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Greetings Fellow PoSAs!
From time to time I have received requests from some of you for a Partner’s Retreat, a place to go get healing of our own for the ravages sex addiction has brought into our lives. You’re probably already familiar with the amazing Barbara Steffans, Ph.D,, author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse.
You may not know that Dr. Omar Minwalla, founder of the Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, CA, is the other significant champion of the Trauma Model for PoSAs, instead of the Co-Addict model we generally do not agree with.
Though we don’t normally run ads on this site, I feel this Retreat/Workshop given at Dr. Minwalla’s center, would be well worth knowing about and attending.
Please take a look and think about anyone else you know who may be suffering the effects of sex addiction in their marriage or partnership.
I can personally attest to Dr. Minwalla’s program being aligned with the way we at PoSARC see ourselves: as survivors of sex addicts.
We at PoSARC know that we are trauma survivors, left with our own compound wounds created by the severe relational ruptures of chronic infidelity.
Finally, there is a Workshop that will address the myriad issues we face, only this time instead of labeling us codependent or co-addicted, or alluding to our knowing about and colluding on some level with the addict’s behaviors, we are being treated with compassion, as victims of a cruel disease that usually leaves us decimated.
We are proud to present this Workshop and know that you will benefit from the healing approaches that are being offered there.
Institute for Sexual Health
July 16-21: Partners and Spouses Impacted by Sex Addiction Six-Day Clinical Intensive
ISH offers its highly innovative Six-Day education and support intensive for partners impacted by sex addiction and compulsivity. Our partner-centered curriculum provides vital information and support regarding sex addiction-induced trauma. The intensive involves a structured, organized group process of the 12 dimensions of trauma often experienced by partners and spouses impacted by sex addiction. Our program addresses the psychological, emotional, sexual, relational, and treatment needs of partners and spouses. The program also integrates expressive therapies and trauma-based regulation. The intensive utilizes an empowerment model that is designed to optimize safety, validation, empathy, support, and resiliency.
ISH is a strong advocate for evolution in the field towards a model that recognizes and treats the significant trauma symptoms (C-PTSD) experienced by partners that results directly from the consequences of sex addiction and compulsive sexual behavior and the associated patterns of relational perpetration, violation and covert abuse in the context of an intimate relationship. We do not endorse or use a "co-sex addiction" model to understand or treat a partner or spouse impacted by sex addiction and patterns of relational violation.
Dates for Partners Impacted by Sex Addiction Intensive:
July 16 -21, 2012
- Program Length: 6 consecutive days
- Daily Attendance: 6-9 Hours per days
Click here or call 310-286-1300 for more information.
400 S. Beverly Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
An important and exciting development for PoSAs everywhere!
I’m very excited to share a wonderful new find sent to Terre by Tania Rochelle. Tania has gone back to graduate school to receive her second masters (first one is in fine arts, this one in counseling). The world will be a better place with Tania in it offering her counseling services to the growing community affected by sex addiction.
In her studies and research, Tania came across a therapist in Beverly Hills, CA who specializes in sex addiction and sexology, Dr. Omar Minwalla. We’ll let you read just one of the many laudable documents on his site in it’s entirety but first we want to issue a huge gratitude to Dr. Minwalla from PoSAs everywhere! Read the rest of this entry »
Your Sexually Addicted Spouse
by Barbara Steffens, Ph.D, & Marsha Means, M.A.
Before you allow yourself to be labeled a co-addict, or even a codependent, by a well-meaning therapist, a 12-Step group or the sex addict in your life—read this book! To date, this is the best book available for partners of sex addicts and its message is critical for partners of sex addicts. We highly recommend this title as the first book you read. We recommend it also for clergy/counselors and anyone who is aware that sex addiction is affecting the life of a congregant or client. Currently it is available in book format only, no audio or ebook available at this writing.
An aside: if you set out reading about his addiction, his wounds, his traumas, the recovery process may well become just like the relationship prior to discovery—all about him. Do you think for a minute he is reading about the effects his actions have had upon you? Not even a prayer of a chance that is happening. After what you have been through, it is your turn. Demand that much. Read about yourself.