Course Code:DSA 01704

Course Director: Stephanie Palin MA BSc (Hons) Dip PST FIfL

Location: Manchester

COST: £1850  (inclusive of vat & accreditation fees)


This accredited course provides training for professionals to work with individuals and couples for whom sex addiction (sexual compulsivity) is an issue.

Students will be given a comprehensive understanding of the various treatment options for working with sex addiction involving non-offending behaviour. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including teaching input, experiential work, role play and use of video.

On completion of the course, trainees will be able to:

• Define sex addiction and understand its presentation and aetiology.

• Make an informed sex addiction assessment and decisions about suitability for therapy.

• Work ethically with sex addicts and be aware of legal issues and disclosure

• Develop treatment strategies that include addressing underlying causes and relapse prevention

• Provide support for partners and work with couples on restoring their couple relationship.

As well as completion of each module, trainees will complete a 2,500 word essay on a topic of their choice, relating to sex addiction. Students will also need to show evidence of their supervised clinical work with sex addicted clients.


In brief the modules cover:

Module 1: What is Sex Addiction?

  • Definitions from a variety of sources,
  • Assessment tools
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Ethics
  • Cyberculture and sex

Module 2: Understanding Sex Addiction

  • Attachment injuries
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Social and Environmental Influences
  • Neuroscientific evidence

Module 3: Impact on Partner and Couples

  • Boundaries
  • Collusions and Co-dependency
  • Support Strategies

Module 4: Recovery Principles and Treatment Programmes

  • Cycle of Addiction
  • Testing Motivation
  • Working with Shame Reduction

Module 5: Treatment Programmes

  • Changing Lifestyles
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Partner involvement
  • Role of EMDR.

Module 6: Maintenance

  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • CBT
  • Mindfulness
  • Couple work
  • Partner support.


Course Dates for 2017 Manchester

Module 1:      Sat & Sun April 8-9 2017

Module 2:      Sat & Sun May 13-14 2017

Module 3:      Sat & Sun  June 10-11  2017

Module 4:      Sat & Sun  July 8-9 2017

Module 5:      Sat & Sun  September 16-17 2017

Module 6:      Sat & Sun  October 7-8 2017

Module 7:      Sat & Sun  November 11-12 2017
Course Venue:

Holiday Inn Express at Leigh Sport Village, Sale Way Leigh WN7 4JY


Course Fees:

The course fees can be paid in 3 instalments. A non-returnable deposit of £200 is required on booking.

Entry Requirements

Course requirement are one of the following:

·         Diploma Level in Counselling or therapy

·         Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy

·         Other qualifications will be considered subject to a satisfactory interview. Please click here to contact our Course Director to discuss.