Sex, Intimacy and Addiction in the Digital Age *

Presented by Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT-S

On Demand | Available Now


12 Hours  |  Pre-approval period for CEUs has expired


This On Demand course and will be available immediately after purchase. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.


Healthy Sex vs. Sexual Pathology

This is an overview of healthy, alternative sexual practices and patterns of arousal that can mistakenly be viewed by clinicians or clients as pathological. This segment helps the viewer differentiate between sexual addiction/compulsivity and non-addictive sexual arousal.

  • Viewers will learn to differentiate sexual pathology from sexual health.
  • Viewers will understand the differences between sexual compulsivity and sexual desire.

Cruise Control: Understanding Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity in Gay Men

Minority populations and minority cultures often have norms that differ from those of the general population. Misunderstanding or misconstruing the meaning of such cultural norms can lead to misdiagnosis. This segment offers an overview of gay/bisexual male sexual culture as contrasted to sexual addiction/compulsivity.

  • Viewers will learn to differentiate sexual norms among gay men from sexual addiction.
  • Viewers will learn the culture-specific history of gay male trauma and its effect on gay male sexual norms.


Understanding the Diagnosis of Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity

This segment is an introduction to compulsive/addictive sexual behaviour offering overall insight into understanding process addictions.

  • Viewers will learn to clarify the nature and dynamics of sexual addiction.
  • Viewers will be able to outline the origins of sexually addictive behaviors.

Applied Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity Treatment

This segment offers extensive detail on the process of treating sexual addicts and sexual compulsives.

  • Viewers will be able to explain the type of treatment required for the treatment of sexual addicts/compulsives.
  • Viewers will learn to differentiate the need for sexual health treatment from the need for sexual compulsivity treatment.


Narcissism and Addiction: The Price of Surviving Trauma – This segment discusses how underlying early complex trauma can lead to adult intimacy disorders and problematic character traits.

  • Viewers will build common understanding of the relationship between early childhood abuse/neglect, adult intimacy problems, and addiction.
  • Viewers will gain empathy and compassion for the struggles of addicted persons.

Out of the Doghouse, Healing Relationship Betrayal – This segment is designed to help committed couples sort out the painful realities of the serial infidelity and sexual addiction/compulsivity.

  • Viewers will be able to explain the concept of gaslighting a cheated-on spouse to get away with deceit.
  • Viewers will be able to identify three ways that couples can begin to regain trust after profound infidelity.


Not in my Neighbourhood: Understanding Non-Violent Sexual Offenders

Our understandable fear-based response to sexual offenders can make them all seem like the same personsomeone to avoid. This segment provides an overview and differentiation of the most common types of sexual offending.

  • Viewers will be able to differentiate non-violent from violent types of sexual offenders.
  • Viewers will be able to differentiate the treatment needs of various types of sexual offenders.

Addiction in the Digital World

This segment is designed to view and offer clinical insight into what evokes and promotes new forms of behavioral addiction via digital media.

  • Viewers will learn the three “A’s” of what drives digital addiction.
  • Viewers will be able to differentiate between new cultural changes/norms in our sexual lives (sexting) vs. potentially addictive experiences (hook-up apps).


The Digital Generation Gap

This segment will help viewers gain deeper insight into the lived reality of digital immigrants (those over35 years old) and digital natives (the rest of us) as we negotiate our shared (but differently understood) world.

  • Viewers will be able to name three similarities between the cultural/social revolutions of the 1960’s and the digital/social/cultural revolutions of the early 21st
  • Viewers will compare and contrast the societal challenges of ‘older generations’ in the 1960’s vs. the societal challenges of ‘older generations’ in the early 21st

Kids, Sex and The Internet: A SWOT Analysis

This segment examines the online access and involvement of our children to sex and sexuality. It utilizes a SWOT Model (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) to usefully organize the discussion.

  • Viewers will learn how underage children can access sexual education, sexual content, and sexual experiences online.
  • Viewers will compare and contrast how our children’s access to online sexual content may be useful (education) vs. where it can be problematic (pornography).


Sex + Tech = Sexnology: Where Tech and Sex Combine

The past 35 years of digital development have changed the nature of human sex and romanceperhaps forever. Viewers will be able to focus on some of the changes (hook-up apps, virtual reality sex, sex bots, etc.) that are already helping determine who successfully dates/mates/reproduces and who may not.

  • Viewers will explore the new basics of dating, mating, and sex in the digital world.
  • Viewers will learn the process of using a dating app to find dates and/or sex.

Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency

This segment explores a new model for the treatment and support of spouses and loved ones of addicts. Pushing aside the codependency labela relief for some and a concern for othersthis paradigm uses attachment (and not early-life trauma) as a basis for the support and treatment of addicts’ loved ones.

  • Viewers will be able to identify the basics of a new attachment-based treatment model for spouses and loved ones of addicts.
  • Viewers will learn how to utilize a crisis intervention model with spouses and loved ones of addicts in early treatment.

Online Course Format

  • Online Training – Presented by Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S
  • 2 hours per session, 6 sessions
  • Each session will consist of 2 hours of teaching content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • Attendees will be able to differentiate casual ‘cheating’ from sex addiction
  • Attendees will learn how to assess for compulsive sexual behaviour problems
  • To outline the origins of sexually addictive behaviours.
  • To provide basic referral resources and information, including: self-help groups, 12 step groups, online resources, and articles and books.
  • Attendees will be offered a new definition for ‘infidelity” considering the reality of todays’ digitally driven sexual opportunities (porn, apps, online hookups etc.)
  • Attendees will be able to identify 3 typical mistakes made by a partner seeking to heal relationship betrayal
  • To build common understanding of the relationship between early childhood abuse/ neglect, adult intimacy problems and addiction.
  • To gain empathy and compassion for the struggles of addicted

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Robert Weiss, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction.

Author; Sex Addiction 101, Out of The Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating and Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men

Subject expert for multiple media outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, and NPR

Blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Psych Central

Creator of more than a dozen high-quality addiction and mental health treatment facilities and programs including residential, workshop, IOP and outpatient.

Rob is CEO of Seeking Integrity LLC, an online and real-world resource for recovery from infidelity and sex, and porn addiction.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$399.00N/A
Full-Time Student$309.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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The pre-approval period for accreditation of this course has expired. Participants seeking accreditation must contact their associations directly. Please check with your association prior to registration if you require continuing education credits/units (CEU’s). We do not guarantee approval and fees may apply. As this course is no longer pre-approved for CEU’s it is being offered at a discounted rate.