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St Raphael Wellness Center Sex & Addictions Conference 2016
The Six Principles of Sexual Health: A New Model for Understanding Addictions & Sexuality

November 15, 2016
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Public Forum
Tuesday Nov 15, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PORN CRISIS? The Porn Dilemma in Today’s Culture

Discovering that your spouse, child, partner, employee, friend, or client is secretly watching porn is usually met with a range of emotions and judgments. Most of us do not feel prepared to confidently navigate this conversation. Mr. Braun-Harvey proposes that this porn dilemma is about so much more than talking about porn. As counsellors and family members both, most of us have little guidance and are without a useful map for talking about sex, period. This community presentation will describe how six principles of sexual health can be a foundation for talking with someone about their use of pornography. Come join us for an informative, practical and engaging conversation.

Professional Development Workshops
Wednesday Nov 16, 2016, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, lunch included
TALKING ABOUT SEX – The Six Principles of Sexual Health: A New Model for Understanding Addictions & Sexuality

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. 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, Doug Braun-Harvey identifies the prevalence of “sex/drug-linked behavior,” and how counselors can provide men and women specific relapse prevention skills and interventions that help them re-write their sexual lives without drugs or alcohol. This workshop will also help therapists and counselors assist clients who feel as though their sexual behavior is out of control.

In this one-day workshop, participants will:

  • Work on overcoming common inhibitions around talking to clients about sex
  • Identify two professional barriers to implementing a sexual-health-based relapse prevention curriculum.
  • Describe two methods for assessing relapse-risk due to sex/drug-linked addictions.
  • Identify methods for assisting clients in understanding the roots of their out-of-control sexual behaviors, and learning healthy ways to create sexual relationships that meet their needs.
  • Experience psycho-educational drug/alcohol treatment group interventions to learn relapse prevention tools for sex/drug-linked addiction.