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Sexual Addiction: A Psychological Model for the Treatment of Out of Control Sexual Behaviors
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When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
12:30 PM
Where: Caron Center
244 E 58th Street
New York, New York 
United States
Presenter: Peter Kanaris, PhD
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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NYSPA's Clinical Division Presents:

Sexual Addiction: A Psychological Model for the Treatment of Out of Control Sexual Behaviors

Do you want to learn how to address issues of sexual addiction in your clinical practice? This presentation will illustrate the controversies surrounding the concept of sexual addiction.

Registration Fees:

$45 Clinical Division Members
$25 ECP Division Members (includes 2017 Clinical Division membership if desired)
$70 Other NYSPA Members (includes 2017 Clinical Division membership if desired)
$80 Non-Members
$35 Non-Member Students
$FREE NYSPA Students

Continuing Education Credits:

$10 NYSPA Members
$20 Non-Members

3 CE Credits have been approved for this program. Attendees must sign in, sign out and complete an evaluation form to receive credit.  Individuals arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of a program or leaving early are not eligible for CE credit.

The Foundation of the New York State Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 


Out-of-control sexual behavior is among the most common problems seen in sex therapy. Common presentations include the compulsive use of pornography, Internet chat rooms, adult clubs, massage parlors and the frequenting of sex workers. Many people present as self identified "sex addicts." Their relationships and work lives have often been devastated by this problem. It is becoming common for mental health practitioners that are not specialists in sex therapy to encounter these issues in their practice. This presentation will illustrate the controversies surrounding the concept of sexual addiction. Participants will learn the respective conceptualizations that hail from the field of addiction and the field of mental health. A pragmatic model for the treatment of out-of-control sexual behavior will be presented with case illustrations. Ethical issues relevant in doing this work wii be discussed.

Learning Objectives


  1. Will be able to articulate the controversies surrounding sexual addiction.
  2. Will be able to identify common clinical presentations of problematic sexual behaviors.
  3. Will be able to compare alternative conceptual models of sexual addiction.
  4. Will be able to apply a client centered pragmatic model for the treatment of out of control sexual behaviors.
  5. Will be able to identify ethical concerns in the treatment of sexual addiction

Learning Assessment

All questions rated on a 5 point Likert Scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree 

Based on the content of the presentation, I am able to:

  1. Describe the controversy surrounding the concept of sexual addiction.
  2. Identify a common clinical presentation of problematic sexual behaviors.
  3. Explain the differences between the addiction model and the psychological conceptual models.
  4. Articulate a client centered pragmatic model for the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors.
  5. State at least one ethical concern relevant to the treatment of sexual addiction.
  6. Apply a client centered pragmatic approach to clients in my practice that present problematic sexual behaviors.

About the Presenter
Dr. Kanaris holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He is a N.Y.S. licensed psychologist and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists certify him as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy. He is a graduate Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC where he served as a senior clinician, training supervisor and faculty member.
He has given presentations to the Suffolk County, New York State and American Psychological Associations. He has given APA CEU workshops on sexuality topics including Sex Therapy for the General Practitioner, How to Develop a Successful Sex Therapy Practice and Sexuality and Aging. He has been published in Professional Psychology Research and Practice. He has taught Sex Therapy to professionals through the Suffolk County Department of Health and regularly provides sex therapy supervision to colleagues.
For 17 years, Dr. Kanaris served as the Public Education Campaign Coordinator first for Suffolk County and then for the New York State Psychological Association. In this capacity, he has been the featured guest on many live interviews and call-in television and radio programs where he discussed a variety of topics including relationships and sexuality. He was also the subject of a podcast presenting sex therapy to the public.
Dr. Kanaris is also the co-host of an educational video series “Psychology and You.” He has been interviewed in numerous newspaper and national magazine columns and feature articles in the areas of relationships, sexual addiction and pornography, problems of desire, and sexuality and aging. Dr. Kanaris has written for the Health Page for FHM (For Him Magazine) where he responded to questions about sexuality and intimacy.
As Clinical Director of Hewlett Consultation Center from 1981 through 1999, Dr. Kanaris’ responsibilities included psychotherapy, sex/marital counseling, and coordination of clinical services, professional training and community education. Dr. Kanaris has directed the Sexual Diagnostic Program at his office in Smithtown since January 1998. His clinical practice also includes work in geropsychology and forensic evaluation.