Good News for Partners!
Announcing the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists
The sex addiction treatment profession is growing in its awareness of the trauma experienced by partners and the need for specialized training and certification is sorely needed. I am excited to report that I am now actively involved in helping to meet this need.
Since 2004, I have researched, spoken about, advocated for and written about the traumatic effects of sex addiction on the partner. Over the years I have developed a vision for how partners could be helped to heal through a trauma perspective. I also had a vision for how the profession could move away from the prevailing historical model of “co-addiction,” which fostered a sense of hopelessness in many partners and was often experienced as re-traumatizing by many.
This past month has provided profound satisfaction as the needs of the partner and her trauma are now moving into the forefront of treatment. The sex addiction treatment community is beginning to understand partner trauma.
I attended the Society for Advancement of Healthy Sexuality (SASH) national conference in San Antonio, Texas, September 19 – 22. This organization’s membership includes trained sex addiction treatment specialists. At the conference I was encouraged to see three new books focused on the partner and the acknowledgment of her trauma. We’ve come a long way – with much left to do.
The best part of the SASH conference was joining my colleagues from across the country that treat trauma in the partner as part of our new organization formed to help meet the training needs of therapists and coaches.
In launching the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) we have moved to a new level – advancing the quality of treatment for partners and the entire family system from a trauma perspective. As President of this new non-profit, I am involved in pioneering an education and credentialing process to prepare treatment professionals for a specialty in partner trauma.
We plan to offer our inaugural training for treatment professionals in late spring or early summer. Watch for more information in the near future, and learn more at the APSATS website, www.partnertraumaspecialists.org, and FB page.
APSATS board members who attended the SASH Conference in San Antonio in September. (left to right) Omar Minwalla, Ella Hutchinson, Richard Blankenship, Janice Caudill, Dorit Reichental, and Barbara Steffens.