Why Should You Attend the 2020 SASH Annual Conference?

Going Virtual in 2020

All times are Central Time.

Saturday, October 17th, 2020
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Mid-Afternoon Breakout
 
The Gratitude of Loss: Utilizing the Stages of Grief as a Strategy for Sustainable Sexual Sobriety
As a psychotherapist and sex addict who's been in twelve-step recovery for more than twenty-five years, I've witnessed thousands of clients, colleagues and friends struggle with problematic sexual behavior and its consequences. And there's one thing I know for sure: compulsive sexual behavior is not about sex: it's about deep-rooted challenges with intimacy and love.

It's been five decades since Elisabeth Kubler-Ross introduced the five stages of loss; but how do you apply them with your clients today? In this workshop, you'll see how this age-old theory relates to sex addiction and how there are five stages of gratitude that correlate with it. Positive psychologists have shown that practicing gratitude is essential for life contentment, and their research can also be applied to long-term recovery. As we examine the stages of loss - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - participants will take a fresh look at the losses and gains associated with grief and gratitude.

In my office and in the twelve-step rooms, the suffering continues, and while some people are able to find a life of integrity and direction, not everyone gets traction. At this time, there is little focus on sex addicts who have been in recovery for many years, but still struggle. This presentation focuses on the valuable exploration of loss and appreciation, two unlikely but deeply helpful ingredients for long-term recovery and greater life fulfillment.
Learning Objective #1: Participants will be able to list the five stages of loss related to out-of-control sexual behavior.
Learning Objective #2: Participants will be able to describe three clinical strategies to practice gratitude.
Learning Objective #3: Participants will be able to explain the therapeutic benefits of grief recovery to long-term sexual sobriety.
Level of audience: Intermediate
Available CE Credits: 1.5
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: CPSBT1c methods of clinical intervention for problematic sexual behavior
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #2: CPSBT1c methods of clinical intervention for problematic sexual behavior
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #3: CPSBT1c methods of clinical intervention for problematic sexual behavior
 
Andrew Susskind, Private Practice, LCSW, SEP, CGP
Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in West Los Angeles since 1992 specializing in trauma, addictions and codependency. He serves as faculty for the Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course and taught residents in the UCLA School of Medicine Doctoring program. Andrew has mentored associates in his private practice since 1997. His recent book, It's Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, 2019) joins his workbook, From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery (2014).