AASECT -Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology Program – Application and Deposit


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Modern Sex Therapy Institutes now offers a doctorate in Clinical Sexology.

The Clinical Sexology Ph.D. program is geared for licensed mental health professionals including marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, social workers and psychologists who want to further their education and services for patients.

Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License NO. 6467


Modern Sex Therapy Institutes now offers doctorate program in Clinical Sexology

“This program gives mental health professionals an opportunity to expand their practice, help individuals and couples who are dealing with relationship and sexual issues, and achieve an advanced degree,” reports Rachel Needle, PsyD, Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes’ Clinical Sexology Ph.D. program.

After completion of our Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology program, professionals “will be able to offer education, resources, tools, therapy, and techniques they previously could not in order to help clients with their own sexual comfort, expression, functioning, activity, and growth,” Dr. Needle adds.

The program components include 40 credit hours of core coursework, 20 credit hours of dissertation work (10 credit hours of dissertation research and 10 credit hours of dissertation defense), 50 clock hours of clinical supervision, and a comprehensive exam. The average length of time to complete the program is two years. 

Tuition is $17,375. Students have flexibility in payments and have up to two years to complete tuition payments without penalties.

“Sex therapy is an unregulated field in all states except Florida, which means many people who have licenses to practice therapy can call themselves sex therapists without formal training,” Dr. Needle states. “It is a good idea for clients to ask therapists about their training in sex and relationships when those are the issues they are coming in with” she notes.

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes has been offering Continuing Education (CE) and Sex Therapy Certification for over 10 years, providing the most flexible scheduling, course, and payment options in the market! With over 130 workshops to choose from, you can get all of your CEs for AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) or your license in person in 8 states, online via live webinars, or via video recordings.

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes is an AASECT, APA, and NBCC approved CE provider and offers Certification in Sex Therapy, Counseling and Education and Renewal CEs.

Rooted in the core principles of sex therapy, MSTI takes a true, multidisciplinary approach, by integrating cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, relational, and systemic approaches within the emerging field of sexual medicine.  Our training programs are trailblazing new pathways into the future of integrative sex therapy by providing mental health and medical professionals a robust and growing foundation for healing, improving relationships, and sexual well-being.

In addition, the institutes’ directors will work with students individually to help ensure they meet all education, supervision, and dissertation requirements for completion of the degree and certification including guiding them through the application process.

For more information on the Clinical Sexology Ph.D. program or any programs offered through Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, contact Rachel Needle, Psy.D., Co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, at [email protected], or call 561.379.7207.

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes is located at 1920 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 211, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rachel Needle, Psy.D. and Richard Siegel, Ph.D., LMHC, CST; and Joe Kort, Ph.D., oversee the Clinical Sexology doctorate program.

Dr. Needle is a licensed psychologist and certified sex therapist at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. She is the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center, a comprehensive psychological practice comprised of therapists with a broad range of specialties. She also is the the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, which provides continuing education to Florida mental health professionals, as well as Psychologists and sex therapists across the world. Dr. Needle is an adjunct professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Master’s in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Siegel is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and board certified sex therapist, certified by AASECT as a sex therapist and supervisor. He has more than 20 years of experience working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private sex therapy practice. He is considered a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists. He is a clinical member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emergent specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.

Dr. Joe Kort is a licensed sex and relationship therapist. He specializes in sex therapy, LGBTQ issues and Imago Relationship Therapy. He is the author of four books: 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives: Revised and Updated, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned about Their Men. A regular blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, he’s founder and director of the Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Kort is also in partnership with Modern Sex Therapy Institute offering an LGBTQIA Affirmative Certification for helping professionals working with this population.


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