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CE Program - Rethinking Sex Addiction and its Potential Impact on Communities of Color

  • September 15, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM
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Rethinking Sex Addiction and its Potential Impact on Communities of Color 

September 15, 2023 | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastern Time

*CSWA would like to apologize to our members and contacts who celebrate Rosh Hashanah and might have been planning on starting holy day preparations on the morning on September 15th. The scheduling issue was an honest mistake and was completely unintentional. Unfortunately, September 15 was the only date available for our presenter, so we quickly reserved it without realizing the conflict. Moving forward, CSWA will work hard to ensure that this does not happen again. Thank you for your understanding.

Presenter: Dr. James Wadley

Target Audience: Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals

Content level: Intermediate/Advanced

CE credits: 3 (Clinical)

About the webinar:

Clients sometimes have a difficult time understanding the notion of sex addiction and the systemic factors that may impact individual and relational decision making. Some of the clinical literature on sex addiction fails to consider a variety of cultural substrates (e.g., race, socioeconomic status, history, etc.) that may impact how individuals perceive themselves sexually and the choices they make regarding romantic partnerships, communication, and maintenance of identities. Because the clinical literature on sex addiction has several voids, it seems important that social workers begin to have sex addiction conversations that are culturally sensitive where additional light can be shed upon this phenomena.

This presentation invites social workers to rethink their understanding of sex addiction and its impact on communities of color. Like clients, sometimes social workers subscribe to various stereotypes and myths about sexuality that are rooted in racist, patriarchal, and oppression ideologies. These belief systems sometimes enable therapists to make poor clinical decisions which places clients at harm. Using an out of control sexual behavior (OCSB) framework, social workers may have an opportunity to reflect and share their clinical experience with clients who exhibit sexual compulsivity and who struggle to understand the complexities of their decision making. The goal of the presentation is to begin/continue constructive dialogue about sex addiction so that social workers and the clients they serve can be better informed and relationally empowered.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  1. Compare and contrast sex addiction and out of control sexual behavior models
  2. Identify at least 2 systemic factors that may impact sexual decision making for those who exhibit sexual compulsivity
  3. Identify at least one cultural component as it relates to sex addiction and out of control sexual behavioral

    About the instructor:

    Dr. James Wadley is a tenured professor of the Counseling and Human Services department at Lincoln University. He also serves as Director for the Sex Therapy Program for Council for Relationships. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education, educational leadership, and program development has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

    His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and authored twenty-two courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored thirteen doctoral level courses for the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990’s. In 2016, he helped developed curricula and conducted a sexuality education course at the University of Muhimbili in Tanzania for the nursing and midwifery program. Later that year, he developed and taught an applied research methods course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Wadley’s work and advocacy domestically and abroad enabled him to complete his first documentary, Raw to Reel: Race, Drugs, and Sex in Trenton, New Jersey, which captures some of the challenges that emerge in addiction and recovery. Finally, in 2018, Dr. Wadley co-edited The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge) which is a book devoted to the clinical experiences of supervisors and supervisees in the field of sex therapy. The book won AASECT’s 2019 Book of the Year Award. His new book, The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence (Routledge) carves a new path for sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists in that it serves as an invitation for re-conceptualizing the consultative roles that sexuality professionals engage in.

    Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. He holds a clinical postgraduate certificates from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia.

    In 2020, Dr. Wadley also earned a Performance Leadership Certificate from Cornell University and has helped leaders engage in courageous and transformative dialogue about corporate social responsibility and strategic change. He is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor. These credentials and a wealth of domestic and international clinical experiences, has catapulted him to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians.

    Fee & Registration:

    The cost is $75 for CSWA members, and $95 for non-members. If you are not a CSWA member, click here to learn more about CSWA benefits and join today.  Registrations will be accepted until the start of the webinar or until the webinar is full. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund. Each registered participant will receive zoom log-in information via email from one day prior to the webinar.

    Course interaction & CE completion requirements:

    This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

    To earn 3 CE credits, participants must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, complete and pass an online post-test and complete a course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be provided once the evaluation is submitted.

    System Requirements to Participate

    On a PC:
    Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM

    On a Mac:
    Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
    Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
    Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
    Intel processor (2GB of RAM or better)

    Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone, and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    On an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile device:
    Free Zoom at ; WiFi connection recommended for VoIP audio

    Special Accommodations: To request special accommodations, please contact our administrator immediately upon registration. All special requests must be made within a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event.

    CE Provider Information

    Clinical Social Work Association, provider #1719, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period 8/23/23-8/23/26. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

    Questions? Contact Angela Katona, CSWA Executive Administrator at

    If you do not receive an email upon registering, please reach out for assistance by emailing administrator@clinicalsocialworkassociation.orgAll inquiries regarding registration status, links or other event-related concerns must be made at least 24 hours prior the start of an event. Staff will not be able to provide assistance right before or during the event. 

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