Membership

Membership

Benefits of Membership

  • Annual Meetings
  • Clinical Case Conferences
  • Access to SSTARGAZE, an active list-serve for relevant clinical and research discussion among SSTAR members
  • Access to current BLOG posts submitted by our members
  • Discounted subscription rate for the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. (Click on individual journals for discounted rate information sheets.)
  • Continuing education credits at SSTAR meetings for most health professions, including: Psychologists, Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Sex Therapists.

SSTAR offers membership in these categories

Membership Levels

Student Membership

Student membership is granted to undergraduate or graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, or interns in any accredited academic or clinical training program who are full-time students in clinical sexuality and/or sex research, or are still completing requirements for licensure. The membership is also available to research assistants working in the field of sexual health.

Early Career Professional Membership

Early Career Professional membership is granted post-graduation to those entering their career as either clinicians or researchers, and may include medical residents or interns in any accredited academic program or full-time trainees in clinical sexuality and/or sex research, or are still completing requirements for licensure.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is granted to licensed clinicians (e.g. Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers, Nurses, Marriage/Family Therapists) who have significant experience in the assessment and treatment of sexual disorders, but have not had the three years of clinical experience required for full membership | OR | researchers with academic or related appointments who are interested in or currently carrying out sex research, but have not yet published. Associate members who wish to become full members shall present documentation of meeting the requirements for full membership as stated below.

Full Membership

Full membership is granted to licensed clinicians (e.g. Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers, Nurses, Marriage/Family Therapists) with at least three years of clinical experience diagnosing and providing treatment for sexual problems | OR | researchers with academic or related appointments who have published at least one article in a refereed journal concerning sex therapy or research. Other forms of publication, such as books, computer programs, web sites, or videos will also be considered.

Emeritus Membership

Emeritus membership status is open to all current SSTAR members in good standing. For further information and to see if you qualify for Emeritus Member status, please call the SSTAR office, 847.647.8832, or email your request to info@sstarnet.org.

Application Process to Join SSTAR

The Membership Officer will review all applications and documentation for membership. Admission to membership will be voted on by the SSTAR Executive Council.

Student Membership Application

Applicants for student membership should complete the online application form and attach a current vitae, a letter from a training director attesting that the individual is a full-time student in good standing and one from the student's advisor or clinical/research supervisor who is familiar with the applicant and who has had training and experience in work with sexual disorders. Click above to download application.

Early Career Professional Application

Applicants for early career professional membership should  complete the online application form, and attach a curriculum vitae, a copy of diploma, one letter of recommendation from a SSTAR member or two letters from non-SSTAR  professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications and who have had training and experience in clinical work or research with sexual disorders. Click above to download application.

Full/Associate Membership Application

Applicants for full or associate membership should complete the online application form and attach a current vitae, a copy of a current professional license (for clinicians) and either one letter of support from a current SSTAR member or two letters from non-SSTAR professionals who are familiar with the applicant and who have had training and experience in work with sexual disorders. Click above to download application.

New applications are considered throughout the year. Upon acceptance, membership fees are billed as follows: Student Member — (US) $30, Early Career Professional - (US) $95, Full and Associate Members — (US) $195.

Application Process to Move Along the Membership Continuum

If you are already an approved SSTAR member and qualified to move along the membership continuum please click on the correct application below.

SSTAR Student Application for Early Career Professional 

SSTAR Student Application for Associate Member

Upon graduation, a Student Member should complete the online application and submit proof of their graduation to request a change of their membership status to Early Career Professional. The SSTAR office will present the candidate to the Executive Council for approval. Click above to download the application.

SSTAR Early Career Professional Application for Associate / Full Membership

After three years, an Early Career Professional should complete the online application and submit proof of clinical licensure or academic appointments and or publications to change their membership status. The SSTAR office will present the candidate to the Executive Council for approval. Click above to download the application.

SSTAR Associate Member Application to Full Membership

After three years of clinical experience or and academic or related appointment, an Associate Member should complete the online application and submit proof to change their membership status to Full Membership. The SSTAR office will present the candidate to the Executive Council for approval. Click above to download the application.

All applications are considered throughout the year. Upon acceptance, membership fees are billed as follows: Student Member — (US) $30, Early Career Professional - (US) $95, Full and Associate Members — (US) $195.