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Where Do I Find Sex Educators?

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Updated January 18, 2010

Question: Where Do I Find Sex Educators?
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You might be looking for sex education for yourself, a friend or family member, or an organization you work for. Or you may want to find a sex educator because you’re thinking of becoming one yourself and want to find someone to talk to about what’s involved, how to do it, and where to start. Either way, here are some tips on where to find qualified sex educators near you.

AASECT Referral List. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists maintains a list of all their certified members, organized geographically. AASECT also offers a mentoring program for members.

Planned Parenthood maintains a list of sexual health clinics in the U.S. on their website. If there’s a clinic near you there is likely someone working as a sex educator full or part time at the clinic.

It isn’t always the case, but often women’s health centers (particularly ones that identify as feminist) have sex educators working as part of their team. Based in Washington state, the Feminist Women’s Health Center has a list of clinics across the country, you can check to see if any are near you.

If you’re not sure if there’s a sex educator in your city or town, you can always try to email or call the Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. or the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada. Neither organization maintains a public list of sex educators, but they may know where to direct you, or even have a specific referral they can make.

Outside of North America you may want to check out Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Finally doing some old fashion calling around research can work. I would start with women’s health clinics, student health clinics, local college and university health centers. You can even call your local board of education and ask if there is someone who is in charge of sex education in the schools. You run the risk of getting awkward or curt responses, but there’s no harm in trying, and it is good practice for the sometimes tricky work of talking about sex in public.

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