Founded by renowned therapist Dr. Patrick Carnes, the CSAT® (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) program was developed after years of extensive experience and research in the field of addiction therapy and is quickly becoming an industry standard for addiction professionals. This comprehensive training combines all of this experience into a certification program consisting of four modules, each lasting 4.5 days.
The dynamics of behavioral, or process, addictions are complex; so much so that mental health professionals must take an entirely different approach to even begin the process of understanding addiction and recovery. To facilitate this process, Dr. Carnes created a series of tasks to facilitate movement from a life of addiction to sobriety. Utilizing the Recovery Start Kit, task workbooks designed to assist the client through the course of recovery over time, and experiential exercises uniquely tailored to addiction recovery, mental health professionals are given a set of tools that will enable them to provide a framework for recovery lasting up to five years.
As a certified practitioner, you have access to valuable tools and marketing support features for your practice.
IITAP’s CSAT certification, training and continuing education programs offer a cutting-edge advantage for mental health practitioners wanting to grow their practice and gain new insights about addictive and compulsive behaviors and are applicable when treating many types of clients.
Each module focuses on a specific portion of Dr. Carnes’ 30 task treatment model, building upon what was previously learned until the final module where the entire treatment paradigm is melded together for the addict, partner, coupleship, and family.
In service of creating deep and lasting experiences during the IITAP training, IITAP’s curriculum includes experiential components. We believe it is important for clinicians to have both an intellectual understanding of how the tools work and first-hand experience of what clients may experience as they go through the recovery process. Some materials may evoke challenging feelings as well as inspiration for participants. We encourage participants to have support, including their own personal therapy, as they go through this training.
Get started today by filling out the IITAP training application. For more information, please review our FAQ section for training application criteria, certification requirements, and other helpful information!
All CSAT Candidates going through the training process are required to have at least 30 hours of supervision. Candidates are encouraged to start the supervision process after completing Module 1. CSAT Supervisors assist new candidates in administration and interpretation of testing instruments, treatment planning, and application of the task model, including materials and interventions.
If you are interested in becoming a CSAT or PSAP supervisor, you must have at least 2 years of experience as a CSAT/PSAP, at least 5 years of experience supervising in another capacity as a mental health professional, and be in good standing with the IITAP community. It is also highly recommended you are a Supervisor within your license designation. CSAT Supervisor training is offered each year during the IITAP Refresher and Symposium. Existing supervisors are required to attend specific refresher courses every 2 years and earn at least 6 CEUs.
As a CSAT® or PSAP Supervisor, you have access to training materials and additional resources for recovery. Refer to the documents located in the Therapist Dashboard with questions about your supervisor responsibilities. If you have further questions, please contact a member of our team.