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The Relationship of Complex Trauma to Intimacy, Disordered Eating and Addiction

The Relationship of Complex Trauma to Adult Intimacy, Addictions and Mood Disorders

 7  Continuing Education workshop featuring international speakers: Rob Weiss, Christine Courtois, and Pamela Peeke

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When:  July 18, 2014
9:00am – 4:45pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Philadelphia – Valley Forge
260 Mall Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Cost:   $79 Early Bird, $99 after July 3

*All cancellations are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. Cancellations after July 11th will forfeit the entire registration fee. 

7:30-8:30am – Registration
8:30-9:00am – Welcome and Orientation

Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced Relationship Based Approach
Presented by Christine Courtois, PHD, ABPP

This presentation will provide a description of a meta-model for treating complex trauma. It includes a recommended sequence of treatment in three primary phases, each with associated tasks. The treatment is founded on an emphasis on safety to begin de-conditioning the stress response. Since posttraumatic reactions inherently involve mind-body reactions, the treatment emphasis must be on both. Evidence-based and empirically-supported treatment strategies will be discussed, along with the recommendations made in various sets of treatment guidelines.

Food, Addiction and Recovery: A New Approach to Healing the Body-Mind
Presented by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Exciting new evidence-based science has emerged which outlines the essential and pivotal role healthy nutrition plays in the achievement and maintenance of addiction recovery. Research funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Drug Abuse has demonstrated a critical and similar affect of drugs and specific food products on the brain’s reward center and prefrontal cortex. Specifically, there are transfer addictions from substances to hyper palatable (sugary/fatty/salty) foods. Addictive eating behaviors co-occur with mood and binge eating disorders. This groundbreaking science will be presented along with assessment tools and an integrative nutrition and lifestyle plan that practitioners can implement to guide their clients.

Networking Topic Luncheon – Included in your Registration (1 CE)

Sex, Tech, Intimacy & Infidelity: The Effect of Social Media on Intimacy Disorders and Sexual Addiction.
Presented by Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Modern technology continues its generational and cultural influence, as we are all drawn into increasingly sophisticated and immediately accessible online content and interconnectivity. While many aspects of this evolutionary process are both useful and even essential for successfully business and social interaction, increasing numbers of clients are also seeking treatment for addictive and problematic patterns of Internet sexual and romantic behavior that simply did not exist as a mere there or four years ago. Today there is little questions that problem addictive online sexual activity is costing some their jobs, families, spouses while also contributing to drug and alcohol relapse. This presentation will offer clinical insight and workable solutions for men and women struggling with internet-sex and pornography addictions, while providing an overview of the kinds of technologies that are evoking age-old problems.

Case Studies – Expert Panel
Presented by Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP and Christine Courtois, PHD, ABPP
Moderated by Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Our Team of Experts Discuss Complex Cases and Clinical Solutions with a question and answer session.



1. Identify and successfully apply specific diagnostic and treatment approaches, counseling skills and modalities in the fields of mental health, behavioral health and addictive behaviors, including trauma, eating disorders and addiction.

2. To learn the symptoms and characteristics of the disorders mentioned in objective 1, and how they are interfered with the clients’ interpersonal and family relationships. To participate in skill building workshops and unique trainings that offer cognitive and experiential clinical techniques, to assist in patient/client recovery from the listed disorders.


Ben Franklin Institute is approve by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Ben Franklin Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

ASWB – Association of Social Work Boards, Provider #1045

CFAAP – California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals, Provider #OS-99-428-1015

CBRN – Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP12920

CBBS – California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #PCE1477

NAADAC – Approved Education Provider #000300.

NBCC – National Board of Certified Counselors, Provider #5884. Ben Frankling Institue is an NBCC-Approved CE provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP soley is responsible for all aspects of the program.

PCB – Pennsylvania Certification Board approved.

*Please note: it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board directly.

About the Speakers:

Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health. He has developed clinical programs for The Ranch outside Nashville, Tennessee, Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, and The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. A licensed UCLA MSW graduate and personal trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, he is author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction, and co-author with Dr. Jennifer Schneider of both Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age and Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships, along with numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. An author and subject expert on the relationship between digital technology and human sexuality, Mr. Weiss has served as a media specialist for CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Today Show, among many others. He has also provided clinical multi-addiction training and behavioral health program development for the US military and treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

In Independent Practice, Washington, D.C. and National Clinical Trauma Consultant for Elements Behavioral Health/Promises. Dr.Courtois has published three books on the topic o complex trauma and its treatment in conjunction with Dr. Julian Ford. A new books on spirituality-based treatment of trauma will be published in the fall of 2014. She lectures widely and is currently chairing a committee on developing treatment guidelines for PTSD for the American Psychological Association. She is a recipient of a number of professional awards, among them, the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of nutrition and fitness. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Peeke is a Senior Science Advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, establishing a national platform for the treatment of addictive eating disorders. She is WebMD’s chief lifestyle expert and is an acclaimed TEDx presenter. Dr. Peeke is a New York Times bestselling author including her most recent book, The Hunger Fix, presenting food addiction science and treatment.