I have many years experience in running workshops for different groups including therapist training days (CPD events) and faith groups such as churches. Below are outlines of some workshops that people may find helpful. The workshops are regularly updated to ensure that the information presented is based on the latest research evidence. All of these workshops can be tailored and adapted to meet your specific goals and audience. If you would like to book a workshop then please contact me.
Understanding Sex and Pornography Addiction
A one-day, CPD workshop for therapist / counsellors providing an introduction to the complex field of sex and pornography addiction. The day includes addiction formation, recovery, addiction and offending behaviours and support for partners.
Gender Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
One or two day workshop aimed at exploring the complex field of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (GSRD) a part of human experience and being; moving beyond the limitations of binary or LGBT+ frameworks. This workshop can be adapted as a therapist CPD day or for faith groups.
Pastoral Approaches to Sex and Pornography Addiction
Primarily aimed at those in pastoral / youth worker settings, this one day workshop gives an introductory understanding of sex addiction and how to support those seeking help in faith communities. The areas of partner support and implications of non-contact sexual offending and safeguarding are also touched upon.
Working with Shame
One day CPD workshop exploring the complex area of shame from a biopsychosocial perspective and how to work with those affected by it. Shame often has a strong influence on an individual's sense of self and outlook on life and relationships. Shame can also influence addiction formation and impact on recovery. This workshop can be tailored for therapist groups of faith communities and pastoral settings.
Peter’s workshop for church leaders on sex addiction and pastoral care was extremely well received by all who participated due to a mix of relevant input, testimony, and space to do some processing for ourselves. He kept the focus on personal transformation through the gospel whilst being helpfully honest about the journey. At the end of the day many church leaders were asking about the possibility of a longer course for churches.
Peter has a relaxed and informative style of presenting using visual and verbal aids to explore the subject he is presenting. I found his presentations on Sex Addiction and GSRD helpful and educative for my work as a counsellor.
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and supervisor
Former Co-facilitator of the South London BACP Counsellor Network Group
The Most Reverend Martin Gordon, Bishop of Goma, DRC
The Introduction to Sex and Pornography Addiction workshop surpassed my expectations. The explanations were clear, the delivery was excellent, but most of all the compassion for the subject matter was outstanding. It is a difficult topic to discuss and most of the time it is swept under the carpet, so it was incredibly helpful to have a structured talk with handouts to aid reflection both during and afterwards. The content was insightful and the speakers clinical experience was evident and effectively communicated. I came away feeling better equipped in this area, and more confident in my own understanding of it.
This (sex addiction and pastoral care) workshop was highly relevant and very useful in providing an understanding into the pastoral needs of those struggling with sexual addictions. Peter was clear, knowledgeable and approachable, with obvious experience in the field, and created an engaging and thought-provoking day. We were delighted to host the workshop while I was vicar of St Mark’s Battersea Rise, and I would highly recommend to anyone.
Reverend Paul Perkin
Former vicar of St Mark's Battersea Rise, London
The (sex addiction and pastoral care) workshop was highly relevant to me as an incumbent Vicar. There were no ‘stupid questions’ and Peter held the course very safely, respectfully and professionally. The content was presented accessibly. We were given the latest facts and information about a fast-evolving subject as well as valuable perspectives and insights from practice which carried across a range of important ministerial domains.
The learning has been extremely valuable subsequently. It has given me greater compassion, insight and confidence when dealing with this issue in ministry. It is a topic that rarely features in formational training or IME and yet is something that comes up in ministry. Given that it is so complex and highly sensitive for those involved - expert guidance and training is essential. I have certainly been very grateful to have benefitted from Peter’s course. I have already recommended it to others, and I commend it again.
Reverend Chris Bradish
Rector of Andover Parish
About the Trainer
Peter Watts is counsellor working in private practice who has specialised in working with sexual addictions and supporting both those who struggle with them and those around them. He has had experience with working with those whose addiction has escalated to non-contact sexual offending behaviours. He also has a special interest in the impact of shame on people and sexual identity formation.
He has experience in presenting workshops on various subjects to counsellors and faith based groups, tailoring each day to provide an interactive, engaging and informative day that meets the specific needs of the audience. These workshops can either be run face to face or online.
He is a Registered Member of both the BACP and ACC and a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC). He is an approved trainer for the CPCAB accredited Level 5 Diploma in Working With Compulsive Sexual Behaviour Disorder delivered by the Sex Addiction Institute of Sex Addiction Training (ISAT).