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New Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider Certification Program First in Nation

This August MNU will offer the nation’s first Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider Certification Program from a faith-based institution. Designed to train postgraduate clinicians, the program’s faith-based perspective will help mental health professionals develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with those who struggle with sexual addictions.

According to Dr. Todd Frye, chair of MNU’s Department of Counselor Education, the inception of the program seems especially timely in the wake of a series of scandals involving sexual addictions among prominent public figures such as New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.

“An estimated eight percent of men and three percent of women have a sexual addiction, so it’s not surprising that public figures are becoming entangled into sexually acting out,” Frye says. “The need for specially trained therapists is growing and will continue to grow.”

Frye says the university expects to draw mental health professionals from around the country because the demand for training within a faith-based perspective is important to therapists who consider spirituality and faith an important part of the work they do with clients.

The one year, 17-credit-program will be offered on weekends and online. Courses will be held once a month on the MNU campus, by expert faculty, who are handpicked from across the U.S. According to Dr. Todd Frye, chair of counselor education, students can expect the latest and greatest training in faith-based sexual addictions treatment.

“It will not be unusual for the textbook in the class to be authored by the faculty teaching the class,” Frye says.

Prominent sexual addictions therapist Dr. Mark Laaser, of Faithful and True Ministries, appreciates MNU’s innovation in offering the program.

"MNU is leading the nation in setting up this first university-based training program which emphasizes faith integration into the sexual addictions treatment arena,” he said. “I receive inquiries every week from therapists who ask where they should go to be trained in this area. I am thankful now to have a place to refer them."

Frye and his colleagues hope to expand the program globally in the near future.

“It’s not just here that we have this problem,” Frye says. “I’m speaking at a conference in the Philippines this fall and will address the issue prevalence in Asian nations and around the world.”

Plans include eventually offering the program completely online so that practitioners anywhere can receive the training.

For more information about the Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider Certification Program visit www.mnu.edu/master-counseling/sexual-addictions.

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