Bethesda Workshops 

a place for healing from sexual addiction in Nashville, TN

Healing for Teens & Their Parents

Gender-specific workshops for teens ages 15-18 (18 year-olds who are still in high school) struggling with problematic sexual or relational behavior and their parents.

About the Workshop

This clinical intensive workshop is family-based, rather than a program just for the adolescents themselves. Whoever is identified as the teen’s parents (whether parents or step-parents – those who have primary residential and legal responsibility for the teen) are REQUIRED to attend. For your teen to heal and that healing to last, parents must be part of the process. Struggling adolescents are much more likely to change in the context of family-based healing. That environment takes some of the pressure off, as they realize the treatment focus isn’t solely on them as the “problem.” It’s vital that the whole family be involved in a coordinated process of understanding, growth, and change.

The workshop is a GROUP process where multiple families attend at the same time (normally four to six families). The participants move between brief educational segments, activities, and group settings. Some of the groups are separate gatherings of the teens and the parents, where each population has a safe space to share their challenges as a family. Other groups are family therapy (with the teens and parents together) in a multi-family group setting, meaning one or two other families will be part of the group. The intensive is active, experiential, and engaging for both the teen and the parents.

Participation is limited to six families. Individual counseling is not part of the workshop, but each family gets significant dedicated attention within the group setting. A family greatly benefits from observing other families’ work, as well as from doing their own.

The workshop is clinical, meaning all the leaders are at least master’s level, licensed counselors who are specifically trained in treating problematic sexual behavior from a family-systems perspective. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the acting out behavior, but also its roots and the dynamics of the family system that is involved. Each teen develops a specific recovery plan to guide his or her process after the workshop. Each family also formulates a plan to guide their interactions and expectations.

Research and experience shows that families with a struggling teen benefit from family therapy as well as help for the teen individually and for his or her parents. We strongly recommend that a family be engaged with a therapist before attending the workshop and continue their healing process with appropriate therapeutic help after the workshop. [Note: If the teen is not currently in counseling, he/she and the parents must separately complete an intake phone session with one of our clinicians to be sure the workshop is an appropriate fit for your situation.]

The workshop fee includes all lodging and meals for all family members attending. 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 a family’s 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.

Dates & Times

Wednesday, 1:00 pm – Saturday, 3:00 pm, CST **

June 13-16, 2018 – Teen FEMALES

August 8-11, 2018 – Teen MALES

September 26-29, 2018 – Teen MALES

Format & Agenda

The workshop is a group experience, but the small number of families accepted at one time ensures that each teen and his/her family has extensive time to share and receives dedicated attention. Sessions normally begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.

The workshop format is intense and specifically designed to maximize a family’s time and investment. The approach consists of a combination of activities, exercises, communication sessions, reflection, and experiential activities. The format is designed to be non-judgmental, non-adversarial, and engaging for all involved.

Topics include:

  • Shame and reactivity
  • Creating a family culture of support
  • Education about problematic sexual behavior
  • Cycle of acting out
  • Influence of culture and social media
  • Boundaries
  • Tools of recovery
  • Relapse prevention
  • Dynamics of healthy families
  • Family communication
  • Positive parenting
  • Realistic expectations about behavior and recovery
  • Spirituality

Workshop Leaders

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. The Teens & Parents workshop also includes clinicians with extensive training and experience working with adolescents and families. It is staffed by female and male therapists, and normally a small group of families has a leader of each gender. All workshop facilitators are committed Christians with specific clinical training in treating sexual addiction and related issues. Most workshop leaders are in some form of personal recovery as an addict or a partner.


The workshop fee is $5,000, which includes attendance for the teen, the teen’s parents, and step-parents if applicable. The fee includes lodging and meals for all attendees during the workshop. A $1,500 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Check the Financial Information section for more details.

Location & Lodging

Nashville, Tennessee

The workshops are held Nashville, TN. All participants (including Nashville area residents) stay together in a nearby hotel. The teen is required to stay with at least one parent in a hotel suite, which consists of a bedroom, a living room area with a pull-out sofa, and a shared bathroom. A single room for the teen isn’t an option. A step-parent may stay in the suite with the other parent and the teen, or in a separate room at the conference hotel, if desired. Parents are responsible for the teen overnight.

All lodging (excluding any optional nights) and meals for everyone attending the workshop are included in the fee.

The Bethesda Workshops staff will handle your hotel reservation according to the information you provide on your Travel Arrangements form, which is part of the workshop paperwork. 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.

Travel Information

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 must 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 around 11:15 am Central time on Wednesday so you’ll have time to eat lunch and get to the workshop site. The Healing for Teen Females and Parents workshop ends at 3:00 pm on Saturday, and participants are free to leave then. Don’t schedule a flight before 4:00 pm at the earliest; ideally your flight should be 4:30 pm or later.

Transportation from the airport to the conference hotel is provided. Participants carpool back and forth from the conference hotel, so normally you don’t need to rent a car. Call the Bethesda Workshops office if you need to discuss transportation issues.

When you register for a workshop, a Travel Arrangements 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, tablets and similar items are not permitted at the workshop. We expect (and prefer) that you choose  trvel with a cell phone so that you can communicate with us in the case of any difficulties. Please bring your cell phone with you to Bethesda Workshops and turn it off before you come inside. Staff will collect all cell phones and other electronics and keep them until the workshop ends. If you don’t believe you can be totally disconnected from work, please plan to attend a future workshop when you can dedicate time away.

Bring clothes for four days (casual, comfortable attire), personal toiletries, medicine and any other essentials you’ll need. If you’d like, bring a Bible, a journal, recovery related reading or personal devotional materials. We’ll provide everything you’ll need during the workshop itself, including a workbook, paper and pen.