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Sex Therapy Certificate

About the Program

The Sex Therapy Certificate Program at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies is for Master’s or Doctoral level clinicians already trained in a mental health profession, who are eligible for licensure or already licensed. The program is cost effective, practical, and convenient—classes are offered in a blend of online and in-person on weekends. Offering the necessary requirements for AASECT certification, this certificate program trains clinicians to be qualified and skilled sex therapists and utilizes valuable resources, such as highly-trained faculty, a time-tested curriculum, ample space, and eLearning capabilities. Medical providers, clergy, and other individuals trained in counseling may also be eligible for the program if they aim to seek certification by AASECT as a sex counselor.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the certificate, a student must complete (5 education and 4 supervision)

  • HSED 502, 592, 562, 662, & 669
  • SUPERVISION 1, 2, 3, & 4

Participation in 350 total clock hours of seat time, which includes:

  • 90 hours of core knowledge in Human Sexuality
  • 135 hours of Speciality Training in Sex Therapy
  • 20+ hours of Sexual Attitudes Reassessment
  • 150 hours supervision

(Seat time hours meet AASECT certification requirements as of 12/18/2018)


Note: The supervision component is only available to students who complete or are simultaneously enrolled in the education component.

Cost and Financial Aid

Cost information for this affordable program can be found on our graduate tuition and fees page. To explore loan and scholarship opportunities, contact the Widener Financial Aid Services Department.

Expert Trainers

Erika Evans-Weaver, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Erika Evans-Weaver is both an assistant clinical professor and the Director of the Sex Therapy Clinic in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Dr. Evans-Weaver also maintains a boutique private practice in Flourtown, PA. Prior to her private practice, she founded an organization called Healthiher that was dedicated to providing health education to women of color. Dr. Evans-Weaver has also been employed as the Quality Assurance Director and Clinician at the Center for Families and Relationships. She worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist with organizations like Northern Homes for Children as well as a number of other agencies in the Tri-State area. She began teaching as an adjunct for Philadelphia University and La Salle University’s Graduate Psychology Department in 2008 and joined the faculty full-time at Widener in 2012. Dr. Evans-Weaver’s research is focused on best practices for the training of clinical practitioners. Her work interests are related to ethics, intercultural competence in clinical settings, counseling implications for victims of trafficking, and media influences on the identity development for women of color. Dedicated to providing assistance to victims of trafficking, she formed a network with other clinicians in Pennsylvania who are invested in providing clinical assistance to victims in need.

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, CST

Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman is a relationship and sex therapist who has over 25 years of experience in providing individual, couple, sex therapy and clinical supervision. Her areas of interest and expertise include sexuality across the life span, sexual difficulties, sexual pain, sexual trauma, sexuality and illness. She is an American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certified sex therapist and approved supervisor. Dr. Pillai-Friedman is also an Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality at Widener University and the director of the sex therapy track. She maintains a successful private practice in the city of Philadelphia where she practices individual, couple and sex therapy and supervises aspiring social workers and sex therapists. Her strength lies in her ability to combine a successful academic and research career with clinical practice and supervision. She is on the health advisory board of several organizations providing support for people diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer and is actively involved in research on cancer and sexuality. Dr. Pillai-Friedman presents nationally and internationally on various topics related to relationships and sexuality and has written book chapters and journal articles on sexual fantasies, kink, religion and sexuality, sexuality and chronic illness, aging and sexuality, and the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in the treatment of sexual dysfunction.

Philip A. Rutter, PhD, CST

With more than 20 years of combined experience, Dr. Phil Rutter is both a counseling psychologist and clinical supervisor for aspiring psychologists who has offices in both Center City, Philadelphia, and Pitman, New Jersey, where he meets with clients for individual, couples, or family therapy. While he tailors his services to meet the broad needs of clients, Dr. Rutter has several niche areas of expertise. One is suicide assessment and prevention, and another is the LGBT population. In January 2011, he was appointed to the LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and he serves as a regional member of the Pennsylvania’s Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Rutter also served as Clinical Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology and as Vice Chair for the association’s Executive Board. In addition to private practice responsibilities, he is an associate professor and proud educator in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies.