Sex Addiction: Myth or Reality?

“Sexual Addiction: Myth or Reality?” with Dr Thaddeus Birchard on Saturday 13th July

This is a Masterclass with Dr Thaddeus Birchard. Dr Birchard is the founder of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ASTAC), a founding member of the Recovery Programme in the UK, and founder and Clinical Director of the Marylebone Centre for Psychological Therapies. The Marylebone Centre was founded in 2001, and is the first of its kind in the UK to offer treatment, support, and professional therapeutic training in sex addiction, and to offer personalised therapy around relationships, sexuality and mood disorders. This one-day event will include a critique of the conception of sexual addiction, as well as arguments for an understanding of sexually compulsive behaviour.

In this one-day event Dr Birchard will discuss the many clinical presentations, descriptions and definitions of sexual addiction. He will look at an historical survey of the addiction approach, the causes of addiction (aetiology), the impact of neuroscience, typical treatment interventions, and co-morbidity issues.

Dr Birchard will provide clear information on helpful interventions for compulsive sexual behaviour that can be used in individual therapy as well as with groups. The main focus of the day will be to provide therapists with tools they can use in helping their clients. These will include formulation, schema questionnaire, values clarification, sex plan, harmful consequences, trauma egg, the cycle of addiction, cognitive distortions, creation of a narrative of the sexual and relationship history and relapse management.

The training day will be delivered via PowerPoint presentation, illustrative video material, and experiential work.

 

Dr Thaddeus Birchard (DPsych in Psychotherapy, MSc Psychosexual Therapy) is a psychosexual psychotherapist, author, trainer and international speaker. He was originally a Parish Minister for 30 years (1971-2001), has been working as a therapist since 1988 and is registered/accredited with the UKCP, BABCP and COSRT.

Dr Birchard is founder of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity(ASTAC), a founding member of the Recovery Programme in the UK, and founder and Clinical Director of the Marylebone Centre for Psychological Therapies. The Marylebone Centre was founded in 2001, and is the first of its kind in the UK to offer treatment, support, and professional therapeutic training in sex addiction, and to offer personalised therapy around relationships, sexuality and mood disorders.

He created the first UK based therapeutic sexual addiction training programme for counsellors and psychotherapists and has trained many of his contemporaries working in the field. Dr Birchard was previously an Honorary CBT Therapist at the Maudsley and South London NHS Trust.

He is author of numerous articles and books including CBT for Compulsive Sexual Behaviour(Routledge, 2015), Overcoming Sexual Addiction – A Self-Help Guide (Routledge, 2017), and Co-editor of the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Addiction (2017). He speaks frequently around the country and in the United States on sexual addiction and compulsivity.

 

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