Cybersex: The Debate--
Understanding Sexual Compulsive Behavior Disorder
Course Updated 2020!

An addiction, a compulsion, or something else? The upcoming ICD 11 codes will include Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder, perhaps bringing to an end the debate as to whether someone is or is not a sex or porn addict. Until a complete diagnosis is included in the DSM, we still need to understand how the idea of "sex addiction" came to exist, as well as more contemporary considerations.
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Course Introduction

Program Contents
The purpose of this course is to stimulate thinking about the problematic Internet behavior commonly known as sex addiction. The course includes readings on how experts in the field of sex therapy view this problem, as well as research on what is often conceptualized as a behavioral addiction. As therapists and allied professionals we know that people complain about the effects of excessive cybersex activities on relationships and quality of life. This behavior makes it a true concern in the treatment room, and we need to keep abreast of empirical studies on the phenomenon, the diagnosis, and the treatment of problematic cybersex behavior.
Course Objectives
As a result of taking this course, you will be able to:
1. Analyze definitions for sex addiction, hypersexuality, and behavioral addictions for similarities and differences.
2. Describe at least three different types of cybersex activity and their potential for abuse.
3. Apply the findings of research on behavioral addiction to the social problem of overuse of cybersex sites and activities.
4. Create a treatment plan for an individual who complains of sex-related behavioral addiction.
5. Describe the role of pharmacological treatment in the treatment of sex-related behavioral addiction.
Total CE Hours: 5
*If seeking AASECT certification, these hours may count as follows:
Area K: 4 hours
Area Q: 1 hour
Exam and Evaluation
You are required to take an exam to demonstrate that you read and understood the material. This course includes two exams and one evaluation. You will have three tries on each exam to pass at 80% or better. Once you complete the course evaluation, you will be able to automatically download your certificate of completion.
Fine Print
Psychologists: TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Registered Nurses: TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.
AASECT Member: TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider # 12-13-Q.
Registration Requirements
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Course Author
Dr. Stephanie Buehler is a licensed psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and author of several books including What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex, 2nd Ed. For more information, please see below.