Sexual and relationship problems stand at the core of our identity and profoundly determine how we operate in the world. Compulsive sexual behaviour is not about too much sex or the ‘wrong’ kind of sex. This addictive state of mind is a process that happens for people in that they learn, very often in childhood but sometimes in adolescence or later, to use sexual fantasy and behaviour to manage the problems and troubles of life. Although it is not anyone’s fault, sexual compulsivity is set up in the family of origin, normally as a response to the more difficult aspects of growing up. In some cases this might be a response to sexual, physical, emotional or even spiritual abuse, but equally it might be a response to circumstances beyond the family’s control.
This Tuke Centre workshop will enable participants to develop their skills in the context of:
• Definitions, Descriptions and Aetiology
• Therapeutic Alliance and Interventions
• Comorbid disorders, Internet pornography, Paraphilia and Addiction
Dr Thaddeus Birchard is the Clinical Director at The Marylebone Clinic. He has been a leader in developing clinical skills in the area of sexuality and compulsive behaviours for many years. Dr Birchard is the author of CBT for Compulsive Sexual Behaviour: A guide for professionals (2015). He set up The Marylebone Clinic in 2001 to provide specialist treatment for these problems.
Target audience: The workshop is open to qualified and training medical practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and counsellors. The workshop will be of practical and theoretical interest regardless of therapeutic modality.
All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.