Professional Education & Training

Provide more informed, effective and ethical care for patients with Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST)

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Enroll in the modules and earn CE credits and a certificate of completion in DST (Level 1 and/or Level 2). 


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Professional Education
& Training Overview

In this new Professional Education and Training program from Dr. Omar Minwalla, experienced psychologists, clinical sexologists, counselors, and treatment providers with a masters or post graduate degree can receive advanced level education on deceptive sexuality and trauma (DST).

Participants 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 become empowered to address psychological, emotional, and relational abuse in their practice and in society at large.

Level 1:
The Illumination

CE Credits: 45
Program Details
  • Consists of Modules 1-4
  • 45 total CE Hours
  • 9 Days total over 3 months
  • Daily schedule: 7am-1pm Pacific Time
Cost: $650 each or $2000 for all four Modules
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Module 1

Introduction to Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST)

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
January 21 & 22, 2022
Module 2

Underlying Factors of Deceptive Sexuality

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
February 4 & 5, 2022
Module 3

Traumatic Injuries and Symptoms of Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma (DST)

15 CE Hours
3-Day Webinar
March 4-6, 2022
Module 4

Deceptive Sexuality & Trauma Clinical Considerations

10 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
March 31 & April 1, 2022

Level 2:
The Application

CE Credits: 36
Program Details
  • Consists of Modules 5-7
  • 36 total CE Hours
  • 6 Days total over 2 months
  • Daily schedule: 7am-2pm Pacific Time
Cost: $650 each or $1500 for all three Modules
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Module 5

Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) for the Victim(s)

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
June 3 & 4, 2022
Module 6

Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Treatment (DSTT) for the Abuser

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
June 17 & 18, 2022
Module 7

Treatment for the Injured Relationship

12 CE Hours
2-Day Webinar
July 15 & 16, 2022

Be a Better Man Course

4 Days | 16 Hours
Upcoming Dates
  • November 11-14, 2021
  • December 16-19, 2021
  • December 27-30, 2021
  • January 13-16, 2022
  • February 10-13, 2022
  • March 10-13, 2022
  • April 14-17, 2022
  • May 5-8, 2022
Times: 8am-2pm PST on four consecutive days
Cost: $3,200

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.


Who is eligible to participate in this training?

Level 1: The illumination Series (Modules 1-4) is open to any professional connected to the topic of Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma (DST) who has obtained a masters or post graduate degree.

This education is advanced and builds upon the foundation of a completed doctoral program in psychology. The instructional flow is consistent with the needs of participants who already have established experience, knowledge, and skills in the content area. Advanced level programming is highly specialized, allowing the learner to integrate or enhance their practice or other professional domains.

Please carefully consider your personal suitability.

This professional education should not be used as personal therapy or personal treatment intervention. If you have experience as an injured partner or survivor, you should take special consideration prior to enrolling in the course. If you need assistance determining your personal suitability, please contact admin.

‍Level 2: The Application Series is open to licensed mental health professionals only.

Do I have to take all the modules, or may I pick and choose a la carte?

You are welcome to register for Module 1 before deciding to continue or not. Module 1 is an excellent option for professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable on the model, terms used in the model, and understand the abuse and victim-trauma dynamic and how it applies to sex addiction, compulsive sexual behavior, and infidelity assessment and treatment.

The modules must be taken sequentially.

To receive a Certificate of Completion in Level 1: DST, Modules 1-4 must be successfully completed.

Only licensed mental health professionals who have completed Level 1 may register for Level 2. To receive a Certificate of Completion in Level 2: DST, Modules 1-7 must be successfully completed.

What do I receive for participating in this training?

Participants will receive a certificate of completion and CE credits from the American Psychological Association (APA) for each Module, if attendance and post-test requirements are met.

Upon completion of Level 1: The Illumination Series, practitioners may opt to join the DST Professional Referral List. They will receive exclusive ongoing content curated by Dr. Minwalla and will be eligible to teach, conduct research, volunteer, and advocate in leadership roles as a Deceptive Sexuality and Trauma Professional. Licensed mental health professionals who complete Level 1 will be eligible to enroll in Level 2.

Can I place acronyms next to my name, such as DST or DSTT?

No. There are no acronyms, title credentials, or other designations being offered. Once you have completed Level 1: The Illumination Series, you may be considered DST informed. Upon completion of Level 2: The Application Series, you may be considered a DSTT trained clinician.

This education is offered to empower psychologists 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” or “Certificate of Completion in Level 2: DSTT” as the appropriate designation when describing their education or advertising their services.

Is DST Training a credentialing process?

No. Professionals who complete Level 1 and Level 2 of the educational series will receive certificates of completion, amongst other benefits. These are not designations to be used after a professional’s name, nor is a credentialing process.

Professionals stating, “I have been trained by Dr. Minwalla, or I know about Dr. Minwalla’s model” is not sufficient. The primary motivation for Dr. Minwalla 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 this professional education or training. Professionals remain solely responsible for their education, training, and clinical conduct always.

Will there be ongoing educational opportunities beyond Level 2?

Level 3: The Practice Series is currently in development, with expected availability for professionals who have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 starting in 2023. This ongoing continuing education and training will involve advanced topics, clinical learning pods, case examples, and the opportunity to further integrate the teachings and model into clinical practice with mentorship from Dr. Minwalla.

How do I find a treatment professional trained in DST?

Professionals who complete Level 1: The Illumination Series may choose to be included in the DST Professionals Referral List, which is a great resource for finding a DST trained therapist.

You may also ask your potential provider or professional, “Do you have a Certificate of Completion in Level 1 (DST) or Level 2 (DSTT)?”

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