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In this course, we explore the concept of codependency and how it relates to sexual addiction. Individuals in relationships with addicts often find themselves dealing with unhealthy behaviors as a way of trying to connect with their loved one. The consequence is that the relationship continues to become more and more strained.
Students will identify two ways in which individuals deal with the loss of connection and acceptance. The course is primarily lecture based. A questionnaire about codependency and a list of reading materials to learn more will be provided within the course.
If you or a loved one is affected by addiction in your relationship, this course will help you to have a better understanding of steps that can be taken to begin the healing process.
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|Section 1: The Foundation of Co-dependency|
Students will learn about the two tanks of Love/Belonging and Competency/Empowerment and how this affects the way we interact with others. Students will take a look at how full or empty their own tanks are and contemplate how that affects them and their loved ones.
|Quiz 1||4 questions|
Students will demonstrate understanding of the two tanks and how it affects the way we interact with one another.
Students will observe what happens when they try to address the feelings of shame by themselves. They will be able to identify the steps of control and release that are made in an effort to reduce shameful feelings.
|Section 2: What is Co-dependency?|
Students will learn that engaging in codependent behaviors is based in shame. Codependency is a disease of lost self. If we are not validated and affirmed for who over time, we eventually come to believe we are not worthy or lovable. As a consequence, we then become more and more dependent on others as a way of trying to get them to fill up our love and belonging tanks.
Students will learn that we are actually attracted to individuals who almost promote our engagement in codependent behaviors as a way of trying to resolve wounds of the past.
Students will explore the different ways in which codependency manifests itself in a relationship. Students can download the codependency checklist as a tool to check how many different behaviors they engage in.
|Section 3: Healing from Co-Dependency.|
Students will explore ways in which co-dependency can be overcome including:
Troy serves as the President and Clinical Director of Courageous Journeys Counseling and Consulting Services. He has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. Troy received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, PA in 2000 and much of his training has focused on addiction recovery. Troy has also been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy (EFT), the only research verified couples counseling model in existence. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements while participating in EFT.
Troy specializing in working with individuals trauma related concerns, couples struggling in their relationships, and individuals who numb their pain through compulsive or addictive behaviors. Troy also helps couples and individuals who are experiencing sexual issues that reduce the ability for physical intimacy.
Troy's clinical focus is to help individuals make the changes in their lives that they want to make while helping them remove the barriers, traumatic emotional responses, and belief systems that keep them stuck.
Troy is currently the Lead facilitator of the LifeStar Network, a sexual addictions program. Troy is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona Western College for over eight years. In addition, Troy is certified as a Human Resources Professional and has over six years of experience as a Leadership Consultant providing leadership coaching, conflict mediation, and strategic planning.