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Cruise Control Revisited: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men

Two Presenters; Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S and Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CAADC, RDDP, will be presenting two workshops. 

Jeff-ZachariasWORKSHOP 1:  “Addiction and the LGBTQI Community – Understanding the Intersection Between the Two” with Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CAADC, RDDP.

This presentation will delve into the topic of addiction in the LGBTQI population.  Research has shown that rates of addiction are higher in the LGBTQI population as compared to the hetero-normative population.  Fueling the addiction can be a myriad of issues including:  homophobia, gender identity/expression, anxiety, depression as well as the coming out process.  Further complications arise if there are biological, medical, familial, religious and/or psychological issues.  This talk will provide an overview of addiction in the LGBTQI population, exam the factors that exacerbate an existing addiction and provide evidence based practices for treating the LGBTQI population.

robWORKSHOP 2:   “Cruise Control Revisited: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men” with Robert Weiss, LCSW CSAT-S:

This presentation offered by author and national clinical sexual disorders expert Rob Weiss, provides clear, non-judgmental insight into the serious problem of sexual addiction among gay men. Common myths related to sex addiction and homophobia will be dispelled and the diagnosis fully explained. This talk will offer a window into evolving digital technologies (social media, apps) as well as gay intimacy/gay marriage, as they relate to addictive disorders today. The interactive disorder of stimulant (coke/meth) abuse and sexual behavior will be reviewed. This talk –useful to both clinicians and recovering people alike- provides an overview of the basics of the sexual addiction/sexual compulsivity diagnosis along with useful direction and resources toward sexual sobriety, psychological healing and healthy intimacy.

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Learning Objectives:

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

1.            List 3 primary symptoms of sexual addiction

2.            List 3 specific issues that have escalated the interaction of digital technology and sex

3.            List 3 types of support group referrals useful to an identified sexual addict

4.            Discuss the impact of specific drug classes as it relates to factors such as age and sex in the LGBTQI population.


Jeff Zacharias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) and Registered Dual Disorder Professional (RDDP) with many years of clinical experience in both the mental health and addictions fields. Currently, he is the President/Clinical Director of New Hope Recovery Center located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Additionally, he has a private practice in the Lincoln Square area.  His areas of interest including working with all aspects of addiction, severe and persistent mental health issues, personality disorders, trauma and its impact on recovery, hoarding and other obsessive-compulsive disorders and issues within the LGBTQI community.

Jeff is a member of NASW, NALGAP and NAADAC as currently is on the Board of Directors for NALGAP.   He has had articles published in “Praxis:  Where Reflection and Practice Meet”, “Addiction Professional” magazine and “Renew” magazine where he writes a monthly blog entitled “Recovering with Pride” which is focused on recovery issues within the LGBTQI community.

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.

CEC’s provided: 3

Disciplines Eligible:   LCSW, LMSW, LCPC, LMHC, LMFT, CADC/CAAP,

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.

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; California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP 14368) for Registered Nurses.  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.

When:  March 13th, 2013, 12pm – 4:30pm

Where:  The Center on Halstead  3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

Cost:  No Cost to Attend.  Seating is limited and you must register!

Final RSVP Date: March 12th, 2013

Register Here!  Or call Jeanette Lisalda at 866-825-1104

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.