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IISF Professional Leadership Training
Balancing Sex & Faith
(Level #1)

Teaching an inclusive, science-friendly, sex-positive Christianity

September 9th, 2024- October 28th, 2024

Virtually on Monday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm EST

This intensive training is designed for those who have successfully completed a minimum of 1 year of academic training in theology, social work, and/or sexual health. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis for those with similar qualifying experience. This 8-week course is offered virtually, however, space is limited. Applicants will be selected to achieve a balance of racial, gender, orientation, and academic focus.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 16. AASECT CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification.


This course, Approval #04122023-1, is also approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 16 Non Clinical & Social Cultural CE credits for participating in this course.

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The purpose of this educational training is to give tools to those clergy and sexual health professionals who are on the front lines and confronted with the reality of both the religiously derived sexual wounding and ignorance of parishioners, clients, and students that diminishes sexual potential and creates personal and interpersonal difficulties. The tools we provide include how to frame a different narrative than the traditional sex-negative message promoted throughout much of Christendom. It joins a sex-positive, biblically grounded Christian gospel focusing on pleasure, grace, and abundance with scientific research on what constitutes healthy sexuality and satisfying intimate relationships. The goal is to teach clergy to become more aware of sexual diversity and the extent of sexual wounding and to teach sexologists a liberating Christian teaching that supports sexual health and well-being. 


Coordinated under the leadership of an ordained Christian clergy and IISF trained practitioner this training includes significant opportunities for participants to interact with those from a contrasting discipline thereby enriching the wealth of experiences, knowledge, and insights of professional colleagues.


  • “Cultural Forces that Shaped Christian Sex Negativity”

  • “Reframing God”

  • “The Jesus Continuum”

  • “Shame and the Unholy Trinity”

  • “Erasing the Line” (Intersectionality & Privilege)

  • “Understanding Rule-Based Thinking: Who Might Resist Sex-Positivity"

The text for this class is Advancing Sexual Health for the Christian Client; Data and Dogma, by Beverly Dale and Rachel Keller (2019). Additional designated readings, videos, and projects will be assigned weekly. Reading and watching videos will be expected in preparation for the training.

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Applications Open July 23rd to August 30th

Application requirements:

  • Completed application form 

  • Contact information of two references, one personal and one professional

  • A 300–500-word essay providing the reasons for wanting this training

  • Non-refundable application fee of $50. (If applicant is not selected it will be refunded in full.)

Phone interviews will be scheduled for the accepted applications during the week of February 13th. Notification of full acceptance will be by the following week. The assumption is made that all applicants are mature and take full responsibility for their own psychological healing and sexual wounding.


Attending Level #1 training does not obligate participants to attend Level #2 but it is encouraged. A separate application for subsequent training and certification is required.


Registration fees are tiered depending on CEUs and method of payment:

Application Deposit: $50 Due with application.  The deposit will be applied to the registration fee if the applicant is accepted. Non-refundable, unless the application is not accepted. 

Registration Fee earning 16 CEU credits with AASECT: $850 

Registration Fee for Non-CEU: $800

Trainees who wish to donate additional funds towards the Legacy Fund to aid in potential student discounts for other trainees are encouraged to pay $1,000 - $1,050

An early bird discount of $50 will be awarded to any selected applicant who submits a completed application with all application materials by 11:59pm EST, August 5th

All payments must be paid in full by September 9th, 2024 unless a payment plan is requested.

Payment plans available: $50 deposit followed by pro-rated payments due before each class. (See the application form for details.)


We are committed to not turning away applicants due to their inability to pay. Please inquire.


Registration Fee includes: Continuing access to IISF copyrighted material, IISF Resource Sheets, Dale/Keller textbook, and access to all training power points.  

Your deposit of $50 can be paid below

Applications Open August 14th!

Certification Requirements for Sex & Faith Educators


What clergy and sexologists are saying about this training:

  • "It engaged my heart and my intellect, was presented clearly, and was well-developed."

  • "I believe this to be the kind of training that people can take out into all facets of their world and communities. Our influence has been and will continue to expand."

  • "This training helps us all do more healing work with the faith based community. It allows us to articulate that it’s okay to love pleasure and God!"

  • "….left me wanting more than I received, affirmed there is a lot of work to be done and that I am not alone in my efforts to address a significant challenge …(in our) approach to sexuality."


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