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Intersection of Technology and Addiction Explored at Pepperdine University Conference

On November 21, two experts from Elements Behavioral Health – renowned physician and nutrition scientist Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, and sexual addiction clinician and tech/sex/relationship author Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S will present clinical best practices at a symposium on technology and addiction sponsored by Pepperdine University in Malibu.

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) November 4, 2014 – On Nov. 21, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and senior vice president of clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health, and Dr. Pamela Peeke, nutrition scientist and senior science adviser to Elements Behavioral Health, will speak at a conference titled “Technology, Addiction and the Modern Family: Helping Clinicians Navigate Technology Related Concerns in Their Practices.”

Weiss’ presentation will explore Internet-related addictive behavior patterns and provide therapeutic strategies for treating this growing population of clients. “We’ll provide context and information about Internet addiction, as well as offer encouragement to test one’s digital awareness,” says Weiss. “This is an area that’s rapidly evolving and challenging some of our basic assumptions about addiction and therapy.”

Dr. Peeke will discuss seminal studies on Internet addiction and the many ways that the Internet can fuel destructive behavior. Just as important, she says, “We’ll also discuss practical solutions for Internet addiction, such as establishing limits and boundaries in the use of digital technology, and we’ll look at ways in which the Internet can be used to promote health.”

The schedule for the conference, which is the first in a series of symposia for professionals hosted by Pepperdine, is as follows:

9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Closer Together: Further Apart – The Effect of Digital Technology on Addiction, Psychotherapy and Our Daily Lives (Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S)

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Put That Down and Talk to Me: How Digital Drama Is Redefining Mind and Body Wellness in Psychotherapy (Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP)

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Teens Online: What Should We (Not) Be Concerned About? (Jaana Juvonen, PhD – UCLA, Professor of Psychology)

2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Problematic and Addictive Computer/ Video Gaming: Assessment and Treatment (Kenneth Woog, PsyD – Pepperdine University, Associate Director – PRYDE Program)

4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Panel discussion

The conference will be held at Wilburn Auditorium at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway. The event includes lunch and six CE units. For more information or to register, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page. 

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 Dr. Pamela Peeke

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, and Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Sports Medicine. A multimedia medical expert, Dr. Peeke is the chief lifestyle expert for WebMD, chief nutrition and fitness correspondent for Discovery Health TV, a popular TED conference presenter, host of the HER radio show on RadioMD and iHeart, and is a regular in-studio expert for the national networks. Her most recent New York Times bestseller is The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. As senior science advisor for Elements Behavioral Health, she has created integrative nutrition and holistic lifestyle programs at the Malibu Vista women’s mental health center and Lucida Treatment Center, located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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 (855) 893-5987 or visit www.sexualrecovery.com.

The Sexual Recovery Institute is a member of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Ranch, The Recovery Place, Lucida Treatment Center, Clarity Way, COPAC, Journey Healing Centers, The Sundance 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 www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

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