Become more personally informed so you may decide if this professional education and training is a good fit for you.
ISH will review your application and invite you to register.
Enroll in the modules and earn CE credits and a certificate of completion in DST (Level 1 and/or Level 2).
Empower your clinical approach with more informed, effective, and ethical care.
In this new Professional Education and Training program from Dr. Omar Minwalla, experienced psychologists, clinical sexologists, counselors, and unlicensed related professionals who have obtained a masters or post graduate degree and have 10+ years of experience in the field can receive advanced level professional education on deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST).
Professionals will learn foundational concepts related to the DST Model, an organized, grounded theory and treatment model that recognizes the abuse-victim-trauma dynamic when addressing compulsive sexual behavior disorder, sexual addiction, and emotional and sexual infidelity. Ethical principles and standards of care established by the APA will be explored and applied to clinical practice guidelines.
By attending these live webinars, professionals will recognize and understand a specified type of psychological, emotional, and relational abuse in their practice and in society at large.
This online psychoeducational course provides insight and understanding of Deceptive Sexuality and the traumatic impacts that sexual acting out, patterns of infidelity, and cheating often have on the intimate partner, the relationship, and sometimes children and the family system.
By revealing and validating the experiences of their intimate partners, participants gain an understanding of Deceptive Sexuality as an abuse problem, not just a sex problem.
This offering is not treatment, but rather a highly specialized adjunct and supplemental psychoeducation for ongoing therapy, recovery, and/or treatment programs on this specific topic. There will be time for questions, group discussion, and personal sharing integrated as part of the course.
People who are interested in joining must have their own therapist and support from their partner(s). They must also complete a 20-minute phone consultation with Dr. Minwalla as a prerequisite for registration.
Licensed psychologists, clinical sexologists, social workers, mental health counselors, as well as unlicensed related professionals who have obtained a masters or postgraduate degree and/or have 5+ years of experience in the field of infidelity, compulsive sexual behavior disorder, sex addiction, and the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors are welcome to take Level 1: DST Professional Education “The Illumination Series.”
These live ZOOM webinars build upon the foundation of a completed doctoral program in psychology and are best suited for licensed mental health professionals with substantial clinical experience treating deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST). Please carefully consider your personal suitability.
This professional education should not be used as personal treatment intervention or therapy. If you have experience as an injured partner, survivor, or as an abuser, you should take special consideration prior to enrolling in the course. If you need assistance determining your personal suitability, please contact admin to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Minwalla
Only licensed mental health professionals may register for Level 2: DSTT Professional Training. Participants must have received a Certificate of Completion in Level 1: DST Professional Education, which requires completion of all four posttests from Modules 1-4. Level 2: DSTT Professional Training is intended to help licensed treatment professionals begin to apply and integrate the Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma (DST) Model in clinical practice.
As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.
The Institute for Sexual Health (ISH) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ISH maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
You are welcome to register for Level 1: DST Professional Education Module 1 “Introduction to Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma (DST)” before deciding to continue or not. Module 1 is an excellent option for professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about the DST model, terms used in the DST model, understand what integrating an abuse-victim-trauma consciousness means, and learn how it applies to infidelity, sex addiction, and compulsive sexual behavior assessment and treatment.
Most professionals sign up for all four modules of Level 1: DST Professional Education; however, enrollment in individual modules, one at a time, is permitted.
Modules must be completed sequentially and attended live. There will be no video recordings or makeup sessions. Upon completion of Module 1, professionals will be eligible to register for Module 2, and so on.
Continuing education (CE) credit is offered for each module. Licensed professionals can receive CE credits from the American Psychological Association (APA) if live attendance and posttest requirements are met.
To receive a Certificate of Completion for Level 1: DST Professional Education awarded by The Institute for Sexual Health, participants must successfully complete all posttests for Modules 1-4. To receive a Certificate of Completion in Level 2: DSTT Professional Training awarded by The Institute for Sexual Health, participants must successfully complete all posttests for Modules 5-7.
No. There are no acronyms, title credentials, or other designations being offered. Once you have completed Level 1: DST Professional Education “The Illumination Series,” you may be considered DST informed. Upon completion of Level 2: DSTT Professional Training “The Application Series,” you may be considered a DSTT trained clinician.
This professional education is offered to empower psychologists and related professionals to provide more informed and ethical care to those who are seeking professional help. Period.
Professionals are welcome to use the term, “Certificate of Completion in Level 1: DST Professional Education” or “Certificate of Completion in Level 2: DSTT Professional Training” as the appropriate designation when describing their education or advertising their services.
No. Professionals who complete Level 1 and Level 2 may receive certificates of completion. These are not designations to be used after a professional’s name, nor is it a credentialing process.
The primary motivation for offering this education is to expand the number of professionals who are ethically and effectively helping people struggling with deceptive sexuality and trauma(DST), using this specific approach and model.
There are no additional fees or yearly dues related to this professional education or training. Professionals remain solely responsible for their education, training, and clinical conduct always. It may take years of clinical education, experience, training, supervision, and practice to become a professional competent in the treatment of DST. Level 1 and Level 2 will provide the necessary foundation to begin this journey as an illuminated and empowered DST professional.
No, live attendance is required and there will not be video recordings available after the live webinars.
If you are seeking continuing education (CE) credits from the APA, full attendance at the live webinar is required (there is no partial credit given).
These professional education and training modules offer continuing education (CE) credit through the American Psychological Association (APA). While many professional organizations DO accept APA continuing education credits, it is important to check with your own governing board or professional organization to determine if they acknowledge and will accept courses provided by an APA approved sponsor.
Dr. Minwalla may be developing a separate program for unlicensed mental health treatment provider populations. Please send us a message on our Contact Page indicating your interest in this program and we will contact you as soon as it is available.