Treatment Needs of Partners of Sex Addicts: A Seminar for Partners and Treatment Professionals April 30, 2011

by Shari Cohn

Partners of Sex Addicts Seminar 4.30.11

Partners of Sex Addicts have specific treatment needs to help them deal with the trauma, distress and complications of being a partner of a sexually compulsive person. In this upcoming workshop in Houston, Texas on April 30, 2011, partners of sex addicts will receive not only information and support but also an opportunity to share with interested treatment providers what partners feel are their treatment needs so that professionals can better provide services for them.

 

Even if you can't attend the seminar you can still contribute your input by filling out the  Questionnaire for Partners of Sex Addicts . I look forward to seeing the results of the survey to improve my ability to help partners of sex addicts.

 

This will be an exciting and educational experience for all involved.

 

This event is sponsored by: Safe Passages Counseling – Barbara Steffens PhD, LPCC (co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse); Healing and Hope Psychotherapy Services – Silvia Jason, LMFT, CSAT; The Institute of Sexual Health – Omar Minwalla, PsyD, Clinical Director; and Serenity Works Life-Coaching – Dorit Reichental, CPCC, PCC .

 

Here is the seminar program:

 

Treatment Needs of Partners of Sex Addicts:

 

A Seminar for Partners and Treatment Professionals

 

 

 

Partners of sex addicts live with extreme pain, confusion and trauma, as a result of loving someone whose behaviors are out of control.

 

In an effort to address the significant yet sorely unaddressed clinical needs of partners, an experienced group of sex addiction and compulsivity therapists and counseling professionals will offer a seminar focused solely on the treatment needs of partners of sex addicts.  Too often, partners' needs in the treatment process are overlooked, minimized or profoundly misunderstood.

 

This seminar is the first of its kind- a series of presentations and group dialogue focused specificaly on the treatment needs of partners and spouses impacted by sexual addiction.

effective treatment for couples.

 

Seminar topics will include partner trauma, models of recovery for the partner, the trauma model and effective treatment for couples.

 

 

 

Seminar Program

 

 

Trauma and Partners of Sex Addicts: Validating Partner Experiences in Treatment : Barbara Steffens, PhD, LPCC, Safe Passages Counseling, (co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse)
 

This workshop will highlight the history of the trauma-based model for partners of sex addicts as described in the book Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal (Steffens & Means, 2009) and will discuss future directions for partner treatment.

 

 

  

The Five-Component Partner Trauma Model for Partners and Spouses of Sex Addicts: Silvia Jason, LMFT, CSAT, Healing & Hope Psychotherapy Services

 

Partners and Spouses of sex addicts are a diverse population and present a variety of clinical issues relevant to their recovery and treatment. Among them, the traumatic effects of sex addiction in Partners' lives – "Partner Trauma" – stand at the core of their experience and healing process. Grounded on the Partner Trauma perspective, this presentation will explore a five-component model that includes:

  • the shattering of partners and spouses' inner world
  • the life crisis of discovery/disclosure
  • emotional trauma
  • relational trauma
  • sexual trauma

This model for understanding and treating Partners and Spouses has proven meaningful and effective in helping this often-neglected population down the path toward healing and hope.  John Silvia Jason as she explores this perspective and furthers our understanding of Partners and Spouses of sex addicts.  

 

 

 

Understanding Sex Addiction from a Traumatized Coupleship
Perspective: "A very different approach" : Dorit Reichental, CPCC, PCC, Serenity Works Life-Coaching
 
Participants will understand the history of couples therapy for couples struggling with sex addiction and the current lack of understanding by sex addiction therapists regarding the clinical needs of recovering couples and what coupleship healing entails. A theoretical perspective and contemporary approach to treating the sex addiction traumatized couple will be presented. Topics will include discussion of understanding coupleship trauma, narcissism and breaking the narcissistic cycle, understanding attachment theory and identifying each partner attachment style. Furthermore, this presentation will touch on learning how couples can develop secure attachments to one another using Imago Therapy as a communication tool to the ability to dialogue, validate and empathize within the relationship.
 


 
Open Forum: Voices of Partners of Sex Addicts: A Dialogue on The Treatment Needs of Partners of Sex Addicts facilitated by Omar Minwalla, PsyD, Clinical Director of The Institute for Sexual Health 
 
This will be an informal, safe forum for partners to share their stories and be heard by professionals and to engage in dialogue regarding the treatment needs of partners of sex addicts. The Partners Treatment Needs Survey will inform some of the forum and dialogue.
 

 

 

 

If you are the partner of a sex addict:

 

We invite you to attend our Treatment Needs of Partners of Sex Addicts Seminar and  receive not only powerful information, but also validation and hope to help you cope with the pain of being a partner. 

 

As part of our Seminar, we are interested in hearing your voice and want to give you the opportunity to be heard.  This is a chance to have professionals hear about your experiences in treatment – good or bad – so that we can all learn from them and improve treatment for Partners and Spouses.

 

You can participate by following this link and answering our questionnaire online:

 

 Questionnaire for Partners of Sex Addicts

 

You can also request to receive a copy of the questionnaire by email.  Please send a request to:

 

Jan Brown – partnersofsexaddicts@gmail.com

 

During the Seminar we will have an Open Forum session.  The purpose of the session is to provide a safe place for you to share your answers to these questions, speak freely about your experiences and ask questions to professionals.  We invite you to bring this questionnaire to the session and read your answers directly, ask someone else to read them for you (anonymously), or just share them with professionals privately. 

 

 

For more information, please visit our new blog:

 

 

Treatment Needs of Partners of Sex Addicts Blog  

 

 

This seminar is sponsored by:

 

Safe Passages Counseling – Barbara Steffens PhD, LPCC (co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse)

 

Healing & Hope Psychotherapy Services – Silvia Jason, LMFT, CSAT

 

The Institute of Sexual Health – Omar Minwalla, PsyD, Clinical Director

 

SerenityWorks Life-Coaching – Dorit Reichental, CPCC, PCC

 

 

Event Information

 

Date:              April 30th, 2011

 

Hours:          8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Location:     The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston

                         303 Jackson Hill Street

                         Houston, Texas 77007


Cost:              $35 – before April 20th

                         $40 – after April 20th

 

For more information please call or email:

Jan Brown

(713) 364-9620

partnersofsexaddicts@gmail.com

 

 

 

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