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


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 Human Sexuality Professional.
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. 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.

IS IICS AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION?
IICS is licensed by the Florida Commission of Independent Education 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. Oversight by the CIE ensures that IICS is held to and maintains a high standard of education provision.

Accreditation is something that is not well-understood by many people. In brief, a university that offers a program from which graduates may seek state licensure needs to be accredited. Also, students who wish to seek financial aid may only apply if the school they wish to attend is accredited.

For institutions that do not accept financial aid and do not offer degrees towards a license, accreditation is not, a necessity.
An IICS degree does not lead to licensure, only certification. IICS offers a payment plan but students are not eligible for financial aid.

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.
Contact us to discuss your current education and credentials if you unsure.

DO I NEED TO ATTEND IN PERSON?

The entire program may be taken in person, via live webinar, or combination of both. Students must appear in person for their oral exam.

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 THE TUITION?

The total tuition is $16,320. There is no extra charge for additional time to complete the dissertation/project.

WHAT KIND OF PAYMENT PLAN IS THERE?

Students will have the option of making monthly payments for up to 24 months from the time of enrollment. There are no pre-payment penalties.

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. You may complete the classes in any order, so you do not have to adhere to a particular schedule.

The Specialty Concentrations each have their own schedules and some have in-person requirements. 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 many of our students choose to do a Capstone Project, which does involve some research but allows you to create an exciting project that will enhance the field of sexology. For example, the creation of a program specialty, or researching the need for and then translating the sexology program into Spanish. Some of our students have written workbooks for special populations.

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, become a Board Certified Sex Therapist from your home or office.
For more information, please go to
https://www.therapycertificationtraining.org/training/sex-therapy-training
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, Human Sexuality Professional, 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 referral page.
Access to the international community of graduates, students and professionals in sexology on the TCA listserve. 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 as in invaluable resource to 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 under the Therapy Certification Training. IICS will accept up to 24 credits, or 75 class hours, from a non-Therapist Certification Association (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.

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 $4,080 credit towards the $16,320 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 from the time of enrollment. There are no pre-payment penalties.

Do I have to attend in person?
You have the online delivery option which means you may attend via live webinar. You only need to attend the Hypnotherapy specialty and Oral Exam in person.

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.
Upon completion, you will be Board Certified by the Therapist Certification Association and market yourself as such. In other words, become a Board Certified Sex Therapist from your home or office. Please go to https://www.therapycertificationtraining.org/training/sex-therapy-training for more information for just the certification.

 

 

 

Continuing Education provided by Dr. Carol L. Clark.

  • Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Provider #50-550/BAP585.
  • Dr. Carol L. Clark is an approved CEU provider for the Florida Board of Nursing, expires 10/19
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, expires 3/19
  • Florida Board of Psychology, expires 5/18
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) #11-112B These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.
  • All ATTI classes are approved by the Florida Certification Board #5094-A
  • Dr. Carol L. Clark is approved under FL DOH/MQA to provide sex therapy and hypnotherapy CEUs.
  • Dr. Carol L. Clark, DBA Therapy Certification Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6856. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Dr. Carol L. Clark, DBA Therapy Certification Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.