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Pornography and the Catholic Response. On Demand

Total Credits: 1.5 APA Self Study Credit

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Dr. Shane Gomes
1 Hour 29 Minutes
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Target Audience: Students, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists; Religious and Clergy

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe 3 key aspects of pornography addiction in clients, including a deeper understanding of the biological, social, psychological and spiritual consequences of the addiction.
  • Explain the similarities and differences between pornography addiction and substance addiction(s).
  • Identify and explain the pornography addiction cycle from a biological and neurological understanding of addictions.
  • Identify a Catholic-Christian response to treatment with individuals with pornography addiction, including the integrative body-mind-soul approach, utilizing the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.
  • Demonstrate effective clinical treatment options of individuals with pornography addiction.

In this innovative and integrative presentation, attendees will learn the definition and prevalence of pornography addiction, and how the pornography addiction cycle impacts a person’s well-being with regards to their mind, body and soul.  New research findings on the biological and neurological impact of pornography usage on brain functioning will be explored, including modern impact on the social, marital and relationship impact of pornography use.  Attendees will explore how pornography addiction and substance addiction share similar biological and developmental features, including neurological similarities.  The pornography addiction cycle will be utilized to assist attendees in gaining a greater understanding of their clients’ struggle with sexual addictions.  An integrative mind-body-soul approach to treatment will be outlined including integrating psychological practices with the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist.  Attendees will learn modern clinical treatment options for clients struggling with pornography addiction.

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Catholic Psychotherapy Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



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Belmont Abbey College Department of Psychology

Shane Gomes earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA.  He is a North Carolina licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, and he is the chair and associate professor of psychology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.  Dr. Gomes has worked for over 20 years in private practice both in CA and NC conducting individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy with various populations, especially individuals who struggle with pornography addiction, other sexual addictions, alcohol and drug addictions and gambling addictions.  Dr. Gomes has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, including courses in human sexuality, psychology of gender, addictions, child sexual abuse and violence in relation to pornography and other addictions.  Dr. Gomes had spent several years treating children and adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder and other mental disorders in an outpatient mental health clinic.  He has given several trainings and workshops to mental health professionals on assessing and treating children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, attachment disorders with foster/adoptive children, and on law and ethics.  In addition to professional experience,  Dr. Gomes has taught religious education, confirmation classes, adult faith formation classes, and served as lector, sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and choir member at his parish in CA and currently in NC.  He has a small private practice in Gastonia, NC, and he has an extensive work history in inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychotherapy and day treatment with adults, children, adolescents, couples, families and groups.  Dr. Gomes, his wife and two sons live in North Carolina.