Pornography Sexual Dysfunctions & Wellbeing

Glasgow Workshop – 5 December

RCGP_Accreditation Mark_ 2012_EPS_newThe Reward Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice presents a half day RCGP-Accredited Workshop

If you want to learn more about the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health, come to our Glasgow workshop on Pornography, Sexual Dysfunctions and Wellbeing. It has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and is worth 4 CPD credits.

Book here:

Venue: Room LH 213A and 213B, Level 2, Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde, 141 St James Road, Glasgow G4 0LT

Prices: Tickets are £75.00.

How to book: Click here to book through Eventbrite.

Key content

Overuse of internet pornography is fast emerging as a compulsive sexual behaviour disorder. This corresponds to the greater use of smartphones and easy access to streaming video in the past 10 years. A wide range of mental and physical health issues has ensued. For instance, a staggering increase in erectile dysfunction in younger men, widespread evidence of lower sexual satisfaction in men and women, and more social anxiety and body dysmorphia in adolescents all appear to be related to this cultural phenomenon.

Your Brain on Porn coverHealthcare practitioners and other caring professionals need to be aware of the evidence that supports the addiction model along with effective treatment options and remedies that enhance recovery including effective social prescribing.

This workshop is also suitable all kinds of professionals including GPs, psychiatrists, sex therapists, relationship counsellors, recovery coaches, social workers, religious leaders, lawyers, HR professionals, teachers and youth workers. Anyone who needs to understand the impact of internet pornography on people today, especially on young people, are welcome.

This interactive half-day workshop will provide an introduction to addiction  in general and compulsive use of internet pornography in particular, based on the latest research. It will look at different types of physical health and mental health conditions related to porn use emerging from the research. We will encourage reflective discussion among practitioners about best practice, possible improvements, and signpost recovery options. All attendees will receive a copy of the new edition of Gary Wilson’s book ‘Your Brain on Porn‘.

Timetable of the day

13.00 – Registration

13.30 – Introduction to internet pornography, the behavioural addiction model, the new diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder (CSBD) in the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11),  patterns of user behaviour, and escalation to stronger material.

Pornography use and risks – the mental and physical health implications, including sexual dysfunctions for adolescents, men and women. Group discussions, asking clients about their pornography use. Adolescent use patterns, sexual conditioning, changing patterns of sexual behaviour across society, child-on-child sexual abuse, the possession of indecent images, porn-induced sexual dysfunctions and the role of pornography in domestic violence.

15.00 – Break

15.15 – Testing for user problems and providing resources to support resilience. The Problematic Pornography Use Scale and the Brief Pornography Screener. Pornography as a lifestyle issue in the LGBTQI+ and MSM communities, comorbidities and chemsex. Treatment options, online recovery communities and social prescribing. Group discussion.

Recovery and prevention – How much porn is too much? Treatment and educational options, addiction, withdrawal, ‘flatlining’, mindfulness, CBT, drug treatments and building an understanding of internet pornography into your clinical practice.

16.50 – Evaluation and close.

PresentersMary Sharpe CEO The Reward Foundation

Mary Sharpe is founder and CEO of educational charity The Reward Foundation – Love, Sex and the Internet. She has been presenting on the impacts of internet pornography to professionals in healthcare, criminal justice and education and to schools for the past 6 years. Mary is also Board member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health in the USA. Mary was based at the University of Cambridge for ten years where, amongst other roles, she was a science reporter for the Cambridge-MIT Institute, a job she had done previously at the European Commission in Brussels.  She also tutored students and staff on sustaining peak performance through workshops on life skills and stress management. Mary practiced law as a solicitor and Advocate for over 15 years and has experience of both prosecution and defence in criminal law cases. She has published on many aspects of health, sexuality and law and spoken at conferences worldwide. She enjoys face-to-face teaching and discussion.  A more detailed biography of Mary is available here.

Dr Darryl Mead, Chair, The Reward Foundation

Darryl Mead PhD is an internet expert and researcher on the pornography industry with an interest in the impact of pornography use on behaviour in adolescents and adults. He is developing innovative policy responses to the health challenges created by the widespread adoption of pornography viewing as a phenomenon of mass entertainment. As a senior executive at the National Library of Scotland, Darryl helped to establish the system the UK uses to archive the internet. A trained teacher, he held previous roles as a science communicator and is a chartered information professional (FCLIP).

Enquiries? Other questions? Please contact The Reward Foundation by email: or mobile: 07506475204.

Access and Facilities

The venue has wheel-chair access.

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Tea and coffee provided.

The Reward Foundation does not offer therapy.

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