Technology and Addictions Expert from Elements Behavioral Health Speaks at the 17th Annual NEFESH International Conference in Long Island

Author, clinician, and technology and addictions expert Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, addresses the impact of digital technology on mental health, relationships and addiction at the 17th annual conference of The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals in Long Island, NY.

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Digital technology, particularly the Internet, has had a profound impact on interpersonal relationships, mental health, and addictive online behaviors surrounding sex, love, gambling, gaming and similar Internet addictions.

Long Island, NY (PRWEB) December 18, 2013

On December 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, author, clinician, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute, and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, will address the impact of digital technology on mental health, relationships and addiction at the 17th annual conference of The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals in Long Island, NY.

In a presentation titled, “The Effect of Digital Technology on Relationship Intimacy, Mental Health and Addiction,” Mr. Weiss will provide a thought-provoking look at the ways digital technology affects clinical practice and real-world social engagement among individuals, couples, families and communities. Mental health professionals, rabbanus and educators in attendance will learn about the ways technology has changed through the generations as well as emerging technologies that can help improve treatment outcomes. Mr. Weiss has a book being released in January 2014, titled “Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships,” which explores the same topic.

“Digital technology, particularly the Internet, has had a profound impact on interpersonal relationships, mental health, and addictive online behaviors surrounding sex, love, gambling, gaming and similar Internet addictions,” said Mr. Weiss. “Learning about how these technological advances affect individuals, families and communities, in both positive and negative ways, will help clinicians more effectively address the modern-day challenges facing their patients.”

Founded in 1992, NEFESH brings Orthodox Jewish professionals and rabbis together to address the full spectrum of mental health issues affecting the Jewish community. Today, NEFESH has more than 750 members worldwide, including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, chemical dependency counselors, and guidance and pastoral counselors, among others.

Mr. Weiss will be joined by Deborah Fox, LCSW, the former mental health director of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, who will be leading cultural sensitivity training at The Ranch rehabilitation center in Tennessee in January 2014. In line with The Ranch’s commitment to personalized, highly effective treatment, this training will enhance the program’s ability to serve Jewish individuals and their families with the highest level of cultural competence.

This year, the NEFESH conference will be held from December 26 to 29 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island and Wind Watch Golf Club in Hauppauge, NY. Attendees will earn continuing education credits and learn about the latest advances in mental health treatment from an impressive roster of internationally recognized experts.

To register for the 17th Annual NEFESH International Conference, visit the conference website. To learn more about Mr. Weiss’ other speaking engagements, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at jlisalda(at)theelements(dot)com.

About Robert Weiss

Mr. Weiss is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on sex and technology addictions along with the intimacy disorders that often underlie these problems. A media expert to CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, The New York Times, NBC News and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA, West Los Angeles, CA, and Austin, Texas are among the premier addiction treatment centers. Led by some of the country’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit http://www.promises.com.

About The Ranch

Since 1999, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit http://www.recoveryranch.com.

About The Sexual Recovery Institute

The Sexual Recovery Institute is the nation’s premier outpatient program for men and women struggling with relationship, love and sex addiction. Based in Los Angeles, California, the institute offers confidential, affordable and gender-specific programs that encourage healthy sexuality and intimacy, including two-week intensives and individual, group and couples treatment. For more information about The Sexual Recovery Institute, call (866) 819-7849 or visit http://www.sexualrecovery.com.

Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Lucida Treatment Center and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.


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