Promises Treatment Centers Sponsors a Workshop in Madrid Featuring Renowned Sex Addiction Expert Robert Weiss

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On Nov. 13, Robert Weiss, renowned psychotherapist and founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, will discuss sex, tech and addiction at a one-day workshop on addictive disorders at the AC Hotel Cuzco in Madrid.

Madrid (PRWEB) Oct. 14, 2014 – Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, founding director of the Sexual Recovery Institute and senior vice president of clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health, will conduct a multi-media presentation on the relationship between digital technology and sexual addiction on Nov. 13 at the AC Hotel Cuzco, in Madrid. Sponsored by Promises Treatment Centers, the event also features distinguished addiction and mental health experts Mark Burdick, Jose Luis Martinez and Dr. José Miguel Gaona Cartolano.

“The topics we’ll be covering — sexual addiction, intervention, parenting and the biology of addiction – will resonate with clinicians and lay people alike,” says Weiss. “Never before have there been so many paths to addiction and potential ways to intervene and treat it. We’ll provide practical information on how to conceptualize, intervene and treat addictive disorders, using the most up-to-date information and tools.”

The schedule is as follows:

  • “Introduction to Hypersexual Disorders and Sex Addiction” (Robert Weiss, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • “Parents, Recreational Drug Use DOES Lead to Hard-Core Addiction. What Else Are You Missing?” (Mark Burdick, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.)
  • “How to Help the Ones You Love” (Jose Luis Martinez, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.)
  • “Neurobiology of Addictions: A Round Trip” ( José Miguel Gaona Cartolano, 5 – 6 p.m.)

The event includes lunch. For information on fees and to register, visit the Elements Behavioral Health events page. For questions, email Janiece Bentley at RSVP by Nov. 4, 2014.

About the Speakers

Robert Weiss founded the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles in 1995 and is now senior vice president of clinical development for Elements Behavioral Health. Weiss is author of Cruise Control and Sex Addiction 101, and co-author of both Untangling the Web and Closer Together, Further Apart. A sexual addiction media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, ESPN, The Today Show, and Time Magazine, among many others, Weiss has served as a clinical educator to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. military as well as addiction and behavioral treatment centers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Mark Burdick is a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed educational psychologist and certified learning disability specialist, among others. He is chartered in the U.K. and certified with EuroPsy in Europe. He has headed a number of professional associations, including the Board of Behavioral Sciences for the state of California and the California Association of Licensed Educational Psychologists. He is founder of Burdick Psychological and Placement Services, which has provided individualized treatment and services to families, agencies and courts for more than 30 years.

Jose Luis Martinez is a coach, interventionist and family counselor. In 2012, he became the European and Latin connection in Spain for Intervention Specialists, as well as translator and support team for the Spanish-speaking families that the group serves. Jose has a degree in business administration and a master’s degree in marketing. He is training to be a primary interventionist, a position that does not yet exist in his home country of Spain.

Dr. José Miguel Gaona Cartolano holds a doctorate in psychiatry from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and a master’s degree in medical psychology. He has held teaching assignments in the department of psychiatry at UCM and in recent years has worked in the field of neurotheology, exploring mystical and spiritual phenomena from a neurological persepective. He is director of the Institute Neurosalus and is an adviser on psychotropic substances to the Congress of Deputies. He is director of the magazine “Educate” and has authored a number of books and other publications, including “On the Other Side of the Tunnel,” “The Syndrome of Eva,” Being a Teen Is Not Easy” and “Endorphins: Messengers of Pleasure.”

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

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA, West Los Angeles, CA, and Austin, TX are among the nation’s premier addiction treatment centers. 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 (866) 285-9441 or visit

The Sexual Recovery Institute and Promises Treatment Centers are members of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes 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

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