Training


Why do training with the Northwest Institute on Intimacy?

No matter what ilk or therapy you hale from, as a psychotherapist you undoubtedly have done plenty of schooling. However, did it ever seem odd that with all that schooling, only one class in human sexuality was required? So much of sexual development, relationship intimacy, sexual health and how to treat sexual dysfunction is omitted? Yet individuals and couples walk into our offices every day with complex issues involving their sexual and intimate lives… and they look to us for help. The other side of that coin is that most people trained solely in clinical sexology, are required little training in individual or couples therapy. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the range of human sexual expression and how to treat sexual issues, but not how to treat the complex context with which that expression is lived. We are bio-psycho-social-spiritual-sexual beings and we need therapists who are likewise trained.

We believe all great practitioners deserve to feel confident in treating all forms of sex and intimacy issues, as well as be competent to guide parents in navigating sex education in a digital world. We also believe it should be easier for therapists to become AASECT certified as sex therapists and sex therapy supervisors. In addition, therapists deserve the right to feel confident to treat people seeking to understand the spiritual side of sexuality and intimacy – whether from ancient eastern or western thought and practice. Our sex therapy and spiritual intimacy courses are succinct, yet thorough and are taught by experts in the field. NWIOI will offer courses that fulfill AASECT basic educational requirements for certification, as well and other interesting and thought provoking CEU seminars and workshops throughout the year.

A free lifetime of cutting-edge information

All Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioners™ (CIIP) may come back at any time and repeat a course they have already taken to stay up on any new information added to the course… FOR FREE… FOREVER. This is our commitment to continue to train and support the leading practitioners in Integrated Intimacy. Contact the Institute for the alumni registration process.

Courses

Advanced Clinical Sexology

This course meets many of the educational requirements to become an AASECT certified sex therapist for CoAMFTE Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and other psychotherapists. It is organized in an intense five-day format to maximize time and content, and to reduce costs. Some final course requirements will be completed after the five-day course. Topics covered include: Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, health and medical factors in sex therapy, range of sexual functioning from optimal to problematic, cyber-sexuality and social media, substance abuse and sexuality, learning theory and application, professional communication and reflection, history of sex research and theory, education and counseling/therapy, principles of sexuality methods and research, sex therapy methods and models, sex-related therapy techniques and diagnosis, theory and methods of medical intervention in the evaluation of psychosexual disorders, ethical decision making and clinical case review. Course offered through SPU: MFT 6120 CRN 10577 ($760 per unit in 2017-18)/4 unit course ($3040). Registration begins 9/1/17, Class size is limited. Please submit a non-matriculated registration form to SPU. After registration contact info@NWIOI.com for syllabus & details. Class involves extensive pre-course reading.

November 6 - 10, 2017
Seattle, WA
CLASS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017

SEATTLE S.A.R. AND PRIDE PARADE (Sexual Attitude Reassessment)

The SAR is a required course for AASECT certification and THE SEATTLE SAR AND PRIDE PARADE is one of the most extraordinary SAR's there is, in one of the most beautiful cities in the country! It is a highly provocative, experiential, cognitive and affective experience, which is designed to push comfort levels, elicit feelings, confront attitudes, beliefs, and values about sexuality. Presentations encompass media, along with presentations by panels showing the potential range of human sexual expression today. SAR is not a clinical training in sex therapy nor is it traditional sex education; rather it enables the participant to move emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and psychologically into a zone of greater knowing, acceptance, and tolerance of human sexuality in all of its possible dimensions. EARLYBIRD RATE OF $590.00 ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 4/30/18. THEN GOES BACK TO REGULAR PRICE OF $750.00.

June 21-24, 2018
Seattle, WA
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Core Competencies in Medical Collaboration

This 3-hour online course will emphasize a medical perspective using the biopsychosocial-spiritual-sexual model of health and illness. Participants will learn methods and techniques to assess and intervene with psychosexual problems experienced by patients and couples around health issues in general, and sexual health issues specifically. They will also become familiar with the operating constructs of medical culture, and the critical elements involved in a successful collaborative relationship with a medical provider. Given the number of physicians who refer to NWIOI, and who treat complex pelvic pain disorders, this course is a requirement to become a CIIP. (Exception - not required if you have basic 3-hour training in medical family therapy.) Objectives - In this course, you will learn:

  1. The number 1 reason MD’s hate to refer to psychotherapists
  2. The number 1 task you can do to guarantee you will get return referrals from doctors
  3. Why doctors are often directive about their patients and how to understand the pressure they are under
  4. When to call a doctor about a client and why
  5. How and when to talk to a doctor – what to say and what is unnecessary
  6. How and when to craft a note to a doctor – what to say and what is unnecessary
  7. How to easily market to physician groups to increase the chance of receiving those first referrals

3 - AASECT CEU's available

Recommended reading prior to the course: Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care - 2nd Edition by Susan McDaniel, et al.

Anytime . 3 CEU's, Sale $75.00 (Reg $95.00)
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Female Sexual Health and Dysfunction

In this 3-hour video course ARNP, Sex Therapist and Functional Medicine Practitioner Keesha Ewers gives a fabulous training covering female genital and reproductive anatomy, etiology, endocrine, assessment, referral and collaboration, treatment options and ethical considerations. She also covers orgasm and desire disorders, body image, inhibitions, religious sexual shame, trauma, aging, desire discrepancy, arousal disorders, pain and penetration disorders, difficulty with orgasm, and recent medication trials.

3 - AASECT CEU's available

Recommended reading prior to the course: Come As You Are by Emily Negoski and Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy by Binik & Hall

Anytime . 3 CEU's, Sale $150.00 (Reg $250.00)
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Gina Ogden's 4-D Wheel Training

Founded on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Gina Ogden is the 'Expanding' approach of the 4-D Wheel, a four-dimensional interactive template designed to help uncover a full picture of the complex layers of a client’s sexual stories impacting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of experience. 4-D Wheel training is available for download. This meets the CIIP requirement for a spiritual intimacy course. Recommended reading prior to the course: Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy and Exploring the Desire and Intimacy: A Workbook for Creative Clinicians - both by Gina Ogden.

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4-D Wheel Work with Couples

If you have completed Gina's basic training above, we recommend you learn to apply the wheel with working with couples. It can be transformational work. As one client recently said,

“The 4-D wheel process was completely new for both of us. And yet it had such an amazing impact. The process of self-work, along with thinking through the 4 aspects of the wheel, & having questions and comments from our therapist was an eye opener. The sharing time around the 4-D wheel was more revealing than I expected. No matter how many times our topics have come up in marriage, the vulnerability around the wheel was amazing and deep and inspiring. We were both so surprised.”

This course further expands the CIIP requirement for spiritual intimacy training.

Anytime - it is online. 3 CEU's, Sale $75.00 (Reg $95.00)
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Hebrew Mystic Sexuality

This course reviews the material in the book Sex, God & the Conservative Church - Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers published by Routledge press, 2017. This book is the first of its kind written to help people of faith and those affected by abstinence education who have experienced religious sexual shame. This shame and trauma comes as an inadvertent byproduct of the sex-negative sexual ethic of conservative Christianity. Based on ten years of research, it explains what happened in the formation of the Christian church and how American culture can compound the problem. It goes on to reveal a sex-positive ancient Hebrew story that was buried in Christian history and the sex-positive gospel ethic that was never developed. Several beautiful ancient Hebrew mystic stories are revealed that show the western believer that God is the manifestation of love incarnate; the one who created sex as a gift, and the one who gave us story after story to show us how erotic love is a manifestation of his longing for us. In these stories is the revelation of how God's love and grace – and the gift of our sexuality are not conditional. We are worthy because God calls us Beloved. Finally, this course offers a four-step model for healing religious sexual shame, and actual touch and non-touch exercises to bring healing and intimacy into a person’s life. Recommended reading for the course: Sex, God, & the Conservative Church - Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy by Tina Schermer Sellers.

Can be scheduled anytime
Live online training
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AASECT Group Supervision

50 hours of supervision required for certification - 50% must be individual - the remaining in group. Group is 2 - 4 members. Ongoing Mon 2-5 or Tues 10-1. Sign up for as many as your schedule allows - but a minimum of 1 hour a month. You must be approved to begin supervision with an AASECT certified supervisor, so be sure to contact Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers at info@ NWIOI.com or another supervisor prior, to complete paperwork.

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Tina's office at SPU - email for directions
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AASECT Individual Supervision

50 hours of supervision required for certification - 50% must be individual - the remaining in group. Individual is 1 on 1. Ongoing Wed 9-noon. Sign up for as many as your schedule allows. You must be approved to begin supervision with AASECT certified supervisor, so be sure to contact Dr. Tina Schermer-Sellers at info@ NWIOI.com or another supervisor prior, to complete paperwork.

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Individual Supervision occurs Wednesday mornings via V-See.
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Passion for Life Couples Retreat Trainer Course

These four-day retreats are known to revolutionize and revitalize even the most tired of relationships. Each facilitator is a Certified Integrated Intimacy Professional (CIIP), an elite holistically trained practitioner, equipped to deal with the most complex issues facing today’s individuals and couples. As soon as a CIIP has attended the retreat themselves, they can sign up here to do the Program Development training Module.

Dates Optional
Online Training
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The SAR training provided an opportunity to enhance my knowledge of sexuality and intimacy in this sexually progressive culture. Seattle was a beautiful location with premier speakers and events. This experience is one that I will not soon forget!

Southend Therapist
2017-06-28T22:50:56+00:00
The SAR training provided an opportunity to enhance my knowledge of sexuality and intimacy in this sexually progressive culture. Seattle was a beautiful location with premier speakers and events. This experience is one that I will not soon forget! Southend Therapist
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. The location, presentations, education, and case reviews were 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 sexual health.

Kimberly Delaney, MS, LMFT, CIIP
2015-11-16T04:33:47+00:00
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. The location, presentations, education, and case reviews were 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 sexual health. Kimberly Delaney, MS, LMFT, CIIP
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
2015-12-07T20:17:15+00:00
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
“Wonderful opportunity to learn in a safe environment.”

Female, LMFT
2015-09-03T05:49:05+00:00
“Wonderful opportunity to learn in a safe environment.” Female, LMFT
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
2015-12-05T01:15:05+00:00
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 
2015-12-17T03:27:08+00:00
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 
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
2015-12-07T20:24:15+00:00
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
This is a course that will challenge your views on topics such as human sexuality and love.  I guarantee you will walk away a changed person. This course not only educates you, it broadens and deepens you and your belief system.

Ray Jensen, LMHC, Vancouver WA
2016-07-26T00:31:23+00:00
This is a course that will challenge your views on topics such as human sexuality and love.  I guarantee you will walk away a changed person. This course not only educates you, it broadens and deepens you and your belief system. Ray Jensen, LMHC, Vancouver WA
The clinical sexology training is an essential course that strings together all of the complexities of the study of human sexuality. The course was well organized and I gained a lot of knowledge that will inform my clinical practice.

Fiona O'Farrell, Adaptive Counseling Seattle
2015-11-15T05:19:30+00:00
The clinical sexology training is an essential course that strings together all of the complexities of the study of human sexuality. The course was well organized and I gained a lot of knowledge that will inform my clinical practice. Fiona O'Farrell, Adaptive Counseling Seattle
I thoroughly appreciated the content, aliveness of the panel participants and Tina's wisdom. Not having grown up in the USA, I learned a lot through the small group participation as well as the authentic sharing in the large group about sexuality in America. I feel much better equipped and confident to bring the topic of sexuality into my private practice with couples and individuals.

Elana Sabajon, SAR participant
2017-06-28T22:40:38+00:00
I thoroughly appreciated the content, aliveness of the panel participants and Tina's wisdom. Not having grown up in the USA, I learned a lot through the small group participation as well as the authentic sharing in the large group about sexuality in America. I feel much better equipped and confident to bring the topic of sexuality into my private practice with couples and individuals. Elana Sabajon, SAR participant
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
2016-02-16T02:15:53+00:00
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
Thank you for the SAR 2016! We engaged in stimulating conversations and marching in the Seattle Pride parade was a blast. I'm looking forward to next year's SAR!
Mia Fine, MS, LMFTA, CDPT
Mia Fine Therapy
2016-07-26T00:22:27+00:00
Thank you for the SAR 2016! We engaged in stimulating conversations and marching in the Seattle Pride parade was a blast. I'm looking forward to next year's SAR! Mia Fine, MS, LMFTA, CDPT Mia Fine Therapy
“The SAR training provided an opportunity to enhance my knowledge of sexuality and intimacy. This experience is one that I can directly pass on to my clients and our work together.”

Kristin Nielsen, MS, LMFTA
2015-09-03T05:51:43+00:00
“The SAR training provided an opportunity to enhance my knowledge of sexuality and intimacy. This experience is one that I can directly pass on to my clients and our work together.” Kristin Nielsen, MS, LMFTA
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
2015-12-07T20:27:33+00:00
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  SAR was a great beginning course to my AASECT training. I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting more exposure to the different sexual expressions or to gain a better understanding of your own beliefs and biases.

Kayla Moore, M.S., LMFTA
2017-06-29T03:34:16+00:00
The  SAR was a great beginning course to my AASECT training. I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting more exposure to the different sexual expressions or to gain a better understanding of your own beliefs and biases. Kayla Moore, M.S., LMFTA
“This was an awesome and full immersion experience in exploring the variety of ways we humans have for expressing our sexuality. The most important component was being able to connect with a narrative story in the form of 'real life' experiences from panelists- which allowed us the opportunity to connect with our hearts as well as our heads and ask all the questions we needed to come to a deeper understanding and compassionate perspective for the full range of human sexual expression.”

Cynthia Benge MSW-LMHC
2015-09-03T05:53:02+00:00
“This was an awesome and full immersion experience in exploring the variety of ways we humans have for expressing our sexuality. The most important component was being able to connect with a narrative story in the form of 'real life' experiences from panelists- which allowed us the opportunity to connect with our hearts as well as our heads and ask all the questions we needed to come to a deeper understanding and compassionate perspective for the full range of human sexual expression.” Cynthia Benge MSW-LMHC
“The panels were OUTSTANDING and made the class interactive and human. No matter what preconceptions folks came in with, being faced with a live human being really helps engage your empathy, presence and care. Things that might have been scary suddenly became human. It’s the antidote to the depersonalization that can happen with minority groups.”

Female, LMHC
2015-09-03T05:52:09+00:00
“The panels were OUTSTANDING and made the class interactive and human. No matter what preconceptions folks came in with, being faced with a live human being really helps engage your empathy, presence and care. Things that might have been scary suddenly became human. It’s the antidote to the depersonalization that can happen with minority groups.” Female, LMHC
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
2015-12-07T20:05:34+00:00
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
“SAR is an educational and experiential training that I highly recommend for any healthcare professional. Dr. Sellers and her teaching team are well-informed and effective educators who have expanded my competencies in the sexuality arena.”

Male, LMFT
2015-09-03T05:50:24+00:00
“SAR is an educational and experiential training that I highly recommend for any healthcare professional. Dr. Sellers and her teaching team are well-informed and effective educators who have expanded my competencies in the sexuality arena.” Male, LMFT