Training


Sex therapy training for everyone!

We believe all great practitioners deserve to feel confident in treating all forms of sex and intimacy issues.

No matter the tradition you hale from, as a psychotherapist or physician you undoubtedly have done plenty of schooling. However, most sexual development, intimacy, sexual health and treating sexual dysfunction education was omitted from that schooling.
Still, 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!
Conversely, most people trained solely in clinical sexology are required to have 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 clinicians who are likewise trained.

As a practitioner, you should also feel competent guiding parents through sex education in a digital world. And you deserve the right to feel confident treating people seeking the spiritual side of sexuality and intimacy – whether from eastern or western thought and practice.
Our sex therapy and spiritual intimacy courses are succinct, thorough, and are taught by nationally renowned experts in the field.

NWIOI offers courses that fulfill AASECT basic educational requirements for certification as a sex therapist, sex counselor, or sex educator, plus other engaging CEU seminars and workshops throughout the year. We also offer AASECT certified clinical supervision that meets state licensing and AAMFT Approved supervision standards. It’s all right here.

The Most Efficient Cost-Effective AASECT Training Program in the Country

Did you know you DO NOT have to do a 150 hour sex therapy training program to become AASECT certified? You can apply hours from your graduate training toward the 17 topic areas! We at NWIOI help you go through your transcript and apply hours. We then have courses that are sex specific and typically NOT covered in grad school. This means you can take our two 5-day intensive courses and get 90-95% through your AASECT educational requirements.  Over the next 18 months, while you are completing your supervision, we will help you get that last 5-10% completed. No need to waste a year and another $2,000 – $5,000 the other programs will cost you. The Institute provides this advanced training in a succinct and streamlined way for local and distant therapists. It then allows you to take your holistically trained status and reach people seeking highly qualified therapists.

A lifetime of free, cutting-edge information

All Certified Integrated Intimacy Practitioners™ (CIIP) may repeat a course they have already taken … FOR FREE… FOREVER. We want you to be able to stay up on cutting-edge information easily and without cost.
This is our commitment to continue to train and support the leading practitioners in Integrated Intimacy and Comprehensive Psychotherapy.

Courses

Advanced Clinical Sexology Course

A five-day intensive course designed to maximize your training time.
Topics covered include:

  • *Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles
  • * Health and medical factors in sex therapy
  • * Ranges of sexual functioning
  • * Cyber-sexuality and social media
  • * Substance abuse and sexuality
  • * Professional communication and reflection
  • * History of sex research and theory
  • * Principles of sexuality methods and research
  • * 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

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. Final course requirements will be completed after the five-day intensive.

October 28- November 1, 2019
Seattle, WA
$2390

REGISTER

Embodied Tantra for Psychologists, Therapists, Sex Therapists and Relationship Counselors

As a tradition of embodied spirituality, tantra includes teachings to improve health, connection, and intimacy of individuals and relationships. It also includes a wealth of sensual and sexual practices with both the practical benefit of deeper connection between partners and the potential of spiritual awakening, also known as liberation.

This program is designed to give psychologists, therapists, sex therapists, and relationship counselors sufficient grounding in the fundamentals of tantric philosophy and practice. These tools will be accessible for individuals, couples and those in other relationship models, and include a broad spectrum of physical, sexual, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritually inclined practices. This course is not a preparation for teaching tantra as a full spiritual practice.

This course is intended for therapists, counselors and healers, offering both conceptual understanding and embodied practices that professionals can teach their clients and patients. You will leave this workshop with at least a handful of tools that can immediately be offered to support the health of your individual and relational clients. This course assumes you already have the professional understanding of power dynamics, consent and healthy communication skills.

February 15-16, 2020
Location
REGISTER

Seattle S.A.R. (Sexual Attitude Reassessment) and Pride Parade

The Seattle SAR and Pride Parade is one of the most extraordinary Sexual Attitude Reassessment courses running today, in one of the most beautiful cities in the country!
A highly provocative, experiential, cognitive and affective experience, designed to push comfort levels, elicit feelings, confront attitudes, beliefs, and values about sexuality.
Presentations include popular media analysis, engaging group exercises (including walking in the Pride Parade!), and guest speakers from the diverse, sex-positive, Pacific Northwest community, all showing the potential range of human sexual expression today.
Sexual Attitude Reassessment is a required course for AASECT certification. It enables the participant to move emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and psychologically into a zone of greater knowing and acceptance of human sexuality in all of its possible dimensions.

June 25-28, 2020
Seattle, WA
21 CEU's Included!

Early Bird Price: $610.00 available until April 1, 2020
Regular Price: $770.00.
THE SAR USUALLY SELLS OUT. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW
REGISTER FOR 2020


Core Competencies in Medical Collaboration

Online Course
You will learn techniques to assess and intervene with psychosexual problems experienced by individuals and couples around general health issues and sexual health issues specifically. Become familiar with the operating constructs of medical culture and critical elements involved in a successful collaborative relationship with a medical provider.
This 3-hour online course will emphasize a medical perspective using the biopsychosocial-spiritual-sexual model of health and illness.
Topics covered include:

  • * The #1 reason providers hate to refer to psychotherapists
  • * The #1 task you can do to guarantee you will get return referrals from medical providers
  • * Why doctors are often directive about their patients and how to understand their perspective and pressures
  • * When to call a medical provider about a client and why
  • * How and when to talk to a medical provider
  • * How and when to craft a note to a medical provider
  • * How to market to medical groups to increase the chance of receiving referrals

Recommended reading prior to the course: Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care - 2nd Edition by Susan McDaniel, et al.
Required for NWIoI CIIP candidates, except those with the basic 3-hour training in medical family therapy.
3 - AASECT CEU's available

Anytime
ONLINE
$125.00

REGISTER

Female Sexual Health and Dysfunction

Online Course
Join Keesha Ewers, ARNP, Ph.D., Sex Therapist, and Functional Medicine Practitioner, in this 3-hour course covering an extensive survey of women’s health issues.
Topics covered include:

  • * Female genital and reproductive anatomy, etiology, and assessment
  • * Referral and collaboration
  • * Treatment options and ethical considerations
  • * Orgasm and desire disorders
  • * Body image, inhibitions, religious sexual shame, and trauma
  • * Aging
  • * Desire discrepancy
  • * Arousal disorders
  • * Pain and penetration disorders
  • * Difficulty with orgasm
  • * Recent medication trials

Recommended reading prior to the course: Come As You Are by Emily Negoski and Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy by Binik & Hall
3 - AASECT CEU's available

Anytime
ONLINE
$150.00

REGISTER

Gina Ogden's 4-D Wheel Training

Founded on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Gina Ogden is the 'Expanding' the Practice of Sex Therapy, 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.

Anytime
ONLINE
REGISTER

4-D Wheel Work with Couples

Online Course
Learn to apply the 4-D Wheel with couples! Must have completed basic 4-D Wheel training.
Join Gina Ogden as she explains the origin of the 4-D Wheel model and how it operates. You will see a demonstration of her 4-Dimensional Wheel work with two couples who she meets for the first time.
This is dynamic and engaging training. 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.
Topics covered include:

  • * How to do sex therapy with couples
  • * Listening to couples more effectively
  • * Recognizing the four dimension of sexual experience as experienced in a couple

This can be transformational work for couples.
“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.”
Fulfills spiritual intimacy requirement for associate level CIIP.

Anytime
ONLINE
$125.00

REGISTER

Out of Control Sexual Behavior

Online Course
Learn how to guide individuals in constructing a sexual health model that nourishes and sustains sexuality. Douglas Braun Harvey uses an engaging teaching style to lead you through a model that invites awareness and accountability.
Join Doug in this 6-hour training for treating those suffering from sexually compulsive behavior.
Topics covered include:

  • * OCSB model, its underpinnings
  • * How to do screenings and assessments
  • * The treatment elements
  • * How to help clients construct a sexual health plan

Recommended reading prior to the course: Out of Control Sexual Behavior by Douglas Braun Harvey and Michael Vigorito
6 - AASECT CEU's available

Anytime
ONLINE
$250.00

REGISTER

Hebrew Mystic Sexuality

Online Course
Learn to apply the lessons from Sex, God, & the Conservative Church - Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy with individual guidance with Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers.
You will discuss how to apply the sex-positive views of the Hebrew Mystics, Dr. Tina’s model to heal sexual shame, as well as several touch and non-touch practices used to treat individuals and couples suffering from the impacts of a sex-negative culture. Work with the evidence-based four-step Model for Erasing Sexual Shame (M.E.S.S.) - Frame, Name, Claim and Aim.
Sex, God, & the Conservative Church - Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy is the first book written to help people affected by abstinence education and/or the purity movement who have experienced sexual shame or religious sexual shame which develop from 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 the American consumer-based culture has compounded the problem. It reveals sex-positive ancient Hebrew ideas buried in Christian socio-political history and the sex-positive gospel ethic that was never developed.
Several beautiful ancient Hebrew mystic stories are revealed that show the western believer how erotic love is a manifestation of God's longing for all of creation. People are worthy because God calls them Beloved.
Required reading for the course: Sex, God, & the Conservative Church - Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy by Tina Schermer Sellers.

By Appointment
Online
$390

REGISTER

AASECT Group Supervision

50 hours of supervision required for certification - 50% individual - 50% in group.
Group is 2 - 4 members. Sign up for as many as your schedule allows - minimum 1 hour a month.
You must be approved to begin supervision with an AASECT certified supervisor. Contact info@nwioi.com to complete paperwork.

By Appointment
Dr. Tina's office or Online
REGISTER

AASECT Individual Supervision

50 hours of supervision required for certification - 50% individual - 50% in group.
Individual is 1 on 1. Sign up for as many as your schedule allows.
You must be approved to begin supervision with an AASECT certified supervisor. Contact info@nwioi.com to complete paperwork.

By Appointment
Online
REGISTER

Passion for Life Couples Retreat Trainer Course

Online 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.

By Appointment
Online
REGISTER
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
2015-11-15T05:19:30-07:00
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
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
2016-07-26T00:31:23-07:00
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
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
2016-07-26T00:22:27-07:00
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 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
2017-06-29T03:34:16-07:00
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
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
2015-12-07T20:17:15-07:00
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
“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
2015-09-03T05:53:02-07:00
“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 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
2015-11-16T04:33:47-07:00
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 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
2015-12-07T20:05:34-07:00
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
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
2015-12-07T20:24:15-07:00
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
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
2017-06-28T22:50:56-07:00
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 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
2015-12-05T01:15:05-07:00
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
“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
2015-09-03T05:52:09-07:00
“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 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
2015-09-03T05:51:43-07:00
“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
“Wonderful opportunity to learn in a safe environment.”

Female, LMFT
2015-09-03T05:49:05-07:00
“Wonderful opportunity to learn in a safe environment.” Female, LMFT
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 
2015-12-17T03:27:08-07:00
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 
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
2016-02-16T02:15:53-07:00
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
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
2017-06-28T22:40:38-07:00
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
“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
2015-09-03T05:50:24-07:00
“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
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
2015-12-07T20:27:33-07:00
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