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This is the eleventh run of this popular and well rated workshop.

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Accredited for 6 CPD Hours by COSRT.

"Sex addiction": A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention.

~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist in Sexual Health & Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor,.

~ This workshop will be run online until further notice due to Covid-19.

~ Maximum 6 participants. This is a fully interactive training session and you will able to work in pairs in breakout rooms during the day. See "How will the webinar work" below.

Rated excellent or good by all previous participants, delegates liked:

"Everything - I feel a learnt a lot, very informative and knowledgeable. I feel more prepared to work with clients who may bring sex into a session and was helpful to learn ways in which Robert might work with someone."

"The emphasis placed on exploring the hidden feelings behind actions and considering what might be useful therapeutic approaches."

"I think that it is refreshing and important to go on training that conceptualises perceived sex addiction within the more biopsychosocial model as opposed to the more pathologising and unrealistic kicking the habit approach."

"Very interactive, thought provoking and found the small group work very beneficial".

~ This workshop is aimed at both qualified and trainee clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, GUM/HIV specialists, psychosexual therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their clinical skills in this area of work and/ or deepen their relational understandings of the issues relevant to this client group.

~ On one level, addiction means behaviour that repeats. The core focus of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is the formulation of repetitive and hard to break patterns in the way people think, act, feel and relate to others, and therefore CAT offers many useful approaches to the relational assessment, formulation and intervention for sex addiction. Making theory practice links throughout, this workshop will draw on the application of relational formulations and interventions to develop participants clinical skills when working with this client group, including how to make therapy interfering behaviours the focus of collaborative exploration. While drawing relational ideas from CAT, this workshop will be accessible to therapists working across different modalities, including CBT therapists and no prior knowledge of CAT is needed.

Coverage will be given to the specific issues to consider when working with distress associated with “Chemsex” in gay men. Participants will have opportunities to apply what they have learnt with pair work during the workshop.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, and how to look out for relational issues at first presentation.

2. Learn ways to increase client motivation and reduce ambivalence towards change at an early stage.

3. Consider the key aims during formulation and intervention, and consider how to make therapy interfering behaviours the focus of collaborative dialogue.

4. Develop clinical skills for identifying and formulating emotional and relational factors associated with addictive sexual behaviour, and how these can be used to inform interventions.

5. Facilitate reflection on how to start the process of helping your clients develop an enjoyable and affirming relationship with their sexual desire, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation by delegates:

Cancellations must be made by phone to Dr Robert Watson on 07941027765.

Cancellations made 7 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations after this date cannot be refunded for any reason. Once cancelled, your booking cannot be reinstated.

No refund will be made for non-attendance on the course.

Name changes for attendees will be accepted if sufficient prior notice is given. Please inform Become Psychology 5 working days prior to the event by phone or email.


Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in Sexual Health and has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited CAT therapist and supervisor and was the vice-chair of ACAT from 2014 to 2020. He has been working with clients with out of control sexual behaviour, including gay men affected by “Chemsex” problems, since the beginning of his CAT practice. He has published academic articles and presented at ACAT and COSRT conferences on the issue of Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.


How will the webinar work?

This online training session will use Zoom, a reliable and good quality platform for holding online meetings and webinars. You will be able to see and interact with your fellow participants throughout the day, and paired off in breakout rooms to work on tasks. Previous webinars have been rated excellent or good. You will be sent a meeting link by email and simply click on the link to reach the webinar. No prior download of software required. It is recommended that you disconnect where possible all your other devices from your Wifi network during the event, as this can sometimes affect the quality of your connection.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

By phone, Dr Robert Watson 07941027765

By email, contact@become-psychology-london.co.uk

Cancellation by Become Psychology:

Become Psychology will deliver events as advertised but there may be occasions where, in exceptional circumstances, we have to cancel an event. In the case of event cancellation delegates will either be offered an alternative date, or a full refund.

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I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001.  I've delivered training to different professional audiences on a wide variety of topics since qualification.  I always enjoy it and receive good feedback from my attendees.  I worked in the NHS for ten years in adult mental health and sexual health/HIV services. I have worked with a wide range of psychological and sexual health problems, and worked to a senior level in the profession, managing services and training and supervising others. I was the lead Clinical Psychologist for a Specialist Psychological Therapies Service for severe and complex problems before leaving the NHS to set up in private practice. I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist and Supervisor, and I have been the Vice Chair for the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) since 2013.  On the business side of my career, I started private practice in London in 2011, subsequently becoming one of four partners of Become Psychology.  I have been running workshops on setting up in private practice since 2015.  I was the lead for ACAT on GDPR for therapists in private practice, and contributed to GDPR implementation at an organisational level for ACAT before and after its implementation on May 25th, 2018.   

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