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Sexual Health Certificate Program

Preparing professionals to provide comprehensive sexual health services from a social justice framework

Sexual Health Certificate Program

Our mission is to provide excellence in comprehensive sexual health education and training to professionals aiming to become Sex Therapists, Sex Educators, and Sexuality Counselors while maintaining the core values that sexual health is a part of general health, that problems in sexual health are multifaceted relating to psychological, environmental, hormonal, medical, physiological, social, and relational areas of functioning, and that sexual health is an issue of social justice whereby all should have access to information regarding their own sexual health.

Following the completion of SHCP, participants will be able to employ evidence-informed sexual health information for diverse populations, settings, and health considerations within their work as sex educators, therapists, and counselors.

This program is for mental health professionals, medical health professionals, and health educators interested in becoming sexual health providers. Professionals seeking a certificate in sexual health may include: social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, physical therapists, other healthcare professionals, pre-K-12 educators, college educators, and clergy, among others.

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

The application for the 2023-2024 cohort will launch September 1st. Please plan to apply early: The program application will close on January 10th or when the program fills, whichever occurs sooner.

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

  • Christiana Awosan

    Christiana Awosan

    PhD., LMFT

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Assistant Professor, Iona College

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 210 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 210 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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