This course provides information about sexual addiction and its impact on partners of those with such addictions. Course content includes education about sex addiction, common responses of partners when disclosure happens, phases of recovery for partners, tasks for healing, and challenges for partners during each phase of recovery. Recovery is an individual process that can be painful and lonely. This course seeks to educate and let partners of sex addicted individuals know they are not alone in their healing journey and search for making meaning of their partner's addiction.
Each section contains journal questions, experiential art activities, and/or resources to encourage self-reflection. Additional worksheets for some resources are included for easy printing and completion. Learners are encouraged to keep a journal and participate in the experiential art activities to explore their reactions, emotions, and responses to sex addiction. This course is meant to be completed at the learner's own pace.
Learn about what sex addiction is.
Understand the process and steps of the healing journey.
Learn the specific tasks you will take in recovery.
Learn how to recognize when you are afraid.
Recognize and be able to describe your signs of trauma.
Learn about different types of treatment for partners of those who are addicted to sex.
Understand the role of shame in addiction.
Challenge those negative beliefs.
Take the first step to developing courage in your healing journey.
Learn the importance of No!
Understanding healing takes vulnerability.
Reference list and suggested readings.
An activity for wellness on your healing journey.
An activity to challenge those feelings that you are not good enough.
Dr. Beth Russell received her PhD in Education with a speciality in Counseling and Supervision from the University of Rochester. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York (LCSW) and is a trained sex therapist. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work who specializes in sexual health, mental health, and interpersonal practices. She also current runs her own company, Journey to Visibility, and a small clinical practice.