California Society for Clinical Social Work
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Session 1: Healthy Sex vs Sexual Pathology | September 13, 2019
Session 2: Kids, Sex, and the Internet, SWOT analysis | October 11, 2019
Session 3: Prodependence | November 8, 2019
Session 4: Untangling Meth, Sex and Intimacy | December 13, 2019
Members: $25 per session or $90 for all four
Nonmembers: $40 per session or $140 for all four
Session 1: Healthy Sex vs Sexual Pathology
Presenter: Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW
Date: September 13, 2019 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
In this presentation, Dr. Robert Weiss discusses sex and gender issues that commonly arise in clinical settings. He discusses the need for at least a few basic sex-related questions during assessment, what questions to ask, and how to ask them. He notes that healthy sex looks different for every person and every relationship. Topics specifically addressed include: Sexual Orientation; Gender Identity; Kinks, Fetishes, Paraphilias; Sexual Dysfunction; Infidelity; Highly Sexual vs. Asexual; Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction; and Sexual Offending. At the end of this session, participants should have a basic understanding of sex and gender issues as they present in clinical practice, including how to assess pathology vs non-pathology and when/how to move forward with treatment.
Session 2: Kids, Sex, and the Internet, SWOT analysis
Presenter: Robert Weiss, PhD, MSWDate: October 11, 2019 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
In this presentation, Dr. Robert Weiss introduces the idea that today’s kids are faced with very different (digital-era) challenges than predecessor generations. The Triple-A Engine of Accessibility, Affordability, and Anonymity is introduced, with discussion of how this affects today’s young people. The discussion then moves to a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis related to kids and life online. Today’s kids have more access to information, entertainment, and connection than any previous generation, but they may be less tuned-in to real-world interaction. They can engage socially in exciting new ways, but they are simultaneously exposed to threats ranging from peer-focused cyber-bullying to adult-child stranger danger. How do parents and clinicians help kids deal with all of this? What tools are available to protect young people while still allowing them access to the online world in which they live and interact? At the end of this session, participants should have a basic understanding of why young people are so digitally oriented and how they can be helped to interact online healthfully and safely.
Session 3: Prodependence Presenter: Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW
Date: November 8, 2019 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The past 35 years have brought endless new, useful, and cutting edge treatments to the addiction space. During this time we have integrated all sorts of methods like: motivational interviewing, Smart Recovery, EMDR, trauma work, somatic and equine therapies, and more -- all to foster better outcomes for our addicted clients. But when it comes to the treatment of an addict’s partner and loved ones, we have seen little new thought since the concept of codependency was first fleshed out over three decades ago. Prodependence, the first attachment-based model for the treatment of addict’s partners and loved ones, moves beyond the trauma-based theories of codependency and co-addiction, allowing us to view this population with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Prodependence as a model is more invitational, less pathological, and more personally affirming to those who are intimately involved with addicts, as Prodependence neither assumes nor assigns any pathology or label to people simply because they are loving an addict in the best way they can.
Session 4: Untangling Meth, Sex and Intimacy: Chemsex in the MSM Community
Presenter: David Fawcett PhD, LCSW
Date: December 13, 2019 - 12:00-1:30 p.m.
This presentation examines the increasing prevalence of chemsex in the MSM community. Although combining stimulants, other drugs and sex is widespread among all populations, in the MSM community it has merged with the HIV epidemic, especially among Black and Latinx men. This workshop reviews epidemiology and the neurological impact of meth on the reward circuitry of the brain. These changes have implications both for high-risk sexual behaviors and a difficult recovery from the neurotoxic effects of meth. The fusion of meth and sex will be examined including recommendations for clinical approaches both for recovery from the drug and reclaiming healthy sex and intimacy.
ABOUT ROBERT WEISS:
Robert Weiss PhD, MSW, Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, is a digital-age sex, intimacy, and relationship specialist. Dr. Weiss has spent more than 25 years developing treatment programs, educating clinicians, writing, and providing direct care to those challenged by digital-age infidelity, sexual addiction/compulsivity, and other addictive disorders. He is the author of several highly regarded books on sex and intimacy disorders including Prodependence, Out of the Doghouse, Sex Addiction 101, and Cruise Control, among others. He also podcasts (Sex, Love, & Addiction 101) and hosts a free, weekly interactive sex and intimacy webinar via SexandRelationshipHealing.com. His current projects are:
For more information or to reach Dr. Weiss, visit SeekingIntegrity.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RobWeissMSW), LinkedIn (Robert Weiss LCSW), and Facebook (Rob Weiss MSW).
ABOUT DAVID FAWCETT:
Dr. David Fawcett is a substance abuse expert, certified sex therapist, and clinical psychotherapist. He is the author of “Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery.” In his clinical practice, Dr. Fawcett addresses a wide range of concerns, including addiction, trauma, and issues related to chronic illness, especially HIV/AIDS. He has been is a national trainer for the HIV Spectrum project of the National Association of Social Workers and presents workshops for professionals both nationally and internationally. He frequently presents workshops on LGBT health, addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders both in the US and internationally. He is a regular contributor to TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com, writing about HIV, mental health and substance abuse and he has been published in Huffington Post, Positively Aware, and other journals. He was a founder and Chair of the South Florida Methamphetamine Task Force, a nationally recognized coalition that addressed the meth epidemic through training, prevention, and intervention. Dr. Fawcett most recently co-produced “Crystal City,” a documentary about crystal meth and the gay community in New York.
Presenter: Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP
In this workshop, attendees will learn effective strategies for helping clients build emotional sobriety to strengthen their sexual sobriety. Sex addiction thrives on isolation, shame and secrecy. This presentation explores some of the latest approaches the mental health field has to offer such as Nervous System Regulation, Attachment and Positive Psychology. Emotional Sobriety offers clinicians a fresh lens to focus on clients still suffering from out of control sexual behaviors.
Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in Los Angeles since 1992. In addition to maintaining a general practice, he specializes in trauma and addictions. Andrew completed his graduate work at UCLA in 1991 and has enjoyed mentoring associates since 1997. His recent book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction was released by Central Recovery Press in June 2019.
CEUs: 2.0 CEU hours for LCSW’s, MFT’s, and LPC’s. Note: Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers -- as long as your supervisor approves participation, you can now use CEs toward LCSW hours
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