Being a part of the BESTCO membership is an opportunity to become a Certified Sex Therapist in Ontario. BESTCO is an interdisciplinary group of professionals, in public and private practice, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, physicians, physiotherapists and nurses. These clinicians all belong to their respective colleges and adhere to their college’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
BESTCO has Guidelines of Practice, Core Competencies and a complaints process.
Photo Directory listing on the BESTCO website
Bi-Annual Education Conferences covering leading edge material on research, sex therapy techniques and sexual health. May and October is a time to look forward to meeting fellow BESTCO Members to meet, collaborate with and share information with others in the field of sex therapy.
In accordance with the BESTCO constitution, there are five categories of membership, as follows:
Associates are members who have met all requirements and have been approved by the Documentation Committee. They meet all of the requirements set out in the Certification Process and:
Associate Member fee: $140/year
Members who have completed all requirements toward Certification and have been given the designation of Certified Member. As such, Certified members shall:
Certified Member fee: $225/year
Certified members who have made a special contribution to BESTCO, and are no longer practicing clinicians. Attending bi-annual meetings is not required but welcome.
This is an exceptional category for individuals who are not sex therapists, but have made outstanding contributions to our understanding of human sexuality and have distinguished themselves in fields such as sex education or research. Affiliate Membership is by invitation only.
Affiliate Member fee: $105/year
Healthcare Affiliate Membership:
This category of membership is separate and distinct from the Certified Sex Therapist stream of membership. It includes Regulated Health Professionals who are in good standing with their respective regulatory college; licensed to practice clinically in Ontario; have advanced graduate-level training (or equivalency) in human sexuality; and whose work has an inherent focus on the sexual health of patients or clients. Members of this category may include (but not limited to) physicians, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, pelvic health physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and naturopathic doctors. Healthcare professionals who are members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, or the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers are not eligible for membership in the Healthcare Affiliate category, however, they may apply to the Associate Membership category in the Certified Sex Therapist stream of membership. Healthcare Affiliates will:
Healthcare Affiliate Member fee: $225/year