Before we go too far into what we are out to create with The Center of Transformative Sexology, it might be a good start to explain the current landscape of Sexology.
Sexologist: A person who specializes in Human Sexuality and has acquired the knowledge and skills to discuss such matters through the study of areas such as sexual behavior, health/wellness and identity or experience .
Currently there are two major fields of Sexology:
Clinical Sexology: This field of Sexology is primarily dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sexual or mental health issues that impede sexual fulfillment and enjoyment. A person generally becomes a Clinical Sexologist by completing a Ph.D. or other post graduate program that certifies them in the field. Certification is required to work in their field or claim the title of Clinical Sexologist.
Educational Sexology: This field of Sexology is primarily dedicated to the education and discussion of human sexuality and sexual health. A person generally becomes an Educational Sexologist (Sexuality Educator) by completing any number of sexuality education programs at various levels. While certification is widely accepted it is not necessarily required for Sexuality Educators to work in their field or claim the title of Educational Sexologist.
The Gap In-Between
While each of these fields lends themselves to the work and growth of many forms of Sexology, they do not cover a wide gap of professions that Sexologists may find themselves working in. For example, neither category directly addresses or covers professionals who blend their skills as a Life or Relationship Coach with their background in Sexology. Additionally, the categories of Educational and Clinical Sexology have blatantly ignored those whose approach to Sexology involves Somatic Arts or Experience based techniques.
As a Sexologist who falls in the grey area between Clinical and Educational Sexology, I have found it very difficult to find support and or connection with others who are also in the gap. The lack of a unifying title for this field has prevented an ease in identifying others who might be under the umbrella of any other form of Sexology. The impact has resulted in many professionals feeling siloed, unsupported and without a professional organization to lean on or contribute to their work. As a result, Sexologists in the gap may be working very hard to transform how people experience sex and sexology with very little recognition or ability to advance in their field.
This gap has lead us to create Transformative Sexology.
Transformative Sexology: This field of Sexology is a new realm of Sexology that acknowledges a blend of approaches that may incorporate educational and clinical practice but often go beyond those limitations. A person who is a open to blending Transformative Learning theories with their existing foundations of Sexology might consider becoming certified in Transformative Sexology.
The Center for Transformative Sexology is committed to providing a safe space for these Sexologists by not only naming the gap, but by creating support, education and certification opportunities to those who would otherwise continue to have no place to turn. Doing so will not only create a third more versatile field of Sexology. The future that would be created with an additional field would be a future of support, recognition and organization allowing professionals access to growth, safety and community that they may not currently have.
If the possibility of contributing to the building of community, professional support and organization sounds like something you want to be a part of, we invite you to contact us as we begin laying the foundation of our work and the future we are out to create.