As a training and certification organization, we owe a great debt to those who took exceptional risks to even talk about sex as a behavioral addiction.
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Los Angeles, CA. (PRWEB) November 29, 2013
APSATS, the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists, is the first organization to provide training and certification of treatment professionals who subscribe to a developing treatment model that acknowledges and responds to the traumatic stress experienced by partners of sex addicts. APSATS (http://www.partnertraumaspecialists.org/) is holding their third training at the Olympic Collection Banquet, Conference and Entertainment Center in Los Angeles, California on February 5 – 8, 2014. Registration and payment can be completed online. Registering by the extended “early bird” deadline of December 15, 2013, will save participants $100. For more information about APSATS and the 2014 training sessions, email partnertrauma(at)gmail(dot)com, phone 513-644-8023, or click on this link, http://www.partnertraumaspecialists.org/event-registration/.
The L.A. training sessions will be led by Marnie Breecker, MA, MFT, CSAT, Dorit Reichenthal, MA, CPCC, ACC, and Barbara Steffens, PhD, LPCC, CCSAS, BCC, CCPS – all pioneers of the trauma approach for treating partners. They join a diverse group of treatment providers, life coaches, and others from across the country who serve on the APSATS board of directors, advocating for the recovery and treatment needs of partners - an underserved and often misunderstood population.
The four-day training in Los Angeles will review prevailing models of treatment for partners of sexual addicts, introduce a unifying model for treatment of partners, and discuss the various traumatic effects surrounding sex addiction upon the intimate partner or spouse. The training will also thoroughly discuss treatment strategies and techniques, assessment processes, and ongoing supports necessary for successful trauma resolution for the partner and the relationship.
- Gain understanding of the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (M-PTM)
- Gain understanding and skills related to integrating the M-PTM in the treatment of the person with the addiction
- Gain understanding of empirically researched theories and skills related to effective trauma response and treatment that promote trauma resolution
- Obtain information on the clinical needs of special populations of partners of sexual addicts
- Gain understanding of the unique ethical issues related to treatment of partners, including the issue of potential treatment induced trauma
APSATS Training has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for up to 20 hours of CES's (8 hours Core Competencies & 12 hours Resources). Certification requires the four-day training and 30 hours of clinical supervision. The FAQ section (http://www.partnertraumaspecialists.org/faqs/) on the APSATS website provides more information.
APSATS has held two trainings to date - in Dallas, Texas in April and Cincinnati, Ohio in October, 2013. Fifty-eight therapists and coaches have received the training specializing in helping partners from a trauma treatment approach. After Los Angeles, the next training will be held in West Palm Beach, Florida, from May 14 – 17, 2014.
“As a training and certification organization, we owe a great debt to those who took exceptional risks to even talk about sex as a behavioral addiction,” comments Steffens. “APSATS is moving beyond some historical models, but with respect for those who started and built this field of study. Our desire is to build upon those places where we agree. We all share the same passion for helping those impacted by sex addiction.”
For more information, including a directory of treatment professionals, surveys, and how to make a donation to APSATS, visit http://www.partnertraumaspecialists.org, email partnertrauma(at)gmail(dot)com, or phone 513-644-8023.
The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists
In September 2012, a group of treatment professionals, industry leaders and experts from across the United States, all committed to treating the trauma experienced by partners of sex addicts, announced the establishment of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional training and certification, public education, research, and advocacy for treatment of sex addiction-induced trauma. APSATS is a professional non-profit organization with no formal allegiance with any one faith or philosophical belief. Barbara Steffens, PhD, LPCC, CCSAS, BCC, (http://safepassagescounseling.com/) is president of the board and one of APSATS founders. For more information, email partnertrauma(at)gmail(dot)com, phone 513-644-8023, or visit partnertraumaspecialists.org.