How to become a Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioner (CIIP)?
- MFT COAMFTE Training, EFT Advanced and/or Schnarch Crucible Therapy Training
- AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
- Spiritual Intimacy Training Complete
Ready to become a CIIP?
Fill out the CIIP Membership Form.
Once we’ve received your completed application and membership payment information, you will be taken to the profile page. Here you will enter your practice information and upload a picture. We will review your application to assure you have met qualifications. Qualified clinicians eligible to be CIIPs receive many benefits more than covering their membership costs. They are listed on the NWIOI website with an elite group of therapists whose comprehensive training is matched by less than 5% of therapists in the country. All referrals into the institute are sent to our CIIP’s including referrals from our physician and specialist groups who only refer to institute therapists. CIIP’s are given speaking and training opportunities, monthly information on local and online training, free resources, free repeat courses, training discounts on local training, and free bi-annual certification renewal processing. CIIP’s are also given the very latest information on new resources and events for their professional development and to pass along to clients. The membership fee is $29/mo, however, the first month is free. It is your responsibility to send us verification when you have obtained the qualifications to advance your CIIP level. Your level listing on the website will then be changed.
All Associate CIIPs who are not yet fully certified as sex therapists must be actively working toward AASECT certification with an AASECT supervisor, clocking a minimum of 12 supervision hours a year. In order to keep your CIIP Certification current, you will be asked to verify your current state license and current AASECT certification every two years on March 1st. If you do not submit these prior to your renewal date your certification will be considered lapsed and your information will be dropped from the site until the Institute can be assured you are in good standing with your professional requirements. We recommend you place a reminder on your calendar each January of your renewal year in order to give yourself plenty of time. There is no additional certification renewal fee. You can find the renewal application here.
"This training in sex therapy, and the SAR especially, have opened up a way of viewing people that has proven to be invaluable for me. As my own self-knowledge developed, including awareness around my own biases and reactions, my ability to see the value in others has grown dramatically. I, by no means, have all the answers for my client’s sexual concerns, but I do feel confident that I can walk with my patients and shed light into an area of their lives that is often left in the shadows."
Sean Orpens, MS, LMFT
“I have learned so much from this training- it’s hard to describe the depth and breadth of topics we have covered. I find I can talk to my clients with confidence and offer "up to the minute research" about issues as varied as vaginismus, to the latest medications available for erectile dysfunction. But the most important part of the process is being able to consult with a group of colleagues who share my value and orientation to treating the “whole couple” in a “sex positive” manner. Being immersed in this training has given me language, knowledge and support to encourage my clients in their journey to loving each other well in the bedroom as well as the kitchen…..because it’s important to remember- foreplay begins at breakfast!”
Cynthia Benge MSW, LMHC, CIIP
The Advanced Clinical Sexology Course was an intensive, comprehensive, and well-planned course. The best training in sexuality I've have ever had! I definitely feel better prepared to address the sexual and intimacy issues my clients bring to therapy.
Tina Ensminger, LMFT
"Having someone in my practice to consult with about cases that focus on sexuality would be wonderful, but who? I don't know many therapists that are comfortable talking about sex during consultation, let alone therapists who actually ask their patients detailed questions about their sexual selves."
LMHC, 11 years
“It has always concerned me that so many therapists who have literally no advanced training in sex therapy are treating sexual issues, or advertising themselves as couples’ therapists who treat intimacy issues. They often do not see their incompetence. Best case scenario, clients stops seeing them and find another therapist. Worst case scenario, the client’s issues are made worse.”
Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD
The Advanced Clinical Sexology course provided a rich and unique opportunity to learn more about the human sexual experience. All of the coursework was immediately applicable to my work with clients.
Kristin Nielsen MS, LMFTA
The Advanced Clinical Sexology Intensive is a must for therapists who desire to work in the realms of sexuality and for therapists who are passionate about working with couples. It is essential to the 'self as therapist' aspect of our work to understand our own struggles and discomfort around sexuality in order to be effective.
Robin Crosby, MA, LMHC
“A couple in their 60’s mentioned to me the other day that in all the times they were in therapy they never talked about intimacy. However, when they finally did seek a therapist who was trained to address their intimacy issues, they found that the sessions we had felt at times like a 'spiritual experience'. They appreciated being encouraged 'to continue to explore and implement' what they were learning into their daily lives.”
Kimberly Castelo, MS, LMFTA, CIIP
“It is a fulfilling occurrence to begin a conversation about sexuality and intimacy with my clients. Not only does it deepen our work together by adding another aspect of being human but also enriches previous conversations that relate to bio-psycho-social-spiritual issues.”
Kristin Nielsen, MS, LMFTA
“As a family therapist there are times my lack of training and information regarding sexology is not helpful to the families, couples and individuals with whom I work. Any information about upcoming classes and/or training would be greatly appreciated.”
LMFT, in practice 10 years
The Advanced Clinical Sexology Course is an invaluable resource for clinicians who are working with couples and individuals, regardless of whether or not they specialize in Intimacy and Sexuality. This is a much needed area of learning that all couples therapists should have. The location, presentations, education, and case reviews are excellent, and will help me guide my clients going forward in my practice. I highly value the connections I made with my peers and the opportunity to work with them in this area. The leadership at the Institute provides resources and consultation so necessary for intimacy and sexuality work.
Kimberly Delaney, MS, LMFT, CIIP
The practice of sex-couples therapy provides an opportunity for profound personal growth - much of which is spiritual growth. A therapist is negligent when he or she does not seek advanced training in order to bring this opportunity to his or her clients.
Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers
Dr. Tina blends this wonderful combination of presence, depth, honor, pleasure and playfulness when it comes to integrating sexuality and intimacy. Sexuality is one doorway to satisfaction, self-development and wholeness. It's a privilege to be working in this field and learning from others who are challenging themselves and becoming more and more alive.
Jamie Abenroth, MA, LMHCA
"I feel like there is so much to know that I didn't even realize about sex therapy. I am part of a large group practice and I honestly don't know anyone I work with who talks about sex....period....let alone talking about sexuality in relation to a case."
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 6 years
“I am so glad this training is here. I can feel myself not addressing sexual issues in the clinical room, and I know it is because I am just not confident I know what to do.”
LMHC, in practice 8 years
It’s hard to believe I could go so many years as a Marriage and Family Therapist (since 1978) with so little knowledge about how to work with clients around sexual issues. It really is mind-boggling. I’m so very very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Clinical Sexology Course. The class far exceeded my expectations. I learned so much and realize there is much more to learn. It was by far one of the best learning experiences I’ve had in all my years of practice.
Carol Ruth Summers, MS, LMFT