Codependency Turns 40: Should We Celebrate, Adapt, or Simply Reconsider

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Presented by Dr. Robert Weiss

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Since Codependent No More became a self-help book sensation nearly 40 years ago, we’ve seen a torrent of book titles, articles, workshops, and even whole therapy centers centered around codependence work as a therapy concept. Codependency is what we know. But codependency has never been formalized as a diagnosis in the DMS or the ICD. Not ever. In fact there has never been a formal, criteria-based addiction or mental health diagnosis for the “issue” that we call codependency. So, what does this mean to our work today? Which one of the 340+ books on this topic holds the ‘right’ method? Perhaps codependency requires a review for 2022. This thought-provoking talk by treatment specialist, author, and speaker Dr. Robert Weiss LCSW asks attendees to question old assumptions and consider new ideas, ensuring the work we provide remains strength-based, useful and deeply compassionate.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate the codependency model to review its efficacy in 2022.
  • Compare and contrast codependence to attachment based treatment to consider its usefulness.
  • Develop new skills to intervene upon the loved ones of addicts.
  • Differentiate a trauma-based treatment model from an attachment-based model.
  • Utilize a new language toward effective assessment and evaluation of this population.

Presented by Dr. Robert Weiss

Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC, clinical programs that provide online education and residential treatment for sex, porn, and substance/sex-addicted men and their families. A psychotherapist and addiction specialist, he has created six intimacy and addiction treatment programs in the US, Southeast Asia and the US military. Dr. Weiss is an online host for Digital Addiction on A&E. He has served as a subject-matter expert for major media outlets including CNN, NPR, and The New York Times, among others. He is the author of eleven books, including Prodependence, Sex Addiction 101, and Out of the Doghouse. Psychology Today blog, “Love and Sex in the Digital Age,” has had over 21 million readers, while his podcast, “Sex, Love, & Addiction,” has generated approximately 1 million downloads since its inception.