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CRC Health Group

February 09, 2012 11:04 ET

Sierra Tucson Hosts Fourth and Final Module of Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®) Training by IITAP

Sierra Tucson Hosts Module 4 of Premier CSAT® Training for Therapists Through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - From February 1-5, 2012, Sierra Tucson hosted the Fourth of Four Modules of Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT®) Training, in conjunction with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).

This experiential training was facilitated by Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D., CAS; Kenneth Adams, Ph.D.; and Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S. Forty-four U.S. and international therapists participated in the Module 4 Training, which was held over five days at Sierra Tucson and the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

Susan O'Day, M.S., ICADC, CMHP, EAP, Family Program Therapist at Sierra Tucson and one of three Sierra Tucson staff members who attended this training, strongly endorses the benefits of the entire CSAT® certification and training, specifically Module 4. "This is a fabulous opportunity to learn the latest evidence-based interventions for appropriate treatment planning and implementation," said Susan. "There is an explosion of knowledge about what Sexual Addiction is and the brain science (neurochemical and brain function) aspects of this disorder. Knowing how to use the testing instruments that have been developed greatly improves the quality of treatment."

CSAT®-certified addiction specialists are recognized as experts in the field of addiction therapy. This advanced training, facilitated by IITAP, gives practitioners a cutting-edge advantage and new insights about addictive and compulsive behaviors.

IITAP is an organization dedicated to providing educational resources for practitioners who treat people with addictive and compulsive sexual behaviors. The CSAT® program is one of the most highly regarded programs of its kind. IITAP shares knowledge about sexual compulsion and offers networking opportunities for those involved in the field of sex addiction therapy. IITAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and 30 CEUs were awarded for this Module 4 Training.

"Sierra Tucson is pleased to provide this advanced training for clinicians," states Christi Cessna, Sierra Tucson's Director of Clinical Outreach. "This is the final training module toward becoming a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Modules 1 - 4 have all been hosted at Sierra Tucson, beginning in the fall of 2010, and we plan to work with IITAP to provide these training sessions again."

For more information, please contact: Christi Cessna, M.S., Director of Clinical Outreach & Marketing at 800-624-5858, Ext. 2392 or at

About Sierra Tucson
Sierra Tucson is a dually licensed, accredited psychiatric hospital and behavioral health residential treatment center that is internationally respected as a leader in the treatment of addictions, mental/behavioral disorders, and chronic pain. For over 28 years, Sierra Tucson has provided world-class treatment to thousands of people using some of the most progressive, effective therapies available. Its renowned Program for Sexual and Trauma Recovery, developed in 1998, provides integrated treatment for individuals suffering from sexual compulsivity, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the effects of abuse and trauma. Sierra Tucson's treatment for Sexual Compulsivity utilizes the most up-to-date literature from Patrick Carnes to inform and support the treatment process. For more information about Sierra Tucson, call 800-842-4487 or visit

About CRC Health Group
Sierra Tucson is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families, and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

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