Experts from Promises Behavioral Health will discuss trauma, addiction and related disorders on Feb. 20 in Austin, Texas. The symposium features sexual addiction expert, psychotherapist and mating\/tech\/relationship author Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S; renowned\u00a0nutrition scientist and\u00a0expert in integrative medicine Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP; Jason Powers, MD, MAPP; and psychologist, distinguished trauma specialist and author Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP. Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 12, 2015 \u2013 Four distinguished addiction and mental health experts will speak at the first Promises Behavioral Health\u00ae symposium for 2015, The Relationship of Complex Trauma to Intimacy, Disordered Eating, and Addiction, to be held in Austin on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. The symposium takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with welcome and orientation from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The schedule is as follows: From 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, an international expert in sex and intimacy disorders and senior vice president of clinical development for Promises Behavioral Health, presents \u201cSexual Evolution: Love and Sex Reformatted for the Digital Age or How We Got from Spin-the-Bottle to Sexting in a Single Generation.\u201d Participants will have the opportunity to look at the changing digital face of human intimacy and sexuality. \u201cRelationships, dating, marital fidelity and sexual norms are rapidly changing with today\u2019s digital technology,\u201d says Weiss. \u201cIt\u2019s a game-changer, and everyone \u2013 parents, employers, clinicians and spouses \u2013 needs to know the online trends and challenges showing up in the digital world and how to effectively handle them.\u201d Dr. Pamela Peeke, senior science adviser for Promises Behavioral Health, will present \u201cFood Addiction and Recovery: A New Approach to Healing the Body-Mind,\u201d from 10:45 to 12:15 p.m. \u201cWe\u2019ll look at new research on transfer addictions from substances to sugary\/fatty\/salty foods and how addictive eating behaviors can co-occur with mood and binge eating disorders,\u201d says Dr. Peeke. \u201cWe\u2019ll also provide valuable tools for assessment and an integrated nutrition and lifestyle plan clinicians can use to help guide their clients.\u201d Dr. Peeke also headlines a case study luncheon from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Dr. Jason Powers, chief medical officer for the Promises Austin and The Right Step\u00ae programs, will present \u201cPost Traumatic Growth \u2013 Phoenix Experiences.\u201d While many do, not everyone who experiences trauma develops post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people bounce back from tragedy, a phenomenon known as Post Traumatic Growth or \u201cbouncing up.\u201d \u201cBy teaching people to apply certain strategies, we can help them increase resilience so that the trauma they experience leads to positive personal transformative growth rather than post-traumatic stress disorder,\u201d says Dr. Powers. The day\u2019s final presentation is from Dr. Christine Courtois, national clinical trauma consultant for Promises Behavioral Health, Promises Malibu\u00ae and Brightwater LandingSM, who will present \u201cTreatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship Based Approach.\u201d Evidence-based treatment strategies will be discussed, along with recommendations from PTSD treatment guidelines. \u201cWhile the treatment of complex trauma is challenging and multifaceted, healing from its effects is very possible,\u201d says Dr. Courtois. \u201cTreatment begins with an emphasis on safety and the development of specific self-management skills to de-condition post-traumatic body-mind reactions, including addictions. The treatment relationship is a major foundation for addressing the personal and relational impact of complex trauma. Treatment progresses to the processing of the trauma to a point of resolution, followed by directed attention to life after trauma and ways to live a satisfying \u2018life worth living.\u2019\u201d To register, visit the Promises Behavioral Health events page. About Promises Behavioral Health Promises Behavioral Health\u00ae is a family of behavioral health programs located throughout the U.S. Promises Behavioral Health 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 Promises Behavioral Health, visit elementsbh4.wpengine.com.