Foundations of Sexology

A Short Certificate Program (42 hours*)

  • Intro to Sexology
  • Ethical Standards and Practices
  • Clinical Sexology Overview

Are you ready to add an exciting new layer of experience to your expertise? 

Do you want to deepen your potential to truly help and heal your clients? 

Are you up for the challenge of addressing one of the most important—yet frequently ignored—areas of personal wellness? 

Then it might be time for you to take your skills to the next level with a world-class training in clinical sexology!

If you're a therapist, counselor, bodyworker, educator, or other clinician, there's a good chance your clients have expressed some sort of sexual concern to you.

It could be an individual client whose unacknowledged sex-based shame is acting as a roadblock, preventing progress in your sessions with him.

Perhaps it's a struggling couple whose various conflicts can be traced back to a sex life that neither of them enjoys much.

Maybe it's your coaching client who has every reason to feel outgoing and confident, but her lack of sexual confidence hinders her growth in other areas.

It could be a person who has recently found comfort in the concept of gender fluidity and could use guidance navigating their shift in identity.

You understand the real need to address these concerns, but you hesitate to form a plan of action to tackle them.

After all, sex can be a tricky, sensitive subject to approach, and you don't want to unintentionally do more harm than good. 

That's a valid concern, and it's important to work within your qualifications.

But what if you had the tools you needed to help your clients in this vital area? 

Imagine feeling calm and confident when the topic of sex shows up in session, knowing you’re well prepared to address your clients’ concerns.

By adding this dimension to your work, you can help your clients achieve truly holistic healing.


Foundations of Sexology

If you’re wondering how to learn to address sexual concerns competently and confidently, look no further. Sex Coach U is excited to bring you Foundations of Sexology.

This specialized, professional training will equip you with the skills, competence, and confidence to address these sexual concerns, and many more. 

Sex and sexuality are areas that need much more attention than they often receive. If your work involves helping people heal, grow, and evolve in their personal journeys, the odds are high that your clients will bring these concerns to you. 

Ask yourself, and answer honestly:

Do you currently feel qualified to handle the range of complex sexual concerns that your clients might have?

If your answer is no, that's okay—but if you have ever shied away from diving into a sexual concern that your client brings up in your work together, then you know how important it is to gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of sexology. 

When your clients are ready to share their deepest selves, don't you want to be prepared to meet them where they are and offer an informed perspective?

Of course!

Unfortunately, even the best training for clinicians often leaves out the most essential elements of sexology, leaving many professionals feeling underqualified. 

If you can relate to that feeling, you're in luck! The courses included in Foundations of Sexology are designed to fill in those gaps, giving you the information, tools and confidence to go deeper with your clients and help them successfully overcome their sexual concerns.

After adding these 42 hours of high-level, professional training in sexology to your resume, imagine how much less awkward you’ll feel when the topic of sex comes up in session. How many doors will open for you when you are confident and grounded in the foundations of sexology? What new, exciting ways will you be able to work with your clients? How much can you add to your earning potential with this specialized skill set?

The possibilities are endless! Enrolling in Foundations of Sexology is the first step.

Enrolling in Foundations of Sexology is the first step

Here's what you can expect in your studies:

  • Current trends in sexology

  • The definition, founding principles, and tenets of sexology

  • The key differences between sex coaching, sex therapy, and sexology

  • Top sexological issues for men, women, and couples

  • The basic tenets of AASECT’s Code of Ethical Conduct as a sex educator/counselor/therapist

  • What may be and may not be ethical within the scope of your professional range of practice

  • How to state clearly your ethical framework and boundaries for working in clinical sexology that are either a component of other professional work you do and/or a new arena in which you work

  • Areas that are not within your comfort range or within your defined ethical guidelines that could occur within your work in clinical sexology and how you will respond to those areas

  • The clinical models known as PLISSIT, MEBES©, and sensate focus and how to work with a wide range of sexual problems or concerns for your clientele.

And best of all, you can dive into your exciting new studies today!

Enroll now and get instant access to your course materials.

Your Foundations of Sexology curriculum is designed to help you build a knowledge base that supports your work as a clinical sexologist.

Each course addresses a key area of sexology that is critical to your success working with clients who have sexual concerns.

Intro to Sexology is your first chance to dive into the what, how, and why of clinical sexology. As you absorb what sexology means to you—as a professional, and as a person, in general—you'll begin to imagine the unique ways you can weave it into your existing practice. You'll walk away from this course with a thorough understanding of what makes your work so important and effective.

Ethical Standards and Practices is an in-depth course that examines the special relationship that you will have with your clients as a clinical sexologist and therefore the special standards of care you will need to uphold. What you'll learn in this course will give you confidence to handle what many clinicians find so intimidating when talking about sex with their clients, so pay close attention!

The last course, Clinical Sexology Overview, will teach you how to help your clients with proven clinical sexology interventions. During this course, you'll learn about existing sexological models you can apply in your work, or use as inspiration when crafting your own.

* In addition to the amazing education you’ll receive, those seeking AASECT CEs can earn 42 CEs by completing all of the courses in Foundations of Sexology before November 15, 2020.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Patti Britton

Dr. Patti Britton has led 55+ SAR programs over the past 12 years in seven different countries to over 1,200 people. She is the author of the only SAR training manual (Routledge Press, 2017). Britton is a nationally board-certified Clinical Sexologist and world reknowned pioneer of the profession of Sex Coaching.

She’s the author of hundreds of articles, book chapters, and five major books in sexology; a popular speaker to consumers and a seasoned professional trainer to her peers, Dr. Patti hosts 40+ DVDs about sexuality.

Her media record speaks for itself—with appearances on over 200 television shows, as the featured guest on over 200 interviews for live talk and news radio. She’s a darling of the print media, with over 200 quotes in pop magazines, including frequent requests for her wisdom including in Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and other leading edge websites.

Dr. Patti is in the very top leadership globally and is a well respected pioneer in the field of sexology: Dr. Patti possesses a Ph.D. and Masters in Public Health, both in Human Sexuality. Dr. Patti is a Certified Sex Coach. She has stellar credentials including: Past-President of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT); Clinical Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists; Diplomate, American Board of Sexology; AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator/Supervisor; Lifetime Member and Advisory Council of the American College of Sexologists International; Member of the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality; National Advisory Board Member of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance; elected member of the Advisory Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health. 

She is also a former Academic Dean/Associate Professor of Sexology for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; and former Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School (TCS) of Professional Psychology in Southern California, Saybrook and Pacifica Graduate Institutes. In her capacity as professor she has chaired more than 30 doctoral dissertations in sexology studies. She has a private practice in Los Angeles and via skype worldwide. Dr. Patti is the Co-Founder of Sex Coach U, the world’s premier credentialing and training institute on sex coaching.


Each year, Dr. Patti conducts professional trainings, speaks at major events, participates in national magazine/news/website interviews, speaks on radio shows/podcasts, is a featured expert at summits, and appears on-camera for documentaries, webinars and instructional DVD programs for couples’ sexual enhancement and professional trainings in sexology.


Dr. Patti believes that women and men have a divine birthright to experience their sexual power, eroticism and ultimate pleasure.

What You Get When You Enroll in

Foundations of Sexology

Taking Foundations of Sexology will arm you with the information you need as a practitioner to recognize and address sexual concerns with your clients while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Don’t wait to sign up!

The sooner you start studying, the sooner you can increase your impact. You need the skills and information to be there for your clients, no matter what concerns they bring to you.

Why not learn from the best?

Sign up today to up your game and learn the Foundations of Sexology.

Treat yourself to another layer of qualification! You have so much to gain from taking this training.

Here’s everything you’ll get



Instant access to the course – you can start TODAY


State of the art 24/7 online learning platform – study from anywhere, anytime


Expert video lectures from esteemed sexologists Dr. Patti Britton and Dr. Neil Cannon


Over 40 hours of focused learning, implementing cutting-edge adult education techniques


Expert, personalized review of your work & feedback from Sex Coach U faculty


 (Including Instant Enrollment)

Taken individually, these courses would cost over $800. Luckily, you can take advantage of this special course package at the amazing price.

Course Package


Intro to Sexology

Ethical Standards and Practices

Clinical Sexology Overview

Course #1

Intro to Sexology

Instructor: Dr. Patti Britton

12 Course Hours

What does it mean to be a sexologist? How is it any different from being a sex therapist? What are the unique concerns you can address with your clients as a sexologist? You’ll learn all this and more in Intro to Sexology!

Here’s what you will learn:

  • The context of need for sexology worldwide
  • Current trends in sexology
  • The definition, founding principles, and tenets of sexology
  • The key differences between sex coaching, sex therapy, and sexology
  • The basics of anatomy and physiology within a sexological context

Have you been curious about the field of sexology and why this work is so important in today’s changing world? It’s time to understand the professional field of sexology and discover your place among other specialists.

Taking this required course will allow you to make a real difference in your clients’ lives by providing a full-spectrum approach to healing their sexual dilemmas, challenges, and wounds.

Recently, the topics of sexual health and well-being have been growing in popularity. More and more people are seeking ways to enhance their sex lives and feel empowered around their sexuality. They are looking for solutions to problems that they may have never felt able to address before, and they are looking for experts to help them find these solutions.

Now is the perfect time to learn more about what it means to be in the unique position to address sexual concerns as a Clinical Sexologist.

In this course, you will learn the context behind the need for capable and competent sexologists, be able to speak from a sexological perspective, and define some of the basics–from anatomy and physiology to sexual orientation and gender identity.

You will be able to make the critical distinction between sexology and other forms of sexually relevant coaching or therapy. Intro to Sexology is your first chance to dive into the what, how, and why of clinical sexology.

The foundations of sexology are incredibly rich. Learning how the field developed will give you a better understanding of where sexology can take you and your clients. 

Intro to Sexology will give you the background and foundational knowledge of the field of sexology. You’ll gain insight into how sexology differs from sex coaching and sex therapy, as well as the variety of challenges that sexology addresses.

This course is packed with information from one of the pioneers in the field of sexology, Dr. Patti Britton.

Don’t miss out on this amazing course that will jump start your studies within the powerful profession of sexology!



Wheel of Sexology Handout


Bulls Eye Approach Handout

Course #2

Ethical Standards and Practices

Instructor: Dr. Patti Britton

10 Course Hours

What are the ethical considerations of working in the field of sexology? Do you know which codes of conduct apply to your current role and how these codes will change when you work as a clinical sexologist? Ethical Standards and Practices will help you build confidence in the ethics of your work as a sexologist.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • The basic tenets of AASECT’s Code of Ethical Conduct as a sex educator/counselor/therapist
  • How to develop your own standards of practice for the ethical care of your clients
  • What may be and may not be ethical within the scope of your professional range of practice
  • How to state clearly your ethical framework and boundaries for working in clinical sexology
  • How to define areas that are not within your comfort range or within your defined ethical guidelines that could occur within your work in clinical sexology

Because you will work in a field that deals with highly sensitive and personal information, you will need to understand how to hold space for your clients while simultaneously taking care of yourself and protecting the longevity of your business. This course is designed to help you do just that.

As a professional who is transitioning into the field of sexology, it's important that you understand how ethical standards have been established in the field and how these might differ from the code of ethics of your current profession.

Clients will come to you with a variety of sexual concerns, so how do you establish boundaries so that you can be most effective in your role? After taking this course, you'll understand how.

You'll benefit from the wisdom of your guest lecturer, Dr. Neil Cannon, former Chair of the AASECT Ethics Advisory Committee.

Each profession has a set code of conduct that reflects the ethics of the field. Sexology is no different. In this course, you’ll learn what organizational bodies set the standards for clinical sexology. You’ll also learn about some of the ethical concerns that can present in a clinical sexology setting and how to address them.

You’ll also have the opportunity to determine your own standards for your practice based on existing models in the field. This in-depth course will examine the special relationship that you will have with your clients and therefore the special standards of care you will need to uphold.

At the end of this course, you will have clarity on what can and cannot be done as a sexologist, as well as a firm understanding of the various ethical standards that guide clinical sexological work.

Your Guest Lecturer

Dr. Neil Cannon

Dr. Neil Cannon is a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. They are also a teacher at the graduate and post-graduate level throughout the state of Colorado, including the University of Denver, the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State University, Front Range Community College, and Regis University. They are an instructor at The University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program.

Dr. Cannon has served as an expert witness on matters related to sexuality, and has appeared on countless radio and television programs, including Playboy Radio. They appeared regularly on Fox 31’s Everyday Show for several years. 

Dr. Cannon has a diverse professional and educational background. They are an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, they hold a Doctoral degree in Human Sexuality, a Master’s degree in Public Health, Post-graduate certification in Marriage & Family Therapy, and Post-graduate certification in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Family Systems.

They are a Certified Sex Therapist & Supervisor for the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Clinical Fellow for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). 

Ethical Standards and Practices will give you a solid understanding of the framework of ethical standards that have been established for the sexology field.

You will have the opportunity to examine what personal standards you would like to adhere to in addition to the Code of Ethical Conduct.

You will also learn the unique ethical challenges that may present themselves in your clinical sexological practice.

Course #3

Clinical Sexology Overview

Instructor: Dr. Patti Britton

20 Course Hours

Knowing how to address the top clinical concerns that your clients are likely to present and handle them confidently is the key to your clinical sexology practice.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • The clinical models known as PLISSIT, MEBES© and sensate focus
  • How each clinical model may be used for the treatment of male, female, or couples’ sexual concerns
  • The top clinical issues for male, female, couples, non-traditional and special circumstances clients

What does it mean to be a clinical sexologist?

How will you be able to support your clients using a clinical sexological model?

What types of client work are involved and how do you do it?

This course will answer those questions as well as give you several frameworks to implement with your sexology clients.

It’s important to know what tools you can use to frame the client experience and move them from concern to contentment. Clinical Sexology Overview with Dr. Patti Britton is the best place to get those tools!

Clinical Sexology Overview was designed with practical application in mind. You will gain the skills and knowledge of the various clinical sexology methodologies that will allow you to work directly with clients who have sexual concerns.

You will no longer be in the dark when an individual client or couple presents you with a sexual issue that is at the heart of their visit. You will learn from one of the top names in clinical sexology, Dr. Patti Britton, just how to help your clients with proven clinical sexology interventions.

Clinical Sexology Overview is really about the nuts and bolts of how to best work with these clients with confidence and that’s exactly what you need as a practitioner.

You know that in order to address your client’s sexual concerns it’s not enough to just study the mechanics of sex. You also need to know and understand how to implement strategies to help your clients overcome these concerns so they can be more fulfilled and sexually satisfied.

For decades, Dr. Patti Britton has been applying two models of clinical sexology (one of which she created) to her work with clients. She is well-versed in the methods and strategies for treatment that work in a clinical sexology setting.

By taking this course, you will be receiving tried and true methods to move your clients through a process with you that will result in success.

Clinical Sexology Overview is designed to give you an understanding of the powerful frameworks to use with your clinical sexology clients. By learning from one of the pioneers in the field of sexology, Dr. Patti Britton, you will be well on your way to practically applying these frameworks in real time.



Female Sexual Response Cycle Handout


Male Sexual Response Cycle Handout


MEBES© & PLISSIT Worksheets

If you’re ready to elevate your practice and start offering your clients well-rounded, holistic healing by learning how to confidently address their sexual concerns, your journey begins here.

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