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Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counselling in Ontario


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.

membership benefits

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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.

Membership Categories

In accordance with the BESTCO constitution, there are five categories of membership, as follows:

Associate Membership:

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:

  1. Remain in good standing with professional college
  2. Maintain professional malpractice insurance
  3. Practice under supervision with a BESTCO approved supevisor
  4. Attend bi-annual BESTCO meetings, and not miss two consecutive meetings

Associate Member fee: $140/year

Certified Membership:

Members who have completed all requirements toward Certification and have been given the designation of Certified Member. As such, Certified members shall:

  1. Maintain college membership and remain in good standing
  2. Maintain professional practice insurance
  3. Attend bi-annual meetings, not missing two consecutive meetings

Certified Member fee: $225/year

Member Emeritus:

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.

No fee.

Affiliate Membership:

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

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