Lawyers to gain insight into impact of addiction at CPD workshops



The impact of internet pornography on individuals will be the subject of two upcoming half-day workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow – which lawyers are encouraged to attend.

Overuse of internet pornography is fast emerging as a compulsive sexual behaviour disorder, in lockstep with the greater use of smartphones and easy access to streaming video in the past 10 years.

Lawyers are unaware that many of the issues they see in their cases are rooted in compulsive use of internet pornography: e.g. possession of indecent images of children; teens sexting; sexual harassment and the breakdown of relationships.

The workshops will be run by The Reward Foundation, an educational charity based in Edinburgh that looks at the science behind sex, love relationships and the brain’s reward system. They are accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and are each worth four hours’ CPD.

Attendees will be given an introduction to addiction in general and compulsive use of internet pornography in particular, based on the latest scientific research.

They will also learn about different types of physical health and mental health conditions related to pornography use emerging from the research, including the vulnerability of people on the autistic spectrum who are overrepresented in the statistics on harmful sexual behaviour.

The workshops, run by Mary Sharpe, Advocate and Darryl Mead, PhD, will encourage reflective discussion among practitioners about best practice and possible improvements and will signpost recovery options.

Edinburgh|13 November 2019
This course will next be available in a half-day format in Edinburgh, Scotland on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Cost is £75.00 per person. The workshop will be held at Anderson Strathern, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh EH3 8EY. We will gather from 13.00 for a 13.30 start, running until 17.00. You can book for Edinburgh on the Eventbrite page.

Glasgow|15 November 2019
This course will next be available in a half-day format in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday 15 November 2019. Cost is £75.00 per person. The workshop will be held at the University of Strathclyde, Room JA504, the John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, Glasgow G4 0NG. We will gather from 13.00 for a 13.30 start, running until 17.00. You can book for Glasgow on the Eventbrite page.