The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (UMSHCP) is now accepting applications. Start date: April 2017. Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program (UMSHCP) provides comprehensive education and training to professionals interested in the field of sexual health in three tracks. Participants will gain assessment, intervention, and consultation skills; will learn strategies to apply these skills in the workplace; and will link with a peer learning community to practice new skills and discuss applied learning.

Location:

Sexuality Counselor /Sex Therapist: 4 campus based courses at University of Michigan Campus, Ann Arbor MI and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Sexuality Educators: 4 campus based courses at University of Michigan Campus and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Blended track both Educator and Therapist/Counselor: 5 campus based weekends or 4-day weekends at University of Michigan and 5 weekends offered in live distance learning

Presenters:

AASECT Certified Sex Therapists, Sexuality Counselors & Sexuality Educators

The three tracks of the program (counselor, therapist and educator) include six courses (90 hours) in sexuality education for all, a specialized values training called the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR—15 hours) for all, and additional hours of training specific to sexuality educator (30 hours), sexuality counselor and sex therapist (60 hours).

Program Format

Following a group-style ‘cohort’ learning model, participants enter together as a class and remain together throughout the training in their track (see calendar at UMSHCP website). Total program lasts one year—April 2017 to March 2018.

The new cohort commences in Spring of each year. Throughout the program, participants participate in a total of seven two-day minicourses (minicourses=15 hours each) if pursuing sexuality educator training, or nine two-day minicourses if pursuing sexuality counselor or sex therapist training.  The weekends are arranged so that a participant can take both a counselor or therapist track and the educator track should they wish to do so. 

All participants in all three tracks share 90 hours of educational minicourses together (six weekend classes). All are together for the first four-day weekend including the SAR and an educational mini course.

The participants also pursue advanced training in their ‘track’ of Sexuality Education (30 hours =a two-day Mon/Tues and two-day Sat/Sun), Sexuality Counseling (60 hours = 2 two-day weekends and one four-day Sat-Tuesday), and Sex Therapy (60 hours = 2 two-day weekends and one four-day Sat-Tuesday).

Live Distance Learning

75 hours of sexuality education can be attended through simultaneous live distance learning (see calendar at website). The remaining courses are campus-based learning because they involve training (role plays, case discussions, curriculum design and other elements) better suited to on-campus learning.

Faculty

Program faculty are AASECT certified sex therapists, sexuality counselors, and sexuality educators, as well as certified supervisors. They are skilled teachers as well as sexologists who teach and train at other institutions, have conducted research, published articles and books, worked to change public policy in the field of sexual health, spoken at national and international conferences, and are frequently cited in the media. They maintain professional affiliation with AASECT as well as other major professional organizations in sex therapy and research, sexuality education, health and mental health.

Curriculum

An overview of course content is available at UMSHCP website.

Once admitted, participants receive detailed information about program participation, travel and hotel accommodations, website-based learning used in the program and detailed syllabi for the courses. Some reading and non-graded assignments are part of every class.

Sexuality Educator, Sexuality Counselor and Sex Therapist Tracks

The program is open to health and mental health professionals from all recognized disciplines. An applicant applies to the program by ‘track’:

–Sexuality educators are professionals with an undergraduate or master’s degree (or higher) who regularly provide information about sexual health in educational or health environments. This includes but is not limited to schools, residential treatment facilities, medical centers, and family planning centers.

–Sexuality counselors are primarily professionals providing health care, like nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, who assist in defining a client’s sexual issues and concerns, and provide both counseling.

–Sex therapists are mental health professionals who are licensed in their states or countries to provide mental health care. They have completed graduate school for clinical training in their professional area. This may be a PhD, MD, MSW, or MA.

–Multidisciplinary focus. Sexual health professionals consistently interact with other disciplines to promote the principles of sexual health for the clients and groups they serve. The cohort style learning encourages this multidisciplinary approach.

CEs

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 195 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied towards AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@aasect.org

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Social Work. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 195 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.    

The program is approved for up to 195 AASECT CEs. It offers up to 195 medical CMEs and ACE CEs (counseling/MFT/Social Work) as well. 

Advisory Board

The program’s Advisory Board is composed of leaders in the fields of sexual health and reproductive justice and include: Eli Coleman, PhD; Betsy Crane, PhD; Ed Goldman, JD; Debby Herbenick, PhD; Hilda Hutcherson, MD; Tim Johnson, MD; Beverly Whipple, PhD.

Emeritus Advisory Board Members: Dennis Sugrue, PhD; Stanley Althof, PhD

For further information contact:

Prem Pahwa, LMSW, UMSHCP Assistant Director at premp@umich.edu, 773-919-2919

Valerie Wood, LMSW UMSHCP Co-director at vwood@umich.edu, 734-332-9196

Website: http://ssw.umich.edu/offices/continuing-education/certificate-courses/sexual-health

 

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