Upcoming Events, Lectures and Trainings

The following events are open to the public. Clients, professionals, and curious minds are all welcome to attend and participate.
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The Sex Expert webinar series
July 10, 2020, 12 noon (PACIFIC TIME)

by: David Wiss, MS, RDN on Early Life Adversity and Disordered Eating: How Does Trauma Impact Food and Body?

It is well established that early life adversities including sexual abuse is associated with an increase in body weight over the life course. A popular but unproven theory is that abused individuals deliberately and/or subconsciously increase their food consumption in order to gain weight, thus avoiding the likelihood of future sexual victimization. While this theory may apply in some cases, emerging evidence suggests that early life sexual abuse can become biologically embedded in ways that increase risk for eating disorders and “food addiction.” This presentation reviews the current literature that links trauma to eating behavior and discusses various biological mechanisms which might help explain the association between sexual abuse and weight gain. Implications for treatment including nutritional considerations are discussed.

David’s webinar presentation will take place on Zoom. To register for this webinar, simply click here. On the day of the webinar, you can join the meeting starting at 11:45 am PT.

Read More About David Wiss

David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which is a group practice in Los Angeles specializing in: substance use disorders, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness. Mr. Wiss has contributed scientific literature to peer-reviewed journals on his various topics of expertise; currently working on his PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. David loves working one-on-one with people who are making important transitions in their lives. Learn more about Nutrition in Recovery and the various ways that nutrition can be used to support mental and behavioral health.

If you have any questions, please e-mail meliza@centerforhealthysex.com


Free Online Lecture for Professionals

Presented by Catalina Lawsin, Ph.D.

Friday, July 24, 2020
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Read More About Catalina Lawsin, Ph.D.

Catalina Lawsin, Ph.D. is a Santa Monica based marriage and family therapist (#98720) and mindfulness educator in private practice in Santa Monica. She incorporates mindfulness, compassion practices and Brainspotting in her work with adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with intimacy and codependency, eating disorders, disordered eating, trauma, anxiety and depression. Cori earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.

More info coming soon…


Mirror of Intimacy webinar series August 3, 2020, 12 noon (PACIFIC TIME)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S from her award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”.

Alex’s Mirror of Intimacy webinars take place each month. You can view recordings of previous Mirror of Intimacy webinars by clicking the link below.

Watch Mirror of Intimacy Webinars

If you have any questions, please e-mail meliza@centerforhealthysex.com.


Treatment of the Sex Offender – Dispelling Myths, Stigma, and Shame

Presented by: Dr. Blake Barber

Friday, August 28th, 2020
1:30pm – 2:30pm

This lecture will provide mental health professionals with information and resources to be able to better identify and characterize individuals who have sexually offended or are at risk of sexually offending while dispelling the myths and stigma which may provide a barrier to treatment. Information will also cover sex offender-specific laws and policies, risk factors linked to recidivism, and effective treatment options.

Learning Objectives:
  • Differentiate the various individual sex offender typologies and criminal charges which fall under the general term of sex offender.

  • Explain the cultural and societal implications of stigma surrounding sexuality and how shame becomes a barrier to discussion and prevention efforts.

  • Gain an understanding of the current California laws involving registration and policies which cause restrictions and other barriers to reintegration.

  • Identify risk factors and protective factors related to likelihood of offending in the future.

  • Describe treatment approaches including group therapy, CBT, circles of support, and medication-management.

Read More About Dr. Blake Barber
Blake Barber, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and California Sex Offender Management Board certified treatment provider working at Orange Psychological Services, a sex-offender-specific treatment program, in Orange, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His practice involves strength-based and emotionally-focused psychodynamic treatment which integrates other empirically-validated treatment options such as cognitive behavioral therapy as individually necessary.

Registration will open up soon for this event.
For more information please e-mail meliza@centerforhealthysex.com.

Mirror of Intimacy

Mirror of Intimacy webinar series September 14, 2020, 12 noon (PACIFIC TIME)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S from her award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”.

Alex’s Mirror of Intimacy webinars take place each month. You can view recordings of previous Mirror of Intimacy webinars by clicking the link below.

Watch Mirror of Intimacy Webinars

If you have any questions, please e-mail meliza@centerforhealthysex.com.


Mirror of Intimacy webinar series October 5, 2020, 12 noon (PACIFIC TIME)

Interactive webinar with Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S from her award-winning daily meditation book “Mirror of Intimacy”.

Alex’s Mirror of Intimacy webinars take place each month. You can view recordings of previous Mirror of Intimacy webinars by clicking the link below.

Watch Mirror of Intimacy Webinars

If you have any questions, please e-mail meliza@centerforhealthysex.com.


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