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Saturday, October 17th, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Morning Breakout
Healthy Sexuality After Betrayal
Healthy sexuality can be a very triggering topic for both partners and addicts. Partners may fear being told that their needs are wrong yet again, that they aren't allowed to say no, that they aren't allowed to be themselves, or that their trauma related to sexuality may be so deep that healing connection in this area feels impossible. Addicts often fear that they will be told sexuality is not a need and that they are not allowed to want it or to be themselves, or they only understand sex as a way to control and manipulate. At the core, both partners and addicts often struggle to find safety and peace in sexual connection. Healthy sexuality is not about having more sex or becoming something that someone else, or society, thinks you "should" become. It is about connecting to yourself emotionally and physically, and sharing that connection with someone else in a safe way that makes you feel more whole and connected. Between the influence of the addiction, family-of-origin, and society, many of the problems with physical intimacy for partners and addicts are trauma-related. Understanding the way each of these facets influences sexuality, and knowing how to help clients process through and heal from them is essential to long-term recovery. Additionally, steps to help clients work to reincorporate physical intimacy into their lives in a way that includes emotional and physical safety, along with empathy and the ability to work towards balanced connection, is crucial.
Learning Objective #1: Participants will be able to explain the concept of healthy sexuality
Learning Objective #2: Participants will be able to discuss the way sexual addictions influence sexuality for both partners and addicts
Learning Objective #3: Participants will be able to discuss the way family-of-origin and society impacts sexuality for both partners and addicts
Level of audience: Intermediate
Available CE Credits: 1.5
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: CSRTT1d sexual resilience (health, empowerment, safety, and fulfillment) in the aftermath of trauma.
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #2: CSRTT1d sexual resilience (health, empowerment, safety, and fulfillment) in the aftermath of trauma.
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #3: CSRTT1d sexual resilience (health, empowerment, safety, and fulfillment) in the aftermath of trauma.
Laney Knowlton, Knowlton Counseling, Mrs.
I have worked in the field since 2009, specializing in sexual addiction. My experience includes individual, couple, and group counseling with both male and female addicts and their partners. I run groups for females sex/love addicts, male addicts, and couples workshops for sex and love addicts (both male and female) and their partners. I co-authored a two-volume set of books on treating sexual addictions individually and relationally. I volunteered with law enforcement for six years, initially with the Dallas Prostitute Diversion Initiative, then as a presenter at the Dallas John School, presenting on both pornography addiction and sexual addictions. I have presented at multiple professional conferences including ACA, SASH, AAMFT, TAMFT, and others, and have been a guest speaker at doctoral, graduate, undergraduate level classes. Additionally, I have taught multiple three-day trainings based on a model of therapy I co-developed that incorporates individual healing with relational healing for both addicts and partners, regardless of gender. I work in private practice in Lewisville, TX.