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Qualifications and Application

Applying for IPSA Professional Training


The application process for the IPSA professional training program is outlined below. The required forms can be found on the Applications page of this website. If for any reason you are unable to print the application form or questionnaire, please write or call the training coordinator to request they be mailed to your postal address.

Most people are surprised by how long it takes to complete the written portions of the application. Note: The personal and sexual evolution part of your application is particularly important. The training staff is aware that this portion of the application requires you to reveal very personal information. Please be assured that the staff is non-judgmental and your application will be kept confidential.

Because trainees participate in partnered exercises throughout the training, scheduling a training requires consideration of gender and sexual orientation, in order to assure all participants of a partner with whom they can work. Be sure to indicate on your application the gender(s) of your personal partners, and if you wish to work as a surrogate partner indicate the gender(s) of the clients with whom you intend to work, when you are available to come to southern California for training, and the degree to which your availability is flexible.

Each component of the the application process initiates an important aspect of training.

Qualifications for Training as a Professional Surrogate Partner


No specific academic degrees or courses are required as prerequisite to IPSA’s Professional Surrogate Partner training program. There are, however, certain personal qualities and life experiences that seem to provide valuable background for surrogate work and sex therapy, and are assessed by the training committee. Emotional maturity developed from a combination of life experiences and academic exposure is essential.

IPSA Professional Surrogate Partner training program is open to people who are comfortable with their own sexuality and nudity, who have evolved through personal therapy and other growth-oriented experiences, and who feel ready to be involved in a close, caring relationship with people who are having difficulties with emotional, physical and sexual intimacy. This is not a profession for people who are confused about themselves or who are simply looking to have a good time.

Application Process


Application for IPSA professional training requires all of the following documents:

1) Letter of Intent that answers the following questions:
a) Why do you want to take the IPSA training?
b) Why do you want to work as a surrogate partner or sex therapist?
c) What qualities do you possess that you believe will make you an effective sexuality professional — either as a surrogate partner or counselor?

2) Personal Evolution Essay
Describe the circumstances, events, and relationships that have most influenced the course of your life— including all significant familial, romantic, and sexual relationships. This essay requires time and thought, and multiple pages.

3) Completed cover page and questionnaire (found in the applications section of this website)

4) Two letters of recommendation from helping professionals (doctors, teachers, etc.) who know you, and with whom you have discussed your desire to train and work as a surrogate partner or sex therapist. In order to succeed in this field will need to be able to talk with professionals.  This is a good time to begin to think about who you know and who knows you, or how you can have conversations with people  who fit this category.

5) Non-refundable $25.00 application fee.

Consult the IPSA training coordinator if you have questions about the application requirements.

Acceptance into IPSA Professional Training


After all parts of the application are received, applicants will be interviewed by IPSA Training staff, and then the training advisory committee will make a determination regarding the acceptance of the applicant into the professional training program.

Tuition Payment Schedule


Following notification of acceptance into the training program, a cashier’s check for half the tuition is required. The balance of the tuition is due once your training dates are scheduled. This is required in order to guarantee that you and the other trainees are not disappointed or inconvenienced by last minute withdrawals or no-shows by other class members.

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