Description

This workshop is presented in collaboration with South West Counselling Centre CLG, Killarney.

Overuse of internet pornography is fast emerging as a compulsive sexual behaviour disorder. This corresponds to the greater use of smartphones and easy access to streaming video in the past 10 years. A wide range of mental and physical health issues has ensued.

For instance, a staggering increase in erectile dysfunction in younger men, widespread evidence of lower sexual satisfaction in men and women, and more social anxiety and body dysmorphia in adolescents, all appear to be related to this cultural phenomenon.

Healthcare practitioners need to be aware of the evidence that supports the addiction model along with effective treatment options and remedies that enhance recovery including effective social prescribing. The workshop is also valuable for all professionals who encounter people who are facing difficulties arising from their pornography use.

This interactive one-day workshop, accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners, will provide an introduction to addiction neuroscience in general and internet pornography use in particular, based on the latest research. It will look at different types of physical health and mental health conditions related to porn use emerging from the research. We will encourage reflective discussion among practitioners about best practice, possible improvements, and signpost recovery options.

Q&A throughout.