Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Update on recent posts

As you may have realized, I've been busy with a number of new posts. The past two weeks have been very productive. In one of the very early posts, I highlighted how I conceptualized treatment into three stages. These stages are:

1) Problem Identification

During this stage, you will have opportunities to examine your sexual behaviors and assess the level of compulsiveness. You will complete a number of assignments examining your sexual history, and your acting out cycle. Based on your findings, you will be able to identify the major topics that will need to be addressed in your journey toward improved sexual health.

2) Primary Treatment

Once you have identified the major issues during stage 1, the second stage of treatment helps you begin the work on the issues by providing assignments and resources for the most frequently identified issues. Not every issue you identified may be included; you may need to address additional issues. And, in reviewing the topics, you may identify additional concerns that contributed to your acting out cycle. Not all of the issues will apply but it is recommended give serious consideration to each topic.

3) Prevention Planning

The third stage of treatment attempts to stabilize the growth and movement toward sexual health that occurs in stage two. Stage thee attempts to help you reach out to others for support, encouragement and accountability. You are also encouraged to consider how you would live a life you love and the impact of sexual health in personal self-fulfillment. The goal is to develop plans to move in that direction.

Many of the recent posts have highlighted assignments for stage three. The assignments were designed to highlight ideas, issues, and concerns for clients completing the treatment process. In the next few weeks and months, my goal is to highlight additional treatment issues for stage two. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. If you have any suggestions, I also encourage you to contact me.


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