Foundations of OCSB Couples Therapy

Foundations of OCSB Couple Therapy: Therapist Skills for Guiding Couples from Avoidance to Sexual Health

March 21-22, 2020

Held at Petrichor Counseling, LLC
3160 Main Street, Suite 102, Duluth, GA 30096

Taught by Doug Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP and Kristin Hodson, LCSW, CST

Workshop300.00 USDDay One
Supervision150.00 USDDay Two
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Abstract:  As individual and group therapists learn and implement the sexual health OCSB treatment model for men, there remains a gap in adapting fundamental principles of OCSB work within couple’s therapy.  Doug Braun-Harvey and Kristin Hodson present an OCSB couples therapy model that integrates essential components of sexual health within the wide range of established couples therapy clinical models and certification. Methods for integrating sexual health principles to guide couples in developing their relationship sexual health vision. Inherent in this goal will be to identify previous or current avoidant strategies the couple has individually and collaboratively developed within the context of unknown and unaddressed OCSB. Engaging dialogue among attendees will creatively and collaboratively apply workshop content within participants current methods for working with couples. 

Learning Objectives:

1.Describe the OCSB sexual health model for treating consensual, out of control sexual behavior.
2.Identify the six fundamentals of sexual health as the framework to guide vision of sexual health in treating couples with OCSB.
3.Identify common therapist and couple relationship patterns that avoid sexual health conversation.
4.Identify skills that increase confidence and willingness to engage in sexual health discussions with couples
5.Identify common avoidant strategies couples develop in response to OCSB
6.Apply OCSB sexual health treatment model to a range of couple therapy methods and approaches

Who is this training for?

  • This is for experienced trained couples therapists to integrate sexual health approaches for OCSB within current methods for treatment.
  • Couples therapist who are ambivalent, curious, disappointed, motivated and excited to expland their perspectives to innovative sexual health based couples therapy.
  • Therapist looking to build on their current approaches to couples in crisis following a disclosure of a partner violating a sexual relationship agreement.
  • Therapists looking for methods to work with couples who have already concluded the sexual behavior of a partner is an addiction that needs only addiction treatment.
  • Readers of “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” looking to apply OCSB principles and practices outlined in the book to a couples therapy context.

Day One: Workshop (8:00 AM- 4:30 PM)

Registration/Coffee/Pastries/Fruit 8:00 am
Welcome/Introductions 8:30am
Session 1: 8:45 – 10:15 OCSB Principles and Practice (90 min.)
Break: 15 minutes
Session 2: 10:30 – 12:00 Assessing the Couples Avoidance Treatment Plan Techniques (90 min.)
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
Session 3: 1:00 – 2:30 Foundational Therapist Skills for Couples OCSB (90 min)
Break 15 minutes
Session 4: 2:45 – 4:15 Tools for Guiding Couples to Build their Shared Vision of Sexual Health (90 min)
Evaluations 4:15 – 4:30

Day Two: Supervision (9:00 AM- 1:00PM)

The second day is a group supervision with Doug and Kristen. Bring your cases, ask questions, get unique feedback from the developer of the technique himself!


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 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (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). Mr. Braun-Harvey is 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 honored 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.
Kristin Hodson is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of the newly published book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality. She contributed to, Women’s Day Magazine, The Deseret News, has been a regular contributor on the Radio From Hell show on X-96 taking live calls on sex and intimacy, has appeared on KSL’s Studio 5 and has been a monthly guest on KUTV 2 morning news. She practices as a psychotherapist with a passion helping women find their authentic self by working through areas where they feel stuck. She believes in empowering women to own and take charge of their growth and healing. She does this by working beside them in a collaborative and professional way offering reflective insight, experience and expertise. Clients often say they feel supported and safe to express and explore thoughts, emotions and vulnerabilities – bringing about new understanding. fulfilling changes and finding personal joy. She is a mother and wife and lives life passionately out loud.



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