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Saturday, October 17th, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Afternoon Breakout
Overcoming "Addiction" to Pornography Addiction through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a transdiagnostic treatment that has been found efficacious for a wide range of problems across over 300 randomized controlled trials including compulsive disorders such as pornography viewing (Twohig & Crosby, 2016). ACT provides a comprehensive framework for addressing core pathological processes underlying problematic pornography viewing including psychological inflexibility (Wetterneck, Burgess, Short, Smith, & Cervantes, 2012; Levin, Lillis, & Hayes, 2012), low trait-mindfulness (Reid, Bramen, & Anderson 2013), emotion dysregulation (Bancroft, & Vukadinovic 2004), rigid adherence to inner experiences (e.g., urges, thoughts, emotions), and moral disapproval (Grubbs, Perry, & Wilt, 2018). This presentation will demonstrate how ACT principles effectively reduce unwanted pornography viewing by cultivating openness to experiencing urges to view pornography and by promoting value-directed behaviors instead of ineffective efforts to control inner experiences.
Learning Objective #1: Identify pathological processes underlying compulsive pornography viewing
Learning Objective #2: Describe the ACT model of Psychological Flexibility
Learning Objective #3: Apply ACT principles in the context of problematic pornography viewing
Level of audience: Intermediate
Available CE Credits: 1.5
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #1: CPSBT1a Multiple theories of problematic sexual behavior and its etiology.
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #2: CPSBT 1c methods of clinical intervention for problematic sexual behavior
SASH Credential Education Credit Objective #3: CPSBT 1c methods of clinical intervention for problematic sexual behavior
Cameron Staley, Idaho State University, Psychologist
Cameron Staley is a clinical psychologist at Idaho State University’s Counseling and Testing Service and adjunct faculty for the psychology department. He enjoys providing counseling to university students, teaching courses, supervising counseling, social work, and psychology graduate students, and training mental health professionals. Cameron has presented his research on pornography at the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) along with peer-reviewed publications in the journals of Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Biological Psychology, Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. Cameron completed his psychology internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where he first learned Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as an effective treatment for unwanted pornography viewing. In his TEDx talk, Changing the Narrative Around the Addiction Story, Cameron shares details from his research and counseling experience regarding helpful ways to talk about sexuality and how to effectively reduce unwanted pornography viewing through mindfulness. In an effort to make these principles more accessible, he developed an online self-directed program called Life After Pornography based on ACT concepts proven effective in research to reduce unwanted pornography viewing in adults.