If you've had enough, there is hope!
May 28-30 Virtual Workshop has been cancelled.
Rescheduled for July 9-11
As COVID – 19 has temporarily interrupted our lives, the My House team still wants to make the workshop available. Thus, we will conduct this intensive virtually at a discount. This is a trying time as social isolation alongside anxiety and other issues (family tensions) might be escalating unwanted sexual behaviors. We are here for you during this season and can provide practical ways to heal, tools for recovery and theological insight into addiction.
For this virtual workshop experience, you are required to be actively working with a therapist in your area. We can help you find a local counselor if need be. We ask that you attend the whole 3 days without interruption. We also ask that you find a place that you can be alone during the scheduled times for the online meetings without interruptions or distractions (ie, kids screaming or wife/roommate walking into the video feed). We also ask that you don't leave during the sessions. We want to make this as similar as we can to the other workshops as community building is so important for recovery. Feel free to call or email with further questions (contact info is at the bottom of this webpage).
The My House Workshop for Men is a 3-day confidential, intensive for men striving to overcome and heal from unwanted sexual behaviors. It is geared to maximize your investment of time and money, as it will enhance the work you might have started or jump start your journey towards healing.
The intensive includes a whole person approach from modern neuroscience to the emotional and spiritual underpinnings of compulsive sexual behaviors. The education and small group discussion are led by top Catholic and Christian experts including Dr. Todd Bowman, Associate Professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University and adjunct faculty for the SATP at Mid America Nazarene University, Fr. Sean Kilcawley, international speaker on Theology of the Body and Director of the Office of Family Life at the Diocese of Lincoln, NE, Michael Ciaccio MS, LPC, SATP, founder of the Center for Healing LLC and therapist for the Missouri My House Initiative and Sam Meier MA, LPC, therapist for the Kansas My House Initiative, C-SAT Candidate and part time counselor at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.
This is a premier Catholic/Christian approach which not only addresses the acting out behaviors and tools to stop them, it includes cutting-edge neuroscience and a spiritual foundation to restore a healthy sexuality. The psychological lens uncovers wounds and thought patterns that drive the behavior. In this way, the whole person is tended to. Mass/service and confession (for non-Catholics as well) are made available to heal mind, body and soul. A pastor and/or priest will be present during the entire workshop. With God as the healer and the workshop as the conduit, emotional and spiritual growth are built into the program. Here is a glimpse of the schedule:
- Understanding Sexually Addictive Behavior
- Sexual History
- Spiritual Underpinnings
- Neurobiology of Addiction
- Attachment and Recovery
- Managing Triggers
- Group Work
- Sexual Addiction and Trauma
- Psychology and Spirituality: Recovery
- Understanding Betrayal Trauma
- Spousal Perspectives on Recovery
- Spiritual Transformation
- Nuts and Bolts of Sustainable Sobriety
This workshop is for men struggling with sexual behaviors they are having trouble stopping.
There is a continuum for this struggle ranging from sexual addiction (a term often misunderstood) to acting out behaviors such as pornography use. Other behaviors might include masturbation, sexual encounters, affairs or a variety of fetish behaviors. For instance, have you noticed any of the following: an increase in usage or acting out behaviors, finding yourself thinking about sex and having trouble stopping, watching pornography but conflicted with the internal battle of wanting to turn it off or you find yourself in the midst of losing your marriage and/or job...if so, this workshop is for you. Within a confidential, supportive group environment, the small group leaders and the men in the group provide a safe environment within which to work through these issues, heal and find freedom.
The workshop is located in Kansas City, KS at the Sanctuary of Hope. The fee includes room and board for Thursday through Saturday. If you are flying into KCI, please come Wednesday evening and you can use Uber or a taxi for transportation to the retreat house, which is only about 20 miles from the airport. You can spend the night at Sanctuary of Hope for an extra fee of $50 for room and board. As for your flight home, since the workshop ends at 4 pm Saturday, please schedule your flight for after 6 pm. You also have the option to stay the night on Saturday for the fee of $50.
Please note that our fee is more affordable than other similar Christian intensives around the country. We do offer a discount for priests, seminarians and missionaries. Scholarships are possibly available, thus contact Michael Ciaccio with further questions about the fees. There is a $40 cancellation fee if paid via the website.
Media devices will be limited during the workshop. They will be collected and safely stored during the day and use will be limited to evenings. We strongly recommend that you limit contact these evening hours to urgent circumstances. The purpose of this is so you can focus on your healing, your personal circumstances and God.
Bring clothes for three days, personal toiletries, medicine and any other essentials you’ll need. The dress code is casual. Bring a Bible, a journal, or personal devotional materials if you would like. We’ll provide the Reclaiming Sexual Wholeness workbook, paper and pen.