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Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction

Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction (Paperback)

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Out of control sexual behaviour - referred to variously as "sex addiction", "sexual compulsivity," and "hypersexuality," among other terms, has been a controversial and attention-getting issue since it first captured both public and professional attention over 30 years ago. Previous discussions of this behaviour have been grounded in conceptualising it as a pathologised, medical issue on par with substance abuse addictions, or, in backlash, as simply irresponsible behaviour indicating weakness in the individual. In keeping with the call from many leaders in the mental health and sexual health areas to move beyond these two polarized conceptualizations of these sexual behaviour problems, the authors present a model for working with clients in both group and individual treatment settings. Based on their experience with hundreds of clients, this book provides a comprehensive and practical conceptualization of out of control sexual behaviour framed as a sexual health problem within a larger model of human behaviour, not a psychiatric or addictive disorder. The book includes step-by-step tools for assessment, treatment planning as well as treatment implementation.

It describes a process for professionals to guide clients to define and be accountable for their own personal vision of sexual health as the foundation on which they regain sexual behaviour control. The authors provide rich and varied composite case examples based on 20 years of clinical experience that demonstrate clinician sexual health treatment conversations and tools, as well as stories of hope and guidance so essential to individuals wanting to understand how sexual health can be the essential ally in changing their sexual behaviour.

Medical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineClinical psychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologySexual behaviour Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc Publication Date: 30/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9780826196750  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, MFT, CGP, CST, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Certified Sex Therapist. He founded the Sexual Dependency Institute of San Diego in 1993 to provide outpatient treatment for men with out of control sexual behaviour. Mr. Braun-Harvey presents nationally and internationally on issues of sexual health, OCSB, and group psychotherapy. He is lecturing faculty, Masters of Counseling Program, San Diego State University, USA. From 2002 to 2005, he was a consultant to Stepping Stone of San Diego, a residential drug and alcohol treatment centre, where he developed and supervised the nation's first sexual behaviour relapse prevention program. Mr. Braun-Harvey is the author of two previous books from Springer Publishing Company: Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator's Manual (2009) and Sexual Health in Recovery: A Professional Counselor's Manual (2010.) His scholarship has appeared in such journals as Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, and Group. He has served as a reviewer for Journal of Sexual Medicine and Journal of Sexual Health and is a contributing blogger for Behavioral Healthcare magazine. Michael Vigorito, MA, MFT, CGP, is staff member of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, USA. He presents locally and nationally on topics including out-of-control sexual behaviour assessment and treatment, sexual identity development, and sexual health. He was previously clinical supervisor for HIV services in the Counselling Department at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, USA. He is licensed in California as a Marriage & Family Therapist, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and provides individual, couple and group psychotherapy in his private practice.

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