Dr. Patrick Carnes

Dr. Carnes Patrick

Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D., is the founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. His extensive background in the field of addiction therapy led him to develop multiple cutting-edge recovery programs. Dr. Carnes’ most recent endeavor is as the Founder of Gentle Path and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, in Wickenburg, Arizona.

With more than 30 years in the field of sexual addiction treatment, Dr. Carnes is internationally recognized expert, presenter and interview subject. His assessment tools and 30-task model treatment methodology deliver an unprecedented approach to addiction recovery for practitioners of trauma, sexual addiction and co-occurring addictions.

In 1966, Dr. Carnes graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his Master’s in 1969 from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a Ph.D. in counselor education and organizational development from the University of Minnesota in 1980.

His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they now award an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health.  He has published numerous articles and books on the subject of sexual addiction and trauma as well as contributed to Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.


In the early 1980s, Dr. Patrick Carnes published Out of the Shadows, raising awareness about sexual compulsivity and addiction; earning himself a reputation as the leading expert in his field. As Dr. Carnes’ popularity grew, addiction practitioners began associating their business practices with him — whether they were qualified to treat sex addiction or not. It became apparent that a standard of training and certification was necessary; thereby creating a unified group of certified professionals that would 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 assessment 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, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) was born.

As IITAP continued to grow and expand, the certification programs offered also expanded. Previously, the CSAT certification was limited to specific therapists; however, with the growing need for qualified help, additional certification options were created to encompass professionals across a multitude of diverse settings: Associate Sex Addiction Therapist (ASAT) and Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional (PSAP).   Training opportunities expanding the 30 task model to other addictions, such as financial and work disorders and chemical dependency, were also created. To this day, IITAP continues to develop more programming applying the task model approach to various addictions and/or populations and tools to assist therapists in providing the highest level of quality care possible.

Since its inception, IITAP’s vision is to be a premier training resource for therapists specializing in the areas of addiction recovery and trauma.


  • Set the standard of excellence in sexual addiction education and treatment
  • Promote professional training and knowledge about sexual addiction and compulsive behaviors, in addition to related addictions and deprivations
  • Encourage communication and collaboration among treatment professionals and provide resources for them
  • Support our professional community of treatment providers
  • Provide continuing educational opportunities to professionals through training and newsletters
  • Research and implement a task-centered approach to treatment

Core Beliefs

  • Sex Addiction is real and recovery is possible
  • Addicts and their families deserve quality treatment by compassionate providers
  • Sex addiction does not discriminate.  It impacts people of all races, sexual orientation, nationalities, religions, creeds, ethnicities, gender expressions, ages, physical attributes, or mental abilities.
  • IITAP celebrates diversity and our ethical guidelines promote non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
  • IITAP does not condone the practice of Reparative Therapy.  Homosexuality is not pathological and is not a mental illness.
  • Sexual addiction is not defined by the type of sexual act or the gender of the sexual partner

IITAP Partners



Core Faculty

With over 200 years of combined experience, the core faculty of the IITAP CSAT training and certification program are recognized as leaders and experts within the field of sex addiction treatment.  Each member of the team brings a wealth of knowledge with his or her own unique experiences to provide the highest level of education for participants utilizing the 30 task model created by Dr. Patrick Carnes.  Personally selected by Dr. Carnes, each of the following individuals is dedicated to the mission that qualified help be  available for anyone who seeks it.

All IITAP Core & Adjunct faculty have been selected for their expertise in the field. Any compensation faculty may receive is only from IITAP and not from a commercial sponsor/host. There is not any identified conflict of interest for any faculty member.

Adjunct Faculty

One of the amazing attributes of the IITAP community is the depth of knowledge of its professionals.  The field of addiction recovery is constantly evolving and methodologies are being added to enhance the client experience and solidify the complexities of establishing a life of recovery.  Our Adjunct Faculty demonstrates this evolution by adapting the 30 task model and incorporating the basic tenets of the treatment foundations provided by Dr. Carnes in new and exciting ways. Some teach components of other addictions (Chemical Dependency/ Money and work disorders) while others are honing specific skills/practices that optimize the experience for the client- be it the person with the addiction, the partner or the couple as a client.

All IITAP Core & Adjunct faculty have been selected for their expertise in the field. Any compensation faculty may receive is only from IITAP and not from a commercial sponsor/host. There is not any identified conflict of interest for any faculty member.

Find out when our faculty  are presenting next!

Contact Us

P.O. Box 2112
Carefree, AZ  85377
Tel: (480) 575-6853
Fax: (480) 595-4753

For general inquiries or to reach any of our amazing staff:
Email general questions or concerns to info@iitap.com or frontoffice@iitap.com.

Inquiries about Dr. Patrick Carnes:
Email Kelly Reece at kreece@newfreedomcorp.com or call (480) 488-9413.

Inquiries about Dr. Stefanie Carnes:
Email scarnes@newfreedomcorp.com or call (480) 575-6853.

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Partnership Opportunities

Interested in hosting a training series?

ITAP is committed to bringing the IITAP CSAT® training and certification program to various locations throughout the world. We partner with treatment centers, hospitals and outpatient practices to bring our expert faculty directly to you and those in your region.  The host is responsible for providing the training venue and food/beverage for the training participants. There are many benefits for the hosting organization, including:

  • The host staff is able to be IITAP trained at a reduced cost
  • The host can become an IITAP partner for referrals
  • Ability to showcase your organization to the training attendees
  • Marketing visibility as the organization is recognized for the hosting of the training series.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact us.

Private Training

Did you know that if your company has 15 or more mental health professionals, you can host a private training series?  IITAP will bring industry leaders to your organization in a small, intimate setting that will ensure your team gains the most knowledge and is ready to incorporate the new materials and assessments as quickly as possible.  This can be an efficient and effective means for treatment centers, large outpatient practices or communities needing addiction-specific training or high-level treatment resources to expertly train mental-health professionals.

By hosting a private training, your organization can cost-effectively train staff in your center or a local venue and attract clients, including referrals, from the IITAP community.  Additionally, IITAP can adapt the training to meet the needs of your clients/staff.

Contact us today to learn more information!

Advertise with Us

If you are in the IITAP community and wish to raise the visibility of your organization, you can do so in a number of ways. You can optimize your personal or company listing on the therapist locator on SexHelp.com.  Another option is to have your logo appear on several sections of the IITAP.com and SexHelp.com websites.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us!

Note: Organizations that do not have IITAP trained professionals are not allowed to advertise on our websites.

Certified Treatment Partner

Become an IITAP sponsor and expand your organization’s reach. As a world-renowned leader in the addiction recovery training and education field, IITAP has the reputation to attract a concentrated audience. Sponsorship levels vary, but benefits may include discounts on training opportunities, complimentary registration, organization logo on all marketing brochures, visibility at all IITAP sponsored events, and much, much more!

Click here to download the sponsorship packet or contact us for more details.

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Thank you for your interest in the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and in educating the public about sexual addiction. Download our Media Packet (below) for access to in-depth information about sexual addiction, our treatment programs and additional resources.

To set up media interviews, please contact us. To schedule a speaking engagement with Dr. Patrick Carnes, please contact Kelly Reece. To schedule a speaking engagement with Dr. Stefanie Carnes, please contact her directly here.

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