A Strength Based Approach to Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB)



This workshop provides clinicians with a strength-based approach to treat problematic and out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). Dr. Neil Cannon developed this treatment model as an alternative to using 12-Steps to treat the “sex addiction” disease model.

This is a gentle, non-shaming approach to help clients feel empowered and in control of their own sexual behaviors. This course conceptualizes a systemic, strength-based approach that includes assessment and treatment protocols for OCSB.

Methods are strength-based psychotherapy and relationship counseling, moving beyond the concept of “sex addict” and “enabler” toward empowerment, connection, and healthy sexuality.

Feelings of betrayal can be so intense with OCSB that relationships and entire family systems can be at risk. This workshop will equip the clinician with a process to help couples heal and re-establish trust.
Clinicians with all levels of experience will benefit from this workshop. This model is designed to enable the clinician to adapt to any working therapeutic model.

Download the teleclass and listen at your convenience. 


Taught by:  Dr. Tammy Nelson and Dr. Neil Cannon

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, healers, and anyone else interested in treating OCSB.

Course Includes: A two part recorded teleclass. Each part is one hour in length.

2 AASECT CEs** available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):

Sex Education: C, D, E, F, I, K, M

Sex Therapy: A, B, C, D, E, F

Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT): Category 1b, 1c

You must complete a Feedback Form and pass a short quiz at the conclusion of the course to get CE credit. Please email your Feedback Form and quiz to tammynelsonasst@gmail.com.


During this course participants will: 

  • Describe three specific clinical strategies to apply with narcissistic clients and anger.
  • Use interventions to bypass personal countertransference triggers activated by the narcissist.

  • Learn strategies to create new forms of intimacy and sexual connection as an agent for change, learning behaviors from the treatment room.
  • Define couples dysfunctional communication styles and at least one intervention for creating new forms of connection and non-pathological assessment and therapeutic treatment.

  • Learn to identify at least two treatment interventions that directly impact the couples erotic function and focus on strength based approaches to relationship interaction and behavioral changes.


Meet your instructors: 


i-FKjNMdQ-M Dr. Tammy Nelson is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, an author and a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals and couples, is in private practice and teaches seminars and workshops around the world for couples and professionals.  She is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Certified Sex Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist.  She is an invited speaker at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance Physicians Organization and at the University of California, Irvine.   She speaks worldwide on global relational change.


Dr. Neil CannonDr. Neil Cannon is in private practice as a sex therapist & couples counselor in Denver, Colorado.  Neil is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy.  He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy. Neil is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT). Neil is the Rocky Mountain Section Leader for AASECT.  Neil has a Master’s degree in Public Health, a doctorate degree in Human Sexuality, and he is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s OPM Program. Phone: 303.670.5600. E-Mail: neil@doctorcannon.com. Web: www.doctorcannon.com.


**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE credits – asynchronous. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org or go to www.AASECT.org.  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.