New Certification Application

Therapist Certification Association
Certification Application

TCA Board Certification

For therapists and professionals who have completed the sexology education and supervision requirements

Benefits of TCA Certification include:

  • 5 hours of free sex therapy CE credits annually, applicable for TCA renewal, AASECT renewal, NBCC, and FL Boards.
  • A professional listing on the TCA website Find a Professional page.
  • Membership in the TCA listserve
  • Private Facebook group for members to connect and exchange resources or consult on cases.
  • Discounts towards TCA programs, including Transgender Care Therapy, Addictions Therapy, Kink Aware Therapy, and Hypnotherapy and Sexuality.
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    Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming certified by the Therapist Certification Association (TCA). The TCA Board is comprised of Sex Therapists and Educators who have many years of training and experience in Clinical Sexology, as well as other specialty areas including Addictions, Transgender Care, Kink, Hypnotherapy, and more.

    Board Certification serves the purpose of:

  • Protecting the public..
  • Assuring consumers that practitioners have met standards of practice..
  • Meeting the requirements of professional boards and other certifying bodies..
  • Advancing the profession..
  • Enhancing a professional’s practice and developing a marketing niche.
  • Demonstrating an individual’s commitment to their profession.
  • TCA credentials reflect high standards of academic instruction, supervised training and consultation, and applied skills in field settings. TCA offers three levels of Board Certification:

     
  • Board Certified Sex Therapist
  • Board Certified Clinical Sexologist
  • Board Certified Human Sexuality Professional
  • Requirements for each certification include education in specific core areas and supervised work experience. (Follow the links to each area of certification for specifics pertaining to that level.   Education in the form of academic degrees, specialized programs in sexology, and conferences/workshops are applied towards the certification requirements.   Certification also requires work in the particular field in which the aspirant wants to specialize. This work needs to be supervised through case consultation by trained and credentialed professionals who will assess and strengthen the skills needed for practical application.   Applicants for certification will submit proof of attainment of all requirements to the TCA Board for approval.   Cost and Registration  

    Professionals interested in TCA Board Certification must have completed 150 hours in sexology education and 20 hours of supervision/case consultation with a TCA-approved supervisor. The initial certification application fee is $200 and each biennial renewal will be $200 and submission of 10 continuing education hours in a sexology-related topic. Participation in a TCA supervision/case consultation group is encouraged and will be credited towards certification renewal.

      TCA Certification Benefits  

    Code of Ethics

    Members will adhere to the TCA Code of Ethics and those for their particular field (i.e.: Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc.) including, but not limited to, the following:  
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (http://www.amhca.org/assets/content/CodeofEthics1.pdf)
  • The Association for Addiction Professionals (http://www.naadac.org/resources/codeofethics)
  • American Nurses Association (http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/EthicsStandards/CodeofEthicsforNurses)
  • Association of American Educators (http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/about-us/aae-code-of-ethics)
  • American Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx)
  • National Association of Social Workers (http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp)
  • Submit this completed application along with all required documentation to TCA. Failure to submit all required documentation will result in a delay of your certification. Thank you.

    Section I: Identifying Information

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    Section VI: Ethics

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    Section VII: Ethics Statement

    1. TCA Therapists and Professionals need to have a working knowledge of the TCA Code of Ethics.
    2. Dual relationships that might impair the TCA Therapist’s or Professional’s objectivity and judgment must be avoided, i.e.: family members, friends, etc.
    3. TCA Therapists and Professionals will not engage in sexual, physical, or romantic intimacy with clients and/or associated individuals.
    4. TCA Therapists and Professionals will not engage in reparative therapy or pathologize homosexuality in the therapeutic setting.
    I have read the TCA Code of Ethics. I will abide by the requirements of TCA and the TCA Certification Program as related to applicant certification and generally accepted principles of professionalism, ethics, and practice standards. I hereby declare under penalty of perjury the information included in my application to be true and complete to the best of my knowledge. In signing this application, I am aware that a false statement or evasive answer to any questions may lead to denial of my application or subsequent revocation of my certification on ethical grounds. I will abide by the current laws and rules that govern my practice. I understand that TCA reserves the right to re-classify persons who have taken the courses for certification if laws, ethical regulations, or standards for the behavioral health industry change. I understand that CST, CCS, CHSP, SAC, CTCT, CTCP, CKAT, and CKAP are designations that the practitioner has completed specialty training in the assessment and treatment of the specialty area. These designations do not qualify a person for state licensure.
    TCA reserves the right to modify the terms of the Code of Ethics manual at any time and will provide notice to the TCA listserve. The modifications will be effective at the time the email is sent and, by signing below, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis.

    Position Statement

    TCA is a sex addiction-positive association. This does not mean that our professionals need to treat sex addiction or may not have other viewpoints. It does mean that our professionals will make no derogatory, demeaning, or dismissive statements regarding sex addiction and, if a sex addiction therapist (including IITAP certified therapists) refers a client to a TCA certified therapist, that therapist will work cooperatively with the addictions therapist to facilitate the client’s recovery and help that client develop the ability to have a healthy sexual life, however the client defines it.

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