Treating Out Of Control Sexual Behaviour


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This course is for Counsellors, Therapists or Mental Health Professionals who’d like to learn how sexual health can be an essential ally in changing out of control sexual behaviour.

In keeping with the call from many leaders in the mental health and sexual health areas to move beyond ‘sex addiction’, ‘sexual compulsivity’, and ‘hypersexuality’ conceptualizations of dysregulated sexual behaviour, Pink Therapy presents the first online course in the Braun-Harvey/Vigorito conceptualization of out of control sexual behaviour (OCSB) framed as a sexual health problem within a larger model of human behaviour, not a psychiatric or addictive disorder.

This is your opportunity to study the first and only online course presented by OCSB expert, Doug Braun-Harvey covering the foundations of OCSB theory as well as step-by-step tools for assessment, treatment planning and treatment implementation.

You’ll gain valuable insight into the OCSB Pathway to collaboratively guide clients in defining their own personal vision of sexual health as the foundation for regaining sexual behaviour control.

The course is based on the approach outlined in the award winning book ‘Treating Out Of Control Sexual Behaviour’ co-authored by Doug Braun-Harvey and Michael Vigorito that’s taken the world of sexology and relationship therapy by storm.

If you select ‘Self study materials only’ you will receive the information for personal learning but won’t need to submit an assignment. If you select ‘Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study’ you will submit an assignment that will be marked by one of our Faculty. If you pass the assignment, you’ll be issued with a Certificate Of Study from Pink Therapy for 15 hours of online learning. If you don’t pass, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit. If you wish to receive AASECT CE credits, we can submit your assignment to The Harvey Institute who, for a small admin fee, will issue you with 8 AASECT CE’s.

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This comprehensive online CPD module consists of 31 video modules covering theory, assessment and treatment issues together with guided reading.

  • Define sexual dysregulation and Out of Control Sexual Behaviour (OCSB) and contrast with definitions of pathology-based models.
  •  Develop knowledge of a sexual health definition and six sexual health principles that guide ethical and effective OCSB treatment.
  • Be able to describe the ‘dual process model’ of human behaviour as a construct for client-centred treatment methods for changing out of control sexual behaviour.

About the Author: 

Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change.

In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health.

He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.

Since 1993 Doug has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behaviour (OCSB).

His new book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was published in 2015.

Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009).

Doug Braun-Harvey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist.

He is Adjunct Assistant professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University and Faculty for The University of Michigan Certificate Program in Human Sexuality.

As alumni of the University of Minnesota, he is honoured to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior.

From 1987 – 2019 he provided individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice.


2011 “Presidents Award”: National Association Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP) [US]

2013 “The Carnes Award” Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) 2017 “Shiller Prize” American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

2018 “AASECT Award for Innovative Approaches to Sex Therapy” American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

“2018 Health Professional Book Award” Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

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Study options

Self study materials only, Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study