Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention of Sex Addiction

This presentation will offer non-judgmental, clinical insight into the real life problem of sexual addiction and its relationship to adult intimacy and attachment disorders. This presentation will also review the proposed DSM 5 diagnosis for Hypersexual Disorder, while also addressing issues and questions that may arise when working in day-to-day clinical practice related to extreme spousal betrayal.

The relationship of Internet technology to sexual addiction will be reviewed. Useful referrals will be provided. A panel discussion will explore the importance and need for clinical intervention, and will help professionals to identify when an intervention may be appropriate.

Often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, the problem of sexual addiction is one frequently presented by angry spouses who feel betrayed and men who have lost health, career and family-life goals to sexual acting out. This presentation, given by a well known sexual addiction treatment expert and author, offers an overview of the questions and concerns most often asked by sex addicts (of all sexual orientations) and their spouses/partners. The material will offer a review of the diagnosis of sexual addiction, common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts- with a focus on Internet technology. Questions will be reviewed and discussed regarding working through betrayal, psycho-education of the spouse, couples growth and healing intimacy bonds.

A panel discussion will explore and help identify when an intervention may be appropriate and Interactive case consultation will be accompanied by a question and answer session.  Resources for additional help, along with useful reading, 12-step and clinical referral information will be provided. The material presented with benefit professionals working with survivors and sex addicts, laypeople, family members, partners, and recovering sexual addicts.

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robRob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute, Los Angeles and Director of Sexual Disorders Services at The Ranch Treatment Center in Nunnelly Tennessee. A UCLA MSW graduate, Mr. Weiss received extensive post-graduate sexual disorder’s training with addiction author and clinical leader, Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, co-author of Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction and Cybersex Exposed, with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, along with numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Mr. Weiss also provides professional training and program development for the US military and multi-addiction treatment centers around the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent media appearances include ESPN, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and Dateline NBC. In a field with few genuine experts Mr. Weiss is a specialized, knowledgeable and recognizable provider in the field of intimacy, addiction and sexual disorders.


lawyerCarol A. Lawyer, CAC, CCDP, BRI II

Carol Lawyer is a nationally recognized and board registered interventionist specializing in crisis counseling and addiction treatment for individuals and their families. She is a dynamic and passionate addiction treatment professional with over 19 years of experience in the field. Carol has dedicated much of her time to improving the standards, treatment protocols, and research outcomes within the intervention field. Since 2007, she has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Interventionist Specialists, and her work has had a profound impact on the overall quality of care provided by professional interventionists nationwide. She has also joined the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). She works tirelessly to improve the standards of intervention treatment to ensure people in crisis get the care they both need and deserve. She is an exciting and powerful speaker giving talks to mental health professionals and families across the country on “the psychodynamics of addiction in the family”, and “the core elements of the intervention process”. She touches the lives of thousands with her vivid stories and messages of hope and healing. Carol is the founder of Intervention First, an organization with a reputation for providing the very best in crisis intervention and consultation support for individuals and families. She is an expert interventionist who has helped hundreds of people caught in the grip of addiction, and she is highly regarded for the support and guidance her organization offers families who feel powerless to bring about positive change. Carol is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC), Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) and Board Registered Interventionist (BRI II). She graduated from the Penn State University Addictions Program in l992, and received her CAC from the Pennsylvania State Certification Board in 1996. She is a member of NAADAC (National Association of Addiction Counselors), ICRC (International Certification) Pro-Act, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars from Penn State University. She has received numerous awards during her professional career to include the Canon Treatment Center 2008 Addiction Professional of the Year Award, and the 2002 Unsung Hero Award. You can learn more about her work at or you can contact her directly at


Registration & Breakfast: 7:00am-7:45am

Introduction: 7:45am-8:00am

Workshop Begins: 8:00am-11:00am

Workshop Closes: 11:00am


3 CE’s Offered

Disciplines Eligible:  CADC/CAAP, LMHC/LPC, LCSW, LMFT,  Psy.D

Elements Behavioral Health is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: NAADAC (NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program No. 624); NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors Provider No. 6580).  NBCC approval is limited to the sponsoring organization and does not necessarily reflect endorsements of individual offerings.  This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for (3) continuing education credits. Elements is approved by the APA (American Psychological Association) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elements maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Ranch is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authority: NASW (Provider No. 886487573). The Ranch maintains responsibility for this program. Full-time participants can be awarded up to (3) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations.

Promises is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities:  Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners (Provider #PCE 2724) for MFT’s & LCSW’s.  Full-time participants can be awarded up to (3) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations.  Participants shall be provided certificates documenting attendance in this program and should retain this document.  Participants should check with their respective State Boards to confirm acceptance of these credits.  Partial credit is not offered by any of the aforementioned credentialing providers.


Cost:  $45.00.
Date:  April 25th, 2013
Time:   7am -11pm
Location:   Maggiano’s Little Italy, 205 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA 19406

Refunds are provided when canceling 7 days before the event. No refunds available if canceling within 7 days of event.

ADA accommodations: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.

Contact Jeanette Lisalda to register by phone at 866-825-1104.