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Advanced Sexual Addiction Counseling (7582)


Advanced Sexual Addictions Counseling takes an in-depth and advanced look at current theories and treatment approaches to addressing sexual addiction. Students will explore the diagnosis, etiology, disease process, treatment, recovery process, and current research findings for sexual addictions in males and females.

This course is one of the four advanced specialization courses in the Institute for Sexual Wholeness curriculum. To complete the ISW program, students must complete at least one of the four, but may take as many advanced courses as they wish. This course meets requirements for advanced specialization in Sexual Addiction for ISW sex therapy students.

Prerequisites (course requirements):
As an advanced course in the ISW program, students are required to have taken the ISW intro course (6512) to register for this course. There are no exceptions to this prerequisite policy. Check the calendar for information on the next intro course.

Course requirements:
Students must attend all three days of class in Atlanta, take an online final exam, complete in class assignments (Life Egg and SAST), and complete all required reading. This course has a heavy reading requirement. Before registering, students are expected to have read the following before the end of the semester (late November):

Laaser, M. R. (2004). Healing the wounds of sexual addiction: sexual integrity in a fallen world. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.
Carnes, P. (2001). Out of the shadows: understanding sexual addiction (3rd ed.). Center City, MN: Hazelden Information & Edu.

Course reading includes the following (registered students must check current syllabus for exact reading):

Carnes, P., & Adams, K. M. (2002). Clinical management of sex addiction. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
Ferree, M. C. (2012). Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts. Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.
Carnes, P. (1997). The betrayal bond : breaking free of exploitive relationships. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.
Laaser, D. (2008). Shattered Vows: Hope and Healing for Women Who Have Been Sexually Betrayed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishers.
Maltz, W., & Maltz, L. (2010). The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography. New York: HarperCollins.

Additional articles, chapters are required (listed on the syllabus). 

CEU and Credit Information:
This course is offered in partnership with Richmont Graduate University (RGU). Students receive 2 hours of graduate credit for this course through RGU, a SACS accredited institution offering masters degrees in counseling and marriage & family therapy (see here for more).

Students wishing to use this course toward their masters degree in counseling or MFT should contact their school for instructions on transferring credit from RGU to their school.

Professionals wishing to obtain CEU's should review their state CEU requirements. Most states allow a certain number of hours per accredited course in a counseling/MFT degree offering program but the number of hours per course varies by state law (e.g., GA allows 20 hours per class).

This course (plus the required prerequisite 6512) qualifies for the educational requirements for Sexual Addictions Specialist certification through the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors (see here).

Cost and location - see here


Course Outline   (Note: Lectures will not necessarily follow this order.)

I. Definitions of Sexual Addiction

A. Does Sexual Addiction exist?

B. Normal, abusive, and addictive sexuality

C. Biblical Views of Powerlessness and Unmanageability/The Relationship of Sin and Addiction

D. Symptoms of Addiction

E. Co-morbid Conditions

F. Differential Diagnosis

G. Addiction Interaction, Cross Addictions, and Multiple Addictions

II. Assessment

A. Objective Assessments

1. Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST)

2. Sexual Dependency Inventory

3. Others

B. Psycho-social interviews

1. Sex history

2. Fantasy assessment

D. Additional Assessment

III. Etiological Factors

A. Trauma

B. Neurochemistry

C. Social Conditioning and Imprinting

D. Developmental Impairments Including Spiritual Immaturity

E. The Interaction of Loneliness, Anger, Boredom, and Spiritual Rebellion

IV. Factors in Sexual Addiction

A. Gender distinctives

1. Male sexual addiction

2. Female sexual addiction

B. The Sexual Addiction Cycle

C. The Core Beliefs

D. The Ten Categories of Sexual Behaviors

E. The Person of the Therapist: Understanding How Your Issues Interact in therapy.

1. Transference and Counter-transference

2. Therapists in recovery and implications for treatment

V. Treatment

A. Models

1. 12 Step Model

2. Behavioral Models

3. Transformational Models

4. Intensive treatment Models

B. Modes

1. Individual

2. Family

3. Therapy group

4. Support group

5. Psycho-education

C. Comprehensive Treatment of the Addictive Cycle

1. Underlying Issues

a) Addressing Trauma

b) Individual Therapy

2. Precursors - Relapse Prevention Therapy

3. Acting Out - Behavioral Interventions

4. Fallout

a) Marriage/Family Therapy

b) Sex Therapy

5. Developing a Treatment Protocol

D. Issues in treatment

1. Dealing with resistance

2. Dealing with relapse

3. Acute care

VI. The Healthy Sexuality Model

A. The Healthy Recovery Cycle

B. Physical Dimension

C. Behavioral Dimension/Accountability

D. Relational Dimension

E. Personal Dimension/Healing Wounds

F. Spiritual Dimension

1. The Three Spiritual Questions

2. The Three Acts of Surrender

3. Creating a Vision


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