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Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT)

The ASAT certification was developed for those who do not fully meet the requirements for the CSAT® designation. For example, an intern who has completed their Master's degree but is still working toward
full licensure and/or does not yet have five years of clinical counseling experience. As an ASAT you will
receive the same training and tools developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes for the CSAT® certification: 

Steps in becoming a ASAT

  • Tools for treating sex addiction
  • Intensive, experiential training
  • Ability to grow your practice or treatment center through the CSAT network
  • Access to exclusive behavioral assessments
  • 24/7 access to the IITAP professional network

ASAT Qualifications

To become an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT), you must have the following upon completing all four (4) training modules and prior to submitting your Final Application for Certification:  

  1. Associate/Intern license through a state board (or equivalent); or certified through NAADAC
  2. Earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution in psychology, counseling, or related mental health field
  3. Have less than five years of clinical counseling experience

Note: Therapists who apply for, but do not fully meet the CSAT® criteria, will be certified as an ASAT. The ASAT and CSAT® training, certification process, fees, and renewal process are all the same. Therapists certified as an ASAT initially can have their certification updated to CSAT® once all criteria is met. Contact the IITAP office for more information. 

Certification Process

To start the certification process we ask that all potential candidates submit a training application with the supporting documents specified in the application. Once your application is approved, you will be able to register for the first module training. Candidates must complete four training modules, each lasting 4.5 days. Module dates, times, and locations can be found on the  Training Schedule. 30 hours of supervision with an approved CSAT Supervisor is required with the following benchmarks: 8 hours completed by the start of Module 3 and 15 hours total completed prior to the start of Module 4. Candidates are required to complete their supervision and four training modules within two years of the start of their first module training. Once all training and clinical supervision is complete,  candidates must submit a Final Application for Certification to IITAP for approval. At that time, IITAP will determine if the candidate meets the qualifications for the ASAT designation (see ASAT Qualifications above) or the CSAT® designation. 

Certification and Training Fees

Training Application Fee = $35
Module 1 = $1,350 (Early Bird) OR $1,450 (Standard)
Module 2 = $1,300 (Early Bird) OR $1,400 (Standard)
Module 3 = $1,300 (Early Bird) OR $1,400 (Standard)
Module 4 = $1,300 (Early Bird) OR $1,400 (Standard)
Final Application Fee for Certification = $225

Additional costs: 30 hours of supervision with a CSAT Supervisor is required. IITAP does not manage those fees, however, we do provide a list of approved Supervisors to choose from. Each Module will have prep-work which may include books for purchase. Specific requirements will be provided via email upon registration for each Module. Finally, there will likely be travel costs to consider depending on which training location you choose. All available trainings can be found on the Training Schedule

Certification Renewal Process

ASATs are required to renew their certification every two (2) years from their original certification date. An automatic notice is sent 45-days prior to the expiration date with detailed instructions on the renewal process which includes updating professional license and malpractice insurance documentation and submitting a $200 renewal fee. ASATs are also required to earn 15 IITAP Continuing Education (CE) hours over the 2-year period.


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