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Interview About Controversial Article on Sex Addiction 

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Peter Finn, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brains Sciences at Indiana University (Bloomington).

In an article published in Current Sexual Health Reports (June 2014, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 94 - 105), Finn and his co-authors vigorously challenge the popular notion that heavy use of pornography can become an addiction. Moreover, the authors challenge many claims that have been made by popular psychology authors concerning alleged negative consequences associated with heavy use of pornography. Ley, Prause, & Finn also suggest that some treatments for 'porn addiction' involve "pseudoscientific practices."

Many proponents of the Sex Addiction model (mostly clinicians) have vehemently objected to arguments made in "The Emperor Has No Clothes." An unfortunate schism has developed between clinicians and researchers. In the current interview, Finn is interviewed for the purpose of clarifying his views about heavy pornography use, possible negative consequences, and available treatments.

Learning Objective: After watching this program, viewers will be able to describe Finn's concerns about the construct of "pornography addiction" as well as his beliefs about possible negative effects of heavy pornography use and available treatments.

This video is appropriate for a broad range of mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers, and counselors) -- any clinician who works with "sex addiction" or "pornography addiction."

CE credit: 1 hour

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