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MNU’s Timely New Program for Sexual Addictions Counselors Starts January 2012

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s training program for sexual addictions treatment providers starts in January 2012, and the program could not be more timely. From prominent athletic coaches and athletes to movie stars and politicians, stories of sexual addiction frequently appear in popular media such as Newsweek, The Huffington Post and morning news shows. A new movie called Shame explores the disorder’s devastating behavior and consequences reminding us that this is not just an issue for celebrities, but a problem in the general population.

Now, MNU will have the only faith-based, university-affiliated certificate program in the nation for professionals helping those with the addiction. Courses are online in order to reach mental health practitioners everywhere. The program takes one year to complete.

According to program director Todd Bowman, PhD, the latest research on the prevalence of sexual addiction reveals that around 37 million people struggle with issues related to the disorder.

“Fifteen years ago, therapists rarely talked about having to address sexual addictions within their practice,” Bowman said. “With the emergence of the Internet and other easily accessible images and experiences, therapists are now talking about 50% of their clientele dealing with sexual addictions as either a primary or secondary issue.”

Bowman says traditional training programs in therapy have not been equipped with the resources to assist in preparing students for effective work with this population. MNU’s program is designed to train post-graduate clinicians from a faith-based perspective to develop the knowledge and skills needed to do so.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive their Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider (SATP) Certification.

Bowman adds that faculty members teaching for the program are hand-picked experts from across the country and will give students the most cutting-edge education. It will not unusual for the text book in the class to be authored by the faculty teaching the class.

For more information about the Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider (SATP) Certification at MNU, call (913) 971-3277.

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