Beyond Sex Addiction:

Discover A Compassionate Model for Treating Out of Control Sexual Behaviors

A 6-hour online self-study course for working with men, their partners, and couples.

The Limitations of the Sex Addiction Model

The sex addiction model used to be the only perspective when treating out of control sexual behaviors.

While some therapists may find the model useful, it has limitations. It focuses on pathology and doesn’t offer a definition of healthy sexual behavior or a specific pathway to guide clients toward achieving it.

The sex addiction model also lacks research to support it, and this has led to the term not being endorsed as a clinical diagnosis by The American Psychiatric Association in the DSM or in the classification system (ICD 11) developed by the World Health Organization.

Despite its limitations, the model and the term “sex addiction” is still used extensively by professionals and this is unlikely to change any time soon.

However, there is an alternative…


The Out of Control Sexual Behavior (OCSB) model expands upon the sex addiction perspective.  

It focuses on a problem level, not a disordered level. It’s an evidence-based model that is non-pathologizing, non-shaming, and sex-positive. It focuses on sexual health instead of the absence of a disorder.

The model has 6 principles to guide men in managing their out of control sexual behaviors while still focusing on sexual pleasure.

*NOTE: the model is NOT intended to be used for non-consensual sexual behaviors, including the spectrum of predatory sexual crimes of pedophilia, violence, and rape.

"Doug and His Model Saved My Career."

Before taking Doug‚Äôs training, I worked in a sex addiction program, and the model wasn’t effective with my clients. Individuals would repeatedly return with the same problem sexual issues, burdened with shame. Given my training as a sexologist, the sex addiction model also didn‚Äôt make sense to me, but I didn’t know of any alternatives.¬†I concluded that I was a terrible therapist because my clients failed to gain control of their out-of-control sexual behaviors.¬†
Ultimately, I left my job at the sex addiction clinic, nearly abandoning my career as a therapist. Fortunately, a colleague later introduced me to Doug’s sexual health model for treating individuals with problem sexual behaviors, and I eventually took his training.¬†
Doug and his model saved my career. 
I experienced immense relief as this model finally resonated with me, and I discovered that I was actually a pretty good therapist. Doug’s model was aligned with my knowledge of sexology and was grounded in evidence-based practices. 
I now listen to my clients as opposed to listening to the unscientific sex addiction theory. The clients I currently work with are more comfortable opening up in therapy, liberated from the overwhelming shame most have carried for so long. Most importantly, they regain control over their previously unmanageable sexual behaviors.  
Training in Doug’s model presents an exceptional opportunity for any therapist, regardless of the population they work with.

Silva Neves

Silva Neves, Psychotherapist, Relationship and Sex Therapist
London, UK


  • You work with men concerned about their out of control sexual behaviors
  •  You work with couples where one or both partners present with sexual behaviors they are worried about
  •  You work with clients with out of control sexual behaviors – you want to expand your knowledge in this area
  • You work with men’s partners who are concerned about their partner’s sexual behavior
  • You’re not a specialist in working with out of control sexual problems, but when clients¬† present with problem sexual behaviors, you want to ensure you assess and treat them effectively
  • You want to learn about a non-pathologizing, sexual health approach that helps clients with out of control sexual behaviors
  • ¬†You’re not trained in latest research on human sexuality and how it pertains to problematic sexual behaviors

This Course is Designed to Help Therapists

  • Discover how to screen and assess clients concerned about their sexual behaviour
  • Avoid labelling out of control sexual behaviours¬† prematurely as an addiction problem
  • Learn the science of sexual health and its impact on treatment of out of control sexual behaviors
  • Develop appropriate language to have constructive sexual health conversations with clients
  • Help clients overcome shame and manage their compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Integrate the 6 principles of sexual health into your work with clients to guide them in consensual, honest, non-exploitive, safe and pleasurable sexual experiences
  • Feel good about offering clients hope that they can have pleasurable experiences in their control
Doug Braun-Harvey


Sex TherapIST and Sexual Health Educator

Sexual health author, trainer and sex therapy supervisor Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health. He is co-founder of The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through the integration of sexual health.

His book, Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction co-authored with Michael Vigorito was selected as the 2018 Health Professional Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

“This course has revolutionized my approach and my client outcomes."

“Before I started training in Doug Braun-Harvey’s sexual health model, I often felt overwhelmed and lost as to how to help clients with complex sexual problems.  

Initially the only training I could find in this area was on the sex addiction model, which I felt would pathologize and stigmatize my clients. 

Thankfully, I discovered Doug Braun-Harvey’s model and trained with him. The model has revolutionised my approach and my client outcomes.  

I now feel confident and excited when working with OCSBs and no longer dread when these clients present in my office. Best of all, I now receive more referrals than ever for clients that need help in this area and I love working with them!‚Ä̬†


Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Online, Australia

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN 2, 90-Minute pre-recorded Webinars

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR 1: (60 minutes + 30 Minutes of pre-recorded Q&As)

  • Develop a sexual health mindset¬†
  • Define out of control sexual behavior (OCSB)
  • Define the OCSB sexual health pathway model
  • ¬†How to integrate the 6 sexual health principles into OCSB treatment¬†
  • ¬†Understand why the language you use with clients is important in OCSB treatment
  • ¬†Learn skills for having constructive sexual health conversations with clients
  • Discover how OCSB screening, assessment and therapy is integrated

PRE-RECORDED Webinar 2: (60 minutes + 30 Minutes of pre-recorded Q&AS)

  • Learn 2¬†OCSB sexual behavior and sexual response assessment measures
  • Understand the OCSB¬† individual and group treatment ¬†process¬†
  • Discover how to implement the sexual health plan collaboratively with a client
  • Learn the structural construction and pacing of the client’s personal vision of sexual health
  • Understand OCSB clinical circumstances and the range of sexual health-based interventions




These 3 assessments will help you assess your clients out of control sexual behaviors. They include:

  • Sexual Symptom Assessment Scale
  • Hypersexual Behavior Consequence Scale
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Assessment


  •  A resource list  
  •  4 research articles that will enhance your understanding and ability to implement the OCSB model

Bonus 1: Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior in Online Groups

Dr. Adam Fisher
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Sex Therapist

In this pre-recorded interview, Adam Fisher discusses his work doing mixed-orientation and mixed-gender online groups with people who struggle with out of control sexual behaviors.

Dr. Fisher also shares the theory underlying treating OCSB in groups, how the members react to the group setting, as well as the effect it has on their problematic sexual behaviors.

Bonus 2: from a Sexual Addiction Model to an Out of Control Sexual Behavior Model

Cassandra Rustvold
Psychotherapist and Certified Sex Therapist

In this pre-recorded interview,  Cassandra Rustvold discusses the challenges she faced working within the sex addiction model after her sex therapy training because it lacked a comprehensive understanding of sexually healthy behavior.

Cassandra explains that once she found the OCSB model, she found if more helpful and positive, because¬† it is more client-centered. She was pleased to discover that everything is welcomed to be discussed and processed¬†in treatment –¬†not just what’s harmful, but what clients find pleasurable in what’s causing their discomfort.¬†

Bonus 3: Integrating Sand Therapy and Other Approaches IN Out of Control Sexual Behavior Treatment

Peg Hurley Dawson
Sex, Relationship and Trauma Therapist

In this pre-recorded interview, Peg shared how she integrates her training in sand therapy, EMDR, sensorimotor therapy, internal family systems, and hypnosis into the OCSB model with her clients.

 Peg shared her passion for working with men with OCSB and their partners as she feels they are deeply misunderstood by being labeled sex or porn addicts.

She talks about how she sees her OCSB clients as being dysregulated in the nervous system as opposed to having a problem with sex addiction.


Kristin Hodson
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified AASECT Sex Therapist

In this pre-recorded interview, Kristin Hodson discusses her work with partners of men who have out of control sexual behaviors.

Kristin also shared how she structures couple sessions using the OCSB model, in what ways¬† she finds it useful, and how men’s partners react to the model.

“Doug is a global authority on dealing with out of control sexual behaviors and a master at using his model."

Doug challenges you to go beyond conventional thinking of what constitutes healthy sexuality by adopting a more inclusive perspective that is rooted in compassion, contrasting the black-and-white models of sex addiction prevalent over the past several decades. 

His approach is driven by a social conscience framework promoting pleasurable sexual experiences while responsibly practicing ethical behavior. 

Doug remains the only clinician that I know of who has a comprehensive model that not only counters the sex addiction narrative but explains why the sex addiction framework is flawed and offers a compassionate approach to sexual health based on human sexuality science.  

I‚Äôm a big fan of Doug’s work. It is incredibly powerful and valuable.¬†

All therapists should take Doug’s training to get up to speed with not only dealing with out-of-control sexual behaviors but also current science on sexuality.


Cyndi Darnell‚Ä®
Sex Therapist & Couples Counselor
New York City, New York


If so, register now …


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 2 pre-recorded webinar recordings Рeach consists of 60 minutes of instruction, and 30 minutes are pre-recorded questions from participants

Videos, audios, and transcripts of the 2 pre-recorded webinars

Copies of the slides of the pre-recorded webinars

A worksheet to help integrate your learning

3 handouts that help you assess and treat men with OCSB

 A resources list and 4 PDFs of useful research articles

 4 Bonus interviews with experts in the sexology and sexual health  field who work with clients who have OCSB  (videos, audios and transcripts are included)

180 days access to the course materials in our learning center – OR, download them and keep them forever

Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of training


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Frequently Asked Questions

The OCSB model is primarily used with heterosexual or gay men as they are the population that presents with OCSB most often. However, the model can be used with any population. If you work with men’s partners or couples, you’ll definitely find it useful.

If you work with men individually or in couples therapy, this course can be useful to you as it will provide a framework to assess and treat men who have problematic sexual behaviors. You do not need to specialize in treating men and you do not need to become an expert in the model to use it with your clients.

The course can be helpful when working with men’s partners individually, helping them understand and support their partner in achieving healthy sexual behaviors.

The course will also be useful if you haven’t studied any human sexuality research and how it relates to out of control sexual behaviors.

Here are the most common out of control sexual behaviors that the OCSB model can help men with. Note, the behaviors below may not be problematic in themselves, it’s only when they become out of control or men feel they are out of control that they become a problem.

  • Use of sexual imagery to enhance solo-sex
  • One-time sex with a new partner
  • Paying for sex
  • Hidden erotic and sexual interests
  • Digital sex
  • Secretively breaking sexual relationship agreements

    **NOTE The OCSB model is not meant to treat non-consensual sexual behaviors (e.g., sexual assault or pedophilia).

This self-study course consists of 6 hours of content – 3 hours of core content with Doug, Bran Harvey and 3 hours of recorded interviews with experts in the field of sexology sexual health and relationships.

$147 (Reduced from $247)

$147 CAD for Canadian residents (No GST)

$147 AUD for Australian and New Zealand residents (Australians add GST)

$147 USD for USA and all other residents.


Canadians pay in Canadian dollars.

Australians and New Zealanders pay in Australian dollars.

All other participants pay in USD

For all participants, you can download your certificate of completion for 6 hours of training once you pass the short course quiz.


AASECT: This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE Credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

We are not officially approved for other CEU’s in the USA. However, we will give you a certificate of completion for 6 hours of professional development. You’ll have to check with your professional association or licensing board to see if they will give you credit for the course.


The Canadian Counseling Association (CCPA) typically will give you credit if you give them your certificate. We are not officially approved for other CEUs in Canada. However, we will give you a certificate of completion. You’ll have to check with your professional association to see if they will give you credit for the course. 


ACA: The course is approved for 6 OPD (ongoing professional development) points for members of the Australia Counselling Association (ACA).

PACFA: This course counts towards 3 hours of category A CPD and 3 hours of category B CPD points for The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

If, you decide the webinar series isn‚Äôt what you want, we’ll refund 100% of your fee if you let us know within 7 days of purchasing the course.¬†

You’ll have access to the materials in our learning center for 180 days (6 months) after your date of purchase.

However, you can download all materials and keep them forever.

MOney-Back Guarantee

If you decide the course isn‚Äôt what you want, we’ll refund 100% of your fee if you request a refund within 7 days of your purchase.¬†¬†


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