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.

Frequently Asked Questions about APSATS 4 Day MPTM Training:

1. Who can attend this training?
Our training program is geared towards helping professionals such as therapists, coaches, and medical professionals. Pastoral care providers may attend, but at this time we only have certification for trained therapists and coaches. 

2. Can students attend? Is there a reduced rate for students?
Students who are in their advanced degree programs to become professional therapists (ex. Counseling, social work, psychology, MFT, etc.) OR who are in a qualified coaching program may take the training. In fact, we encourage students to attend! As of 2017, there is no reduced fee for students. We may be able to reduce fees on a case-by-case basis (usually in exchange for administration assistance during our face to face trainings).

3. What if I am not a coach or a therapist? Can I still attend?
Again, the material and experience of our MPTM training is geared towards those trained to be helping professionals. Exceptions may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. 

4. I’m a partner and want to attend to learn to help others. Can’t I come?
We’re glad you want to learn to give back and help others! We ask that you begin a coaching or graduate program prior to attending this training. The materials and experience of this training can be triggering so we recommend you check with your therapist or talk to an APSATS trainer before you decide to attend the training to help determine your readiness.

There are other ways that partners can be trained to help other partners. You can contact Coach Carol Sheets (APSATS Board member) and she can direct you to other training programs. 

5. Is there a payment plan for the training?
No we do not offer payment plans. We are an all-volunteer organization and do not have staff to manage that. We use Stripe for our payments and with that you can use a credit card. You can also pay by check. You are not fully registered until payment is received.

6. Once I complete the 4-day training, what are the next steps to become certified?
Once you complete the training, you may choose to move towards certification. You start that process when you begin Consultation Supervision with one of the APSATS-approved supervisors. You’ll be required to have 30 hours of consultation supervision and demonstrate at least 125 contact hours with clients utilizing the MPTM Model. We will go over this in more detail during the training. 

7. We love what you are doing! How do we sponsor a training?
APSATS loves to have organizations “sponsor” or exhibit at our trainings. Many have paid for lunch for a day for our face-to-face training, or others just contribute financially. Our sponsors are then able to provide information and marketing materials to our trainees. APSATS maintains the right to accept or decline sponsorship requests. Contact us at for more information.

8. I can’t attend the training but would love to enable someone else to be able to be trained. How do I do that?
We welcome your donations to assist others who may need some financial help. You can donate through the APSATS website or by check to our office, made out to APSATS. 

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