What’s a CSAT?

Founded by renowned therapist Dr. Patrick Carnes, the CSAT® (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) program was developed after years of extensive experience in the field of addiction therapy and is quickly becoming an industry standard for addiction professionals. IITAP’s CSAT certification, training and continued education programs offer a cutting-edge advantage for practitioners wanting to grow their practice and gain new insights about addictive and compulsive behaviors. For information about how to begin this training go to: http://www.iitap.com/certification/csat-certification-and-training.

If you want to know what training is involved, and why you need a CSAT trained therapist to help you address addiction, consider the wide array of topics in which a CSAT has received training. The training focuses on many aspects of assessment and treatment of sexual addiction:

    • How to assess for sex addiction,
    • Training in specific assessments that increase knowledge of how addiction plays out in a person’s life such as,
              * Sexual Addiction Screening Test Revised (SAST-R)
              * Sexual Dependency Inventory-Revised (SDI-R)
              * Post Traumatic Stress Index (PTSI)
              * Money & Work Adaptive Styles Index (MWASI)
              * Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R)

        * Family Adaptability & Cohesion evaluation Scales (FACES)

  • Discussion of a wide variety of ways that sex addiction can manifest itself in a person’s life,
  • Discussion of root causes of addiction,
  • Knowledge about the evidenced-based data regarding recovery (what works in treatment),
  • Training in a task-centered approach that produces results in a person’s life,
  • Specific training about the impact of addiction on marriages and families and how to facilitate healing within the family such as,
            * The impact of sex addiction on the partner,
            * Stages of recovery for the partner,
            * Specific tasks to facilitate healing for the partner,
            * Dealing with issues related to partner sexuality,
  • How to deal with the trauma that is often at the root of addictive behavior,
  • How money, power, and other addictions interact with sex addiction.

The training received by Certified Sex Addiction Therapists powerfully equips them to help individuals and families struggling with sexual addiction. Please consider seeking a CSAT if you or a loved one struggles.

If you are not local to Cincinnati, a Therapist Locator is provided at the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP) website.


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