IITAP has created training programs on how to deal with specific issues clients may be experiencing. These issues need tactics that can differ from traditional techniques. As a CMAT Therapist you will encounter a wide variety of issues that clients are dealing with, IITAP has recognized some of the more prevalent issues and created training’s to help you, help your clients with these issues.

CMAT: Chemical Dependency Training

Research has shown that breaking the steps of recovery into well-defined tasks makes leaving the addictive life easier.  By combining, individual therapy and Twelve Step support groups, the process of overcoming addiction is possible.  This particular CMAT training provides the format for addiction treatment professionals to integrate the 30 task model, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, into their practices.  By developing a greater understanding of the interaction between trauma and brain science, therapists can better serve their clients.

The objectives of the training are:

  • Understand the physiological issues associated with detoxification
  • Understand the basic concepts of the effects of addiction on neuroplasticity and the brain
  • Be able to explain why treating grief is an essential component when treating addiction
  • Be able to identify the history of addiction treatmentand the evolution of the 12-step model
  • Demonstrate the ability to fully assess a client to determine appropriate level of care and formulate a treatment plan
  • Identify and recognize the types of Addiction Interaction
  • Describe how addiction can be classified as an Attachment Disorder
  • Compare the co-dependency model and attachment model approaches to treatment
  • Describe ways to effectively treat families in recovery

Facilitated by:
Christopher joined Caron Treatment Centers in 2004 and has held numerous clinical positions within the organization. He currently serves as Clinical Supervisor of the Relapse Unit at Caron Pennsylvania. Christopher is also an adjunct professor in an undergraduate Behavioral Health program at Alvernia University, in Reading, PA.

CMAT: Financial and Work Disorders

This training workshop will enable clinicians to identify, assess, and treat financial and work disorders. Theories of cognitive and family systems psychology are woven together with behavioral economics and the neurobiology of decision making to create case conceptualizations of compulsive spenders, debtors, workaholics, under-earners, gamblers, and the like.

Facilitated by:
Bonnie DenDooven, MC, LAC

Couples Sex Addiction Recovery Course

Treating the coupleship can prove to be challenging, frustrating, and completely rewarding.  When specifically treating couples coping with sex addiction, it is important to remember there are three forces at work: the addict’s crisis, the partner’s crisis, and the couple’s crisis.  Adapting the 30 task treatment model used by the CSAT community, therapists will be able to learn and enhance their expertise using the couple-as-client approach, learn a pragmatic model of couples therapy, and participate in experiential and practice sessions to deepen skills and knowledge.

The objectives of the course are:

  • Understand the stages of crisis for sexual addiction couples therapy
  • Apply principles of sex addiction treatment and recovery to couples therapy
  • Understand the collaborative model for sex addiction couples treatment
  • Learn/enhance expertise using couple-as-client paradigm
  • Participate in experiential and practice sessions to deepen skills and knowledge
  • Obtain strategies and techniques for assisting couples to develop healthy intimacy skills
  • Develop strategies for addressing triangulation, enmeshment, and alienation in relationships
  • Utilize core values to deepen couples connection.
  • Create safe methods for deepening sexual intimacy between the partners
  • Create a model for moving into forgiveness and/or a new stage of relationship
  • Be apprised of best ethical practices related to sexual addiction couples therapy.

This training course is open to anyone in the mental health field with an advanced degree and/or license.

Facilitated by:
Pat Love Ed.D., Maureen Brine, Reg.N., I.C.A.D.C.

Sex Therapy Training

The Sex Therapy Training program is for those interested in developing facility and confidence in sex therapy. Over the course of 16 hours you will gain a comprehensive overview of the following clinical topics:

  • Introduction to Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Dysfunction (including Erectile Dysfunction, Vaginismus, Anorgasmia, Premature Ejaculation) and Treatment
  • Medical Issues affecting Sexuality
  • Couple Sex Therapy
  • Sexuality in Committed Relationships
  • Parenthood and Sexuality
  • Sexuality & Aging & Coping with Trauma
  • Alternative Sexual Practices

Facilitated by:
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S

How to Build a Successful Sex Addiction Practice

May 2nd (6-8pm) – May 3rd, 2017 (8am-5pm)

One of the many challenges members of the IITAP Community face is finding the time to organize their practices. Often times, CSATs are overwhelmed with the number of referrals and end up working more hours than expected. Dr. Kenneth Adams has developed a template that gives clinicians direction and a framework to maximize clinical effectiveness and income potential.

The primary focus of the workshop is business development. A small portion of the time (approximately 3 hours) will be devoted to organizing the materials from CSAT(r) Training.

  • Identify interpersonal barriers to success
  • Develop a business plan
  • Identify successful marketing ideas, target audiences, and strategy
  • Identify website development ideas
  • Develop a clinical plan to structure your practice that best optimizes your success
  • Learn Dr. Adams’ “Do’s and Don’ts” of managing a successful practice
  • Develop a written plan of success

Facilitated by:
Kenneth Adams, Ph.D.


Note: This workshop is open only to members of the IITAP Community.

Karpman (Drama) Triangle Training

The Karpman Triangle is a familiar relationship dynamic that most clinicians see their clients engage in. The three roles – victim/martyr, perpetrator/offender and rescuer/enabler – are extremely common in those affected by chemical and behavioral addictions.  This training shows clinicians an experiential method of applying the Karpman Triangle with the addict, partner, coupleship, and family. Educating clients on the roles by having them physically stand in the triangle formation and shift from role to role when processing specific events or feelings assists individuals in visualizing the impact of words and behaviors on others, experiencing the emotions of others, and learning to truly see impactful they are.  In turn, therapists learn how to provide direction on the importance of being accountable, help clients look for options and learn to negotiate.  Clinicians will leave with an extensive set of tools to help their clients decrease conflicts in their relationships.

Facilitated by:
Thomas Tullos and Sheila Thomas

Mindfulness in Recovery

The Mindfulness in Recovery Workshop is an excellent resource for clinicians wanting to assist clients who have undergone inpatient treatment or are going through outpatient treatment for problematic sexual behaviors. It can also be used for emotional regulation of partners of such. Other addictive behaviors will be lightly addressed.

  • Mindfulness cultivates attention from problematic sexual behaviors to the present moment in a nonjudgmental, shameless manner
  • This workshop is designed to help increase awareness of triggers, destructive thought processes, and the “automatic” reactions that control addicts’ and/or partners’ lives
  • The 8 week program template is appropriate for groups or individuals; addicts, partners or couples; and is applicable to other diagnoses (such as depression and anxiety) as well

Facilitated by:
Sue Neufeld-Ellis

Online Courses

IITAP is pleased to provide mental health professionals with online education opportunities to assist in their professional growth and development specifically related to the field of addiction recovery. Courses are taught by IITAP Professionals who are experts within their fields. Topics will include:
  • Information on treating sex addiction within specific cultures or populations
  • Various “How-To” sessions to enhance the therapeutic relationship
  • Analyzing assessments
  • Developing individualized treatment plans using the 30-task model
  • Ethics
 Helpful Information:
Please be advised that there are knowledge checkpoints throughout the course of each session, therefore it is important that you be able to complete the video in one session. There is also a brief exam at the end. Each course is worth a specific amount of CE hours and this information can be found in the course description. Ethics courses will be clearly identifiable as well.
Have a good idea for a presentation? Interested in being an online learning presenter?
If you have an idea for an online learning opportunity relevant to IITAP or the addiction community or would like to be a presenter, please send an email to IITAP by clicking here.
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