Sexual Addiction and Compulsive Behavior 2.0




Sexual Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors 2.0 addresses the neuroscience behind sexual addiction; how the brain impacts thinking, emotion, and behavior; assessment and treatment options; and effective faith-based interventions and strategies for Christian clients for mental health professionals. This three-part series features noted Christian mental health experts, Drs. William Struthers and Mark Laaser.

Learning Objectives

Participants will..

  1. Describe the Theory of Brain Organization and how it pertains to a person sex and sexual desires
  2. Outline the screening and assessments used to help determine if an individual has a sexual addiction and possible treatment modalities
  3. Identify spiritual techniques that can be used to help Christian clients struggling with sexual addictions.

SXAD 101: Wired for Intimacy: The Neuroscience of Sexual Addiction and Compulsive Behavior: Part I

William Struthers, Ph.D.

Societal and cultural changes continue to keep sexuality at the forefront of the national dialogue, including the connection to the brain. Dr. Struthers discusses the Theory of Brain Organization, as well as nervous system and gender differences that impact autonomic responses, affect, cognition, behavior, and more. The nuances of infatuation, passion, and intimacy are also explored.

Runtime: 56 minutes 49 seconds

SXAD 102: Wired for Intimacy: The Neuroscience of Sexual Addiction and Compulsive Behavior: Part II

William Struthers, Ph.D.

In Part II, Dr. Struthers examines diagnostic factors related to brain function and sexual addiction, such as excitement seeking, dysregulation, gender differences, emotional avoidance, and motivation. Screening and assessment tools are reviewed that help distinguish between use, misuse, abuse, full-blown addiction, and tolerance. Treatment recommendations are also offered.

Runtime: 54 minutes 27 seconds

SXAD 103: Lust and Fantasy: Taking Every Thought Captive

Mark Laaser, Ph.D.

The Apostle Paul’s teaching states that believers are able to take their thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. Dr. Laaser addresses short-term behavioral strategies, as well as long-term spiritual and emotional growth that are necessary to achieve this goal. Understanding brain chemistry, the role of fantasy, and how they are messages from the soul are key components.

Runtime: 50 minutes 19 seconds

Continuing Education

2.50 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

2.50 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

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