Myth 1: Sex addiction is about sex and only sex…
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s LGBTQ-Integrative Program Director Buster Ross teaches a course on sex addiction at the organization’s graduate school and took a similar stance as Skurtu.
“Sex addiction, also referred to as hypersexuality, was considered for the most recent revision of the diagnostic manual clinicians use when making diagnoses, the DSM 5,” he said. “After extensive review, it was not adopted as a diagnostic condition because there was insufficient evidence to support such a diagnosis as a primary condition.”
“It’s not that the struggles aren’t real,” he continued. “It’s just that professionals are not convinced that ‘sex addiction’ is its own condition, perhaps best understood as symptomatic of other underlying mental health disorders (ADHD, impulse disorders, trauma-related disorders, bipolar disorder, stimulant-use disorders).”
Ross, an AASECT certified sexuality counselor, added the most effective treatment will come from therapists who understand eroticism from a sex-positive orientation and choose to focus on treating the underlying disorders instead of using labels like sex addiction that contribute to shame and the sexual disempowerment of clients.
“Sexuality professionals within AASECT are certified to treat sexual problems from a diverse range of approaches, offering alternatives to an addiction model, something necessary for issues as complex as modern sexuality and relationships,” he said.
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My Pal and colleague, Dr. Paul Joannides launched a very cool new web site to help support healthy sexuality for teens and young adults. Paul is the author of the award winning book, “The Guide to Getting it On” which is a wonderfully comprehensive book that belongs in every home.
When I interview my clients about sex information they received from their parents when they were growing up, the most common answer is “silence.” Most families just don’t communicate with their kids about sex and that results in a multitude of problems. Paul’s new web site is a great resource for sexuality educators and parents alike! www.mybeautifulsexlife.com
It is startling but true that suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in Colorado.
In light of Robin William’s apparent suicide yesterday, the timing of Governor Hickenlooper’s new crisis support line could not be more timely. For the first time in our history, Colorado has a crisis line where people in emotional turmoil can call and talk to a trained caregiver at no charge.
Callers to the Colorado Crisis and Support Line will be able to speak with mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 844-493-TALK (8255).
If you are in pain, please remember there is always hope. It does get better!
Dr. Gina Ogden is one of our elder wise women, a dear friend, and colleague. For many years Gina has been doing ISIS Wheel workshops for women. For the first time ever, men will also be included in this life-changing process. The dates are October 24-26, 2014 at Rowe Conference Center, a magical place in the hills of Massachusetts. And yes, as always, women are welcome as well!
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To familiarize yourself with the ISIS approach, be sure to have a look at our new website: www.ISISNewtwork.org. And if you haven’t already registered for the 6-session ISIS Teleseminar (attached) it’s not too late. Use the code AASECT to save $100!
While speaking to a group of amazing young cancer patients and survivors at Porter Hospital last night, I learned of a wonderful conference coming to Denver in 2015. It is called Cancer Con and it is the annual event put on nationally by the non-profit organization called, Stupid Cancer. The dates are April 24 through April 26, 2015. Stupid Cancer is a global support network for patients, survivors, care givers, providers and advocates. To learn more go to: http://cancercon.org/ or http://stupidcancer.org/about/index.shtml.
This would be an amazing opportunity for the clinician at the right stage of your career as you would be under the direction of Dr. Eli Coleman and his team:
The Program in Human Sexuality at the University Of Minnesota Medical School may have an opening for a two year fellowship starting this late summer or fall, 2014. For certain, we will have openings for Fall of 2015.
We seek applicants to join a vibrant team of faculty and postdoctoral fellows for a two-year fellowship program. Fellows would provide individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy for a wide range of sexual dysfunctions and problems including: relationship and sexual problems, transgender issues, sexual orientation concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, paraphilias, sexual offending, and HIV counseling. The clinic serves a diverse group of patients (an average of 1,300 visits per month), including children, adolescents, minorities, disabled individuals, and clients with chronic medical or mental health problems. The training will help the fellow develop skills in addressing sexual issues in any clinical setting and conducting psychosexual evaluations. In addition to sex therapy, treatment addresses a wide variety of Axis I and Axis II disorders. This kind of diversity makes for an exciting and stimulating fellowship! Fellows complete a research project that is tailored to their own interests. Applicants must have their Ph.D., Psy. D. or M.D. The fellowship helps individuals gain licensure. The fellowship includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a professional travel stipend. Interested candidates who might be interested should contact Eli Coleman, PhD, Director, Program in Human Sexuality, 1300 S. 2nd St., Suite 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent presentation given at the American Psychiatric Association found that many of the sex supplements available on-line can cause harm. “A review of 108 Web sites and other online resources showed the most common of these products contained the active ingredients yohimbine, maca, ginkgo biloba, and/or horny goat weed. These 4 substances were linked to the induction of anxiety, panic, mood changes, hallucinations, and/or addictive behaviors.”
Reference: Online Sex Supplements Linked to Serious Psychoactive Effects. Medscape. May 05, 2014.
There are so many safer ways to reach your sexual goals. Here is a link to every AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in the world: www.aasect.org. As the old police show used to say as the cops hit the street, “Let’s be careful out there.”
It’s little wonder that Venus in Fur was nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway. It was the best two person performance I have ever seen. The pre-show panel event I did last night was called “Kink & Cocktails.” On the panel with me was Dr. Shanna Katz and Emily Bitti, both of whom were warm, witty and extremely smart. The panel was a one time event, however Venus in Fur plays here in Denver through June 14 so there is still time to see the show. Venus in Fur is playing at Curious Theater in Denver and gets two thumbs up from me!