~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist in Sexual Health, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
~ £70 including course materials.
~ This is the fourth run of this workshop following its successful debut as part of the CPD program of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. 96% of past participants rated the workshop as excellent.
~ 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.
~ This workshop is aimed at both qualified and trainee clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, GUM/HIV specialists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their skills in this area of work and/ or deepen their relational understandings of the issues relevant to this client group.
~ Addictive sexual behaviour, including the excessive use of pornography, can be highly distressing and lead to secondary harmful consequences for health, relationships, work and emotional well-being. Nevertheless, a traditional addictions model seems ill suited to the task of helping clients express their sexual desire in ways that enrich rather than diminish their sexual and emotional health. A relational approach offers us many useful ways of understanding sexually addictive behaviour as an attempt to limit or stop characteristic patterns of relating with self and others that give rise to difficult feelings about self - such as I am a failure, unlovable etc, and the perceived risks of vulnerability, such as the vulnerability of living up to expectations, or to be loved and accepted.
~ On one level, addiction means behaviour that repeats. The core focus of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is the formulation of limiting or harmful patterns of behaviour that repeat in life, 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 the challenges and dilemmas commonly encountered. 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.
~ Drawing on clinical material throughout, this workshop covers the principal issues to consider through the stages of assessment, formulation, and intervention. It will highlight the key challenges and pitfalls to avoid during these stages when working with out of control sexual behaviour. Coverage will be given to the specific issues to consider when working with distress associated with “Chemsex” in gay men.
1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, including when to decide to incorporate harm minimisation strategies at an early stage to reduce the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections and drug use.
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 how to respond to common challenges in these phases.
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, free of shame, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.
Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 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 is the vice-chair of ACAT. 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 conferences on the issue of Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.
How will the webinar work?
This online training session will use Zoom, reliable and good quality software, for holding online meetings and webinars. You will be able to see and interact with your fellow participants throughout the day, and be paired off in breakout rooms to work on tasks. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the refund policy?
Cancellation by delegates:
Cancellations must be made by phone to Dr Robert Watson on 07941027765.
Cancellations made 30 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations after this date will not be entitled to a refund.
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.
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. Become Psychology cannot refund any advance, non-refundable travel or accommodation bookings. Please consider this when making arrangements to attend. Please note also that Become Psychology will not compensate for time spent travelling or away from the place of work.
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