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Sexual Health Certificate Program

The mission of the Sexual Health Certificate program (SHCP) is to provide comprehensive education and training to professionals about sexual health. The Certificate Program will address the learning needs of sexuality educators, sexuality counselors, and sex therapists. The Sexual Health Certificate Program believes that sexual health is an important part of every individual's general health. Individuals and couples may experience problems in their sexual health related to psychological, environmental, hormonal, medical or relational facets of sexual health. The goal is to provide excellence in the training of professionals in sexual health education, counseling, and therapy.

Our program has a 99% completion rate. All reading materials are included with the cost of tuition.

The Sexual Health Certificate Program provides comprehensive education and training to professionals interested in the field of sexual health in five tracks:

To candidates for the 2021 cohort: We hope to offer our program in its traditional hybrid format for 2021, but our primary concern is the safety of our participants, instructors, and community. We may offer the program fully online if it we deem that is the appropriate measure. All participants applying to the 2021 Cohort should be prepared to be flexible about the format of program delivery. We will strive to make informed decisions and communicate about the program format as early as feasible.

AASECT Certification

The five tracks of the program (counselor, therapist and educator) utilize AASECT recommended standards of learning including six courses (90 hours) in sexuality education for all, a specialized values training called the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR—12 hours) for all, and additional hours of training specific to certification credentials in sexuality educator (30 hours), sexuality counselor and sex therapist (60 hours). The program addresses the AASECT certification process throughout the program and assists participants in locating AASECT supervisors and mentors suitable to each participant. At the conclusion, participants receive a certificate indicating the successful completion of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Program; Participants who are interested in receiving AASECT certification will need to apply for certification at the conclusion of the program.

Advisory Board and Faculty

  • Heather C. Alberda

    Heather C. Alberda

    BA, CSE

    Reproductive Health Educator, Ottawa County Department of Public Health

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Continuing Education Hours

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for up to 192 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. University of Michigan Sexual Health Program, Provider #06-104D. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please visit

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 University of Michigan Medical School and 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 192 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please see the individual track pages for more information about the continuing education hours for each program option.

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