Is Technology Sabotaging Your Relationship? Join Addictions Expert Robert Weiss at 9th International Trauma, Addiction Symposium

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On February 20 and 21, renowned author, addictions expert and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, will speak at the 9th Annual Symposium of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) Feb. 4, 2014 – 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 speak at the 9th Annual Symposium of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). This year’s symposium will be held from February 20 to 22 at Embassy Suites Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mr. Weiss will be joined by Jennifer Schneider, MD, in hosting a Lunch and Learn event on Feb. 20, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Titled “Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships,” the event will provide a thought-provoking look at the ways digital technology affects clinical practice and real-world social engagement among individuals, couples and families. Each participant will receive a complimentary, autographed copy of the speakers’ recently released book by the same title.

Later that day, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Weiss will present “Using the SDI 4.0 in Groups.” The Sexual Dependency Inventory has proven invaluable to clinicians in assessing and diagnosing problematic sexual behavior. Although this assessment tool can be utilized in a number of formats, Weiss will offer insights into its use in group settings.

On Feb. 21, from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Weiss will join Stefanie Carnes and Gary Wilson on an expert panel discussing “Points and Counterpoints: The Addiction Model Under Fire.” Other experts from the Elements Behavioral Health family of programs will also present at the IITAP symposium that day, including Jack Kuo, MD, one of Promises Treatment Centers’ affiliated psychiatrists, who will provide an update on video game addiction from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Sharon O’Hara, clinical director at The Sexual Recovery Institute, who will discuss “How to Talk to Your Clients About 12-Step Meetings” from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

To attend the symposium, complete the registration form on IITAP’s website. To learn more about Weiss’ other speaking engagements, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or

About Robert Weiss: 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, 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.

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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, Tenn., The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allow each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit

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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, 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

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, Journey Healing Centers 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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