Sex, Tech and Intimacy Addiction Experts Robert Weiss and Dr. Stefanie Carnes Host Professionals Workshop in Kansas City

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On September 20, Elements Behavioral Health will host a professional training featuring leading relationship, porn and sex addiction experts Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, and Stefanie Carnes, PhD, CSAT-S.

This daylong event...will help clinicians more effectively work with problem sexual behavior as well as the resulting chaos of broken spousal and family relationships.

Elements Behavioral Health invites mental health and addiction professionals to a daylong training on the assessment and treatment of sexual addiction in the digital age. “Sexual Addiction: Effective Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment for the Addict and Spouse” will take place on September 20, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Professionals are invited to join internationally known sex, technology and addiction specialists Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, and Stefanie Carnes, PhD, CSAT-S, for an in-depth course on sexual addiction, Internet porn and the evolution of sex/tech and their relationship to adult problems with mental health, addiction, intimacy and adult sexuality.

Sex addiction has been a particularly hot topic in recent months. This summer, Mr. Weiss has been in constant demand by the media, addressing questions about the political sex scandals surrounding former congressman Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for the San Diego Union Tribune, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and other premier news outlets.

The professional workshop will be divided into two sessions. Session 1, titled “Sex Addiction 101,” will explore common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts, recovery from multiple addictions, and the influence of technology on sex, porn and relationship addiction. Session 2, titled “Mending Shattered Hearts: Helping Families Heal from the Impact of Sexual Addiction,” will focus on typical response patterns of families and therapeutic techniques for assisting partners and children with the trauma of sexual addiction. The speakers will then encourage open discussion of the questions most often asked by professionals and the media related to the treatment of sexual addicts as well as their spouses and partners.

“Sexual addiction as a diagnosis is often misunderstood, even ridiculed and/or misappropriated, sometimes by well-meaning but undertrained clinicians,” said Mr. Weiss. “This daylong event focused on the basics of sexual addiction diagnosis and treatment – both the myths and the realties – will help clinicians more effectively work with problem sexual behavior as well as the resulting chaos of broken spousal and family relationships.”

Registration for the workshop costs $75. Seating is limited so register early. Lunch is included, and attendees may earn six CEUs. To attend, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or jlisalda(at)theelements(dot)com.

About the Speakers

Rob 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.

Dr. Stefanie Carnes

Dr. Carnes became president of The International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) in November 2010. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, author, AAMFT-approved supervisor and a regular speaker at national mental health and addiction conferences. Dr. Carnes expertise is in working with the spouses and families affected by multiple addictions, such as sexual addiction, eating disorders and chemical dependency. Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction.

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

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. 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

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

The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge 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

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