Counselor Training Program

Our Counselor Training Program (CTP) was developed specifically to assist men and women who experience unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) and their loved ones. Our CTP is used worldwide by therapists, ministry leaders, and coaches. You may either participate in our in-person CTP or listen to the 16-disc CD series and study the accompanying 180-page manual.

In this comprehensive therapeutic model you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the causes of SSA and develop a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Identify the four stages of resolving unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA)
  • Understand the meaning of sexual fantasies and masturbation
  • Provide therapeutic modalities for each stage of treatment
  • Assist clients in establishing healthy relationships with peers and mentors
  • Develop protocol for group therapy/support groups
  • Prepare former SSA men and women for dating
  • Teach parents/family members how to support their SSA loved ones
Psychotherapist, educator, and author Richard Cohen facilitates this training program and is the speaker on our CD series (16 discs and 180-page manual). Cohen has counseled and successfully helped hundreds of men and women transition from a homosexual to a heterosexual orientation over the past 21 years. Additionally, he has assisted hundreds of parents restore relationships with their SSA loved ones. In this landmark training series, he shares the "how to's" of change. Practical strategies for assisting clients and their loved ones in the healing process are taught in this comprehensive and systematic protocol. Mr. Cohen is one of the leading experts in the field of sexual orientation. He is the director of the International Healing Foundation located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and the author of three landmark books: 1) Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality, 2) Gay Children, Straight Parents: A Plan for Family Healing and 3) Straight Talk About Homosexuality: The Other Side of Tolerance.

If you would like to organize a Counselor Training Program in your area, please contact our office at (301) 805-6111.


Richard Cohen's Counselor Training Program really speaks to me. In fact, I believe his new, lucid approach to understanding same-sex attraction will be considered nothing less than groundbreaking. Addressing therapists, Mr. Cohen definitely broadens our vision, explaining a very clear route to follow in helping individuals heal complex inner wounds and thus live happier, more fulfilled lives. I therefore highly recommend this course.
—Mtra. Elena Barrero, Dean of Psychology Department Universidad Anahuac Mexico Sur

Richard Cohen, with his keen sensitivity and ability to empower and transform lives, is just phenomenal. Being a part of the training, responding to, and helping persons with same-sex attractions has revolutionized and empowered my ministry tremendously. I now have a relentless passion to minister in a broader context in an effort to reach all. The content of this training was consistent with the Word, a courageous Work, and challenged my Will.
—Pastor Anthony Moore, Carolina Church

The Counselor Training Program was a tremendous help to me. It was a refreshing approach to learning the many facets of healing. Cohen's hands-on approach and interpersonal training skills made for a relaxed, non-threatening learning environment. The opportunities acquired in the program were priceless. I recommend this to anyone at any level--seasoned therapist, new counselor, counseling student, pastor, mentor, or coach.
—James E. Phelan, LCSW, Psy.D.

No one today has more practical, real-life experience helping individuals overcome unwanted same-sex attraction than Richard Cohen. I have applied techniques and ideas that I’ve learned from Richard with great success as I’ve worked with life-coaching clients and groups. His instruction and mentoring have been invaluable.
—Rich Wyler, Founder and Director, People Can Change

Thank You. It would have taken me a lifetime to come to this wisdom. I would attend this seminar again and encourage others to attend as well.
—Pastor Robin Wright, Mt. Holy Church