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“The Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction in the Digital Age”

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2015 Seminar Series on Behavioral Disorders.

March 13, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North, Parlor
This event will include a light breakfast.
Sex Addiction


This didactic, multimedia presentation by a national leader in the field of technology and intimacy disorders will review of the diagnosis of sexual addiction, common behaviors and problems encountered by sex addicts, along with direction toward eliminating problem sexual behavior. The relationship between sexual addiction and early trauma survival will be reviewed along with pertinent discussion about managing and pacing recovery in multiple related areas such as behavioral (addictions) and emotional/ relationship (intimacy problems). The influence of the Internet and digital media on sexual addiction (Smart Phone and Social Media based sex and porn) will be discussed and reviewed. Participants will be offered a gender based model of sex addiction recovery and healing that is most commonly utilized in treatment settings, both outpatient and residential.
Learning Goals:
1. Attendees will list the 3 basic warning signs of behavioral addictions and how to assess for them
2. Attendees will discuss 3 ways the online world is affecting human dating/mating and sexuality.
3. Attendees will list the basic reading and non-profit support group information for clients determined to have a hypersexual disorder
4. Attendees will be able to explain and differentiate between major mental health disorders that can evoke hypersexual behavior vs. sexual addiction.


Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, Senior Vice-President of Clinical Development, Elements Behavioral Health, Author, Clinical Educator

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health. He has developed clinical programs for The Ranch outside Nashville, Tennessee, Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, and The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. A licensed UCLA MSW graduate and personal trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, he is author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men and Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction, and lead author with Dr. Jennifer Schneider of both Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age and the 2014 release, Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships, along with numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. An author and subject expert on sexual addiction as well as the relationship between digital technology and human sexuality, Mr. Weiss has served as a media specialist for CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Today Show, among many others. He has also provided clinical multi-addiction training and behavioral health program development for the US military, The NIH and treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Research Areas:
A. Adult Hypersexual Disorders (sex addiction),
B. The evolving relationship between human intimacy/sexuality and digital media.
C. Clinical Competency in Digital Media (ethical and cultural concerns for psychotherapy).
Selected Publications:
  • Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships coauthored with Dr. Jennifer Schneider
  • Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men (2nd Edition)
  • Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction
  • Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Schneider
  • Always Turned On- Understanding Cybersex and Porn Addiction –Gentle Path Press- Jan 2015
  • Sex Addiction 101 – HCI Books, Winter 2015
Mr. Weiss blogs weekly on the intersection of human sexuality and digital media for:
  • The Huffington Post
  • Psychology Today
  • Counselor Magazine (online)
Multiple Journal chapters and articles in clinical journals as well as peer reviewed publications
UCLA: Los Angeles, CA Master of Social Welfare (MSW), Clinical Practice Mental Health, 1992
Tulane University- New Orleans, LA 1978-1980
Emerson College: Boston, MA. Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing and Business Communication, 1982  


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The Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0012.

Attendance at this event result in receipt of three (3) continuing education credit hours.

Learning Assessment
In order to obtain the credits, all participants are required to complete a short post-event learning assessment.  The learning assessment will be sent out electronically via the e-mail address provided at registration.&  Upon completion of the learning assessment, the credits will be e-mailed to the participant.


  • General Admission: $45.00
  • NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $33.75
  • NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $38.25
  • NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $33.75
  • NYU Silver Current Students (space-available basis): $25.00
  • Non-NYU Current Students (space-available basis): $30.00
  • Veterans: $22.50
  • 3+ from one agency: $33.75 each


In the event that after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:
Refund requests made on or before March 4 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before March 11 (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after March 12: no refund
In the instance of event cancellation, all registrants will be fully reimbursed.
If you can no longer attend this event and wish to be reimbursed, please complete the form located here.


NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5897
Fax: 212-995-4497