Course Sequences and Descriptions
Introduction to Sexual Addictions Treatment (3 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the history, philosophy and current trends in the treatment of sexual addictions. Students will explore the concept of healthy sexuality and the origins of sexually addictive behaviors, as well as identify models that inform the conceptualization and treatment of these addictive behaviors.
Neurobiology of Sexual Addictions (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course explores the neurobiological underpinnings of addictions in general, with specific emphasis on process addictions and compulsive behavior. The impact of sexually addictive behaviors on neurological functioning will be examined by defining the salient structures and related operations most readily identified in the scientific literature. Therapeutic interventions, attachment dynamics and exercises designed to strengthen the brain regions experiencing the greatest degree of impact will be presented.
Assessment and Diagnosis (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to equip the learner to provide a comprehensive psychological assessment of sexually addictive behaviors and associated concerns, such as depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and co-morbid/co-addictive concerns. Special attention will be given to the PAI, IASC, ECR-S, DAS, SAST-R, and other instruments, as well as a SCID model for qualitative assessment of sexual addictions.
Couples' Work in Recovery (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the issues most pertinent to the dyadic recovery process. Specifically, this course will explore attachment and emotional regulation processes, building and rebuilding trust in the relationship, how recovery impacts the couple’s development over time, and the issue of desirability.
Group Work in Recovery (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to provide both a theoretical framework as well as practical application in the area of group work in the recovery of sexual addictions for individuals and couples. Specifically, students will understand the dynamics of a 12-step recovery group for sexual addicts, the importance of this group in maintaining sobriety, and the benefits of group membership for both the recovering addict and their partner.
Spiritual Dimensions in Recovery (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of spiritual emphases in the sexual addiction recovery process. Specifically, this class is designed to provide understanding of the various dimensions of spirituality as they influence individual, couples, and group modalities of recovery.
Advanced Issues in Sexual Addiction Treatment (2 credit hours, 7 weeks)
This course is designed to educate students about advanced issues in the treatment of sexual addictions, including same sex attraction, healing trauma injuries, sex reintegration therapy, and the accountability process in sobriety maintenance.
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