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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:

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)

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. There is no requirement that states one must have a primary supervisor; however, it is useful to have one supervisor oversee the whole supervisory process.

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 Table of Contents at the beginning of the application.

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