ATSAC Annual Conference 2022

When: 12th Feb 2022                                                                                       

Where: Online over Zoom


Book your place now on our exciting one-day annual conference designed for therapists, practitioners and researchers who are interested in learning more about working with sexual addiction and compulsivity.

In order to keep our members safe and ensure the conference goes ahead, we have made some changes to the format and location. We are holding the conference over Zoom. So you will still get to see our amazing speakers, but from the comfort of your home. We are having 5 main speaker presentations, so all delegates get to see all speakers.

Members will receive a discounted rate of £90 per ticket AND 2 free half-day CPD events in 2022.


Lauren White

Transformation mentor specialising in trauma, addiction, mental health and well-being

Lauren works with successful hard working and high achievers who struggle to break free from toxic behaviours, self-sabotage and addiction by helping them fight through these behaviours and truly break free to create a pathway of freedom to the life they deserve, no matter what it takes.

Dr. Clare Allely                                      

Reader (Associate Professor) in Forensic Psychology

Clare is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford in England and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is also an Associate of The Children’s and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) at the University of Strathclyde.

Dr. Katheryn Whittaker                                         

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Katheryn Whittaker is a chartered member for the British psychological Society (CPsychol), a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and California Licensed Professional Clinical Counsellor (LPCC) and a Council for Professions Allied with Medicine (CPAM/PL/COUNS/45).  Dr. Whittaker received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanguard University, her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, and her Doctorate of Psychology from California Southern University.

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera                                         

Associate Professor for Mental Health at University of Nottingham

Yasuhiro is an Accredited Psychotherapist with the BACP and a neurolinguistics programming trainer with the Society of NLP, working with people from diverse backgrounds. Yasuhiro has numerous academic publications, across the fields of mental health, addictions, motivation, and cross-cultural psychology.

Mark Harrower

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Mark is a partner of WSA Bannerman Burke, a busy east coast firm of criminal defence solicitors and who has been representing accused persons across Scotland for 30 years. A former President of the Edinburgh Bar Association, he has given evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on Access to Justice and on whether the requirement for corroboration should be removed from Scots Law. Mark represents individuals facing charges arising from their use of the internet on a daily basis.


How to deal with our addictions. What addiction and how it can manifest in any areas of our lives

Lauren White

How to identify when you have an addiction, sometimes client find it hard to distinguish the difference between a habit and an addiction. Lauren will talk about her own experience of battling addiction, how she dealt with it and the tools she gives to help people have awareness around addiction.

Autism spectrum disorder and sexual offending

Dr. Clare Allely

In this presentation, Clare will explore how certain features of autism spectrum disorder may provide the context of vulnerability to engaging in a variety of sexual offending behaviours.

Cross over addiction: How to identify and treat

Dr. Katheryn Whittaker

Providing he definition of cross-over addiction and how to identify cross-over addiction, this presentation provides examples of neuroscientific brain cross-over connections. Furthermore, this presenter will incorporate the culturally sensitive preventative measures and early interventions for those who are vulnerable to further dependence tendencies.

Forest bathing and mental health: Possibility for addiction treatment

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera

Forest bathing, a Japanese traditional healing practice, has been attracting attention globally because of its positive impact on our mental health. People’s awareness of mental health has increased in recent years (even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic), and forest bathing can be a cost-effective and low-risk approach for many people’s mental distress. This presentation will introduce mental health research about this established yet newly known therapeutic approach, and discuss a possibility of application into addiction treatment.

Recent trends in internet offending: What your client needs to hear from their Lawyer 

Mark Harrower

The right to privacy gives no immunity from prosecution, and as increasing numbers of individuals face charges of indecently communicating with others, what advice should they expect from their lawyer in order to prepare for what lies ahead? In his presentation, Mark explores recent trends in internet based offending and how to best advise someone who is facing such a prosecutio

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