Advanced Training for Problematic Sexual Behaviors – Certificate Program

Advanced Training for Problematic Sexual Behaviors

ATPSB – Certificate Program

ATPSB Mission Statement: The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health is pleased to offer the following premier training curriculum to professionals in the mental health and medical fields. The Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behaviors (ATPSB) program is dedicated to addressing and treating harmful sexual behavior.

The ATPSB program accomplishes this mission by establishing standards of knowledge for entry‐level practitioners, creating standards of care inclusive of various descriptions of problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), and by providing course content addressing current trends in the assessment and treatment of PSB. Finally, the ATPSB program, in conjunction with SASH, provides national leadership in addressing the varied needs of those suffering from problematic sexual behavior and the professionals treating them.

Thank you for considering a program which will provide the necessary knowledge to help you, the professional, identify, assess, and treat problematic sexual behaviors (PSB). The Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behaviors, (ATPSB) is intended to develop a broad base of knowledge in identifying, assessing, and treating this area. The curriculum is based upon four core competencies and six program objectives:

1. Understanding Addiction
2. Treatment Knowledge
3. Professional Readiness
4. Application to Practice
(Adapted from Addiction Counseling Competencies the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 21, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 06-­‐4171 Published 2006.)

1. Identify relevant client issues, problems, and concerns as they relate to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of problematic sexual behavior (PSB).
2. Describe theoretically sound and evidence-based treatment approaches for PSB.
3. Recognize legal, ethical and professional standards as they relate to PSB.
4. Distinguish between formal and informal assessment strategies as they relate to PSB.
5. Summarize current trends and research in the field of PSB.
6. Discuss the importance of sensitivity and awareness of diversity in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of PSB.

Participants will learn from established experts in the field. Topics will include assessment, treatment models, ethical considerations, responding to relapse, diversity, disclosure, working with couples and more.

ATPSB is offered in two levels each taking about 16 hours.

*Level One is available online.
Level Two is available in person, during two days prior to SASH conferences.
In order to begin the training process, participants must submit an application with a $50 application fee.
In order to be considered a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behaviors (S-­‐PSB), participants must:


• Complete Level One and Level Two training
• Successfully pass the Final Exam
• Show proof of a Master’s Degree or higher in a clinical field
• Show proof of a license from your state to practice.

Those participants who are looking to increase their knowledge in the field, but are not licensed counselors, will be awarded a Certificate of Completion upon the completion of each level. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after each level. Participants will only be considered to have completed the ATPSB when they complete both levels.
Both levels of ATPSB should be completed in 18 months.
The total cost of the program is $1950, which includes the cost of each level at $950 plus a one-time $50 application fee.

Level One

1. Overview of PSB-­‐ David Delmonico, PhD
2. Assessment Strategies in PSB -­‐ Cara Tripodi, LCSW; William Swiggart, LCSW
3. Theoretical Conceptualizations and Treatment Approaches for PSB -­‐ Cara Tripodi, LCSW
4. Legal, Professional and Ethical Considerations in PSB -­‐ Robin Cato, JD; Betsy Williams, PhD, MPH
5. Sexual Pharmacology with Problematic Sexual Behavior -­‐ Susan Campling, RN, Psy.D
6. Cybersex-­‐ David Delmonico, PhD; Elizabeth Griffin, MA
7. Responding to Relapse-­‐ Doug Sorensen, LCSW
8. Sensitivity and Awareness of Diversity in PSB-­‐ Jes Montgomery, MD

Level Two

Level Two will be conducted during the 2 days prior to SASH conferences. It will utilize case studies from the materials covered in Level One. It will engage participants in discussion and experiential exercises focused on developing skills to treat some of the most common issues (e.g. pornography, partners, females with PSB, gay couples, and young adults) faced by therapists treating problematic sexual behavior.
*Please Note the online training is NOT eligible, at this time, for Continuing Education Credits. Please contact SASH about the availability of CE’s for the in-person training.


For the Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behaviors certificate (S-PSB), you must meet the following criteria:
• Complete both Level One and Level Two training
• Successfully Pass the Final Exam
• Show proof of Master Degree or Higher in the Clinical Field
• Show proof of License in your state/country to practice in your field
Participants who are not licensed may still increase their knowledge by taking this program and receive a Certificate of Completion after completing each level. All participants may take Level One without Level Two for beginning knowledge and receive a Certificate of Completion. You will not be considered to have completed the ATPSB program without both Levels.
Levels One and Two are both approximately 16 hours each and need to be completed within 18 months of starting. Level One is available online. Level Two will be offered in person, two days prior to the annual conference.
The total cost of the program is $1950- $950 for each level and a $50 application fee
Please note that at this time Continuing Education Credits are not available for online programming. Please contact SASH to inquire as to whether Continuing Education Credits are available for in-person programming. This is also a Certificate Program, not a Certification.
Application instructions:

Please complete the following online application and (for those who wish to receive the S-PSB Certificate) either email a copy of the following items to or provide a copy at the time of the training:
Copy of Diploma
Copy of license (where applicable)