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Richmont Student’s Article Accepted for Publication

ATLANTA, GA – (October 17, 2013)

Current Licensed Professional Counseling student Jenna Riemersma’s article, “A New Generation of Sexual Addiction: Etiology and Treatment Implications” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. Riemersma’s article, co-authored by Dr. Michael Sytsma, is currently under consideration for presentation at the 2014 Christian Association for Psychological Studies conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Preparing to graduate in May 2014, Riemersma has pursued Richmont’s Licensed Professional Counseling track with specializations in sex therapy, addictions and spiritual direction. Currently, she is completing her internship with HopeQuest – the only faith-based residential treatment facility in the U.S. currently providing clinical services for both men and women who are struggling with sexual addiction. While this is her first psychological publication, Riemersma has presented her research in the advanced sexual addiction course through the Institute for Sexual Wholeness (ISW).

Reflecting on her research and recent publication Riemersma said, “Writing for the journal has been an exciting process, as well as an honor. This article is an attempt to articulate the radical changes in the field of sexual addiction that have been introduced with the ready accessibility of graphic online content. We as clinicians need a template for articulating the unique etiology and treatment interventions required for this “new generation” of individuals struggling with sexual addiction, and it is exciting to be a part of that dialogue. Dr. Sytsma has been an invaluable support in the writing and publication process, and I am indebted to his expertise and mentorship for providing this opportunity. The privilege of working with field leaders such as Dr. Sytsma is one of the remarkable gifts of the Richmont community.” 

Dr. Sytsma, ISW faculty member and President of Building Intimate Marriages, served as a co-author of the article as well as Riemersma’s academic mentor.

“Jenna has done a great job in pulling this article together,” said Dr. Sytsma. “Doing the work to get an article that challenges standard thinking through the peer review process is difficult. The subject we are talking about merits discussion as our article is designed to escalate professional discussion on rapid onset sexual addiction. She did an amazing job in pulling our clinical observations together and adding her heart for the next generation into a model that works. It will be exciting to see what dialogue is created as others read through and react to the concepts in the article. I’m proud of Jenna’s professionalism on multiple levels and enjoyed working with her on this project. I hope other students will be challenged to follow her lead.”