The Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model Training

Sex addiction and compulsivity is an issue being encountered within all clinical treatment settings. The wounded and betrayed partner or spouse is, in many settings, the primary patient/client seeking effective assistance and treatment. Over the past several years, there has been a move toward utilizing a trauma perspective in treating the traumatic impact of sex addiction upon the partner or spouse. This is the essential difference from the historical sex addiction models that emerged in the 1980s.

Our Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model training seeks to provide a sound foundation for assisting partners in their healing process, and is the required training toward certification as a Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS) or Partner Coach (CPC). Trainings are offered “face to face” or through real-time webinar formats. 

APSATS MPTM Four-day training* will:
  • review prevailing models of treatment for partners of sexual addicts
  • introduce a unifying model for treatment of partners, and
  • discuss the various traumatic effects surrounding sex addiction upon the intimate partner or spouse
 The training will also discuss:
  • treatment strategies and techniques
  • assessment processes, and
  • ongoing support necessary for successful trauma resolution for the partner and the relationship 
Participants will:
  • gain understanding of the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPT-M) of partner treatment
  • gain understanding and skills related to integrating the MPT-M in the treatment of the person with the addiction
  • gain understanding of empirically researched theories and skills related to effective trauma response and treatment that promote trauma resolution
  • obtain information about the clinical needs of special populations of partners of sexual addicts
  • gain understanding of the unique ethical issues related to treatment of partners, including the issue of potential treatment-induced trauma
Training starts each day at 8:30 and ends at 3:30 with a 1 hour break for lunch.

Pre-conference Workshops at the SASH annual Conference, Salt Lake City

APSATS is offering two pre-conference workshops that will introduce attendees to a trauma-informed model for working with the entire system impacted by sexual addiction or problematic sexual behaviors: The Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPTM) developed by APSATS.

Day One focuses on an overview of the model; Day Two focuses on helping couples heal from relational betrayal along with information on how to prepare for and conduct a therapeutic disclosure informed by the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPTM). Both days include a combination of didactic, case discussion, and experiential learning activities.

These workshops will be offered by APSATS certified clinicians and coaches

Barbara Steffens, Dan Drake, Janice Caudill and Dorit Reichental.

Day 1: $150

The Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model: How MPTM Changes Everything

Lead presenter: Barbara Steffens PhD LPCC, CCPS; President, APSATS

Day 2: $150

Healing Relational Trauma from a MPTM Perspective: Couples Work and MPTM Disclosures

Lead presenter: Dan Drake, MFT, LPCC, CCPS, CSAT-S; Secretary, APSATS.
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