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Supervision Guidelines

The applicant will be an AASECT member in good standing before starting supervision. 

In order to start the supervisory process, a supervision contract must be put in writing between the supervisor and the supervisee, signed by both individuals and submitted to the AASECT office for approval prior to beginning supervision. Approval of the contract is also necessary before supervision begins, as it will then protect both parties legally.

Please note that it is the AASECT Certified Supervisors’ responsibility to collect all contract documents and submit them for approval.  Supervisors should keep all documents somewhere easily accessible throughout the year. Please remember to update all documents annually.

 

Prototype Contracts
Please see each individual Certification category for prototype contract below. Also, please note that every contract being designed should include the following sentences: 1. 'Signing this supervision contract does not guarantee AASECT Certification.'   2. 'Either party to this supervision contract may terminate the agreement at any time, for any reason, with 30 days' notice to the signatories.'

Sex Therapist Supervisor Supervision Prototype Contract

Sexuality Counselor Supervisor Supervision Prototype Contract

Sexuality Educator Supervisor Supervision Prototype Contract

Sex Therapist Supervisors
Please do the following:

1. Create one single PDF file with all the supervisor’s current documents:

  • A copy of your AASECT Sex Therapist Supervisor Certification certificate
  • ​A copy of your license
  • A copy of your malpractice insurance face sheet

2. Create one single PDF file with the new supervisee’s documents:

  • A copy of the contract, signed by both, dated and with contact information included
  • A copy of the supervisee’s curriculum vita (CV)
  • A copy of the supervisee’s license if they have one (if not, please note why)
  • A copy of the supervisee’s malpractice insurance face sheet
  • Proof of AASECT membership (include membership number)

Sexuality Counselor Supervisors
Please do the following:

1. Create one single PDF file with all the supervisor’s current documents:

  • A copy of your AASECT Sexuality Counselor Supervisor Certification certificate
  • A copy of your license
  • A copy of your malpractice insurance face sheet

2. Create one single PDF file with the new supervisee’s documents:

  • A copy of the contract, signed by both, dated and with contact information included
  • A copy of the supervisee’s CV
  • A copy of the supervisee’s license if they have one (if not, please note why
  • A copy of the supervisee’s malpractice insurance face sheet
  • Proof of AASECT membership (include membership number

Sexuality Educator Supervisors
Please do the following:

1. Create one single PDF file with all the supervisor’s current documents:

  • A copy of your AASECT Sexuality Educator Supervisor Certification certificate

2. Create one single PDF file with the new supervisee’s documents:

  • A copy of the contract, signed by both, dated and with contact information included
  • A copy of the supervisee’s transcript(s) or diploma
  • Proof of AASECT membership (include membership number)

As you create the two PDF files, please make sure that all the pages are scanned right side-up and in the correct order. Supervisors should email Kellie Braband, AASECT Continuing Education Coordinator, (kbraband@bostrom.com) with the two PDF files attached. A file is then created for the supervisee and ultimately passed along to the Practitioner Supervisor Certification Chair for review and approval.

For those supervisors who are supervising supervisors-in-training, please teach them this system as part of your training. A supervisor-in-training must submit the following documents with all their new contracts.

For the supervisor-in-training:

  • A copy of the AASECT Sex Therapist/Sexuality Counselor/Sexuality Educator Certification certificate, including the date first certified
  • A copy of the contract between themselves and their supervisor
  • A copy of their CV
  • A copy of their license to practice (therapists and counselors)
  • A copy of their malpractice insurance face sheet (therapists and counselors)

For the supervisor-in-training’s supervisee:

Create one single PDF file with the new therapist or counselor supervisee’s documents:

  • A copy of the contract, signed by both, dated and with contact information included
  • A copy of the supervisee’s CV
  • A copy of the supervisee’s license if they have one (if not, please note why)
  • A copy of the supervisee’s malpractice insurance face sheet
  • Proof of AASECT membership (include membership number)

Create one single PDF file with the new educator supervisee’s documents:

  • A copy of the contract, signed by both, dated and with contact information included
  • A copy of the supervisee’s transcript(s) or diploma
  • Proof of AASECT membership (include membership number)
II New: Individual and Group Supervision Guidelines
 

The AASECT Certification Steering Committee convened and discussed several questions regarding supervision. The Committee has agreed on some updates to the current guidelines for supervision (as detailed below). The Committee Chairs’ perspectives are united – we continue to be fully committed to excellence in supervision and training. We want to ensure that prospective applicants are not ‘sliding through’ or ’falling through the cracks’ while under supervision and between supervisors. We continue to also encourage supervisors to use good common sense when assessing a supervisee’s strengths and challenges. We believe that it is the job of the supervisor (individual and group) to attest to the readiness of the supervisee for applying for AASECT Certification.

Individual Supervision
A supervisee is permitted to have more than one AASECT Certified Supervisor during the supervisory period but is asked to designate one of the supervisors as their primary supervisor. The primary supervisor will follow the course of the supervisee’s supervision from beginning to end and is responsible for talking with any other of the supervisee’s supervisors during the course of supervision.

  • This designated primary supervisor will not only sign the endorsement form for the supervisee’s certification application, but they must also write a letter of recommendation detailing the competence of the supervisee, as well as stating their thoughts on the readiness of the supervisee with regard to their quest for applying for AASECT Certification.
  • The primary supervisor will sign off on the entire application after having reviewed it thoroughly and in its entirety. Please note that on the front page of the certification application, just below where the applicant signature appears, there is now a supervisory sign-off box. The application should not be submitted to AASECT until the primary supervisor has reviewed everything and believes it is ready to be submitted.
  • An example of an application ‘table of contents’ for applicants is listed on the AASECT website under Supervision Guidelines.

Number of Supervisors
A supervisee may have multiple supervisors, but only one can be designated as their primary supervisor.

  • A supervisee may seek several hours of supervision (group or individual), and if that supervision is six (6) hours or shorter, the supervisor providing that supervision only fills out the Participation in Supervision of Short Duration Form and does not need to attach a letter of recommendation (though they need not be dissuaded from submitting a letter if they wish to do so). All supervisors must contribute one of the two forms regardless of the length of supervision.
  • A supervisee must identify their primary supervisor and maintain contact with that individual, as well as update them about any additional supervision. The primary supervisor is required to be in contact with all other supervisors for the supervisee so that when they are reviewing the certification application before it is submitted, they are completely knowledgeable of the supervisee’s path toward AASECT Certification.

Group Supervision
A supervisee may seek group supervision for up to 12.5 hours of sexuality educator supervision, up to 15 hours of sexuality counselor supervision or up to 25 hours of sex therapist supervision.

  • A supervisor providing group supervision for a supervisee must fill out an endorsement form and attach a letter of recommendation including a statement about the applicant’s use of group supervision, as well as their thoughts on the readiness and competence of the supervisee and their ability to practice as an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator/Counselor/ Therapist.
  • Group supervision guidelines, single supervisor:
    • Minimum group size is two (2) individuals. Maximum group size is four (4) individuals. (See Co-supervision Guidelines below.)
    • The CeSC recognizes that group supervision is different from individual supervision, allowing growth and skill development in ways that are different from each other.
    • Group supervision is a shared experience, and not every person in any given group necessarily speaks for the exact same amount of time.
    • Group supervision must provide the equivalent of 30 minutes per individual in the group. Therefore a group with two (2) individuals can be no shorter than one (1) hour. A group with three (3) individuals can be no shorter than 90 minutes. And a group with four (4) individuals can be no shorter than two (2) hours.
    • The maximum group supervision length for one (1) supervisor with four (4) supervisees is four (4) hours.

AASECT Annual Conference Pre-conference Workshop Group Supervision
Group supervision during the annual conference may be longer than four (4) hours.

  • All AASECT pre-conference workshop group supervision hours will be accepted as part of a supervisee’s supervisory experience.
  • The supervisee must supply all supporting documentation for a supervision agreement immediately upon registering for the pre-conference workshop(s), so that the supervisor has sufficient time to get the required approval prior to the start of the conference.
  • AASECT pre-conference workshop group supervisors must fill out the Participation Certificate for Supervision Activity of Short Duration Form which is located on the website under Guidelines for Supervision.

Co-supervision
Co-supervision is allowed when a supervisor is under contract to supervise a Sex Therapy Supervisor Certification candidate, or if two (2) AASECT Certified Supervisors choose to join forces. The same standard of a maximum of four (4) supervisees per supervisor; groups with two (2) co-supervisors may have a maximum of eight (8) supervisees applies. A larger number of supervisees necessitates longer group sessions using the formula ‘one (1) participant = 30 minutes.’

Special Considerations, Group Supervision
The CeSC recognizes that there may be special circumstances that are not addressed in these guidelines. Any request for special circumstance approval should be submitted to the AASECT Office.

Sex Therapy Supervision
Sex therapy supervision takes place over 18 months. The maximum number of supervisory hours in a month is six (6).

The above description for group and individual supervision is effective June 1, 2017. Supervisors will be notified by AASECT via email and the AASECT Supervisors’ Listserv. These rules also go into effect June 1, 2017. Supervision agreements that were signed prior to June 1, 2017 are not affected. In this case the applicant should detail the rule exception in a cover letter accompanying their eventual application for AASECT Certification.

With notification - When a supervisee who is under contract with an AASECT Certified Supervisor for AASECT Certification supervision hours finds it necessary to interrupt supervision, the supervisee must notify (in writing) the supervisor(s) and the AASECT office. The start date of the interruption and the estimated length of the interruption must be included. When the supervisee resumes supervision, the criteria that were in effect at the time the original supervision contract was approved will still apply. If supervision does not resume within two (2) years, a new supervision contract is required, and the supervisee will have to meet the AASECT Certification criteria in effect at the time of the new contract(s).

Without notification - If a supervisee interrupts supervision without written notification to the AASECT Certified Supervisor(s) and/or the AASECT office, and wants to return to supervision within one (1) year, a new contract with an AASECT Certified Supervisor must be submitted for approval, and the supervisee will be held to the criteria that were in effect at the time of the original contract. If two (2) years have lapsed since the supervisee interrupted supervision, a new contract must be submitted, and the supervisee will have to meet the AASECT Certification criteria in effect at the time of the new contract(s).

Please note that as of June 6, 2012, the AASECT Board of Directors voted to require all individuals doing supervision to be AASECT Certified Supervisors. The only exceptions are for those sex therapists with contracts approved prior to June 6, 2012. These contracts will run until terminated.

 

1. From the start of the process, supervisors should have supervisees organize their materials into folders that follow the categories outlined on the certification application forms located on the AASECT website.

2. Save and document every class, in-service, workshop, seminar, conference etc. Have supervisees carefully review the requirements outlined in detail online as to what may be counted and for how much. 

3. Undergraduate classes may count towards AASECT Certification no matter how long ago. The supervisee must have official copies of all college transcripts.

Coursework listed must be accompanied by the course syllabus. If the applicant no longer has the course syllabus, it is their responsibility to contact the institution where they took the course, and request an updated version of the course syllabus or an equivalent syllabus for a similar course. The applicant should highlight those areas in the syllabus that explain the course's relationship to the Core Knowledge Areas required for AASECT Certification.

4. As a supervisor, you need to hear how the supervisee will work the whole course of a case as they go. Supervisees should have some cases that include medical complications, disease complications and dual diagnosis complications so you can assess their ability to deal with how those issues impact sexuality.

5. The need for extra vigorous ethical standards for sex therapists needs to be explored thoroughly. Talk about boundary issues exhaustively. Explain what can happen if a patient accuses a therapist of inappropriate sexual behavior even where there is no ground for it.

6. Supervisees may work with as many supervisors as they wish. Getting input from more than one supervisor is helpful. It is useful to have one supervisor oversee the entire supervisory process as a whole. See Individual and Group Supervision Guidelines.

7. Supervisors are asked to document what diagnoses were seen, type(s) and number of people, as well as over what period of time. Supervisees should keep a log of their cases and so should supervisors.

8. The supervisor must sign off on all supervisee certification applications. After carefully reviewing the application, the supervisor signs off on the first page of the application on the line stating, "I have reviewed and approved this application for AASECT Certification."

9. All applications for AASECT Certification should include a cover letter and table of contents at the beginning of the application. Click on the following examples of table of contents:

Table of Contents Example 1 (University/College/Institute)

Table of Contents Example 2 (General)

10. If an application is submitted electronically, the application is contained in no more than two electronic PDF documents.