However, we have our first training coming up in June 2013, which will provide in depth training to therapists and coaches on treating partners from the sex addiction-induced trauma model. Plead with them to participate in the APSATS training.Trainings will be offered all over the country at least twice a year. They can read all about it on the website mentioned above and register there as well.Ideally, for the couple who is working to save their marriage, clinical disclosure should be done very early in recovery (within one to three months).
Addicts should be taught how to empathize and support his traumatized wife.
Couples need guidance in how to interact with each other, set boundaries, and handle triggers early in recovery. Ask the counselor what their opinion is on clinical disclosure.
Unfortunately, in spite of studies showing that 70% of wives of sex addicts meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), most sex addiction counselors are still working from the co-addict model.
The co-addict model says a person who is married to a sex addict is sick, out of control, addicted to their spouse, and implies she is partially to blame for his behavior, simply because she chose to marry a sex addict, even though the vast majority of the time she did not even know he was an addict.
Once a therapist or life coach receives the certification their name and information will be listed on the APSATS website. All are welcome to attend, even if they are not a clinician.
Pastors and others in the ministry, as well as other helping professionals, will benefit as well.
Since the release of the book Your Sexually Addicted Spouse, partners have been desperate to find professionals who work from this model.
E-mails are pouring in asking for referrals to therapists who have been trained by APSATS.
As counselors complete the training and the required supervision hours to become certified in treating partners, their names will be added to the website. The first training date is set for June 26-29, 2013 in Dallas, TX.
This certification will not only give them the ability to offer partners of sex addicts better treatment, but it will make them highly marketable.
I get e-mails daily from women all over the world asking if I can refer them to a good sex addiction counselor in their area.