This 160-hour certificate program is designed to assist therapists and coaches in working with persons with behavioral addictions including sex and pornography. 

The following books are used in this program:

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Excellent Additional Resources

Partners of Sex Addicts Resource Center

The Impact of Pornography on Children

Sex Addicts Anonymous: In SAA we cannot abstain from our sexuality because it is part of our humanity. Instead, we abstain from the compulsive, destructive behaviors that rendered our lives unmanageable."— Abstinence and Boundaries In SAA - Tools for Recovery

SMART Recovery: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to recovery from addiction.  Sex Addiction Resources

Excellent podcast by Gary Wilson on Sex and Pornography Addiction and related topics.


  • Develop an understanding of the Matrix
  • Identify basic processes underlying the Matrix
  • Explore methods and reasons for utilization of the Matrix with the general public, in therapy for addiction, pain, eating disorders, PTSD, and in settings such as business and education.

Contact Hours:  16

Instructor(s): Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,, LMHC,  Mr. Rick Ogle 

Book: Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession and Shame

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  • Identifying sex addiction
  • Learning about the impact of automatic thoughts
  • Developing ways to help patients deal with negative automatic thoughts
  • Understanding the impact of past experiences and life history on the development of addiction
  • Creating a relapse prevention plan: Identifying triggers and developing positive behavioral alternatives
  • Identifying techniques for breaking the cycle of self blame
  • Helping clients learn how to tolerate things going well

Contact Hours: 30

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,

Based on TIP 42, Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders available for FREE from SAMHSA.


Identify the four key findings regarding co-ocurring disorders

Identify one of the main challenges for working with homeless populations

Define the "No wrong door” policy

Explain the benefit of mutual self-help for people with COD

Discuss integrated care as a priority for people with severe and persistent mental illness

Define the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices

Differentiate between substance dependence and substance abuse

Identify the different levels of service for persons with cooccurring disorders

Define the Quadrants of Care

Define the Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care as it pertains to treating persons with cooccurring disorders

List the Six Guiding Principles in Treating Clients With COD

Identify ways to Ensure Continuity of Care

Discuss ways to Improve Substance Abuse Treatment Systems and Programs

List the be Six Areas of Intermediate-Level Competencies Needed for the Treatment of Persons With COD

Explain the concept of Burnout and effective interventions

Discuss Administering appraisal instruments and interpreting appraisal results in helping processes

Identify The Role of Assessment Tools

List be Twelve Steps in the Assessment Process

Identify ways to Manage Countertransference

Explain Key Techniques for Working With Clients Who Have COD

List the Guiding Principles of Motivational Interviewing

Define and describe Motivational Enhancement Approaches

Identify the four sessions in Four-Session Motivation-Based Intervention

Adapt CBT for Clients With COD

Define the concept of Grounding

Identify effective Relapse Prevention Techniques

Define Relapse

Define and explain Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)

Summarize SAMM Concepts and Skills

Facilitate Client Participation in Mutual Self-Help Groups

Define and describe Assertive Community Treatment

Compare of ACT and ICM

Summarize the recommendations for persons with substance abuse disorders and each of the most common mental health disorders

Contact Hours: 12

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based on: Love You, Hate the Porn by Mark Chamberlain and Geoff Steurer (New Harbinger Publications)


  • Explore the effects of sex and pornography addiction on the viewer, the partner and the relationship.
  • Identify pitfalls in the recovery process
  • Understanding what "normal" behaviors from both partners often looks like after a betrayal
  • Explore ways to re-open lines of communication
  • Defining relapses and triggers

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  • Exploring ACT for addiction
  • Understanding how DBT can help persons with addictions
  • Integrating Mindfulness Meditation into treatment
  • Exploring Metacognitive Therapy in relation to problem drinking
  • Exploring the relationship between Motivational Interviewing and Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Learn about how to use Mindfulness and Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapies with: Stigma and shame, detoxification, smoking cessation, gambling, binge eating and pornography addiction.

Contact Hours: 4

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,


  1. Define sex and pornography addiction
  2. Compare and contrast sex addiction with drug addiciton
  3. Identify tools that can assist sex addicts
  4. Explore current protocols for early recovery of the sex addict
  5. Identify issues that may impact the relationship and ways to engage the significant other in the recovery process

Contact Hours: 20

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,, LMHC

Based on: The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography


  • Identify and evaluate the impact of porn
  • Assist clients in increasing their motivation to stop using porn
  • Learn tools to help clients stop using porn and deal with cravings
  • Discover new ways to help clients rebuild self-esteem and restore personal integrity
  • Help clients heal a relationship harmed by porn use
  • Help clients develop a thriving and satisfying sex life without using porn

Contact Hours: 10

Based on the book: Treating Pornography Addiction by Dr. Kevin Skinner

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes


Understand the creation of pornography addiction
Assessing the levels of pornography addiction
Learn how to activate and deactivate addictive behaviors
Learn to help people rewrite beliefs that keep them trapped
Identify the characteristics of people most likely to relapse.

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Contact Hours:  20

Instructor(s): Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,, LMHC,  Mr. Rick Ogle 

Book: The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life

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  • Identifying the problem and the solution
  • Learning about how to develop behavior chain analyses to explore vulnerabilities and choices that lead up to use
  • Using the Matrix to understand addiction and assist in relapse prevention
  • Exploring the impact of feelings on relapse
  • Helping patients improve their self esteem
  • Helping patients identify and define high risk situations
  • Exploring common sexual myths