Level 1
Illumination Series

A consciousness-raising process on understanding the abuse and trauma related to infidelity and problem sexual behavior.

Early Bird Discount

Submit your applications before Feb 28, 2024 and get a $300 discount.
42 CE (21 per module)

42 Hours Total

Apr 12-14, 2024
May 3-5,2024

7 AM – 3 PM PST

(Hour Break)

Live On Zoom

$1800 USD

$1500 USD

Faculty

Dr. Omar Minwalla
Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist

Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist trained at … Read More

Level 1: Illumination Series

Understanding the Psychological Abuse, Victimization, and Trauma associated with Infidelity and Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Level 1 is an introduction to expanding our view and seeing more clearly the psychological abuse, victimization, and trauma associated with infidelity and compulsive sexual behavior, referred to as the Illumination series. The purpose of this advanced education is to provide professionals key academic, clinical, and ethical concepts as a professional foundation and consciousness-raising process, intended to help and empower professionals to become more aware of and conversant in deceptive sexuality abuse and trauma. This illumination series is taught by Dr. Omar Minwalla, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Sexologist, and founder of The Institute for Sexual Health.

Module 1

Credits: 21 CE

Understanding Psychological Abuse, Infidelity, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder

Course Description

This course provides professionals the basic building blocks to understanding deceptive sexuality and trauma. Dr. Minwalla uses his educational metaphor, “the secret sexual basement”, to help professionals understand how infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior disorder, psychological abuse disorder, and trauma and stressor-related disorders intersect and inter-relate, specifically illuminating the abuse, the victimization, and the trauma associated with these clinical presentations. The course will then review and discuss etiological factors such as child and adolescent development, complex trauma, personality templates and personality pathology. Professionals will learn how masculine socialization, sexual entitlement, sexuality socialization, and personality characteristics relate to clinical symptoms of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, psychological abuse, and intimate partner abuse. Finally, to serve as a clinical and ethical foundation, the course reviews common problems encountered by psychologists in working in the areas of abuse and will discuss professional guidelines for the psychological practice with boys and men as well as guidelines for the psychological practice with girls and women. Professionals will also review and discuss professional guidelines for the psychological practice of working with human sexuality, stigma, and sexual minority persons and the importance of advancing sexual rights as human rights.

Day 1: Abuse, Infidelity, and Problem Sexuality

Day 1: Introduction to Psychological Abuse, Infidelity, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the psychological abuse disorder as it relates to infidelity.
  2. List and describe the diagnostic criteria for compulsive sexual behavior disorder.
  3. Identify and differentiate sex offending from compulsive sexual behavior disorder.
  4. Define and explain how sexual entitlement is associated with problematic sexual behavior.
  5. Identify spouse and partner abuse, psychological using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-V.
  6. Define the six symptoms of complex trauma.
  7. Define and explain the appropriate use of the terms, abuse, and victim, as used in clinical treatment.
Day 2: Etiological Factors

Day 2: Etiological Factors to Psychological Abuse, Infidelity, and Compulsive Sexual Behavior

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain developmental complex trauma in client-friendly language.
  2. Define personality and personality disorders, in client-friendly language.
  3. Explain how personality characteristics influence clinical symptoms.
  4. Explain how the gender socialization of boys and men relates to male sexual entitlement.
  5. Discuss the role of male socialization in the psychological abuse associated with infidelity.
  6. Explain how sexual socialization relates to sexual stigmatization and oppression.
  7. List three primary psychological contributors to the psychology of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
Day 3: Clinical and Ethical Practice Guidelines

Day 3: Clinical and Ethical Practice Guidelines for Psychological Abuse, Gender, and Sexuality

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. List 2 guidelines for the psychological practice with girls and women.
  2. List 2 guidelines for the psychological practice with boys and men.
  3. List 2 guidelines for the psychological practice with intimate partner abuse and relationship violence offered by the American Psychological Association Working Group.
  4. List 2 guidelines for the psychological practice with sexual minority persons.
  5. Explain and discuss the ethical and clinical imperative to identify the abuse disorder, victimization and trauma-relates stress and disorders related to psychological abuse, infidelity, and compulsive sexual behaviors disorder.
  6. Compare, critique, and discuss various treatment approaches to infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and intimate partner psychological abuse.
  7. Compare, critique, and discuss various treatment approaches to infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and intimate partner psychological abuse from an ethical, justice, and social perspective.

Module 2

Credits: 21 CE

Understanding the Trauma experienced by the Intimate Partner and Relationships impacted by Psychological Abuse, Infidelity and Compulsive Sexual Behaviors

Course Description

This course is an educational immersion to help professionals understand the specified trauma and stressor-related disorder experienced by victims, particularly women, children and family systems associated with infidelity, psychological abuse, and compulsive sexual behavior disorder. Professionals will learn how to identify the psychological abuse, the victimization and describe the traumatic sequences. Professionals will learn to diagnostically distinguish the relevant types of trauma and stressor related disorders, including complex trauma, acute and post-traumatic stress, betrayal trauma, attachment-based trauma, post-infidelity trauma, institutional betrayal trauma. The course presents a five-stage treatment approach, which places this type of abuse within a framework related to gender-based violence, the bystander approach, and promotes critical analysis and discussion of our professional clinical and ethical obligations as psychologists and mental health professionals.

Day 1: Systemic Abuse and Complex Trauma

Day 1: Psychological Abuse, Systemic Abuse and Complex Trauma

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. List 4 types of trauma-related stress disorders associated with infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  2. List the 6 symptoms of complex trauma and how they may apply to a victim of systemic psychological abuse.
  3. Identify and explain the concept of gaslighting as psychological abuse and its relationship to infidelity.
  4. Analyze and critique the role of honesty in human relationships and the potential impact of psychological and relational health.
  5. Discuss the role of psychological abuse and victim exposure to infidelity.
  6. Explain 2 reasons for continued abuse in the exposure phase.
  7. List the DSM-V symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
Day 2: Traumatic Sequences

Day 2: Exposure to Abuse, Infidelity, Compulsive Sexuality and the Traumatic Sequences

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze and discuss the impact of continued psychological abuse, post-exposure, on the victim of psychological abuse.
  2. List 2 potential impacts to an intimate partner’s sexuality impacted by infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  3. List 2 potential impacts to an intimate partner’s gender impacted by infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  4. Describe 2 reasons for persistent negative relational patterns in the relationship between abuser and victim-survivor.
  5. List 2 potential impacts on children and the family system impacted by infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  6. List 2 potential community or social injuries and symptoms experienced by victim-survivors.
  7. List and explain 2 treatment interventions that may harm versus help victims of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
Day 3: Professional Responsibilities and Treatment

Day 3: Infidelity as Gender-Based Violence, Our Professional Responses and Treatment

Learning Objectives: At the completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the term gender-based violence.
  2. Explain the fundamental attribution error of victim-blaming.
  3. Describe and explain the bystander approach to violence prevention.
  4. Discuss the role of addressing gender in the treatment of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  5. Identify the five stages of treatment for the treatment of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and psychological abuse.
  6. Define and discuss the role of justice in the treatment of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and systemic psychological abuse and complex trauma disorders.
  7. Describe how the bystander approach is congruent with professional ethical responsibilities related to abuse intervention.
  8. Discuss the profession, currently and in the future, and the psychological treatment of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior, and systemic abuse and complex trauma-related disorders.

Early Bird Discount

Submit your applications before Feb 28, 2024 and get a $300 discount.
42 CE (21 per module)

42 Hours Total

Apr 12-14, 2024

May 3-5, 2024

7 AM – 3 PM PST

(Hour Break)

Live On Zoom

$1800 USD

$1500 USD

Faculty

Dr. Omar Minwalla
Psy. D.
Licensed Psychologist &
Clinical Sexologist

Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist trained at … Read More

The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Sexual Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Level 4 Applications Open May 5, 2024?

Only professionals who have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2 can apply for Level 3.??

Level 1 Application and Registration Open Now

  • Level 1 Application and Registration Ends: April 7, 2024.
  • To Avail Early Bird Discount for Level 1, Please register before: February 28, 2024.

Level 3 Applications Open Oct 6, 2024

Only professionals who have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2 can apply for Level 3.

Level 1 Application and Registration Open Now

  • Level 1 Application and Registration Ends: April 7, 2024.
  • To Avail Early Bird Discount for Level 1, Please register before: February 28, 2024.

Level 2 Applications Open May 5, 2024

Only professionals who have successfully completed level 1 can apply for Level 2.

Level 1 Application and Registration Open Now

  • Level 1 Application and Registration Ends: April 7, 2024.
  • To Avail Early Bird Discount for Level 1, Please register before: February 28, 2024.

Trish Haight, LMFT

Licensed Psychotherapist

Trish Haight, LMFT is a certified Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Therapist (DSTT), a specialization in deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST), offered by The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH).Trish is a leading professional voice in Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) and is an Adjunct Professor and Faculty Member of The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH), and currently teaches Level 2 and 3 of the DSTT Professional Training along with Dr. Omar Minwalla, Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist. Trish formally trained directly under Dr. Omar Minwalla and was an instrumental part of Dr. Minwalla’s original core clinical treatment team at The Institute for Sexual Health from 2009 – 2015, which is referred to as Dr. Minwalla’s, Sacred Clinical Incubator, giving birth to both DSTT and IVTT, Intentional Vibe Trauma Treatment. IVTT is a treatment for systemic abuse, injustice, and complex trauma, and relevant in particular to survivor-based communities.

Dr. Omar Minwalla, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist

Dr. Omar Minwalla is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Sexologist trained at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Minwalla has spent 20 years as a first responder on the front lines of treating infidelity and compulsive sexual behavior. His grounded theory of Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) not only establishes a new standard of care for the treatment of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior disorders, and sex addiction, but shines a light on a unique method for the treatment of systemic abuse, injustice and complex trauma, called Intentional Vibe Trauma Treatment (IVTT). Dr. Minwalla is the founder of The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) which was one of the first and only U.S. treatment centers to challenge the “co-sex addict” model and articulate the systemic abuse associated with infidelity and compulsive sexual behavior disorder.

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