll Scott Honeycutt, LCSW

  • Laura McGuire, EdD, CSE

  • Donno Oriowo, PhD

I also wish to thank Dr. Sally Valentine, former Chair of the Certification Steering Committee, and the Chairs and Members of the Sex Educator, Counselor, Therapist, and Practitioners Supervisors Certification Committees for their time and energy. Thanks to their discussions at our Certification meeting and on-line, you will note various changes to the certifications here: 

Updated in the Educator, Counselor, and Therapist Certifications:

  • Section V, #C. shall replace Section V, #O and read: “Intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender, with specific attention on elements of power, privilege, and oppression both within intimate relationships and larger systems. This should also include interpersonal awareness of one’s own identities and how elements of power, privilege, and oppression are perpetuated in one’s work as an educator, counselor, and therapist.” 

  • Section VI, #E. shall read: “Peer-to-peer professionalism including principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.” 

Updated in the Counselor and Therapist Certifications:

  • Section VI, #F. shall read: “Ethical decision making, best practices, and provider to client professionalism.” 

Stricken from the Sex Therapist Certification:

  • Section VI, #G.

To view the sections mentioned above, please visit the following pages:

Sexuality Educator Certification Requirements
Sexuality Counselor Certification Requirements
Sex Therapist Certification Requirements

If you have questions or comments about this change to #C, please feel free to reach out to me: eric@ericmgarrison.com.

While we are still in this SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic, please stay physically distant, mindfully close, and socially just.

E. M. Garrison
Chair: AASECT Certification Steering Committee
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
Diplomate of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

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