Individuals joining SASHA must attest and adhere to the following:
- SASHA members agree to uphold SASHA’s Code of Conduct and Membership Rules.
- SASHA members agree to uphold SASHA bylaws and SASHA’s Vision of Sexual Health.
- SASHA members shall put the welfare of the consumer first.
Given that consumers are in unique and vulnerable positions with respect to the sensitive nature of services related to sexuality education, counselling, therapy, research and supervision, SASHA members shall constantly be mindful of the responsibility for protection of the consumer’s welfare, rights and best interests and for the rigorous maintenance of the trust implicit in the consumer relationship.
The member shall, from the onset of professional contact with a consumer or a potential consumer, clarify:
A. Professional training, experiences and competencies. SASHA’s mission includes providing continuous professional education and certification for sexual health professionals. SASHA’s objectives are to protect the consumer and to ensure that the public is not misled by inaccurate claims of practitioners.
B. SASHA members not holding SASHA Certification as a Medical Sexologist, Sexologist, Sex Therapist, Sexuality Educator, Sexuality Counsellor or SASHA certified Supervisor may not list their SASHA membership in any manner, media or forum which implies any level of certification. Any misrepresentation or misleading of the public as to professional qualifications or to certification status could result in denial or termination of membership.
C. If a Certified Member lists certification as part of their credentials in any manner, media or forum, that member must specify the area of certification (i.e., Medical Sexologist, Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, Sexuality Counsellor, Sex Therapist or SASHA Supervisor.)
D. SASHA members who are candidates for degree’s or certification may not state their candidacy as part of their identification in any manner, media or forum. For example, a candidate for a degree program such as a doctorate or for SASHA Sex Therapy Certification may not advertise that status. Consumers can be misled by titles such as “PhD Candidate” or “Sex Therapy Certification Candidate.”
Certification Renewal Policies
- The 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits over two years that are required for certification renewal must be completed by the expiration date of the member’s original certification or the expiration date of the last certification renewal.
- All certified members will be sent a courtesy notice starting 12 months in advance of their certification expiration date and periodically thereafter, until one month after the certification expires, at which time the member will be notified that the certification has expired.
- SASHA will perform random audits of certification renewal applications. Every 10th renewal application that is received for each certification category will be flagged for audit, and the applicant will be asked to supply copies of all CPD certificates that are listed in the application. The renewal application and all supporting documentation will be reviewed by the chair of the appropriate certification committee.
- Certified members who allow their certification(s) to lapse for more than three (3) months because of non-payment of membership dues or certification renewal fees and wish to have their certification re-instated will need to submit the following:
- A statement, in writing to SASHA, explaining the circumstances for the lapse in certification(s).
- Documentation of completion of the required number of CPD/CME’s Credits needed for certification renewal, acquired within one (1) year prior to certification re-instatement.
- A completed certification renewal application.
- A copy of the most recent certification certificate issued by SASHA.
- Documentation of current membership in SASHA, with dues paid in full.
- Payment of the certification renewal application fee(s).
- Payment of the re-instatement fee (equal to the amount of the certification renewal fee).
Please Note: During the lapsed period, no member may identify himself/herself as a SASHA Certified Professional. The name of the lapsed member will also be removed from the website.
- Members may sometimes find themselves in hardship situations (health issues, family issues, loss of employment, or other unforeseen life circumstances) and decide to put a ‘voluntary hold’ on their SASHA Certification(s). To initiate a ‘voluntary hold’:
- In a timely manner, notify the headquarters office in writing regarding the particular circumstances that necessitate putting the SASHA Certification(s) on hold, giving the start date and the reason(s) for the ‘voluntary hold.’
- Give an estimate of the planned length of the ‘voluntary hold.’
- SASHA Staff will acknowledge/confirm the official start of the ‘voluntary hold.’
Please Note: No member may identify himself/herself as an SASHA Certified Professional while the certification is on ‘voluntary hold.’ Additionally, the name of the member whose certification is on hold will be removed from the website.
To re-activate certification after being on ‘voluntary hold’:
- Complete the appropriate certification renewal application(s).
- Submit a copy of the acknowledgment from SASHA.
- Send a copy of the certification certificate that was valid before the start of the Voluntary Hold.
- Complete the required number of CPD/CME Credits needed for certification renewal, acquired within one (1) year prior to certification re-activation.
- Have current SASHA membership, with dues paid in full.
- Pay the certification renewal application fee(s).
- Pay a re-activation administrative fee.
Professional Members are those individuals whose academic and/or professional credentials make them eligible to pursue SASHA certification in accordance with the procedures and criteria adopted by the Board of Directors or are professionals registered with HPCSA, SACSSP or SANC. Professional Members in good standing are eligible to vote in elections and on other matters properly placed before the membership for a vote, and to serve on most committees and other functional bodies.
- Professional Certified Members are those individuals who hold such SASHA Professional Certifications in specified designations and/or supervision will be referred to below as ‘Certified Members’.
- Associate Members are those individuals who support SASHA’s mission but are not eligible to pursue SASHA certification or do not qualify as professional member. Associate Members shall not be eligible to hold positions as Officers, as Directors, or as Chairs of Committees, nor vote in general elections. Associate members will be accepted on the discretion of the executive board of SASHA and be a person who works in die field of sexual health, with good standing and relevant experience.
- Student Members are those individuals who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate training at a recognized and accredited educational institution. Student Members in good standing are eligible to serve on most Committees and other functional bodies, and to vote within these structures. Student Members shall not be eligible to hold positions as Officers, as Directors, or as Chairs of Committees, nor vote in general elections.
Note: Membership in SASHA does not imply professional expertise or competence as a sexologist, sexuality educator, counselor or therapist.
- Company Members are companies with special interested in SASHA and its mission and vision statements and have to apply for membership which the membership committee will review.
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