Workshop on Pornography & Sexual Dysfunctions

Pornography and Sexual Dysfunctions

 RCGP_Accreditation Mark_ 2012_EPS_newTRF presents RCGP Accredited Workshops

If you want to learn more about the impact of internet pornography and sexual dysfunctions, come to our workshop of the same name. It has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and is worth 7 CPD credits for the full-day workshop and 4 credits for the half-day version. It is available around the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

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.

Healthcare practitioners 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 interactive workshop will provide an introduction to addiction neuroscience in general and internet pornography use 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.

Edinburgh

This course will next be available in a half-day format in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Cost is £75.00 per person. The workshop will be held at Anderson Strathern, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh EH3 8EY. We will gather from 13.00 for a 13.30 start, running until 17.00. You can book for Edinburgh on our Eventbrite page.

Glasgow

This course will next be available in a half-day format in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday 15 November 2019. Cost is £75.00 per person. The workshop will be held at the University of Strathclyde, Room JA504, the John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, Glasgow G4 0NG. We will gather from 13.00 for a 13.30 start, running until 17.00. You can book for Glasgow on our Eventbrite page.

Killarney

We will be offering the full-day course in Killarney, Republic of Ireland on Friday 25 October 2019. Cost is €120.00 per person. Please contact SouthWest Counselling Centre CLG at info@southwestcounselling.ie, telephone +353 (0)64 6636416 or +353 (0)64 6636100.

Half-day Edinburgh and Glasgow workshops on Pornography and Sexual Dysfunctions

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 and drug treatments. We end with building an understanding of internet pornography into your clinical practice.

16.50 – Evaluation and close.

Full-day Killarney workshop on Pornography and Sexual Dysfunctions

09.00 – Introduction to internet pornography, The Great Porn Experiment, the World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health, ICD-11 and Compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, addiction models and brain models, patterns of user behaviour and escalation to stronger material

10.30 – Break

10.45 – 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.

15.15 – Break

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

16.20 – 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 5 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. There she did research for the NATO Science for Peace and Security programme. She was a science reporter for the Cambridge-MIT Institute. This was 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. 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. He has an interest in the impact of pornography use on behaviour in adolescents and adults. Darryl 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: info@rewardfoundation.org or mobile: 07506475204.

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