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105 | Treating Betrayal Trauma, Sexual Abuse, and Toxic Shame in the New World

Love and Sex: Men, Women, and Relationships, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Sheri Keffer, Ph.D., CSAT, CPTT-S, CCPS



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




Sexual norms continue to change in today’s culture. Like menus aimed at “having it your way,” the Internet, social media, smartphones, and virtual sex at the click of a finger have created fast sexual fixes that are destroying families. Today’s pornography is steeped in violations of sex, human dignity, and an abuse of power that is changing the way people treat others. In this workshop for licensed mental health professionals, the presenter will reveal common reactions to how one’s sexuality becomes wounded as a result of betrayal trauma, including sexual violation, abuse, and marital rape. A clear line of demarcation between healthy sexuality and unhealthy sexuality will be revealed, as well as hope for restoration for the betrayer and the betrayed. The presenter will describe the Five Phase Betrayal Recovery Roadmap,™ a couple-centered recovery path that includes restoring safety and truth. It is only then that individuals have the best chance toward relational integrity and sexual healing.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify 10 signs of healthy sexuality that create robust patterns of connection and sexual safety and 10 signs of unhealthy sexuality that cause disconnection and sexual objectification
2. Describe common reactions to one’s sexuality as a result of betrayal trauma, including three general movements of sexual shame and abuse
3. Apply the Five Phase Betrayal Recovery Roadmap,™ which includes the two pillars of couple-centered recovery that can bring truth, safety, and restoration to a relationship
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