“Raising the Bottoms” at 2016 SASH Conference

Event Details:

Date and Time: Thursday September 22, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

Location: Downtown Radisson,111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701

Cost: Varies per registrant. Student scholarship registration is available for this event. See registration information below.


Event Description:

In 1976 one of the co-presenters of this workshop began an extensive training process with Vernon Johnson, the father of addiction intervention. Predicated on these fundamental Johnsonion methods, he eventually developed his own unique model for conducting therapeutic interventions and named his model “Raising the Bottoms©”. Raising the Bottoms© (RTB) is a unique blend of traditional Johnson Intervention wisdom and a series of task-oriented strategies providing the interventionist with a clear framework for raising the bottoms of the intervention team members, the addict and the treatment process.

On Thursday, September 22nd , John and Shawn Leadem will be joining with the Society for the Advancement for Sexual Health (SASH) at their 2016 annual national conference. The conference, titled “Integrating Heart, Mind, and Body in Pursuit of Sexual Health” will run from September 22nd through Saturday September 24th. John and Shawn will be presenting early on the first day of the conference to introduce participants to the RTB model and to present this unique intervention model’s specific relationship with the theme and spirit of this conference.

The pervasive shame found in sex addiction is unparalleled in other addictive disorders. Families fractured by sex addiction often feel obliged to maintain the subterfuge even while burning in the flames of betrayal. This model goes beyond the traditional notion that the main objective is to get the addict into treatment and holds that a successful intervention gets all involved in the treatment needed to match their identified needs.

The model addresses the therapeutic needs of the concerned others in a way that greatly reduces the protagonist’s resistance, promoting a shared model of recovery rather than the “addict as the identified patient model” which can be shaming and often backfires. RTB also seeks to raise the bottom for treatment providers by providing training to those who desire to provide assistance not just for the sex addict but to all who may have been injured at the “scene of the crash.”

Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals the information necessary to understand the nuances of intervention especially as it relates to the unique ways in which sex addiction impacts the entire family system. Attendees will learn how Raising the Bottoms© is uniquely suited for addressing these specific nuances of sex addiction treatment  and how it differs from other intervention models.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this 1.5 hour presentation, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the primary goals of intervention as it relates to Sex Addiction
  2. Understand the disease concept of addiction and how it relates to intervention
  3. Develop basic knowledge of preliminary assessment and an intervention screening survey
  4. Understand the unique challenges of intervention
  5. How to formulate an intervention that help all members of the intervention team get the help they may need – not just the sex addict
  6. Help the entire family system that has been impacted by sexual addiction

For more information about attending this training, please contact sash@sash.net or you can also call by phone: 610-348-4783

For registration, conference schedule, and/or to see exact pricing options please ->CLICK HERE<-

For more information about this or any LCCS events – or if you are interested in having us bring this program to your facility or agency directly, please contact Leadem Counseling and Consulting Services directly at 732-797-1444.


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