Advanced Training for Problematic Sexual Behaviors (ATPSB) – Certificate Program

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.


ATPSB is offered in two levels each taking about 16 hours for a total of 32 hours.

The cost of each level is $950, plus a one-time $50 application fee.
The total cost of the program is $1950 (two levels).

Both levels of ATPSB should be completed in 18 months.Participants will only be considered to have completed the ATPSB when they complete both levels.

Participants will learn from established experts in the field. 

Level One ATPSB Homestudy 

(Register Now to be Enrolled the Updated Class Beginning February 1, 2018)

Problematic Sexual Behavior and Sexual Health
Theoretical Model and Treatment Approaches for Problematic Sexual Behavior
Global Assessment Strategies
Relationships and Partners
Sexual Minorities & Alternative Sexual Practices (Diversity)
Online/Digital/Technology
Legal, Professional and Ethical Considerations in Problematic Sexual Behavior
Referral Resources

Level Two – In Person (16 hours)

Level Two is conducted during the 2 days prior to SASH conference. It utilizes case studies from the materials covered in Level One. The training engages 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.

New!! Level 2 in Dallas Texas, Co Sponsored by Sante

Join SASH as we take ATPSB on the road in co-sponsorship with Sante to bring professionals this exclusive training. Now is the time to learn from the professionals about these important topics.

 Register for Level 2 in Dallas Texas, April 6-7, 2018


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:
Core Competencies 
1. Understanding Addiction
2. Treatment Knowledge
3. Professional Readiness
4. Application to Practice
Program Objectives
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.
(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.)

Level 1 Registration

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