The CICS Online Diploma in Compulsive Sexual Behaviour (CSB) provides a specialist training in working with clients who feel that their sexual behaviour is out of their control.

At CICS we prefer to the use the term Compulsive Sexual Behaviour, (CSB), rather than 'sex addiction'. There is no current diagnostic criteria for ’sex addiction’ in the UK and there is a building research base that challenges the concepts of 'sex and porn addiction’.

Our course offers a paradigm shift towards a non pathologising, sex positive approach that centralises client individuality, erotic diversity and cultural sensitivity. We approach sexual compulsivity from a sex and relationship perspective, rather than through the lens of so called ‘sex addiction', and, as such, we ground our students in a thorough understanding of the aspects of sexual diversity and eroticism that have an impact on this client group.

Attendees will leave the training feeling confident in their understanding of compulsive sexual behaviours and armed with a range of treatment approaches immediately applicable to clinical practice.

The CICS Online Diploma in CSB is offered as a six month blended learning process, comprising of:


- A detailed 6 module series of pre-recorded video presentations, delivered by Silva Neves, leading CSB expert, with comprehensive support materials, accessed via our e-learning platform covering:

- 6 live online group practice days delivered via Zoom 9.30am to 5pm:

Course Induction 14th September 2024 from 10am-11.30am

The Guided Learning Hours for this course are 50 and the Total Qualifying Time is 134 hours.


- Peter Carter OSRT Registered Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist, Registered Nurse and Sexual Health Advisor.

I highly recommend CICS Diploma in Compulsive Sexual Behaviour (CSB) course. It was a great learning that equipped me with the most recent, comprehensive and research-based information about CSB. I very much appreciated the sex-positive, non-pathologising and trauma-informed approach to the issue of Compulsive Sexual Behaviour. The course provided me with a full range of effective tools to deal with emotional regulation as well as important of trauma-processing techniques.
- Magdalena Piesiewicz COSRT Registered Sex and Relationship Therapist

Entry Requirements

We accept applications from diploma level qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, couple therapists, psychosexual therapists and addiction specialists. We also welcome applications from associated professional fields such as psychiatry and psychology.

Places are allocated following an online interview and suitable references.

Course Assessment

Assessment comprises of the completion of end of module evidence of learning assessments and self -reflection submissions on the e-learning platform and one case study of 4000 words.

Supervised Clinical Practice

20 hours of CSB practice supervised at a ratio of 1:5 to be completed by October 2024.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

This course is COSRT Accredited for 50 Guided Learning Hours and 134 hours Total Qualification Time of thematic CPD.


£1,800 including VAT for the full course. £300 non-refundable course deposit followed by 6 payments of £250.

Course Director

Silva Neves - view our faculty here.

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