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Elements Behavioral Health Hosts Symposium Exploring Process Addictions in Dallas

On July 27, 2012, Elements Behavioral Health will host a symposium in Dallas featuring leading process addiction experts Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, and Jack Kuo, MD.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 11, 2012 – Elements Behavioral Health invites mental health and addiction professionals to a day-long training on process addictions on July 27, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marriott Quorum Hotel in Dallas. The event brings together three internationally recognized authors, speakers and clinical experts: Robert Weiss, who will discuss Sexual Addiction in the Digital Media Age; Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, who will focus on Nurturing Eating Disordered Clients into Health; and Dr. Jack Kuo, who will integrate these surprisingly related diagnoses through the lens of Brain Science and Neurobiology.

“Process addictions present unique challenges for clinicians,” said Dr. Kuo. “Learning more about these often undiagnosed and under-treated conditions and the growing body of scientific research illuminating their impact on the brain can help clinicians provide optimal client care and improve their clinical outcomes.”

Attendees will receive both practical insights and useful therapeutic tools to more effectively diagnose and treat sex addiction and eating disorders, as well as an understanding of how these process addictions affect the brain. Titled, “Exploring Process Addictions: Sex, Food and the Addicted Brain,” this is the second symposium in a three-part series.

“This training presents a unique opportunity for clinicians to gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction,” said Mr. Weiss. “Participants will also learn in real-time how the accessibility of social networks, adultery websites, virtual chats, smartphone sex apps and other evolving technology are presenting increasingly pressing challenges for those with compulsive and addictive sexual disorders.”

“Like addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex, food can have a dramatic impact on the function of the brain,” said Dr. Ross. “In addition to a basic overview of the risk factors, diagnosis and prognosis for eating disordered clients, we will explore the way these individuals may find healing through medication, psychotherapy, and integrative therapies such as dietary supplementation, yoga, acupuncture and mind-body medicine.”

Some of the specific learning objectives of this day-long training include:

  • Apply new clinical skills to address barriers to effective treatment caused by process addictions.
  • Identify evidence-based practices for diagnosing and treating sex addiction and eating disorders.
  • Discuss advances in the brain science and neurobiology of process addictions and how these advances might apply to individuals and families.
  • Compare the unique variations of process addictions within the chemical dependency treatment model and discuss how the needs inter-relate as well as how treatment may vary.

Registration for the symposium costs $125. Lunch is included, and attendees may earn five CEUs. To register, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page or contact Jeanette Lisalda at (866) 825-1104 or jlisalda@theelements.com.

About the Speakers

Dr. Jack Kuo is the Director of Psychiatric Services at Promises Malibu and also maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. He completed his addiction psychiatry training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, teaches in the UCLA Extension Program, presents annually at the American Psychiatric Association conference, and has been awarded numerous scholarships by national medical organizations.

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a physician, author and nationally recognized speaker with more than 20 years of experience specializing in women’s health, addiction, eating disorders and integrative medicine. Author of three books, Dr. Ross is the supervising physician for The Ranch’s dual diagnosis eating disorder program and maintains a private practice in Denver.

Robert Weiss is the founder of The Sexual Recovery Institute, the Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorder Programs for Elements Behavioral Health, and the creator of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee. Author of three books on sexual addiction, Mr. Weiss is a widely known sexual addiction media expert who also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers worldwide.

About Elements Behavioral Health

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