Addictions Experts from Elements Behavioral Health Speak at Trauma, Addictions & Intimacy Disorders Conference

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Renowned physician and nutrition scientist Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, distinguished psychologist and trauma specialist Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, and internationally known author, speaker and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, will speak at the Trauma, Addictions & Intimacy Disorders Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 1, 2014 – From May 7-9, addiction and mental health professionals, physicians, psychologists, marriage, family and sex therapists, educators and pastoral counselors, social workers and other health care professionals will gather in Nashville, Tenn., for the Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addictions & Intimacy Disorders.

On Wed., May 7, Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, senior science advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, will deliver a keynote address titled “Food and Addiction: New Science and Challenges” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Posing the intriguing question: Is it possible to be addicted to certain foods?, Dr. Peeke will present new and compelling science that shows a relationship between addiction and certain foods, especially manufactured and processed products. In addition, Dr. Peeke will discuss how this food-addiction connection is associated with other addictions and disordered eating.

On Thursday, May 8, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute and senior vice president of clinical development at Elements Behavioral Health, will deliver a keynote address from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Titled “Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity: The Effect of Social Media and Technology on Cheating, Intimacy Disorders and Sex Addiction,” this presentation will explore problems related to a wide range of online sexual and romantic behavior as well as smartphone hook-ups, porn abuse and anonymous sex. Weiss will draw from his recently released book  Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Digital Technology on Relationships, Addiction and Parenting, co-authored with Jennifer Schneider, MD.

Later that afternoon, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Weiss will conduct one of three concurrent workshops. He will present “Untangling the Web: Understanding and Healing Sex and Porn Addiction.”

On Friday, May 9, Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, national clinical trauma consultant for Elements Behavioral Health, will deliver a keynote address from 9 to 10 a.m., titled “Treatment of Complex Trauma Across the Lifespan: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach.” Attendees will gain insights into impact of complex trauma as well as the various changes in the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative disorders.

To register for the conference, visit the U.S. Journal Training, Inc. website. To learn more about other speaking engagements in the behavioral health care field, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at

About Dr. Peeke

Dr. Peeke is an internationally renowned expert and speaker on women’s health, nutrition and fitness. A Pew Foundation scholar, she was one of the first physicians with formal training in nutrition science to research the connections between chronic stress, nutrition and weight gain. In 1994, she was the first senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine. Peeke is a New York Times best-selling author, contributing editor and blogger to numerous magazines, and WebMD’s lifestyle expert. Her latest book, The Hunger Fix, provides a life-changing program for anyone trapped by overeating and food obsessions.

About Dr. Courtois

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a leading authority in the treatment of trauma, having worked in this area for over 30 years. She is a Board Certified Counseling Psychologist who directs the development of guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma for three professional organizations and has been appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Guideline Development Panel for post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Courtois has written or co-edited eight books on healing from incest, child sexual abuse, complex traumatic stress disorders and other types of trauma, and on spirituality and trauma.

About Robert Weiss

Robert 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, USA Today, 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 Elements Behavioral Health

Elements Behavioral Health is a family of behavioral health care programs that includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch, The Recovery Place, Lucida Treatment Center, Clarity Way, Journey Healing Centers, the Sexual Recovery Institute 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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