Understanding the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addicts and Their Spouses
Friday, October 25, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Three national presenters provide a non-judgmental understanding of sexual addicts and their spouses/partners.
WORKSHOP # 1:
The Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction in the Digital Age
Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
Often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, the problem of sexual addiction is one frequently presented by angry spouses who feel betrayed and men who have lost health, career and family-life goals to sexual acting out. This presentation offers an overview of the questions and concerns most often asked by sex addicts (of all sexual orientations) and their spouses/partners. The material will offer a review of the diagnosis of sexual addiction, common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts, along with direction toward eliminating problem sexual behavior. The relationship between sexual addiction and early trauma survival will be reviewed along with pertinent discussion about managing and pacing recovery in multiple related areas such as behavioral (addictions) and emotional/ relationship (intimacy problems). The influence of the Internet on sexual addiction (Smart Phone and Social Media based sex and porn) will be discussed and reviewed online. Participants will be offered a gender based model of sex addiction recovery and healing, commonly utilized in treatment. Questions will be reviewed and discussed regarding working through betrayal, psycho-education of the spouse, couples growth and healing intimacy bonds. Resources for additional help, along with useful reading, 12-step and clinical referral information will be provided
Sex Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Michael Barta, Ph.D., CSAT-S, EMDR II
A common trait of sexual addiction is autonomic deregulation. This presentation will explain how disordered attachment can lead to sexual addiction as a way to regulate emotions through sexual behaviors. Using current trauma research and theory he will demonstrate how compulsive sexual behavior becomes the main coping mechanism to cope with an unhealthy bonding experience experienced by early caregivers. He will also discuss the identification of this disorder and treatment implications.
Individuals that suffer a disordered attachment process lack the ability to self-regulate or form deep bonds with others. In the attempt to self-soothe people often find distraction and pain resolve through seeking attachment with objects outside the self. When sexual these attempts can include masturbation, exploration, fantasy, and interaction with sexually visual materials or being sexual with others as a form of escape. In this presentation, Dr Barta will show how sexual behavior can become the default mechanism used to self-soothe and create stability.
Tattered and Torn: Effective Treatment for Partners Experiencing Sexual Betrayal
Wendy Conquest, MA, LPC, CSAT-S
The term sex addiction is becoming more prolific within the therapeutic community. As we learn more about the addict; what works in treatment and what stops behavior, we are now starting to see the effects sex addiction has on the partner. Join Wendy Conquest, author of the book “Letters To A Sex Addict”, in a riveting, revolutionary discussion of the spouse’s experience. Learn dynamic techniques, the do’s and do not’s to treat this traumatized population.
DATE: Friday, October 25th, 2013
TIME: 7:30am - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237 Tel: 303-779-1234
COST: $85 (for early registration before Sept 30th)
$95 (for registration starting Oct 1st)
Schedule of the Day:
7:30am - 8:15am Registration and breakfast
8:15am - 8:30am Introduction
8:30am - 9:45am Presentation (Rob Weiss part 1)
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 12:00pm Presentation (Rob Weiss, part 2)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Presentation (Michael Barta)
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:45pm Presentation (Wendy Conquest)
3:45pm - 4:00pm Q & A
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
Presentation 1 - Rob Weiss
1. Describe the characteristic symptoms of problem sexual behavior and sexual addiction.
2. Discuss the outline of the origins of sexually addictive behavior and a working knowledge of sexual recovery.
3. Discuss the psychodynamics of the spouse newly coping with acknowledged relationship infidelity.
Presentation 2 - Michael Barta
1. The participant will be able to discuss the neurobiology of incomplete attachment with caregivers.
2. The participant will be able to explain how sex addiction is a disorder that is primarily brought forth through the inability to give or receive intimacy.
3. The participant will assess what methods are most successful in helping the sex addict discover the ability to be intimate.
Presentation 3 - Wendy Conquest
1. Describe two experiences that the partner of a sex addict may have.
2. Discuss how complex PTSD occurs with partners.
3. List 3 effective outpatient treatment strategies.
CE's: ( 6 ) Continuing Education Credits
Disciplines Eligible: PHD, PSYD, LCSW, LMSW, LPC, LMHC, LMFT, LADAC, CADC, CAP, CSAT
Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.
Elements Behavioral Health is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: NAADAC (NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program No. 624); NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors Provider No. 6580). NBCC approval is limited to the sponsoring organization and does not necessarily reflect endorsements of individual offerings; APA (American Psychological Association) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elements Behavioral Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for ( 6 ) continuing education credits.
Promises is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: BBSE (Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners Provider #PCE 2724) for MFT’s & LCSW’s; CAADAC (California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Provider #2N994231013); California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP 14368) for Registered Nurses. Full-time participants can be awarded up to ( 6 ) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations. Participants shall be provided certificates documenting attendance in this program and should retain this document. Participants should check with their respective State Boards to confirm acceptance of these credits. Partial credit is not offered by any of the aforementioned credentialing providers.
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