In the early 1980s, Dr. Patrick Carnes published Out of the Shadows, raising awareness about sexual compulsivity and addiction and eventually earning himself a reputation as the leading expert in his field. Due to Dr. Carnes' popularity, addiction practitioners began associating their business practices with him — qualified or not. It became apparent that a standard of training and certification was necessary to create a unified group of certified professionals and preserve the quality of Dr. Carnes' work.
This led to the creation of the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, or CSAT®, program, a cutting-edge training and certification program built around academic study, experiential training, supervision and testing competence. As the program grew, so did the number of candidates, requiring the formation of an "institute" to handle the administrative duties and related tasks. Hence, IITAP was born.
Since IITAP's inception, we now offer additional certification options for mental health professionals: Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT®) and Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional (PSAP®) as well as trainings on other addictions, such as eating disorders and chemical dependency. IITAP also offers cutting-edge workshops about other topics related to addiction and trauma. IITAP's vision is to be a premier training resource for therapists specializing in these areas.
To date, IITAP's dedicated staff facilitates the CSAT program, providing addiction recovery resources for both practitioners and patients.
The IITAP team strives to meet and achieve the organization's goals every day:
IITAP’s core beliefs include the following:
Learn more about IITAP's training, certification and continuing education programs.
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