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What is the CCRT-SLA Training Program?

Our training program is based on the Healing & Recovery model, which addresses love and sex addictions as symptoms of a connective disorder, defined as an inability to identify our emotions and needs and resolve them in a healthy way.

We have developed a unique approach that applies to both addicts and partners, allowing greater safety and potential for connection. Using our tools, addicts, both male and female, can break free from addictive cycles, heal the pain and unhealthy patterns that led them to escape to those behaviors, and learn to develop healthy connections in their lives.

Those same tools allow partners of either gender to process through pain stemming from betrayal trauma, codependence, and unhealthy patterns in their lives, while giving them increased safety as they understand the process and language used by their spouse, increasing their ability to recognize steps taken by the addict and create safety for themselves independent of their spouse’s recovery or honesty.

Meet the ICR Faculty

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Mark H Bird, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Bird is a licensed marriage and family therapist, attending BYU for his Master’s degree and Virginia Tech for his PhD. He has worked with addictive behaviors, including drug/alcohol and process addictions, since 2000. This experience includes time as the Director of Outpatient Services for Santé Center for Healing and as Program Director for Enterhealth Life Recovery Program. He has published multiple articles in professional journals and presented at multiple professional conferences, including  ACA, AAMFT, TAMFT, and SASH conferences. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on couple therapy and sexual addiction. His book, In Tandem, focuses on treating sexual addictions individually and relationally. He co-founded and is currently Executive Director for the Institute for Connection and Recovery, a training program for therapists based on a model of therapy that incorporates individual healing with relational healing. Dr. Bird also runs a private practice, Healing and Recovery, specializing in working with sexual addicts and partners of both genders.

I would highly recommend the CCRT-SLA training with Mark and Laney. The relational aspects of this model provide training to support both the addict and the partner that seem to be missing from other sexual addiction treatment models. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and look forward to bringing it to my clients.
Jace Daily, LPC-I