Dr. Patrick Carnes

Six Week Online Course

Clinical Map Defined:  Guide to key interventions and best practices across the stages of recovery

An award winning scholar and pioneer researcher summarizes fundamental strategies for assessing  sex addiction and its underlying dynamics. These courses integrate latest findings with basic clinical elements in one of addictions most complex presentations. The six courses include:

Week 1 - First Meetings
The process of assessment is detailed from first contact through the various phases involved in gaining client commitment. Includes the nine keys to a successful long term recovery.

Week 2 - Courtship Gone Awry
Assuming sex as a "soul window", key underlying issues emerge including courtship and attachment disorders, neurobiology and brain dysfunction, dysfunctional beliefs, varieties of trauma  and family dysfunctions.

Week 3 - Creating Support
Addiction as a brain problem with many contributing factors requires intervention and support networks as patient self awareness and motivation evolves.

Week 4 - Stages of Recovery
There are measurable stages of recovery which are critical to the long term management of addiction recovery. Each presents unique challenges, shifts in therapeutic focus, and changes for the patient and loved ones.

Week 5 - Addiction Interaction
Addictions often share rituals, brain reward circuitry, and family beliefs. Critical areas of convergence or what is called "bargains with chaos" must be identified for comprehensive change.

Week 6 - The Architecture of Change
Sex addiction as well as addictions in general often require rethinking clinical formats, timing, and practice structure. How clinical management is shifting in concrete more successful ways also allow for therapists to maintain ten areas of clinical health for themselves despite challenging and intense situations.


Course Overview

Sex addiction as a  problem has four decades of research to help us understand the problem. Not only has our clinical awareness grown, but the problem itself is constantly mutating in that digitalized media has increased availability and options on an unprecedented scale. A problem which used to be quite focused in age now spans the life span from childhood to the elderly. Each presentation is designed for therapists to acquire skills and comfort when cultural change walks in the door. At the same time resources available to therapists have catalyzed a whole new level of thinking about how to approach our nation's number one health problem: addiction. In all of the addictions, sex has been the most difficult to talk about. However, no longer can any therapist not know the basics of an illness that is changing our culture. Concrete tools, strategies, resources and assessments will be explored to help deal with the inevitable patient. 

Please note, video recordings of each session will be available for viewing online until one week after the course ends. This will allow time for participants to catch up and complete the course at their own pace.


  • 2 hours per session, 6 sessions, total 12 CEs
  • 120 minute lecture with Dr. Carnes and video clips from existing DVDs – during some of the course sessions.
  • Homework – take home exercises or video clips to watch after each session 


  • To present concrete, validated ways to assess for sex addiction in a world which is transforming sexual behaviors through digitalized formats.
  • To clarify common underlying patterns that drive the brain's rewards centers into obsession and self destruction.
  • To present the common trajectories involved as patients work their way through profound challenges and how therapist can anticipate what is needed including a safety net.
  • Examining different models of practice management  which offer addicts more support and integration of new tool sets.
  • To integrate evolving development in attachment, family, and brain research with a focus on the impact of the internet and digitalized media.
  • Underlining that multiple addictions are the rule rather than the exception, and it is therapist who helps connect the dots about how they work together. The patient (and some professionals will see them as detached and separate, but they are not.
  • Working with sex addiction clients and their families is extremely intense but also very rewarding. The key ability is for the therapist to remain in a comfort zone so they keep their own focus and health.

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Registration & Group Rates:

  • Individual:    $299
  • Group 3+:    $284
  • Group 8+:    $269
  • Group 15+:  $224

*Please contact our offices at 813.960.0001 to receive the group rate.*