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Nov 2019 MSTI Weekend Workshop – West Palm Beach, FL

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in West Palm Beach, FL



Nov 2019 MSTI Weekend Workshop – West Palm Beach, FL

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes presents Weekend Workshop in West Palm Beach, FL



Doug Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CSTS

Industry leader, Doug Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CSTS,  will serve as presenter on the following course topics:


Friday, November 8 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST

Over the years, drug and alcohol treatment counselors have come to understand addiction as a complex disorder that involves all aspects of a person’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual health.  In other words, assessment and treatment have evolved to be multi-faceted and holistic, providing a wide range of therapies that meet individuals’ needs.  However, contemporary addiction treatment programs are still missing guidelines and interventions in an important area for addiction recovery: sexual health.

Why do so many people leave treatment early, or go back to drugs and alcohol after treatment?  A major reason often overlooked is that clients’ sexual lives are linked to using drugs and alcohol. Doug Braun-Harvey’s research has shown that addiction therapists and counselors tend to either avoid discussing their clients’ sexual lives, or mistakenly label client sexual problems as yet another addiction.

Many women and men in alcohol and drug treatment programs are more likely to stay in treatment and have better treatment outcomes when psycho-educational group programs include sexual health-based conversations and interventions.

In this workshop, Mr. Braun-Harvey identifies the prevalence of “sex/drug-linked behavior,” and how counselors can provide men and women relapse prevention skills and interventions that help them re-write their sexual lives de-linked from drugs or alcohol.

Spend a day learning fundamental counselor sexual health conversation skills that are essential to talking about sexuality with clients. Participants will learn a new sexual health based model for assessing and discussing clients’ relationships, sexual feelings, and deep shame about the consequences of sexual behavior linked with their drug and/or alcohol dependency. Engaging, fun and informative exercises from the psychoeducational curriculum for sex/drug-linked relapse prevention will be interspersed throughout the day.  Participants will leave with practical solutions that can be integrated within a wide range of professional practices to assess individual client levels of sex/drug-linked behavior.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe two professional barriers to implementing a sexual health-based relapse prevention curriculum and learn skills to address these barriers.
  2. Define the term sexual health
  3. Explain six principles of sexual health as building blocks for sexual health conversations
  4. Describe two methods for assessing the risk of relapse due to sex/drug-linked addictions.
  5. Discuss methods for assisting clients in identifying sex/drug-linked behavior that is not in alignment with their sexual values in recovery.
  6. Demonstrate psycho-educational drug/alcohol treatment group interventions to learn sex/drug-linked relapse prevention tools.

Saturday, November 9 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST

Join us for this one-day professional training event with acclaimed author and award-winning sex therapist Doug Braun-Harvey.  The training introduces therapists to an emerging sexual health based best practice outpatient treatment model for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). This six hour Continuing Education Training is a forum for expansive dialogue and sexual health conversation based upon the award winning book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” by Doug Braun-Harvey and Michael Vigorito (2016).

Doug Braun-Harvey’s innovative OCSB treatment model, based on over 20 years of clinical experience (co-developed with Michael Vigorito), combines extensive clinical practice with science and research from sexual health, human behavior, motivational change, attachment, self-regulation and eroticism within a combined individual and group therapy treatment model. The collaborative client/therapist treatment relationship is founded on the principle of men taking responsibility for defining and integrating their personal sexual health vision.

We hope you can join us to learn with other colleagues interested in an alternative sexual health model for assessing and treating sexual behavior problems. The training is designed to optimize participant consolidation of learning through discussion, dialogue and lively critical thinking.

Participants will Learn material from Springer Publishing “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction”

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss current diagnostic and psychiatric disorder theory and treatment for out of control sexual behavior
  • Describe clinician’s ethical responsibility when assessing and treating problematic or out of control sexual behaviors.
  • Explain the Dual Process of Human Behavior as applied to OCSB.
  • Explain the OCSB Clinical Pathway for Assessment and Treatment.
  • Identify the six fundamentals of sexual health as the framework to guide vision of sexual health in treating men with OCSB.
  • Discuss areas of clinical vulnerability and common disruptors assessed in the preliminary screening of OCSB initial appointment.
  • Apply the information gathering and treatment elements within the OCSB assessment process.
  • Discuss a client sexual health plan and it’s role in agreement keeping as an essential component of OCSB group and individual therapy.
  • Explain how regulation, attachment and sexual/erotic conflicts disrupt the relationship between deliberative and affective systems leading to OCSB symptoms.
  • Describe the appropriate use of the Braun-Harvey & Vigorito OCSB outpatient assessment and treatment protocol for men presenting with consensual, out of control sexual behavior.


For questions, contact Rachel Needle, PsyD, co-director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, at, or call 561-379-7207


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