John Giugliano

John Giugliano, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor
PhD, Smith College
tel: 610-499-4619

Research Interests

My research interests involve the understanding of men's out-of-control sexual behavior and the effects of early childhood trauma on adult men

Courses Taught

Practice, HBSE II, Deconstructing Clinical Theory Education

Educator Eugene S. Wilson said, "Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient." Each student brings a personal history, a relational style, and challenges to learning. I want students to maintain their curiosity and develop a comfort with "not knowing."
I joined Widener's MSW program because of its: commitment to preparing students for agency based clinical social work practice, diversity of student population, and embodiment of social work values. The depth and breadth of Widener's clinical MSW program is one of the finest in the area. As a professor I find the faculty and the staff supportive, fun, caring, generous and intelligent. I feel privileged to be among them.
I find learning and the free exchange of ideas exciting. The educational experience is richest when it is relational and interactive. I hope that students can personally develop and discover themselves within the context of the theory and local knowledge that their classmates introduce into the classroom. My commitment is to assist students in this process of self-discovery and self-awareness that will occur with new ideas and restructuring old thoughts.
I am currently teaching second year Advanced Social Work Practice I and II, as well as being the field liaison for my students in that practice class. I teach first year MSW students-Human Behavior II. I also teach first and second year doctoral students clinical theory. By using the Socratic method I try to stimulate an environment of inquiry and curiosity by encouraging students to challenge new concepts. Not only allowing students the freedom to disagree but also encouraging them to do so. This develops a respect for differences and encourages intellectual risk taking. I am committed to graduating students that have a sound clinical knowledge, and will strive to elevate the Social Work profession.
Ever since I was 13 years old I wanted to be a social worker. That was realized when I received my Masters of Social Work at UCLA. I worked with chronically mentally ill clients and later with a diverse population in UCLA's outpatient mental health program. The more I learned, the more I realized how much I did not know. Although there many ways to be a good clinician, my clinical experience taught me that brief psychodynamic treatments were helpful to clients. I searched for more theories and treatment models that would help me to find respectful way to treat the "whole" person. I later received my PhD in Social Work from Smith College. I selected Smith because I felt it would give me a theoretical base that was least heterosexist and sexist.
I maintain a private practice and do agency based clinical work. This enhances my ability to bring clinical experiences into the classroom. I have worked with many People with AIDS over the years. Clients began describing their out-of-control sexual behavior as an addiction. Later I began researching aspects of out of control sexual behavior to deepen my understanding of the nature of this problem/disorder that is commonly referred to as sexual addiction. It is thrilling to be part of a newly evolving field of study and to contribute to the fund of knowledge. I am among the few social workers nationally who specializes in the treatment of Out-of Control Sexual Behaviors.
Besides teaching I am currently on the board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). For the past three years I have been Chairperson for the SASH conference, which serves as a national/international forum for professionals in this field of specialization. I am on the editorial board for the Journal on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. I have published and presented in the United States, Asia and Europe on treatment modalities for individuals who suffer with problematic sexual behaviors. 


  • Ph.D., with Honors, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA 
  • M.S.W., Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, School of Social Welfare, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
  • Teacher's Certification, Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA 
  • B.A. in Sociology, Salutatorian, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 

Recent Publications

Giugliano, J. (under review). Out of control sexual behaviors: Clinical issues. China Journal of Social Work.

Giugliano, J. (under review). Sex and internet addiction in China. Journal of Chongqing University.

Giugliano, J. (accepted). Hypersexuality: What's in a name? Revista di Sessuologia Organo Ufficiale del Centro Italiano di Sessuologia.

Giugliano, J. (December, 2012). Object relations treatment of a woman with borderline personality disorder from a Mahlerian perspective: A case illustration. Clinical Case Studies.

Giugliano, J. (accepted). Sex addiction as a mental health diagnosis: Coming together or coming apart? Sexologies: European Journal of Sexual Health (Revue Européenne de Santé Sexuelle)

Giugliano, J. (October, 2011). Treating sex addiction as a disorder of self: A self psychological perspective. British Journal of Psychotherapy.

Giugliano, J. (2009) Out of control sexual behavior. Germany: VDM Verlag.

Giugliano, J. (Winter, 2009). Describing and treating out-of-control sexual behavior.   Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling.

Giugliano, J. (April, 2009) Sexual addiction: Diagnostic problems. International Journal Of Mental Health And Addiction.

Giugliano, J. (September, 2008)Treatment vs. punishment. Non juried position paper.

Giugliano, J. (Fall, 2008). Generalist practice with people affected by addictions chapter in: Poulin John E. Collaborative social work: strengths-based generalist practice Itasca, Ill.: F.E. Peacock Publishers.

Giugliano, J. (April, 2008). Sexual impulsivity, compulsivity or dependence: An investigative inquiry. Journal on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.

Giugliano, J. (March, 2007). What is healthy sexuality ? Non juried position paper.

Giugliano, J. (December, 2006). Out of control sexual behavior: A qualitative study. Journal on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.

Giugliano, J. (August, 2005). Conducta sexual descontrolada: Problemas de evaluacion. (Sexual Addiction: Diagnostic Problems.) Revista de Terapia y de Pareja. (Journal of Couples and Sexual Therapy) Asociacion Espanola de Sexologia Clinica, Madrid, Spain. 

Recent Presentations

Giugliano, J. (March 2, 2013). Understanding international trends in the field of out of control sexual behavior presented at Thammastat University Babnkok, Thailand.

Giugliano, J. (September 20, 2012). International trends in the field of sexual addiction.presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) National Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Shaping the Future. San Antonio, TX.

Giugliano, J. (May 15, 2012) Understanding out of control sexual behavior. Department of Sexology and Psychosomatic Studies,. Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Holland.

Giugliano, J. (March 19, 2012) Out of control sexual behavior: Assessment and treatment, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD.

Giugliano, J. (September 24, 2011). Hypersexuality: The road to the DSM-V.presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) National Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Trauma and Treatment. San Diego, CA.

Giugliano, (September 15, 2011) Hypersexuality- DSM-V ethical issues. Presented at Scattergood Ethics Program Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Giugliano, J. (May 23-24, 2011) Sex addiction: What is it? Presented at International Forum Social Work and Community Develop 2011, Chongqing Technology and Business University (CTBU), Chongqing,P.R.China

Giugliano, J. (May 5, 2010). Narrative therapy. presented at Widener University Chester, PA.

Giugliano, J. (March 5, 2010). A biopsychosocial understanding of sex addiction. presented at RHC/Schuylkill Falls Family Practice Primary Care Nurses, Philadelphia PA.

Giugliano, J. (October 29, 2009).Addicts: Who are they and how do we help them? presented at Social Work Consultation Services (SWCS), Chester, PA.

Giugliano, J. (September 21-2, 2009). Various treatment models for different stages of out of control sexual behavior.presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) National Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Integrity and Integration. San Diego, CA.

Giugliano, J. (May 6, 2009). Sex addiction, love addiction, sex offending. presented at Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc. (SOAR). Wilmington, DE.

Giugliano, J. (April, 2009). Sexual dependence, apples and oranges: Clinical issues. presented at Widener University Alumni Association. Chester, PA.

Giugliano, J. (September 19-21, 2008). Various perspectives on healthy sexuality.presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) National Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Healing and Honor. Boston, MA.

Giugliano, J. (January 25, 2008). Sexual dependence: Clinical issues. presented at Social Work Consultation Services (SWCS), Chester, PA.

Giugliano, J. (October 26-30, 2007). Why am I stuck in the drama? Using Karpman's triangle to understand and escape the drama and dysfunction in my head and with others. presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Twentieth Anniversary Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Guidance and Growth. Las Vegas, NV.

Giugliano, J. (June 10, 2007). Keynote Address: Social work and the clinical use of self in the treatment of sex addiction. presented at New York State Society for Clinical Social Work – Queens Chapter. Conference. Kew Gardens, New York.

Giugliano, J. (March 17, 2007). Embracing parts of self. presented at The Daylesford Abbey Sex and Love Addict's Retreat, Paoli, PA.

Giugliano, J. (January 2007). Sexual addiction: What is it and how do we treat it. presented at Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA.

Giugliano, J. (October 19-21, 2006). Exploring various modalities for the treatment of sex addiction.presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Annual Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality: Education and Enrichment. Chicago, IL.

Giugliano, J. (May 2006). Looking through the kaleidoscope of culture in multigenerational families. Panel presentation, Widener University, Chester PA.

Giugliano, J. (May 2006). Sex addiction: Assessment and treatment. presented at Center for Social Work Field Instructor Seminar, Widener University, Chester. PA.

Giugliano, J. (April 29 2006). Keynote Address: Why do I keep doing this? The etiology and treatment of out of control sexual behaviors. presented at New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Conference. White Plains, New York.

Giugliano, J. (February 2006). Clinical issues in treating sexual compulsivity. presented at Consortium of Sexual Addiction Treatment Professionals Meeting, London, England.

Giugliano, J. (September 22-24, 2005). Why do I keep doing this? presented at The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Annual Conference, Creating a Culture of Healthy Sexuality:  Diversity and Dissemination. San Francisco, CA.

Academic Honors and Awards 

  • SASH, The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, Board of Directors (1999-2012)                         
    Governance Committee, Chair (2005-2007)
    Conference Committee Chair (2007-2012)
  • Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity- Editorial Board
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)- member
  • Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • Clinical Social Worker Council