Healing for Partners
For individuals who are in significant relationship with someone who struggles with sex and love addiction. The majority of participants are women in relationship with male addicts. However, men who are in relationship with a female sex and love addict are welcome and encouraged to attend.
About the Workshop
The Healing for Partners workshop is a short-term, intensive setting that maximizes your investment of time and money. The four-day workshop provides the equivalent of 8-12 months of weekly counseling and is a huge jumpstart or boost for recovery.
The workshop is clinical, meaning all the leaders are at least master’s level, licensed counselors who are specifically trained in treating sex addicts and partners of addicts. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the acting out behavior, but also its roots. Each person develops a specific recovery plan to guide her process after the workshop.
Participation is limited to 18 people or less. The majority of attendees are female, but male partners are encouraged to attend. For group processing, participants are divided into small groups of 6 and work with the same leader throughout the workshop. Individual counseling is not part of the workshop.
The workshop fee includes all lodging and meals. Insurance does not cover the cost, but a no-interest payment plan is available. See Financial Information for details.
Communication with the Bethesda Workshops office is critical to your participation in a Healing Workshop. If you have not submitted your required paperwork or notified Bethesda Workshops of your intent to postpone your attendance before a week prior to your scheduled workshop, you will be scratched from that event, forfeit your deposit, and you lose the opportunity to transfer to a future workshop.
Workshops typically fill up, so register early.
Parallel Workshop Structure
Healing for Partners workshops are held simultaneously with Healing for Women workshops. All participants meet jointly for devotionals and some core teaching, but the majority of a workshop experience is segregated into the two groups. All small group work is separate.
Dates & Times
Wednesday, 1:00 pm – Saturday, 6:00 pm, CST *
*NOTE: The Healing for Partners Workshop ends at a different time than the Healing for Men Workshop.
February 1-4, 2017
March 22-25, 2017
May 17-20, 2017 **
July 26-29, 2017
September 13-16, 2017 **
November 8-11, 2017 **
** – denotes accepting male partners
Format & Agenda
The workshop is a group experience and individual counseling sessions are not part of the intensive. During the small group breakout sessions, though, each participant has extensive time to share personally. Sessions normally begin by 8:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.
The workshop format is intense and specifically designed to maximize a participant’s time and investment. This is not a retreat. The intensive approach consists of a combination of instruction, writing exercises, small groups, and group activities. Both didactic (teaching) and experiential (psychodrama, role-playing, etc.) interventions are used.
- Grief and loss
- Family of origin dynamics
- Childhood abuse
- Partner’s coping
- Tools of recovery
- Disclosure and when to extend trust
- Couple and family issues
- Spiritual concerns and growth
Workshops are staffed by at least master’s level, licensed clinicians. Many have earned the CSAT designation – a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist – which is the highest level recognized in our field. Workshops are primarily led by same-gender therapists, though most workshops also have at least one opposite-gender therapist. All workshop leaders are committed Christians with specific clinical training in treating sexual addiction and related issues. The majority of the workshop leaders are in some form of personal recovery as an addict or a partner.
Location & Lodging
The workshops are held at the Bethesda Center located in the Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville. All participants (including Nashville area residents) stay together in a nearby hotel, where each person shares a room with another workshop participant. The Bethesda staff will handle your hotel reservation, and all lodging (excluding any optional nights) and meals are included in your workshop fee.
If you have to stay over until Sunday or need to arrive on Tuesday, the workshop coordinator can arrange lodging at your expense at the workshop hotel. Meals during the times before and after a workshop are also at your expense.
It’s critically important that you be present for the entire workshop. As a group intensive, everyone needs to begin and end together. You WILL NOT be admitted to the workshop if you plan your travel in such a way that you arrive late or leave early, even if that means you have to stay over on Saturday night and leave on Sunday. You shortchange yourself and disrupt the workshop process if you arrive late or leave early.
It’s in your best interest to arrive rested. Please make arrangements to arrive the day before the workshop instead of flying overnight or leaving at dawn to travel the day of the workshop. Don’t arrive exhausted before these intense, long days.
If you’re flying you should arrive in Nashville no later than 11:15 am Central time on Wednesday so you’ll have time to eat lunch and get to the workshop site. The Healing for Partners workshop ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday (a different time than the Healing for Men workshop), and participants are free to leave then. Don’t schedule a flight before 7:00 pm at the earliest; ideally your flight should be 7:30 pm or later.
Transportation from the airport is provided on Wednesday and back and forth from the conference hotel, so there’s no need to rent a car.
When you register for a workshop, a Travel Form is one of the documents you’ll receive, and it provides space for you to communicate your travel plans and lodging needs to the Bethesda Workshops staff.
What to Bring / What to Leave Home
Cell phones, laptops, iPads and similar items are not permitted at the workshop. Please leave them at home. If you are uncomfortable traveling without a cell phone, bring it with you to the Bethesda Center and turn it off before you enter the workshop site. Staff will collect all cell phones and electronics and keep them until the workshop ends. If you don’t believe you can be totally disconnected from work, you’re encouraged to attend a future workshop when you can dedicate time away.
Bring clothes for four days, personal toiletries, medicine and any other essentials you’ll need. Bring a Bible, a journal, recovery related reading or personal devotional materials if you like. We’ll provide everything you’ll need during the workshop itself, including a workbook, paper and pen.