The American Board Of Sexology

Big Oaks from little acorns …and Still GROWING

In 1986 a little acorn was planted by a group of clinical sexologists who believed that there was a better way to provide quality assurance to the public and to the discipline, in selecting qualified sex therapists, sex counselors, sex educators and recognizing authentic sex researchers. The small organization consisted of just a few including several past presidents of the leading recognized sexological institutions in the United States.

What the group did was take the process of certification of practitioners in the field of sexology out of the area of subjectivity to a process based on academic achievement, dedication to the discipline as evidenced by scholarship, evidence of competence under supervision, and the empirical results of examination.

Those meeting these stringent requirements are awarded the designation of Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Sexology. Among the first Diplomates to be Board Certified included sexology pioneers Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. William Masters, Dr. William Granzig, Dr. John Money, Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, Dr. Albert Ellis, Dr. Wardell Pomeroy and Dr. Erwin Haeberle.

The American Board of Sexology, and is made up of a higher percentage of doctoral level Diplomates than the other organizations can boast. This is due to the nature of the organization. ABS is dedicated to providing quality assurance to the consumer and certifying and nurturing clinicians in the practice of sex therapy and sex counseling. The ABS also request reviews by current and previous clients to those clinicians of the practice and verify that these reviews are accurate.

Our big oak now covers Diplomates in twenty-six countries. Approximately 98% hold doctoral degrees – including Ph.D.s, M.D.s, Ed.D.s, Psy.D.s and D.S.W.s as well as others. Perusal of The International Registry, our international directory of Diplomates, is like reading a who’s who in sexology around the world.

Faithfully,
Dr. James Walker, PhD.

The American Board Of Sexology

Big Oaks from little acorns …and Still GROWING

In 1986 a little acorn was planted by a group of clinical sexologists who believed that there was a better way to provide quality assurance to the public and to the discipline, in selecting qualified sex therapists, sex counselors, sex educators and recognizing authentic sex researchers. The small organization consisted of just a few including several past presidents of the leading recognized sexological institutions in the United States.

What the group did was take the process of certification of practitioners in the field of sexology out of the area of subjectivity to a process based on academic achievement, dedication to the discipline as evidenced by scholarship, evidence of competence under supervision, and the empirical results of examination.

Those meeting these stringent requirements are awarded the designation of Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Sexology. Among the first Diplomates to be Board Certified included sexology pioneers Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. William Masters, Dr. William Granzig, Dr. John Money, Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, Dr. Albert Ellis, Dr. Wardell Pomeroy and Dr. Erwin Haeberle.

The American Board of Sexology, and is made up of a higher percentage of doctoral level Diplomates than the other organizations can boast. This is due to the nature of the organization. ABS is dedicated to providing quality assurance to the consumer and certifying and nurturing clinicians in the practice of sex therapy and sex counseling. The ABS also request reviews by current and previous clients to those clinicians of the practice and verify that these reviews are accurate.

Our big oak now covers Diplomates in twenty-six countries. Approximately 98% hold doctoral degrees – including Ph.D.s, M.D.s, Ed.D.s, Psy.D.s and D.S.W.s as well as others. Perusal of The International Registry, our international directory of Diplomates, is like reading a who’s who in sexology around the world.

Faithfully,
Dr. James Walker, PhD.

Founding Father of the ABS

Dr. William Granzig was the 6th president of AASECT. He served from 1978-1980. Dr. Granzig was also the youngest president at the time and the first gay president. He was both a sex educator and sex therapist.

During his presidency the certification program was started. Dorothy Strauss became the first chair of the newly formed certification committee. A great deal of effort and energy was put into creating the requirements for certification. The SAR requirement was born out of the premise that at that time, people didn’t talk about sex nor aware of their attitudes of sex and how it affected their sexuality.

Patricia Schiller was the executive director at the time and introduced adding therapists into the association and changing the name to include therapists. The board added the “T” onto “AASECT”, including the therapists into the association. Before that, most of the membership comprised of sex educators.

He was the first editor of the journal that was included as a benefit of membership. The AASECT office, at his time of presidency, was located in Washington, DC. Bostrom was the management company that managed the association.

One of the AASECT members that stood out at the time was Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the infamous “Dr.Ruth”. Dr. Granzig quipped she helped keep the organization “respectable”!

Source: AASECT.org

Dr. William Granzig, Ph.D. founder of the American Board of Sexology
Dr. William Granzig, Ph.D. founder of the American Board of Sexology

Founding Father of the ABS

Dr. William Granzig was the 6th president of AASECT. He served from 1978-1980. Dr. Granzig was also the youngest president at the time and the first gay president. He was both a sex educator and sex therapist.

During his presidency the certification program was started. Dorothy Strauss became the first chair of the newly formed certification committee. A great deal of effort and energy was put into creating the requirements for certification. The SAR requirement was born out of the premise that at that time, people didn’t talk about sex nor aware of their attitudes of sex and how it affected their sexuality.

Patricia Schiller was the executive director at the time and introduced adding therapists into the association and changing the name to include therapists. The board added the “T” onto “AASECT”, including the therapists into the association. Before that, most of the membership comprised of sex educators.

He was the first editor of the journal that was included as a benefit of membership. The AASECT office, at his time of presidency, was located in Washington, DC. Bostrom was the management company that managed the association.

One of the AASECT members that stood out at the time was Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the infamous “Dr.Ruth”. Dr. Granzig quipped she helped keep the organization “respectable”!

Source: AASECT.org

The American Board of Sexology 2022-2023 Board

Board Definition

The board is comprised of no less than six (6) members and no more than twelve (12) as per the American Board of Sexology Charter.  New Board members are currently selected among peers that are active ABS Certified Diplomates and have agreed upon duties to serve as a Board member. Board members can serve a minimum of one (1) year up to a lifetime if agreed upon by the other Board members.  Removal of the board can be done by a Board vote or if the member request to step down from the obligation.

Board duties include the facilitating testing, background checks, education qualifications, business license validation, monitoring reviews, qualifying moral and professional standards, rules and regulations, directory listings, certifications, charter changes, and disciplinary actions for new and current ABS Certified Diplomates.

The Board currently contracts some of the research functions, background checks, education verifications, technical website design, updates, functionality, secure certifications, directory publications, and social media marketing.

Product Reviews

The American Board of Sexology is a non-profit organization, peer review board for qualifying professionals in the field of Sexology. Some members of our dedicated team of certified sexologist provides independent product testing of sexual aids and devices for research, public education and consumer safety.

Product testing may included qualified students, patients with related issues or independent third party participants. Participants in these studies typically are unaware of brand, retailer, distributor or manufacturer information.  The American Board of Sexology and its team of product testers, researchers, and professionals are not compensated for their studies or time. The American Board of Sexology also does not sell products, market products or advertise products to the public keeping the independent review process unbiased. All published information online or offline about products reviewed by the American Board of Sexology are for educational purposes only and funding is not accepted from the manufacturers, retailers or sponsors of the products.

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