Be a Better Therapist Program

Professional Education and Certification-Credentialing Program for Psychologists in Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST) and Treatment (DSTT).

Here's How to Get Started

1

Explore the Model

Become more personally informed so you may decide if this professional education and training is a good fit for you.

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Apply for the Professional Education and Certification-Credentialing Program

ISH will review your application and invite you to register.

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Attend the Live Courses

Enroll and earn CE credits by attending live modules alongside a cohort of fellow professionals. 

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Transform Your Practice

Empower your clinical approach with more informed, effective, and ethical care.

Professional Education & Training Overview

In this new Professional Education and Certification-Credentialing Program for Psychologists in Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma  (DST)  and Treatment (DSTT) from Dr. Omar Minwalla, experienced psychologists, clinical sexologists, counselors, and unlicensed related professionals who have obtained a masters or post graduate degree and have 10+ years of experience in the field can receive advanced level professional education on deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST).

Professionals will learn foundational concepts related to the DST Model, an organized, grounded theory and treatment model that recognizes abuse-victim trauma (AVT) consciousness when addressing compulsive sexual behavior disorder, sexual addiction, and emotional and sexual infidelity. Ethical principles and standards of care established by the APA will be explored and applied to clinical practice guidelines.

By attending these live online courses, professionals will recognize and understand a specified type of psychological, emotional, and relational abuse in their practice and in society at large.

Level 1: DST Professional Education "The Illumination Series"

CE Credits: 45

Program Details

Consists of Modules 1-4

45 total CE Hours

9 Days total over 3 months

Daily schedule: 8am-2pm Pacific Time

Cost: $2000 for all four Modules or $500/each

MODULE 1*

Introduction to Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST)

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
September 2 & 3, 2022

*FYI – Module 1 is a suitable introductory course and may be taken a la carte before deciding to proceed to Module 2 or the remainder of Level 1.

MODULE 2

Underlying Factors of Deceptive Sexuality

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
September 16 & 17, 2022

MODULE 3

Traumatic Injuries and Symptoms of Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST)

15 CE Hours
3-Day Webinar
October 14-16, 2022

MODULE 4

Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma Clinical Considerations

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
November 4 & 5, 2022

Level 2: DSTT Professional Training "The Application Series"

CE Credits: 48

Program Details

Consists of Modules 5-8

45 total CE Hours

8 Days total over 2 months

Daily schedule: 8am-3pm Pacific Time

Cost: $2000 for all four Modules or $500/each

MODULE 5

Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) for the Victim(s)

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
Upcoming Dates TBD

MODULE 6

Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) for the Abuser

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
Upcoming Dates TBD

MODULE 7

Treatment for the Abusive-Injured Relationship(s)

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
Upcoming Dates TBD

MODULE 8

Synthesis of DSTT Application

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
Upcoming Dates TBD

FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in this Professional Education and Certification-Credentialing Program ?

Licensed psychologists, clinical sexologists, social workers, mental health counselors, as well as unlicensed related professionals who have obtained a masters or postgraduate degree and/or have 10+ years of experience in the field of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior disorder, sex addiction, and the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors are welcome to take Level 1: DST Professional Education “The Illumination Series.”

These live courses are held on Zoom and build upon the foundation of a completed doctoral program in psychology and are best suited for licensed mental health professionals with substantial clinical experience treating deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST). Please carefully consider your personal suitability.

This professional education should not be used as personal treatment intervention or therapy. If you have experience as an injured partner, survivor, or as an abuser, you should take special consideration prior to enrolling in the course. If you need assistance determining your personal suitability, please contact admin to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Minwalla

Only licensed mental health professionals may register for Level 2: DSTT Professional Training. Participants must have received a Certificate of Completion in Level 1: DST Professional Education, which requires completion of all four posttests from Modules 1-4. Level 2: DSTT Professional Training is intended to help licensed treatment professionals begin to apply and integrate the Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma (DST) Model in clinical practice. 

As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ISH maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Do I have to take all the modules, or may I pick and choose a la carte?

You are welcome to register for Level 1: DST Professional Education Module 1 “Introduction to Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma (DST)” before deciding to continue or not. Module 1 is an excellent option for professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about the DST model, terms used in the DST model, understand what integrating an abuse-victim-trauma consciousness means, and learn how it applies to infidelity, sex addiction, and compulsive sexual behavior assessment and treatment.

Most professionals sign up for all four modules of Level 1: DST Professional Education; however, enrollment in individual modules, one at a time, is permitted.

Modules must be completed sequentially and attended live. There will be no video recordings or makeup sessions. Upon completion of Module 1, professionals will be eligible to register for Module 2, and so on.

Please note that The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) is currently converting the DST professional education program into a fully realized for-profit certification and credentialing institution in DST and DSTT. Any professional who has already taken or is registered to take any upcoming course or module will be grandfathered into the credentialing process and will receive full credit for all coursework and educational models taken related to DST education and professional training.

Further, there will be a Level 3: Practice Phase. We will provide ongoing updates as this program becomes more realized and developed. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as our new program evolves.

What type of professional continuing education credits, certificates, or credentials will I receive for participating in this professional education and training?

Continuing education (CE) credit is offered for each module. Licensed professionals can receive CE credits for each module from the American Psychological Association (APA) if live attendance and posttest requirements are met.

To earn a Certificate of Completion for Level 1: DST Professional Education awarded by The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH), participants must successfully complete all posttests for Modules 1-4.

To earn a Certificate of Completion in Level 2: DST Professional Training awarded by The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH), participants must successfully complete all posttests for Modules 5-8.

To earn a Certificate of Completion in Level 3: DST Professional Training awarded by The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH), participants must successfully complete all posttests for Modules and Hybrid-learning Hours.

Those who successfully complete Level 3 can apply and be awarded the DST distinction and use the professional title, “DST,” which only means they are DST educated. Then such a professional can then apply for the certification or credentialing program.

Can I place acronyms next to my name, such as DST or DSTT?

Yes, once you have earned your certificate ofcompletion for Level 3, and have been awarded the title of DST, you can then use this acronym next to your name.

Once a professional has been accepted and completed all requirements and graduates from the credentialing process, they then can use the title of “DSTTherapist,” or “DSTT,” next to their name. This is an elite distinction that indicates having completed all levels of DST education and training.  

Is the Be A Better Therapist Course a credentialing process?

Yes. ISH is currently in the process of developing the Be a Better Therapist course as a fully realized certification and credentialing process where a licensed mental health professional can become DST educated and earn the title of DST. Professionals do still receive certificates of completion for each level completed, and licensed professionals who complete the live attendance and posttest requirements for each educational module may also receive certificates of continuing education credit from ISH and the APA.

The primary motivation for offering this education is to expand the number of professionals who are ethically and effectively helping people struggling with deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST), using this specific approach and model as originated and articulated by Dr. Omar Minwalla.

Professionals remain solely responsible for their education, training, and clinical conduct always. It may take years of clinical education, experience, training, supervision, and practice to become a professional competent in the treatment of DST. Levels 1-3 will provide the necessary foundation to begin this journey towards a more illuminated, adequately educated, and conscious, conversant, and empowered DST-aware professional.

Upon earning the title of DST, such professionals are then able to submit a new application for the credentialing and certification education, training and learning process to become a certified and credentialed a DSTTherapist, earning the distinction and acronym, DSTT.  

Will the modules be recorded?

No, live attendance is required and there will not be video recordings available after the live webinars.

If you are seeking continuing education (CE) credits from the APA, full attendance at the live webinar is required (there is no partial credit given).

I am a nurse or a ______; do APA CE's count for me?

These professional education and training modules offer continuing education (CE) credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). While many professional organizations DO accept APA continuing education credits, it is important to check with your own governing board or professional organization to determine if they acknowledge and will accept courses provided by an APA approved sponsor.

I’m a coach/clergy/other non-licensed related professional. May I participate in the professional education and training?

Dr. Minwalla is developing a separate program for non-licensed mental health treatment provider populations, including Coaches and Clergy. Please send us a message on our Contact Page indicating your interest in this program and we will contact you as soon as it is available.

What if I have additional questions?

Please contact admin for any additional questions.