Certification Training

About the NAFC Certification Training

A 3-day non-clinical level certification training will be offered as part of the 2018 Annual Conference for the below
certifications. There is no additional charge. This track is included in the full conference fee. Space is limited, “first-to-register” basis.

Formal training hours will be awarded for the successful completion of this workshop. Participants have thirty (30) days from the end of the training to submit their application, and may apply for one or more of the above listed. Applicants  must meet all other certification requirements in order to become certified. Applicant may request an “In-Service” designation until such time they meet all other requirements.

Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $250.00 and includes:

Attendees who successfully complete the entire three day certification training workshop will be awarded formal training hours for the following non-clinical level certifications:

•    Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
•    Certified Sexual Disorder Diagnostician
•    Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist

Subject matters include, but are not limited to:

•    DSM-5 changes and its use
•    15 elements of a recovery program
•    Brain process: impulsivity to compulsivity
•    Evaluation and diagnostic criteria for compulsive sexual behavior
•    Sexual addiction as a disease
•    Scientific vs. Clinical evidence
•    Neurobiology of a brain growl (craving)
•    Diathesis Model
•    The dopamine cycle
•    Disease model
•    Diagnosis and treatment of impulsive/compulsive mental disorders
•    Neuronal “pleasure” pathway
•    Relapse prevention
•    Evidence-based medication treatment
•    Risk factors

This program also integrates advanced research data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) & others, with evidenced-based clinical findings in NAFC subject matter areas: substance & “process” or behavioral addiction issues; DSM-5 diagnostic criteria;co-occurring MH disorders (especially addictions with mood disorders),  trauma and stress related disorders; intake, evaluation, treatment; and relapse prevention; validated evidence shown by MRI and PET scans; PET scans of moods; Neurobiology of behavioral addictions and mental illness; Addictive mood states; Categories of risk factors; Co-occurring mental disorders; Protective factors; Evidence based medication for treatment; Neuronal "pleasure" pathway; Biological commonalities; Evaluation and diagnostic criteria; Evidence based treatment for sexual addictions and compulsive behavior; DSM-5 considerations; Use of DSM-5 alternative model for personality disorders; Neurobiology of the brain “growl” of craving.

About the Certification Training Presenter

Dr. Reed has been in clinical practice as a licensed Psychologist since 1977. He became Board-Certified in Serious Mental Illness, as an Advanced Practice Psychologist in 1999. He became Board-Certified as a Forensic Psychologist in 2004, and then founded the Warren County Forensic Psychology Center in Mason, OH. He currently is a member of 7 divisions within the American Psychological Association, from which he received the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders in 1996. He earned the post-doctoral Master Psychopharmacologist Certificate from the Neuroscience Education Institute, and from the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register. He is the author of two books, eleven research monographs, two book chapters, five continuing education courses, 2 DVD course publications, and 2 on-line course publications (University of Cincinnati, OH). Dr. Reed developed and published a 24-module psycho-education curriculum (with 7 lessons in each module) for the  Hamilton County Ohio Probation Department. The Probation officers were supervising sexual offenders. He trained them in leading weekly groups of rehabilitating sexual offenders utilizing the curriculum. Dr. Reed currently is a Diplomate, and has four certifications with NAFC. He has taught the 19-hour workshop “Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment” on three different occasions. Dr. Reed has taught graduate courses for the University of Virginia (2 years), Miami University (OH) (8 years), Xavier University (10 years), and the University of Cincinnati (12 years). He served for 7 years as the Assistant Chief Clinical Officer and Forensic Monitor for the Mental Health Recovery Services Board of Warren and Clinton Counties in Ohio.


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