Clinical Sexology

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Hi! I’m Dr. Carol Clark, the founder of the Sex Therapy Training Institute, which is now both a stand-alone certification program and also part of the doctoral program in Clinical Sexology.

The State of Florida is the only state with a requirement for use of the title “sex therapist.” When I completed my own training in this exciting field and earned a doctorate in Human Sexuality in 1997, my practice really grew and I developed specialties in both Transgender Care and Sex Addiction – sub-specialties in the field of sex therapy.
Thanks to my doctoral degree, I also became an adjunct professor at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, FL. Many of my students wanted to specialize in sex therapy as well and encouraged me to open a training program, which I did. I became a Continuing Education Provider for the Florida Boards of Psychology, Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. I later became an approved provider and supervisor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). My then-new Sex Therapy Training Institute (STTI) began training sex therapists around the country via both in-person and live webinars. Later, I created the Therapist Certification Association (TCA) and that Board certifies Sex Therapists, Clinical Sexologists, and Human Sexuality Professionals who complete the STTI program.

More recently, the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) has been approved by the Florida Commission of Independent Education to offer a PhD in Clinical Sexology. This program incorporates the STTI program curricula into the Clinical Sexology Education. All students will take this portion of the IICS program towards their Ph.D. Upon completion of that portion of the program, they will also be Board Certified Sex Therapists or Clinical Sexologists through TCA.

Students have two options for class attendance, which may be either in person in Miami or via live webinar from anywhere in the world. Track 1 meets on Saturdays and Track 3 meets for five (5) days in a row (Thursday - Monday) on alternate months.

Visit Sex Therapy Certification for more information about taking this program on its own for Board Certification.

Sex Addiction Therapy

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“Obsessive, compulsive, out of control behavior done in spite of negative consequences to self and others.”

This is the definition of addiction. It is a way of thinking and behaving that results from the brain changes that occur when the brain is stimulated beyond what is normal from an evolutionary point. We seek these intensified levels of stimulation when we realize that a particular behavior provides not only pleasure and euphoria, but escape from some underlying pain originating in childhood. The pain of believing that we are not good enough, not important, or are somehow bad people.

Drugs and alcohol provide relief, but other stimulating activities do as well. Shopping, gambling, eating and yes, various sexual behaviors, allow our “Caveman Brains” to make the link between the stimulation and the relief of pain. When the pleasure wears off, the pain returns and we immediately crave more. Addiction, then, becomes not so much a craving for a drug, but a craving for any stimulating agent.

It is from this perspective that we can treat addiction – any addiction. Treating sex addiction is NOT about inhibiting sexual behavior, but IS about helping people live recovering lives. Recovery IS about healing past trauma, learning to be present, experiencing healthy sexuality in any and all joyous ways. It is about Connection – to each other, to humankind, to all life, and to the Universe.

The Addictions Therapy Training Institute is an approved education provider by the Florida Certification Board (FCB), so the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) specialty in sex addiction will also allow students to sit for the FCB exam and become Certified Addiction Professionals.

IICS students who choose this specialty will learn about addiction in all its forms and learn how addiction permeates all life areas (see Addict America: The Lost Connection). You will learn how to help all of your clients to live more intimate, fearless, and Connected lives.

Classes are held on one Friday of each month. Enrollment is revolving so you can join any time. Go to the calendar or the catalogue for the class schedule.

This program may be taken on its own for Board Certification. Please visit Addictions Therapy Certification for more information

 

Transgender Care

 

Upcoming Transgender Certification Training!!

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$2,490 (after December 31) for the 6 day training! Earn up to  40 CE credits.

Find out more and REGISTER HERE!!

All training will take place at 9620 NE 2nd Ave #205 Miami Shores FL 33138

Workshops  and Training can also be attended via live webinar from anywhere!!

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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.

Hypnotherapy and Sexuality

  HYPNOfront6 1FINALNext year's training in June and August 2018!!!

Classes take place over two (2) - 5 day sessions spanning from June 14-18, 2018 and August 9-13, 2018.

Our brains have two distinct sections that are relevant to us as clinicians: The Limbic System (emotions, reward system, and survival) and the Prefrontal Cortex (thinking, reasoning, and executive functioning). When we do traditional “talk therapy,” we are engaging with the client’s Prefrontal Cortex and we often end up against a brick wall. People cannot “think” their way out of old traumas, cognitive distortions that originated from early experiences, or addictive behavior.

Every clinician needs an alternative, experiential therapeutic intervention in their toolbox that can access the Limbic System and make significant changes there. Hypnotherapy is one of those incredibly effective tools.

When a client is experiencing some sexual dysfunction that does not have a solely medical basis, then hypnotherapy can be used to allay anxiety, heal trauma, or otherwise remove the blocks to optimal sexual health.

The International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) specialty in Hypnotherapy provides clinicians an alternative to Cognitive-Behavioral interventions.

Classes take place over two (2) - 5 day sessions spanning from June 14-18, 2018 and August 9-13, 2018.

This program may be taken on its own for Board Certification for a cost of $2,490 or take 10% off if you are an IICS student and taking this as an additional certification.

Register Here!!

 Next training dates coming soon!!!

Kink Conscious Education

Course Overview

Release judgment, expand knowledge, and support clients who identify as Kinky or “into BDSM.” In this course you will engage in an overview of the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM, and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.


This course is designed to give Sex Educators, Sexuality Resource Managers, Medical Professionals,Therapists, Sex Counselors, Sex Coaches, Nurses, Health Educators, Behavioral Health Specialists, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and other healthcare providers (hereinafter referred to as Clinicians*), an overview of the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM, and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.

Clinicians will be able to identify as Kink Conscious, Kink Aware, Kink Knowledgeable, and Kink Sensitive.

Program Objectives
Graduates will be able to

1. Describe the ancient, cross cultural and contemporary roots of modern kink/BDSM and how this can empower your private practice and your client.
2. Utilize tools that support collaborating with your client to assess whether or not their desire for Kink/BDSM is a healthy behavior, an invitation for healing, and/or arising from past trauma and/or mental instability.
3. Describe the neurobiology of love and lust as it applies to Kink/BDSM.
4. Work effectively with couples when only one identifies as Kinky.
5. Implement interventions that support clients’ expressing their desire for Kink/BDSM in ways that are emotionally, physically and psychologically safe.
6. Describe the similarities and differences between Kink/BDSM, swinging, polyamory, asexual, sexual identification, fetish and other erotic templates as well as the most effective ways to focus therapeutic interventions.
7. Describe the difference between Domestic Violence, Codependency, Abuse and BDSM.
8. Apply Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.
9. Integrate academic research on kink/BDSM.
10. Special topics and ethical challenges when working with kinky clients.

Requirements
Student must be designated as Clinician* as defined in the Course Overview. If you have a question if your job description applies, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evaluation
60 Class Hours
10 Hours of Supervision/Case Consultation
Student Survey, Supervision, Class Participation

2018 Schedule Coming Soon!!

Kink Conscious Education