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Sex Addiction: Manchester Workshop

Sex Addiction: A relational approach to assessment, formulation, and intervention, and how to engender affirmative sexual desire. Manchester Workshop.

~ Workshop presented by Dr Robert Watson, Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist & Supervisor, & Vice-Chair of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

~ Thursday 7th November. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, 84 Plymouth Grove, M13 9LW.

~ Early bird £95 until 7th September then £110(includes lunch).  Book here:


~ This is the fourth run of this workshop following its successful debut as part of the CPD program of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. 96% of past participants rated the workshop as excellent.

~ This workshop is aimed at both qualified and trainee clinical/counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, GUM/HIV specialists, psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to develop their skills in this area of work and/or deepen their relational understandings of the issues relevant to this client group.

~ On one level, addiction means behaviour that repeats.  The core focus of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is the formulation of limiting or harmful patterns of behaviour that repeat in life, and therefore CAT offers many useful approaches to the relational assessment, formulation and intervention for sex addiction.  Making theory practice links throughout, this workshop will draw on the application of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) theory and practice to focus on relational approaches that can be incorporated into your clinical work. The workshop will be accessible to therapists working across different modalities, including CBT therapists, and no prior knowledge of CAT is needed.


Robert Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with 17 years’ experience in Sexual Health and has extensive experience in public and private settings working with clients with complex psychological presentations. He is an accredited CAT therapist and supervisor and is the vice-chair of ACAT. He has been working with clients with out of control sexual behaviour, including gay men affected by “Chemsex” problems, since the beginning of his CAT practice. He has published academic articles and presented at ACAT conferences on the issue of Out of Control Sexual Behaviour.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide participants with the key questions to consider during assessment, including when to decide to incorporate harm minimisation strategies at an early stage to reduce the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections and drug use.

2. Learn ways to increase client motivation and reduce ambivalence towards change at an early stage.

3. Consider the key aims during formulation and intervention, and how to respond to common challenges in these phases.

4. Develop clinical skills for identifying and formulating emotional and relational factors associated with addictive sexual behaviour, and how these can be used to inform interventions.

5. Facilitate reflection on how to start the process of helping your clients develop an enjoyable and affirming relationship with their sexual desire, free of shame, enabling clients to express their sexual desires in a way that does not limit or harm them.