Online Certificate in Sexuality

Learn Core Knowledge

Go Online and Start Learning about Sexuality

On Your Own Schedule!

Register Anytime–Learn at Your Own Pace

You:  A psychotherapist, nurse, allied healthcare professional, or educator who wants to learn basics so you can counsel clients concerning sexual issues.  But you’ve found it difficult to find the right training continuing education program, one that is thorough but that doesn’t require all of the expense and time away from home required by most training.

Us:  The Buehler Institute offers the answer:  online learning.  Log in any time to delve into a unique, 75-hour continuing education program that covers 90% of the Core Knowledge Concepts in Sexuality required by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Sex Therapists, and Counselors*, including:

  • Sexual development
  • Sexual anatomy
  • Defining sexual health
  • Naming familial and social factors that contribute to sexual identity
  • Diagnosis and treatment of major sexual disorders
  • Understanding and treating the LGBTQ client
  • Understanding and treating the sexually diverse client
  • Fostering intimacy skills and eroticism
  • Attaining knowledge in medical factors that affect sexuality
  • Treating problematic sexual behaviors, e.g., sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Assessing and treating sexual problems resulting from sexual abuse and assault
  • Recalling history in the field of sexology
  • Describing principles and methods of sexuality research

The online program is designed to fulfill 75 of the 90 required hours of education in core knowledge for AASECT, but any psychotherapist who wants a better understanding of treating sexual problems is encouraged to enroll, as well as sex educators and counselors seeking AASECT partial fulfillment of educational requirements.  Please see the Blended Learning Program in Sex Therapy if you want to fulfill all 150 of the AASECT educational requirements to become a certified sex therapist.

The Buehler Institute is approved for continuing education by the American Psychological Association and California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP #16394).  The Buehler Institute is also approved by AASECT as an Organizational Provider.  Californians, please note that the BBS accepts CEUs that are APA approved.

Your Instructor

Dr. Stephanie Buehler, Director of The Buehler Institute, is a licensed psychologist in the state of California (PSY 17609).  She is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and supervisor of sex therapists and counselors.  Dr. Buehler is the author of What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex and Sex, Love, and Mental Illness: A Couples Guide to Staying Connected.  A new book is due out in 2017 entitled Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy:  Sexuality and Intimacy.

Dr. Buehler is a graduate of UCLA (B.A.), USC (M.P.W.), CSULA (Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential), Pepperdine University (M.A.), and Alliant/California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego (Psy.D.).   She worked for a decade as an elementary school teacher in the inner city of Los Angeles; a decade for Teacher Created Materials as a freelance author and editor; and for the past fifteen years has been in private practice in Orange County, CA.

How It Works

The 75-hour continuing education program consists of four Modules.  Modules are divided into Courses, and Courses are divided into Lessons.  Within the Courses, you will find a variety of learning activities, including powerpoint lectures, video clips, website visits, and journal articles that were chosen both for content and interest.

Activities are designed to be completed within an hour or less.  You could complete a lesson each day on your lunch hour, or you can “binge learn” and complete several.  Log on while at your desk, in your jammies, or anywhere at all, any time of day that is convenient for you.

Once you are enrolled, and before the first quarter begins, you will be sent detailed instructions on how to log into our customized learning management system (we are using Talent LMS).  Then the fun begins, as learning modalities are varied:

  • Watching powerpoint videos narrated by Dr. Buehler
  • Watching video clips available on the learning management system
  • Reading academic and popular articles

When you understand the material, take a quiz–you have two chances to pass.  Once you complete all four modules, you will receive via mail an attractive certificate that documents your knowledge.

***Why 75 hours and not the full 90 required by AASECT?  If you read the fine print of the Core Knowledge Areas for AASECT, you will find that you can only earn 75 of the 90 hours through distance learning.  You can get the other 15 hours through attending conferences and other live workshops, or from most any human sexuality college course.

Continuing Education Approval


The Buehler Institute Psychological Services, Inc. DBA The Buehler Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Psychological Association, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences*, and the California Board of Registered Nurses.  The Buehler Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Buehler Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The Buehler Institute is also approved as an Organizational Provider by AASECT.  The California BBS will accept CE credit from APA-approved providers.

Please note to satisfy APA requirements this program is taught at the post-doctoral level.  In some courses, this requires the ability to read and comprehend research articles.  Every effort is made to find articles that are current, interesting, and well-written.  People who love to learn will be very satisfied.  If you are looking for an “easy” way to meet requirements, this may not be the program for you.

What about AASECT?

AASECT is the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and is the largest certifying organization for these professions.

To learn more about AASECT certification, please visit the AASECT website.  Or visit The Buehler Institute’s FAQ page.

Important Disclaimer:  The Buehler Institute is not a school, but a continuing education provider.  As such, we do not grant any type of license; it is assumed that someone taking this program is licensed to practice in the United States or is in a graduate program that will make them license-eligible.  If you live outside of the United States, you will need to check with appropriate government agencies to determine what is required in order to practice sex therapy.

AASECT-requires this statement:  Completion of this program does not ensure nor guarantee AASECT certification.  For more information, please email

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Technical Requirements

Although the learning management system will work on any device, it is recommended that you use a computer that allows you to take photos, as you will need to take a photo of yourself before you take any quiz for identification purposes.

The learning management system (LMS) is a separate site where all of the lectures, assignments, discussions, and quizzes take place.  You must be comfortable with navigating new sites or using Talent LMS online technical support.   You need to know how to follow online instructions on a computer screen, use your camera, bookmark the login page, and so forth.  If you have any concerns, you are welcome to email before signing up and we can decide together if an online program is right for you.

Five Reasons to Take Online Learning

  1. Saves time.  No need to take time from your schedule to travel to a classroom.  Meet your career goals and maintain work/life balance.
  2. Environmental benefits.  Fewer carbon emissions from travel.  Really.
  3. Greater reach.  You’re learning from people from all over.  How cool is that?
  4. Saves money.  Without classroom space, educational costs are less.  The program is just $24 per unit!
  5. Better learning.  You can focus on course material without distraction.  Log on when you are fresh and ready to learn.

And one good reason to take online learning from The Buehler Institute:  You won’t sit watching a talking head and moving your mouse, pretending you’re learning online!

Refund Policy

You have one week to decide on whether or not this program is right for you in order to receive a full refund less $50 processing fee–and you will forfeit any units.  You may withdraw within two weeks but the following fees will be deducted from your refund:  $50 processing fee plus $$30 per unit for any coursework you have completed.


The 75-hour distance learning program in sex therapy tuition is $1800.
It is meant to be completed within one year.


Pay two ways:  in full, or pay $150 per month for one year using a  subscription plan.  Use any credit or debit card, or PayPal account.   If you “Subscribe,” please hit the button only once and wait up to 5 minutes for an email acknowledgement from PayPal.  Thank you.



Once you enroll, you will be manually entered into the learning management system (LMS) and will receive an email with a welcome letter attached with details on how to log in and get started.  This can take up to 24 hours.

Looks Great But I Want a Full Program!

Sure!  Please take a look at the Blended Learning Program in Sex Therapy, designed for mental health professionals, or the Blended Learning Program in Sexuality Counseling, designed for nurses, physical therapists, and allied healthcare professionals, that want to conveniently meet all of the educational requirements for AASECT certification.  These programs include two additional online learning modules, plus two intensive live weekends of training in Orange County, CA.