Course Code:DSA 01809

Course Directors: Stephanie Palin MA BSc (Hons) Dip PST FIfL Anna Palin-Swift MSC BSc PGD Relationship Therapy Dip SA


Location: Manchester

COST: £2250  (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 2019 Manchester


Module 1:     Sat & Sun November 16/17  2019

Module 2:     Sat & Sun December 07/08 2019

Module 3:     Sat & Sun  January  11/12  2020

Module 4:      Sat & Sun February 22/23 2020

Module 5:      Sat & Sun March  21/22 2020

Module 6 :     Sat & Sun April   18/19 2020


Course Venue:

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


Course Fees:

The course fees can be paid in  instalments. A non-returnable deposit of £250 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.

In addition Course members need to have undertaken 100 clinical hours with clients