The Center for Professional Development


Adolescent Sex Addiction: Principles of Assessment and Treatment

NOTEThis workshop is closed to further enrollment.

Friday, March 21, 2014

3 CEUs / 3 Act 48 credits

Sexually addictive behaviors exhibited by adolescents can include cybersex, pornography, compulsive masturbation, multiple sexual partners, and paraphilia. Young people’s sexual behaviors are increasingly impacted by the use of social media and related technologies that allow adolescents easy access to sexually explicit materials that isolate them from healthy relationships and accelerate sexually addictive behaviors. It is essential that clinicians know the signs and symptoms of sex addiction in order to accurately assess, treat, and/or to refer the client for appropriate treatment. Upon completion of this workshop, participants are able to 1) explain how a comprehensive initial evaluation is used to assess an adolescent’s sexually addictive behaviors, motivation for treatment, and social/family dynamics; 2) discuss how individual psychotherapy addresses the client’s sexually addictive behaviors, including the triggers and consequences of the sexual behavior, relapse prevention, and trauma resolution and schema modification; and 3) understand the need for family and co-parenting treatment to address how family members can be a resource to relapse prevention and recovery. The need for sensitivity in work with clients and families with different culture and belief systems is discussed. This workshop is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of practice who have experience working with adolescents in schools, mental health settings, and private practice settings, or who have interest in working with adolescents.

Lucien Thomsen, LCSW, CSAT, CSOTS, specializes in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with sexual behavior problems at STAR- Sexual Trauma and Recovery in Wynnewood PA.  Issues include sex addiction, sex offences and professional sexual misconduct. He also treats individuals with personality disorders and issues related to trauma and abuse. As a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, he works with treatment professionals, licensing boards, attorneys, and/or the legal system.