Addressing Power Dynamics Between Couples When Working with Clients with Sexual Addiction and Sexual Offending Problems | London

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Date(s) - 01/11/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm



CPD Hours six

Every relationship, including the relationship between therapist and client, involves power dynamics. Power and related control issues can also be core themes in how people gain pleasure and satisfaction from sex, and also when sexual behaviour becomes compulsive, problematic and abusive. The day will explore power dynamics from different angles. By the end of the day, participants should have raised awareness of the following.

Learning outcomes

  • Raised awareness of influence of power dynamics in relationships
  • Raised awareness of how therapist’s own experiences of power can impact on work with clients
  • Raised awareness of non-abusive and abusive functional use of power in sex, including BDSM, paraphilias and compulsive sexual behaviour
  • Raised awareness of working therapeutically with power in sessions with clients


09:30 – Registration

10:00Different sources of power in relationships between couples

10:30 –  Reflection exercise: aimed at understanding our own (the therapist’s) experience of power in relationships with significant others and clients

11:15 – Coffee

11:30 – When is sadomasochistic sex mutually free sexual expression, and when is it an abuse of power, and how to tell the difference?

12:15 – Instrumental and sadistic use of power in paraphilias and sexual offences

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – The co-dependent power dynamic, and couples making their relationship more transparent and accountable, with regards to:

a. Sexual addiction situations where there are no child protection issues
b. Sexual offending situations where there are child protection concerns

15:15 – Tea

15:30 – Questions and techniques to elicit patterns of power dynamics when engaging

in lifeline work and relationship history taking with clients

4.15 – Plenary

4.30 – Close

Presented by Dr Andrew Smith who has worked in the area of sexual offending as an expert witness in the UK for sixteen years, first with Ray Wyre Associates, then with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation from 2006 until 2015. He was awarded a PhD by Cardiff University in 2010 for research on strengths-based approaches to sex offending, and is a regular contributor to journals and books. He is a qualified probation officer and counsellor, a registered member of the BACP and a member of ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity). He works on a consultancy basis for social services departments throughout the UK, assessing persons posing a sexual risk and the ability of parents to protect children from risk, delivering therapeutic safeguarding packages to individuals and families. In addition, he regularly trains counsellors and therapists to work with individuals posing a sexual risk, for StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending). He has his own counselling and training practice (, maintaining a dual client base of individuals who have sexual offending problems and clients who present with sexual addiction and compulsivity difficulties. His book, Counselling Male Sexual Offenders: A strengths-Focused Approach, was published by Routledge in November 2017. He is currently writing a follow-up book: Counselling Partners and Relatives of Sex Offenders: A Strengths-Focused Approach, due to be completed in 2019.


Terms and Conditions

The full fee for each training day is £115 for COSRT members and £125 for non-members. Cheques should be made payable to COSRT in GB pounds sterling. Payment must be received by COSRT before the training day. Confirmation and details of your booking will be emailed to you.

Cancellations must be made in writing. There is an administrative charge of £20 per person for cancellations received up to six weeks prior to the training day. Thereafter no refund is possible. To substitute a delegate please call the COSRT office (020 8543 2707) at least seven days prior to the event.

COSRT reserves the right to change the venue or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a training day being cancelled, a full refund will be made, but COSRT disclaims any further liability.

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