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Training


IPSA offers a 100-hour didactic and experiential course of study in human sexuality. sex therapy, and surrogate partner therapy. This course is the required first stage in the training of certified professional surrogate partners, and is an ideal supplemental education for counselors and therapists who wish to better understand sex therapy and surrogate partner therapy.

Professional Training for Surrogate Partners and Therapists


Every IPSA training program employs a rich combination of lecture, group discussion, experiential exercises and personalized feedback in order to optimize trainee learning and growth.

Each class is led by a team of experienced IPSA trainers. Trainers guide class participants through a series of structured relaxation, communication, and sensual awareness exercises. These structured exercises are integrated with non-structured experiences that enhance trainee self-awareness, capacity for intimacy, and clinical skills.

Trainers provide individual feedback and advice for every trainee for the duration of the class. Members of the surrogate and therapist communities contribute expertise through the lecture portion of each course.

The experiential aspects of therapist and surrogate training are modeled on the practices of modern sex therapy and Surrogate Partner Therapy. This design provides trainees with a multi-dimensional clinical education—developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective clinical work. Experiential learning also generates significant personal enrichment for most trainees.

A certificate of completion of coursework in human sexuality and sex therapy is awarded to trainees who successfully complete the professional training course.

Recommendation for Internship

A letter of recommendation is provided to trainees when they are ready to begin Internship as a professional surrogate partner. This letter may be used to apply for IPSA Intern Membership, as well as when interviewing with referring therapists. (See the page on Internship.)

IPSA Professional Surrogate Partner Training


Level 1: Human Sexuality, Sex Therapy and Surrogate Partner Therapy Course
Level 2: Supervised Surrogate Partner Internship
Level 3: Case Consultations
Level 4: Continuing Education


IPSA Therapist Training


Level 1: Human Sexuality, Sex Therapy and Surrogate Partner Therapy Course
Level 2: Supervision and Case Consultation


Length, Location and Costs

Length: Classes are approximately 100 hours, and require significant additional reading, writing, and studying. Applicants may apply for either the 12-week training or the 12-day intensive training, or indicate availability for both.

Locations: At least one class a year is held in California. Classes are scheduled for other locations when a sufficient number of appropriate applicants from a specific country, region or locale are accepted into the training program. Internships occur in locations throughout the world.

Costs: Tuition for classes is $2,000 per participant. Partial scholarships are sometimes available.

Additional Expenses: Trainees are responsible for the purchase of an assigned human sexuality textbook prior to the beginning of the course, and for their own lodgings, transportation and meals during the course. Interns generally receive payment from  clients for each session, and from that income each interns pays his/her mentor an honorarium of $15 per client session.

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