Cybersex Use and Abuse: From Fantasy to Addiction
Presenter: Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D.
9:15 am - Registration
9:30 am - 4:00 pm - Presentation
Brooker Lecture Hall, Gaylord Hospital
Lunch will be included
CPA Member - $110 Non-CPA Member - $150
Internet addiction has become a serious mental health concern in many countries. While many individuals can engage in on-line behaviors with no serious consequences, there are specific pulls that lead many beyond the level of periodic pleasure to compulsive and addictive behaviors. While many of the same issues occur in terms of on-line gaming and gambling, this is particularly true regarding sexual activity, often referred to as cybersex.
This workshop provides in depth information regarding frequency of cybersex use by men, women and teens and information on why cybersex has been referred to as the next sexual revolution. Initially, Participants will learn the 3 specific reasons that make cybersex so appealing and participate in a discussion regarding whether or not these behaviors are actually an addiction. The impact of cyber sexual behaviors on the reward system of the brain will be presented.
Participants will learn the components of assessment and current treatment recommendations for cybersex addiction. The program will then provide information on the impact of sexual addictions on the individual and family as well as guidelines to help with the healing of trauma for partners confronting sexual addictions..
This workshop is designed to help participants:
1. Be able to describe both sides of the professional debate on whether or not internet addiction is a legitimate diagnosis and discuss implications for practice
2. Recognize and adequately describe the similarities of cybersex addiction to on-line gaming addiction
3. List the positive and negatives effects of cybersex
4. Discuss the impact of cybersex addiction on the reward circuity of the brain
5. Be able to select and utilize the appropriate components for adequately assessing cybersex addiction
6. Learn and successfully apply identified treatment techniques for cybersex addiction into their own practice