Training for Healthcare Professionals

For the past 10 years, internet pornography has been having an increasingly powerful effect on our culture and sexual behaviours. Research is only slowly catching up. However, healthcare professionals are seeing a sharp rise in patients and clients with porn-related conditions. The law courts are creaking with the overload of sex crime and schools are witnessing more sexualized behaviour and incidents that appear to be driven by pornography use in children.

To help make the evidence base available to those who need to make policy and professional decisions about this unregulated social development, The Reward Foundation has developed a 1-day workshop accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Teh Workshop is marketed as “Pornography, Sexual =Dysfunctions and Wellbeing” and is worth 7 continuing professional development (CPD) units. It looks at the research and best practices on the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health. These workshops are aimed at all kinds of professionals including GPs, psychiatrists, lawyers, nurses, sex therapists, psychotherapists, relationship counselors, HR directors, teachers, youth workers and religious leaders.

This interactive one-day workshop will provide an introduction to the latest research about compulsive use of internet pornography. It will cover the World Health Organization’s latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) with its new “compulsive sexual behavior disorder” diagnostic category.

We will look at different types of physical health and mental health conditions related to porn use and treatment options based on the latest evidence. We will encourage reflective discussion among practitioners about best practice, how to bring up the subject with patients and users, 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

09.30 – Introduction to internet pornography, The Great Porn Experiment, the World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health, addiction models and brain models, patterns of user behaviour, the Hook model and escalation to stronger material

11.00 – Break

11.15 – Pornography use and risks – the mental and physical health implications, including sexual dysfunctions for adolescents, men and women. Small group discussions, asking clients about their pornography use, then whole group discussion. Adolescent use patterns, sexual conditioning, changing patterns of sexual behaviour across society, mental health issues, child-on-child sexual abuse, porn-induced sexual dysfunctions and the role of pornography in domestic violence.  Q & A session.

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Pornography use and sexual diversity issues, testing for user problems and providing resources to support resilience. Pornography as a lifestyle issue in the LGBTQI+ and MSM communities, comorbidities, chemsex, treatment options, the Problematic Pornography Use Scale, online recovery communities and social prescribing. Group discussions.

15.30 – Break

15.45 – 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.

Contact us for more information about future venues and events at : info@rewardfoundation.org or by calling us on 0131 447 5401 or 07506475204. We will also deliver bespoke workshops to provide more cost-efficient training for larger organisations and bodies.

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