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CSAT Module 1 | Gentle Path at the Meadows | North Phoenix / Happy Valley, AZ
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CSAT Module 1  | Gentle Path at the Meadows | North Phoenix  / Happy Valley, AZ

9/11/2019 to 9/15/2019
When: September 11th - 15th, 2019
Where: Courtyard by Marriott North Phoenix / Happy Valley
2029 West Whispering Wind Drive
Phoenix, Arizona  85085
United States
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Adams and Erica Sarr
Contact: IITAP Staff

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Gentle Path at the Meadows
2075 North Vulture Mine Rd | Wickenburg, AZ 85390 | (928) 668-1999 |

Course Description:

"Facing the Shadows–An Introduction to Treating Sex Addiction"

Over the course of this 4.5 day training, you will be introduced to the concept of sex addiction and the 30-task model of treatment, treatment planning, how to incorporate the Recovery Start Kit and Facing the Shadow workbook into your practice, and receive an introduction to the assessment and interpretation of the Sexual Dependency Inventory (SDI 4.0).

PLEASE NOTE: If you have never submitted an IITAP training application, it is required before you can register for Module 1.  To submit a training application, please click here .



Kenneth M. Adams Dr. Erica Sarr

Dr. Kenneth Adams

Dr. Erica Sarr

Target Audience:

Mental Health Practitioners, Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Medical Doctors (MD), Certified Addiction Counselors

Instructional Level:

Module 1 Introductory

CE Hours:

30 CE Hours 

Training Hours:

8:30 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday thru Saturday (Lunch included)  –  Sunday  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Daily Schedule: 

8:30 am-10:00 am Class/ 10:00 am-10:15 am Break
12:00 pm-12:30 pm lunch/ 12:30 pm-3:00 pm Class/
3:00 pm-3:15 pm Break/ 3:15 pm-5:00 pm Class/ Lunch provided Wednesday - Saturday

Early Bird Fee:

$1350.00 USD* - Early Bird Registration Fees End on August 27th, 2019 
$1450.00 USD* - Standard Registration Fees Start on August 28th, 2019

Hotel Information (Training will be held at the hotel):

Courtyard Phoenix North / Happy Valley
2029 Whispering Wind Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85085

Training Room Name: Camelback Ballroom
Phone: 623-580-8844

Click here to book your group rate for CSAT Module 1 Training
Room Rates: $109.00 + Tax / Night
Room Block Dates: Tuesday, September 10th - Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Room cut-off date: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019


Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) Transfer time from the airport to the group hotel is 25 Miles / 30-45 Minutes Depending on Traffic. 
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) Transfer time from the airport to the group hotel is 60 Miles /  1 Hour and 5 Minutes Depending on Traffic. 

Cancellation Policy:

For a full refund, a written cancellation notice must be received by IITAP no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event will be refunded less a $300 cancellation fee. No refund will be given as of the first day of the scheduled event. Allow 6 weeks for refund.


30 CE Hours

IITAP is a continuing education (CE) provider for the:

  • National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors – NAADAC #92253.
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – CAMFT #13543.
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0224.
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists.#MFT-0031.
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.#MHC-0060.
  • IITAP has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6251. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  IITAP is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • The International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IITAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  
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1 Module Payment Plan

Deposit + 4 monthly payments

$ 350 deposit + 4 payment * $250  


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of CSAT Module 1, candidates will be able to:


  1. Identify professional development goals and objectives for pursuing CSAT training.
  2. Summarize evidence from current peer-reviewed literature about the construct and theoretical models that contribute to the construct of sexual addiction, compulsion, hypersexual behavior disorder, impulse control disorder, etc.
  3. Apply these theoretical models of addiction to the growing literature examining behavioral or process addictions, including sex, gambling, internet gaming, & food.
  4. Discuss the high prevalence of denial, distorted thinking and ambivalence in readiness to change characteristic of many clients early in addiction treatment. 
  5. Demonstrate competency in identifying and applying relevant workbook interventions and client performables aimed at breaking through client denial & increasing motivation for treatment.
  6. Explain the development and published research findings validating the Sexual Addiction Screening Test- Revised (SAST-R) as an effective screening tool.
  7. Utilize the SAST-R as a clinical screening tool to identify clients who may benefit from further assessment for sex addiction and compulsive behavior.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of addiction as a cyclical system of thoughts, behaviors & emotions creating a positive feedback loop of escalating problematic behavior & consequences.
  9. Identify differential diagnosis around sexually compulsive behavior, sex offending behavior, sexual harassment, and paraphilias, with a focus on not over diagnosing compulsive sexual behavior and providing the right treatment for each of these problems.
  10. Link the theoretical and nosological concepts of addiction to their direct implications and application in therapy interventions with clients.
  11. Present competing explanatory models for clients presenting with sex addiction, including attachment theory, psychodynamic explanations, impulse control disorders, compulsive disorders, hypersexual behavior, moral incongruence and over-pathologization of culturally stigmatized expressions of sexuality (same sex attraction, BDSM/fetish/kink, infidelity, etc.).
  12. Integrate various competing models of problematic behaviors using interpersonal neurobiology / affect regulation theory as a unified model accounting for neurochemical, mood regulatory and relational attachment components of addiction and the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions across the span of presenting typologies.
  13. Demonstrate competency in obtaining a client’s full relational and sexual history to ensure thorough assessment.
  14. Contribute appropriate, authentic and relevant self-disclosure in a small group discussion around discomfort, personal bias, countertransference & other unique challenges that may arise in work with this population.
  15. Prepare, verbalize & practice strategies for responding with unconditional positive regard and compassion to client exploration of unique, unfamiliar or unexpected sexual behavior or interests.
  16. Identify the theoretical architecture of seven “typologies” of sex addiction identified in a large-scale factor analysis of the Sexual Dependency Inventory items and corresponding data from the MMPI-2.
  17. Utilize relevant psychological theories to hypothesize the nature of the links between sexually compulsive behaviors and commonly comorbid variables such as adverse childhood experiences, insecure attachment styles, difficulty regulating affect and  repeating patterns of relational and complex traumatic experiences.
  18. Formulate a specific plan for recommending & administering the Sexual Dependency Inventory to appropriate clients and discuss procedures for explaining assessment results to clients and proper report writing, storage, authorized release and destruction of client assessment data.
  19. Discuss the psychometric articles and the validity of the SDI as a valid assessment measure to use with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors.
  20. Describe and explain the advantages of incorporating 12 step recovery programs into clinical recommendations and identify clients who would benefit most.
  21. Define the key components of the first step inventory and identify its utility as a clinical intervention for addicts with repeated unsuccessful attempts to limit or control their behavior despite significant negative life consequences.
  22. List and differentiate various sexuality-focused 12-step fellowships in the US and identify which fellowships are most prevalent in participant’s local community or where to go in order to find out (including which programs are the most gay affirmative for use for gay clients).
  23. Identify resources and referrals for guiding or assisting family members of addicts in seeking their own therapeutic support and trauma treatment when necessary.
  24. Discuss applications for cognitive-behavioral & mindfulness-based interventions and other evidence-based treatments aimed at relapse prevention & supporting increased motivation for treatment.
  25. Describe the concept of the arousal template as it relates to relapse prevention and note workbook interventions and strategies aimed at exploring the arousal template.
  26. Utilize twelve step recovery programs and community-based support groups as part of a comprehensive treatment plan promoting accountability and behavior change.
  27. Apply concepts reviewed for sex addiction to clients concerned by problematic pornography use, pornography addiction and other issues related to cybersex.
  28. Describe the IITAP ethical guidelines for CSAT® scope of practice, including stance on reparative therapy & resolve ethical dilemmas in group discussions of case vignettes.

Additional Information:

The Faculty conflict of interest statement can be found at 

For questions, accommodations requests, or to report a grievance please call the IITAP Office at 480-575-6853.

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