SAI Trauma Model Foundational Training 2016


Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model
Foundational Training Course

The SAI Trauma Model Foundational Training Course is specifically designed as continuing education and advanced training for clinical sexologists, sex addiction-compulsivity clinicians, and sex and relationship therapists, with an emphasis on psychological treatment.  Related professionals, researchers and scholars in related disciplines are also welcome.

Interview with Dr. Omar Minwalla on the SAI Trauma Model

A Critical Paradigm Shift:

The sex addiction-induced trauma model (SAI Trauma Model) offers a new model of treatment for the spectrum of disorders related to compulsive sexual behavior, sexual addiction, sexual acting out, patterns of infidelity, out of control sexual behavior, and associated conduct disorders, etc.

The course will articulate the urgent need for a paradigm shift towards the emerging sex-addiction-induced trauma model and how recognizing sex addiction-induced trauma significantly changes the way the acting out partner (“addict”), the partner and the couple is conceptualized and treated. The course will provide both theory and clinical application of how treatment changes when utilizing a sex addiction-induced trauma model, ushering in a new generation of sexual compulsivity treatment approaches (Minwalla, O., 2011; Jason, S. and Minwalla, O., 2008).

This training will articulate how the traditional co-sex addiction model is actually a form of diagnostic mislabeling and is clinically contra-indicated when it comes to the assessment and clinical treatment of partners and spouses impacted by sex addiction or compulsive-abusive sexual-relational disorders.  The training also articulates how traditional couples or sex therapy models, the denial models, are also clinically contra-indicated and lacking in understanding the harm to others.  The training will educate and help professionals understand how to begin to integrate the necessary conceptual changes into clinical application, not just for the partner or spouse, but also for the acting out partner and the couple.

The training focuses on better understanding sex addiction-induced trauma, as both “a clinical impact” and also as a nuanced, complex system of clinical post-traumatic symptoms.  The sex addiction-induced trauma model is a clinical treatment model that focuses on how to treat and integrate sex addiction-induced trauma into a systemic and relational model that includes the other people and relationships impacted by sexual acting out systems (Minwalla, O. 2012). Beyond those in the sex addiction-compulsivity field, this training is also a critical clinical resource for those clinicians and sexuality experts helping partners, couples, children, families and society impacted by compartmentalized, deceptive patterns of sexual-relational entitlement and acting out.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the term Compulsive-Abusive Sexual-Relational Disorders as a new model for diagnosing and treating the spectrum of what are traditionally known as compulsive sexual behavior or sex addiction disorders.
  • Introduction to the model’s five diagnostic and clinical levels of compulsive-abusive sexual-relational systems, including gender pathology.
  • Understand the term sex addiction-induced trauma (SAIT).
  • Understand both clinical and ethical concerns with traditional co-sex addiction/codependency models.
  • Understand both clinical and ethical concerns with traditional couples or sex therapy treatment models.
  • Identify patterns of abuse often associated with sexual acting out disorders as conduct disorders, not simply compulsive disorders or simply sexual behaviors.
  • Understand how deceptive, compartmentalized sexual and relational systems in the context of intimate partnership and a family system is a form of domestic and intimate partner abuse.
  • Understand the need for specialized training in perpetration and victimization related to interpersonal violence according to American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Define current diagnostic criteria and symptoms for PTSD and Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (C-PTSD).
  • Understand how SAIT applies to partners and spouses and gain understanding of the 13 Dimensions of SAIT among partners and spouses as a clinical foundation in understanding SAIT.
  • Understand proposed changes in treatment conceptualization and approaches for the acting out partner, partner/spouse and the coupleship.
  • Gain assessment protocol and clinical guidelines to help integrate SAI Trauma Model into clinical approaches.
  • Understand how the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model is part of recognizing gender-based violence, specifically gender-based bias in current clinical practice and psychology.
  • Understand how SAI Trauma Model supports clinical ethics and best psychological practices with girls and women according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Understand how SAI Trauma Model is based in non-violence and emancipation from abuse and oppression, and how it advances human rights over sexual entitlement and sexual oppression.
  • Gain a rare and relevant opportunity to further understand SAI Trauma Model and also discuss criticisms of the model, various debates within the field, and professional trends and politics related to the clinical treatment of sexual acting out disorders.
  • Assess professional ethics, APA ethics code, professional obligations and the role of activism, including bystander activism.

Interview with Dr. Omar Minwalla on the SAI Trauma Model

Who should attend?

Sex Addiction-Compulsivity Treatment Professionals:

  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapists
  • Interpersonal Abuse and Trauma Professionals
  • Professionals working with Partners and Spouses impacted by SAIT
  • Clinical Psychologists, Sexologists and Researchers
  • Couples and Relationship Therapists
  • Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Sex Therapists
  • Student or Trainee of Modern Clinical Sexology

This training is about psychological treatment and provides a comprehensive model of clinical management of sex addiction-compulsivity spectrum disorders, or compulsive-abusive sexual-relational disorders, focused specifically on education for advanced professionals with some experience in the field.  While open to other professionals, those who are actually treating patients, working in the field as an educator or clinical supervisor, or developing therapy and clinical intervention related to sex addiction-compulsivity are well suited candidates for this training.  The training is not designed for those currently struggling with these clinical concerns, such as sex addicts or partners impacted by SAIT, etc.  This course is not appropriate for those therapists who are sex addicts themselves with less than a year of treatment, nor for therapists who are partners of sex addicts with less than a year of treatment for that specific trauma.  It is designed as a professional educational training. 

What is the SAI Trauma Model Training Course?

This is an advanced clinical educational and training course specifically in the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model (Minwalla, O., 2011, Minwalla, O. and Jason, S., 2008), as articulated by Dr. Omar Minwalla and The Institute for Sexual Health (Minwalla, O., 2011).  The training will provide educational theory and learning of sex addiction-induced trauma, clinical application and the clinical foundation of the model, and provide a re-assessment of professional ethics in regards to traditional practices with couples and standards of care in clinical practice.  The training articulates a new model of clinical management of sex addiction-compulsivity spectrum disorders.

What informs the SAI Trauma Model?

The SAIT Model (Minwalla, O., 2011) and Training (Minwalla, O. 2013) is based on an integration of several influences:

  • Omar Minwalla, Psy.D.
  • Silvia Jason, MFT, CSAT
  • The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH)
  • Trish Haight, MFT, CSAT, SEP
  • Partners, Sex Addicts, and Couples
  • Judith Herman, M.D.
  • Modern Clinical Sexology

Dr. Omar Minwalla is the author of a specific version of the umbrella concept of “trauma model” (Steffens, B., Jason, S., & Minwalla, O., 2009) termed “the sex addiction-induced trauma model”, or SAI Trauma Model (Minwalla, O., 2011), which is a synthesis of ongoing years of academic inquiry and grounded theory research since 2005, as well as actual clinical team application since 2009 (Jason, S. & Minwalla, O., 2008).

Dr. Minwalla’s original focus was studying the impact of sex addiction on the sexuality of a partner of a sex addict, recognizing sexual trauma symptoms among partners in treatment (Minwalla, O., 2006; Minwalla, O., 2009, Maltz, W., 2001).  In 2006, Dr. Minwalla presented nationally on the traumatic sexual impact on partners of sex addicts (Minwalla, 2006). In 2008 and 2009, the original conceptual model developed by Dr. Minwalla was actually applied for the first time along with Silvia Jason, MFT, CSAT by conducting intensive psycho-educational workshops for partners, then eventually sex addicts, and then the couple as well. It is the academic and clinical collaboration by Silvia Jason, MFT, CSAT and Dr. Minwalla that informs the SAIT model’s foundation, based on substantial clinical application and qualitative research (Jason, S. & Minwalla, O., 2008).

This foundation was then expanded and developed further with the founding of The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) in 2009 by Dr. Minwalla and his clinical group of psychotherapists, sexuality specialists, and trauma-based somatic practitioners. ISH has utilized and developed the more nuanced and systemic-relational model that includes the treatment of not just the partner, but the sex addict and the relationship as well (Minwalla, O., 2011).

The SAI Trauma Model  is newly emerging model that has been used with partners, addicts, and couples with a team of professionals all collaborating with the intention and consciousness to think and treat sexual acting out and abusive conduct patterns, and the people impacted, from a different lens.  It is the collective experience and effort of the ISH team –  learning by doing the actual clinical work – that informs the SAI Trauma Model.

Most importantly, it is the information and wisdom that comes directly from the voices of partners, sex addicts and couples, shared in a context of conscious safety and healing, that is the greatest contributor to the SAI Trauma Model.

Where will the course be held?

2016 Course is not yet scheduled.

When is the course?

2016 Course is not yet scheduled.

Why take this course?

The training serves as a vital educational resource for any professional who aims to attain the most current continuing education available in the field, and who aims to provide the most up-to-date treatment approaches in the human sexuality, clinical sexology and sex addiction-compulsivity fields.

It offers sex addiction-compulsivity professionals, as well as traditional couples or sex therapists, an opportunity to solidify a foundational understanding of the Sex Addiction-Induced Trauma Model.  This model offers a new way to conceptualize and treat these complex problems and reconciles the traditional debates over sex addiction, understanding both sexual health and sexual pathology in a contemporary context.

In addition to 28 APA continuing education hours, the course will also provide a Certificate in the Foundational SAI Trauma Model Training Course, which will count towards any full credentialing in the SAI Trauma Model and/or Modern Clinical Sexology, as may be developed in the future by Dr. Omar Minwalla and The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH). 

Schedule and Attendance

The training will take place over four days from 8:30am to 5:00pm each day with a 1.5 hour break for lunch; hence, the course provides a total of 28 hours of training. Participants are expected to be in full attendance for all course components, during all four days of training.  Participants must attend all four days in full in order to receive academic credit. Upcoming dates not yet scheduled.  


The cost of the 4-day training is $950. Meals and lodging are not included.  

Continuing Education Credits

  • ISH will provide a Certificate of Completion for the SAI Trauma Model Foundational Training Course, by Dr. Omar Minwalla and The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH).  The course will also count as credit towards any advanced courses and training or full certification in SAITM and/or Modern Clinical Sexology.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of the training. If you are no longer able to attend our training, you must notify the program administrator in writing (email preferred) by 8:30am pacific standard time on day before training begins, and will receive a full refund.