London Conference ATSAC 2019 – Association for the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsiveness

In London on the premises of the Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road on January 26, 2019 ended the annual Conference of the association ATSAC, Association for the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsiveness. The conference that celebrated ten years of activity on British and international territory is designed for therapists, professionals and researchers who are interested in learning more about work with sexual addiction and compulsiveness.

With the usual welcome and British aplomb we were welcomed and pampered by an absolutely perfect catering, in a Feng Shui place like the Friend House, including tea, coffee, sandwiches, tacos, brownies and pauses calculated by the thousandth (a break every intervention) , so that the attention of professional actors and professional viewers is always activated and above all interactive. For example, ATSAC conferences should be taken by all those organizing scientific conferences because they engage in real learning of those who participate with genuine satisfaction and learning.

Below are the three main speakers, workshops and scientific posters. Some news on the three main speakers

  •  Paula Hall Sex addiction therapist and clinical director of the Laurel Center author of Understanding & Treating Sex & Pornography Addiction (Routledge 2018), Sex Addiction – The Partner’s Perspective (Routledge 2016), Confronting Porn (CARE 2016) and the forthcoming Sex Addiction publication – A Guide for Couples (Routledge 2019). Paula Hall illustrated some of the major changes and developments over the last 10 years in the field of sex addiction and pornography. With an overview of the latest research and the WHO position on the adoption of compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) in the ICD-11. Dr. Hall has exhibited her work with addicted people and support for partners because only by working with couples can lasting results be achieved. He explored the difference between recovery and sobriety and as a recovery model he presented CHOICE which is a tool to help patients maintain a sober and happy life. Paula shared some of her personal insights on the impact that work in this field can have on the same insiders.
  • Gayle Brewer is a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on romantic relationships and sexual behavior, with particular attention to individual differences and the extent to which these effects on the quality of relationships. Current research interests focus on the practice of sexual coercion and sexual harassment. The presentation focused on how control and coercive behavior influences relational dynamics with a particular emphasis on sexual addiction. The session also explored the use of coercive control behavior during therapy and strategies to address it.

  • David Stuart Sexual Health Manager manages the support services for chemsex at 56 Dean Street in London (Sexual Health and HIV Clinic), as well as managing sexual wellness programs and community involvement programs. He is internationally recognized as an activist and advocate of sexual wellbeing of homosexuals, and is credited with being the first to have coined the term “Chemsex”. The term chemsex refers in reality to the socio-cultural phenomenon that we call PnP (Party and Play). Its definition is closely related to the influence that on MSMs (males having sex with males) have had the spread of 1) Hiv / Aids in the past and in the present; 2) technologies such as Grindr; 3) specific drugs such as methamphetamine, mephedrone and Ghb / Gbl, closely associated with Grindr and other sex apps among gay people.

  • The theme and the authors of the workshops:

  •  Stolen Love – Art Therapy, Stolen Love – Art therapy by Francesca Hall integrative psychotherapist. Artistic psychotherapy in a group context and the use of creativity in therapy.

  •  Considering shame from a relational point of view of Sally Openshaw, sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist. The seminar took into consideration the experiences and reactions typical of shame and how people with sexual addiction can protect themselves from further shame. The process of absorption of shame and the function of shame in a relational model has been considered. The shame by proxy that emerged even for the non-addicted partner.

  • Ian Baker’s Understanding 12-Step Programs from the Inside, Sex Addiction & Sex Therapist, Relationship Therapist. Understand 12-step programs better and how they can be an important part of patient recovery. An internal perspective on 12-step programs by members of Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA). 

  • Mindfulness and sex addiction by Debra Aldous, therapist, Life Coach. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, moment by moment, in the hic et nunc (here and now), in an intentional and non-judgmental way, in order to resolve (or prevent) the inner suffering and reach an acceptance of self through a greater awareness of one’s own experience which includes: feelings, perceptions, impulses, emotions, thoughts, words, actions and relationships. Awareness can help people develop self-compassion and non-judgmental observation of their behavior patterns.

  • Use of Clinical Polygraph Examinations in the treatment of Sex Addiction, Use of Clinical Polygraph Exams in the Treatment of Sex Addiction by Keith Ashcroft, Consultant Investigative Psychologist. The polygraph, is an instrument that measures and records different physiological characteristics of an individual (such as blood pressure, arterial pulse and breathing) while the subject is called to answer a series of questions, measuring their emotional and psychological changes. The polygraph provides basic information about the past behavior of the sexual addict and whether it is maintaining its sobriety.

  • EMDR in Sex Addiction Work – Addict Partner of Stephanie Palin, psychosexual Therapists. EMDR is a tool that focuses on the memory of the traumatic experience and is a complete methodology that uses eye movements or other forms of alternating right / left stimulation to treat disorders directly related to traumatic or particularly stressful experiences from an emotional point of view. ). The role that EMDR must play in recovery work for both sex workers and their partners. The impact of partner selection, interrupted early links and subsequent traumas was examined, and the way in which EMDR can be used in the trauma of partner betrayal and recovery from addiction.

  • The conference was correlated by scientific research posters from various specialization schools and international universities on:

  •  Movie-Therapy®Porn-addiction and Don Jon movie, Psycho-Therapy with movies and pornographic addiction the movie Don Jon by Susanna Basile, I.S.C. Rome. 

  • Developing a Psychological Model of Problematic Pornography Use, Development of a psychological model of problem use of pornography by James Binnie, London South Bank University. 

  • Hoocked on WI-FI? What Do We Know about the Problematic Use of the Internet? Wrapped on WI-FI? What do we know about the problematic use of the internet? by Julius Burkauskas and additional authors, Laboratory of Behavioral Medicine, Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian, University of Health Sciences, Palanga, Lithuania. 

  • Chemsex behavihours among men who have sex with men: A systematic rewiew of the literature, Chemsex behaviors between men who have sex with men: a systematic view of the documentation, by Steve Maxwell and additional authors, King’s College & University of College London . 

  • People Tlking to people: 12-step alcohol online support groups influence users’ understandings of problem drinking? People looking for people: how do the discussion forums of online 12-step alcohol support groups influence users’ understanding of the drinking problem? by Sally Sanger and additional authors, University of Sheffield.

  • and also the presence of The Reward Foundation Love sex and the Internet with the wonderful lawyer Mary Sharpe and her fabulous husband Dr. Darryl Mead and the book BRAIN ON PORN (INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY AND THE EMERGING SCIENCE OF ADDICTION) by Gary Wilson.

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