Bethesda Workshops 

a place for healing from sexual addiction in Nashville, TN

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 sexual addiction and co-sex addiction. 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 by the Friday before 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.

January 22-25, 2014

March 5-8, 2014

May 14-17, 2014

July 9-12, 2014

September 24-27, 2014

November 5-8, 2014

What to Bring / What to Leave Home

Cell phones, laptops, iPads and similar items are not allowed at the workshop. Please leave them at home. If you are uncomfortable traveling without a cell phone, please turn it off before you enter the workshop site. Staff will collect all cell phones 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 or personal devotional materials if you like. We’ll provide everything you’ll need during the workshop itself, including a workbook, paper and pen.

Travel Information

 It’s critically important that you be present for the entire workshop. Do not make travel plans to arrive late for the workshop. You WILL NOT be admitted to the workshop if you plan your travel in such a way that you arrive late. As a group intensive, it’s vital that everyone be present from the start. And don’t plan to leave before the workshop ends 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 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.

The schedule is designed so that most participants may fly or drive to Nashville on Wednesday morning. Ideally, if you’re flying you should arrive in Nashville no later than 11 a.m. CST on Wednesday so you’ll have time to eat lunch and get to the workshop site. (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.) The Healing for Partners workshop ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday and participants are free to leave then.

The Bethesda home page has a Travel Information link at the top that provides more information. When you register for a workshop, a Travel Form is one of the documents you’ll receive, and that form provides space for you to communicate your travel plans and lodging needs to the Bethesda staff.

Format & Agenda

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.

While individual counseling sessions are not part of the workshop, each participant will have extensive time to share personally. Sessions normally begin by 8:30 a.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.

Topics include:

  • Grief and loss
  • Family of origin dynamics
  • Childhood abuse
  • Co-addiction and codependency
  • Boundaries
  • 12 Step program
  • Healthy recovery cycle
  • When to extend trust
  • Couple and family issues
  • Spiritual concerns and growth

Location & Lodging

Nashville, Tennessee

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.