Sexual Health Centre Cork. ‘Addressing Sexual Addiction and Compulsions Through Therapy In Ireland’. 2 day Continuous Professional Development training. 26/27th of May in Limerick.

‘Addressing Sexual Addiction and Compulsions Through Therapy In Ireland’

Early bird tickets are now available for the Sexual Health Centre Cork upcoming conference, ‘Addressing Sexual Addiction and Compulsions Through Therapy In Ireland’. This two day Continuous Professional Development training is on the 26th and 27th of May in Limerick.



'Addressing Sexual Addiction and Compulsions Through Therapy In Ireland', aimed at therapists, counsellors, and other professionals, will deepen your understanding of ‘sexual addiction’ and compulsions faced by many clients. It will examine the impact of pornography, love addition, anonymous sex, chemsex, sexual anorexia and more, on an individual’s relationships and wellbeing. It will also examine the impact of these issues from a partner’s perspective.

Who is this training for?

This training will enable therapists, counsellors, and other professionals and students in related fields to develop a better understanding of how best to approach topics related to sexual activities in their work.


This is a 2-day event.

The schedule for Friday 26th May is as follows: Sexual Addiction, Erotic templates, and Pornography

• 09:00 - 09.30: Registration

• 09.30 - 11:00: Session 1

• 11:00 - 11:15: Break/Refreshments

• 11:15 - 13:00: Session 2

• 13:00 - 14:00: Break (Lunch provided)

• 14:00 - 16:00: Session 3

The schedule for Saturday 27th May is as follows: Love Addiction/Fantasies, Partner perspectives and Chemsex

• 09:00 - 09.30: Registration

• 09.30 - 11:00: Session 1

• 11:00 - 11:15: Break/Refreshments

• 11:15 - 13:00: Session 2

• 13:00 - 14:00: Break (Lunch provided)

• 14:00 - 16:00: Session 3

Further detail on the schedule will be supplied after registration.


This conference is developed and delivered by Psychotherapist Donal Clifford (M.I.A.C.P, M.A.C.I), who specialises in sexual addictions/compulsions, problematic or addictive porn use, and relationship/intimacy issues.

Donal’s background is in addiction counselling, having worked at a residential addiction centre for six years. Following this, Donal trained as a sexual addiction therapist with leading expert, Paula Hall in the UK. As well as working in private practice since 2013, Donal developed the Sex And Love Therapy (S.A.L.T.) programme in 2014, the first of it’s kind in Ireland.

The S.A.L.T programme is a customised group therapy service which supports people in regulating their problematic sexualised behaviour, and eliminates any internalised shame or isolation that may be associated with it. The S.A.L.T. programme became part of the Sexual Health Centre in Cork city in 2020, and has seen a steady rise in individuals seeking counselling for sexual and relational concerns. The service saw a 350% increase in demand last year alone, with many clients travelling from different counties to seek support.

Continuing Professional Development

A total of 12 CPD points have been applied to this training. Participants must complete both days in full.

A certificate will be provided to all in attendance, along with a training pack.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the 2-day continuous professional development are as follows:

• Develop an ability to recognise sexual addiction (SA) and the different categories. Develop an understanding of the origins and purpose of SA for the individual.

• Gain an understanding of the sexual landscape in Ireland – porn/cyber/chem sex/ anonymous sex.

• Become comfortable talking about sexual behaviours with clients.

• Identify SA in the gay community and gain an understanding of why chemsex has become the new addiction.

• Develop an understanding of the characteristics of love addiction and the female sex addict.

• Gain an understanding from the partner's perspective, difference between discovery and disclosure and their cycle of reaction.

• Learn about the erotic template and how this can shape individual sexual desires e.g. thoughts, images, behaviours, sounds, smells, sights, fantasies, and objects that arouse someone sexually.

Ticket Prices

• Early Bird Tickets: €175

• Full Price 2 Day Ticket: €200

• 1 Day Ticket: €120

Student Tickets available (valid student card required)

• 1 Day Student: €80

• 2 Day Student: €120

All tickets include lunch/refreshments

Location details:

Clayton Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Dock Rd, Limerick, V94 H6HN

Car Parking is located at Steamboat Quay, carpark at a charge of €5 per day.