Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sex and Pornography Addictions in the New Media Frontier

The workshop will discuss survivor shame as it relates to addictive sex, while offering clear direction toward sexual sobriety and relationship healing. The effect of the new media frontier (social networks, smart phones and the like) will be woven into the discussion of how online life affects the problem of sexual addiction.

This presentation will also review current research while also addressing issues and questions that may arise when working in day-to-day clinical practice related to extreme spousal betrayal. An overview of the most common characteristics of spousal betrayal will also be discussed. 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 offers an overview of the questions and concerns most often asked by sex addicts (of all sexual orientations) and their spouses/partners.

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The material will offer a review of the diagnosis of sexual addiction, common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts, along with direction toward eliminating problem sexual behavior. The relationship between sexual addiction and early trauma survival will be reviewed along with pertinent discussion about managing and pacing recovery in multiple related areas such as behavioral (addictions) and emotional/relationship (intimacy problems). The influence of the Internet on sexual addiction (Smart Phone and Social Media based sex and porn) will be discussed and reviewed online. Participants will be offered a gender based model of sex addiction recovery and healing, commonly utilized in treatment. Questions will be reviewed and discussed regarding working through betrayal, psycho-education of the spouse, couples growth and healing intimacy bonds. Resources for additional help, along with useful reading, 12-step and clinical referral information will be provided. Interact ive case consultation will be accompanied by a question and answer session.

 

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the characteristic symptoms of problem sexual behavior and sexual addiction.

2. Discuss the outline of the origins of sexually addictive behavior and a working knowledge of sexual recovery.

3. Use basic referral resources and information including: Self-help groups, review of the 12 step programs, online resources and useful articles and books.

4. Discuss the psychodynamics of the spouse newly coping with acknowledged relationship infidelity.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of trauma resolution in those spouses suffering from the shock of profound relationship betrayal.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of 2-3 guidelines toward differentiating shorter-term shock/trauma reactions related to infidelity vs. longer-term character pathology in clients who have been significantly romantically and sexually betrayed.

 

Speakers:

Robert Weiss, LCSW CSAT-S: is Director of Sexual Disorders Services for Elements Behavioral Health and Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute – an outpatient sexual addiction treatment center. An acknowledged writer of sexual addiction literature, he is co-author of “Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy to Obsession”, author of “Treating Sexual Addiction” in The Handbook of Addictive Disorders, Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men (Alyson Books) and co-author: Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction in the Internet Age. Currently Mr. Weiss serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. A UCLA MSW graduate and trained under the direction of Dr. Patrick Carnes, Mr. Weiss is a former board member and committee chair of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and has lectured for The UCLA Neuro-Psychiatric Institute, The American Association of Sex Educators and Therapists, Th e National Association of Social Work and in Washington DC at The NIH (National Institutes of Health), The Betty Ford Center, Hazelden, and many others. Recent media appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Larry King Show, ESPN, The Discovery Channel, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and Anderson Cooper 360. In a field with very few recognized experts, Mr. Weiss is an acknowledged professional in the assessment and treatment of persons with compulsive and addictive sexual disorders.

 

(6) Continuing Education Credits

 CE Info:

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 (6) 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 (6) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations.

Promises is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: BBSE (Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners) (Provider #PCE 2724) for MFT’s & LCSW’s; California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP 14368) for Registered Nurses. Full-time participants can be awarded up to (6) 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.

 

When: Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30am – 4:00pm

Where: Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotels, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217

(Ask for our Elements group rate!)

Cost: Licensed Clinicians $95, Students $75

(breakfast, lunch, and refreshments included)

 

Agenda:

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Introduction

9:00 am -12:00 pm: Workshop

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Workshop Resumes /Q&A/ Wrap up

4:00 pm: Workshop Closes

 

Seating is Limited. Register Early!

Register here by clicking on the “Register” button above or to register by phone call Jeanette Lisalda at 866-825-1104.