What is the Institute for Sex, Intimacy, and Occupational Therapy?
We are an organization devoted to empowering occupational therapy practitioners to address sexuality and intimacy with their clients. We do this by building a connected community, offering continuing education, and serving as a resource for OT practitioners no matter where they are on their sex + intimacy journey.
What is the mission of The Institute?
Our mission is to dismantle restrictive norms related to sexuality and intimacy which limit clients and limit ourselves. We strive to promote understanding, respect, and empowerment for individuals as sexual beings.
What kind of continuing education is needed to be able to pursue a career in sexuality as an OT?
Sexuality is an ADL! As such, you already have all the credentials you need to address this with your clients. However, being able to and feeling confident in doing so are two different things! For that reason, we have created a library of continuing education courses aimed at the OT practitioner who wants to learn more about sexuality and intimacy.
What continuing education is available?
We have a variety of courses that are aimed at both beginners and advanced practitioners. For our current course listing, click here.
How do you recommend occupational therapy practitioners get started in this area?
We also offer 1:1 coaching calls for anyone looking for more personalized support. This can help you consider how to best start or pivot your practice to address this area.
A good starting point for recorded CEUs is "Sexuality and Intimacy throughout Lifespan" or "The Typical Treatment Session"
Are your CEU courses AOTA approved?
Yes! We are a part of the AOTA Approved Provider Program.
Can students take the CEU courses?
Absolutely! Our courses are appropriate for any student who would like to proactively learn more about this area of practice. Dr. Ellis is also available to work with schools directly; please contact us here if you would like to book her for a speaking engagement or curriculum review.
What is involved in the Sexuality Proficiency Certificate Program?
The Institute is developing a Proficiency Certificate program to meet the demands of the occupational therapy profession and demonstrate clinical excellent related to sexuality occupational therapy assessment and intervention.
The 3-Tiered Certificate Program is being developed over the next 3 years. While specific details of requirements are subject to change, ALL courses taken will count towards certifications.
Each level consists of requirements that must be completed within 2 years and all requirements will be available through online synchronous or asynchronous learning. While we may host live in-person events, attending a live event will never be a requirement for certification. Check out the current details of each Tier on our members resource for more information!
We look forward to having you grow with us!
What is the difference between the Sexuality Proficiency Certificate Program and AASECT Certifications
Sexuality Proficiency Certifications are specifically tailored to occupational therapy professionals and focus on the application of occupational therapy principles to enhance health and quality of life. Our intent with this certification is to bridge the gap between clinicians who want to integrate sexuality into their OT practice but feel they need support, guidance, and training. A Sexuality Proficiency Certification can be utilized for OT professional who want to grow in place, develop advanced practice, or specialize.
Are you looking for collaborators to create CEU courses?
Yes! The Institute seeks to be an economic ecosystem which supports the amazing work sexuality OT educators are doing. We always love hearing from other OT practitioners who are looking to share their sex and intimacy knowledge with a wider audience. Please contact us here.
Do you offer scholarships?
We are often able to offer limited scholarships, available upon request, for often minoritized groups, for example among many others, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people with disability. We also offer scholarships to individuals who are students in OT school or veterans. Please contact us for current opportunities.
What mentorship/consulting is available for OT practitioners interested in this area?
Dr. Ellis also offers 1:1 consultations for any practitioner who is looking for a more personalized experience. You can book directly with her here.
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