What's billed as New Zealand's first ever training event to give sex addiction therapists certification starts in Auckland today, with their international association saying this country is overdue for more professionals in this field.
The International Association of Certified Sex Addiction Specialists says according to a 2006 study published by Family Safe Media, New Zealand is the third largest consumer of internet porn per capita.
According to a New Zealand Internal Affairs study, the largest single age group viewing child pornography is young people aged 15 to 19.
The association says more professionals trained in working with those caught up in compulsive sexual behaviours, and their families, is overdue here.
It says its four-day training programme at Laidlaw College is directed toward professional counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists, those working in the Christian community such as pastors and youth leaders and those in the broader community such as social workers and youth workers.
Those completing the course may qualify as Certified Clinical Sexual Addiction Specialists or Certified Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialists through the association, which claims to be the world-leader in certification in this field.
The association's president, Richard Blankenship, says it trains and certifies professionals in the best practices in the emerging field of sexual addiction treatment, and partner-trauma treatment.