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Rethinking Sexual Addiction

  • 12 May 2017
  • Chicago School, 1015 15th Street, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005


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The DC Psychological Association presents:

"Rethinking Sexual Addiction"


Charles Samenow, MD; Michael Vigoretti, LMFT; Jean Gearon, PhD and Suzan Stafford, EdD

May 12, 2017

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW,4th floor, Washington, DC

3.0 Hours of Continuing Education is Offered 

Social Work Continuing Education is also being offered

Out of control sexual behavior (OCSB), frequently labeled "sex addiction", "sexual compulsivity," and "hypersexual disorder," has been a source of controversy for over 30 years.  Often conceptionalized as a clinical disorder, these constructs are criticized for perpetuating socio-cultural sex negativity and lacking adequate scientific evidence to support the establishment of a new psychosexual or addictive disorder.  In the absence of a universally accepted diagnosis, this workshop proposes an integrative and evidence-based protocol to guide the assessment and treatment process with men concerned about sexual behavior problems. 

As opposed to a clinical disorder, OCSB is defined as a sexual health problem in which a man's consensual sexual urges, thoughts, or behaviors feel out of control (Braun-Harvey and Vigorito, 2016).  This workshop reviews the various factors that contribute to OCSB and several components of the OCSB Clinical Pathway.  The presenters will discuss the clinician's ethical responsibility for providing the most effective care while honoring client sexual rights and autonomy.  Participants will also learn how to apply six fundamental sexual health principles when assessing and treating sexual behavior problems in mental health and substance use disorder treatment. 

Workshop Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe clinician's ethical responsibility when assessing and treating sexual behavior problems.
  2. Identify personal reactions regarding client sexual expression that may undermine the therapeutic alliance.
  3. Apply six health principles when treating clients with sexual behavior problems. 
  4. Describe the appropriate use of the OCSB Clinical Pathway for men presenting with out of control sexual behavior.

"The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content."

 There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop.

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy

The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 

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