Pelvic Health Sexuality Counseling Certificate Program

Applications for the Jan 2023 Cohort accepted November 1 - December 1, 2022. 

Who is this for?
This program is for PT, OT, MD/DO, NP, RN, PA, and other licensed medical providers that have experience working with patients with genital/pelvic/sexual health and are looking for advanced, inclusive, clinical skill development in sexual health. 

  • PT/OT CEUs in 50 states available.
  • AASECT CEs available
  • Payment plans are available
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Have Questions?
Ask us LIVE:

Saturday, October 15th 11am EST/8 am PST (30 minutes)

Thursday, October 27th 8pm EST/5pm PST (30 minutes)

Timeline: 

November 1, 2022

Applications Open

December 1, 2022

Applications Close

January 16, 2023

Cohort 1 begins

April 14, 2023

Cohort 1 ends

This is a program for the disrupters.

Regardless of what medical profession you’re in, if you work with clients in pelvic or sexual health and you want to create on an intersectional foundation of clinical knowledge along with a kick-ass community of like-minded people, this program is for you.
Have lots of fun learning complex content!

What can I expect?

With all of the information that's out there, it can be challenging to know how to sort it all out into a model of care that is functional and intersectional. 
Here are some of the questions that come up during peer/professional consultation:
  • How does sex counseling fit in with what I actually do in the clinic?
  • How can I make sure I’m seeing the WHOLE person?
  • What are my professional boundaries?
  • Where does what I do end and mental health therapy begin?
  • Am I being inclusive in the way that I offer care?
  • As a pelvic health provider, how do I work with couples around sexuality?





Feel comfortable navigating psychosocial nuances while learning practical skills to do so. 


Program Objectives

(in accordance with AASECT counseling guidelines):

  • Participants will be able to describe two theories and methods in personal/individual pelvic health sexual counseling. 
  • Participants will be able to describe two approaches for pelvic health sex counseling that are appropriate for specific populations (e.g., youth, older adults, couples, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations).
  • Participants will be able to implement approaches to intervention for working within relationship systems as applicable to pelvic health sexuality counseling. 
  • Participants will be able list three clinical decision-making processes for sexually related medical interventions for all genders. 
  • Participants will be able to discuss two ethical issues in sexuality counseling as related to pelvic health. 
  • Participants will be able to implement a practice of consultation, collaboration, and referral as applicable to pelvic health. 
Feel comfortable navigating psychosocial nuances while learning practical skills to do so. 

Does this program get me AASECT certified?

No. However, participants will be able to use the credits from this program toward an application for AASECT certification to earn the Certified Sex Counselor (CSC) title

At the end of this certificate program, participants will: 


Hold a Certificate in Pelvic Health Sexual Counseling through Pelvic Global Academy. 

Be able to call themselves Pelvic Sexual Health Providers!

Accommodations

  • Course Content is self-paced with options for live discussion scheduled in advance.
  • Videos will be closed-captioned. 
  • Transcripts will be available. 
Meet the instructorS



Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor, Sexuality Educator

Heather Edwards, PT, CSC (she/they) has been a pelvic physical therapist since 2003 and is a Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They have presented at APTA, AASECT (sex therapy, counseling, and education), Teen PEP (comprehensive sex ed in schools), InterConnect (intersex advocacy), and transgender conferences and teaches for Pelvic Global Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. They have a series of courses that address specific sexual psychosocial aspects of medical care called Clinical Blindspots. They provide community sex eductainment live and online as Vino & Vulvas and Bubbles & Bubbly. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist, illustrator, and author of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast" an illustrated story about a nonbinary vulva, “Finding VaJoyJoy”, and mostly recently of a novel, June Full Moon. Her latest is erotica that is pelvic-health informed, consent-focused, and models emotionally intelligent diaologue as a new platform for her sex education work. They are an advocate of promoting the inclusion of all minorities into sexual health, especially those who have historically faced many barriers to care. 

Uchenna "UC" Ossai, PT, DPT, WCS

Dr. Uchenna “UC” Ossai is a sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist, sexuality educator and counselor. Dr. UC received her clinical doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency in Women’s Health and Movement Science at Washington University at St. Louis. Dr. UC is currently on faculty for the University of Michigan, School of Social Work’s Sexual Health Certification Program. She also previously served as assistant professor at the University of Texas Dell Medical School as well as pelvic health program manager and clinical education rotation director at UT Health Austin for five years. Dr. UC has clinical, research, and educational expertise in complex pelvic floor disorders, sexual function and dysfunction that centers intersectionality and biopsychosocial factors. Dr. UC is also founder of Youseelogic, an education platform that focuses on improving the sexual wellness of grown folks. When it comes to sexual intelligence and great sex education, UC embraces always being unapologetically real, happily crunk, and deliciously kind.