In Ontario, sex therapy is an unregulated health profession. That means that anyone can use the title of Sex Therapist. Concerned with this, BESTCO was created to certify sex therapists in Ontario. Its members voluntarily agree to be governed by BESTCO’s core competencies and Code of Ethics. BESTCO also has a complaint process should concerns arise about a member. BESTCO sets out to ensure that its members provide the highest standards of sex therapy in Ontario.
In 2022, the decision was made to incorporate, and with that process came a new name for BESTCO. At the May 2023 Spring Meeting in Toronto, the chosen name was presented and a new logo was voted upon by members. BESTCO will now be known as ASTO (Association of Sex Therapy in Ontario).
Join us! We welcome you to attend one of our bi-annual conferences that offer participants the opportunity to learn, share knowledge and clinical experiences and meet others interested in sex therapy and sexual health.
To advance excellence in the field of sex therapy in Ontario.
|People of all identities are offered leading-edge, respectful, and ethical therapy for their sexual well-being.
To identify to the public, clinicians who have expertise as a Certified sex therapist
To set and uphold standards for the granting of Certified status in sex therapy in Ontario.
To evaluate candidates towards Certification
To provide bi-annual continuing education for ASTO members and guests.