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Cybersex & Internet Sex Addiction

2 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $19.00

Developed by Kimberly S. Young, Psy.D.

 
This course is also offered as part of two Certificate Programs:
Psychology of the Web 15 CE Credits

Addiction: From Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency to Gambling & Internet Addiction 48 CE Credits

 
This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

Online sex addiction and Internet infidelity are prevalent in today's society with the easy access of mobile devices and the constant availability of sex sites and online pornography. Internet Infidelity accounts for a growing number of divorce cases. Partners engaged in an online affair go through several personality changes and often rationalize that an online affair isn't really cheating. They believe it is a harmless flirtation because it doesn't involve any "physical touching". However, the emotional pain and devastation to a once warm and loving relationship is just the same. This course shows you specialized techniques in treating these new relationship problems. This course reviews the signs of Internet infidelity, how they develop, and how they differ from offline affairs. You will also learn specialized counseling techniques to help couples improve communication and repair broken trust after an online affair. As Internet sexuality is evolving as quickly as the technology itself, you will learn the latest trends in online sex such as sexting, Snapchat, virtual reality, and take a close look at the online sex industry.

The intermediate course consists of five articles. The first article outlines how to evaluate and treat Internet infidelity. Unlike spouses who catch their husbands or wives in open adultery, a spouse may initially enter counseling with little more than a suspicion of a partner sharing intimate words with another woman or man through texting or dating sites. Signs of an online affair are masked by the daily use of technology. Therapists learn how to identify online affairs and what makes them so alluring. The second article explains the psychological, emotional, and social motives of online sex users. It also reviews how physical, sexual, and emotional abuse impact technology-based sex and how healthy online sex can be used in healthy situations. The third article outlines case studies of deviant online sexual behavior and explains how the anonymity of the Internet allows people to explore hidden or forbidden aspects of their sexuality. Utilizing illustrative case studies, the article outlines the five stages of the addiction process. The fourth article provides strategies for curing online sex addiction. From the patient perspective, you will learn how clients can manage their online behavior, use filtering or monitoring software to stop online sex addiction, and ways to deal with relapse prevention in high-risk situations. Finally, the fifth article provides a list of additional resources for further information and study.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope. It also does not serve as a permission to title yourself in any specific way.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify new trends in sexting and mobile phone sex addiction.

2.    Define psychological motives and developmental stages of online sex addiction.

Course Syllabus

Sexting, Snapchat, and other forms of Internet Infidelity

  • How online affairs develop
  • The impact of sexting on couples
  • How to improve trust after an online affair
  • Tips for preventing Internet infidelity

The Motives of Cybersex, Sexting, and Porn Users

  • The Internet's Effect on the Porn Industry
  • Psychological, emotional, and social motives of online sex users
  • How physical, sexual, and emotional abuse impact technology-based sex

Understanding Sexually Deviant Online Behavior from an Addiction Perspective

  • Internet Sexuality and Deviancy
  • Methods and Results
  • Stages of Addiction: Discovery, Exploration, Escalation, Compulsivity, and Hopelessness

Online Porn Addiction and Strategies for a Cure

  • The impact of sexting and mobile porn addiction
  • Learning what makes online sex addiction a distinct disorder
  • How the sex industry keeps people hooked
  • How clients can cope with high-risk situations
  • How to use software solutions and behavior change for preventing relapse
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