"Sex Addiction, Trauma, Productivity and the Workplace!"

January 26, 2018

Please Join SFV EAPA for Breakfast, Networking and Continuing Education Earn two CE credits at August's San Fernando Valley Employee Assistance Providers Association meeting:

“Sex Addiction, Trauma, Productivity and the Workplace!"

Presented by Mitra Rashidian, Ph.D., LMFT, ACS and Robert Jaffe, Ph.D., LMFT

Sex addition is a potentially serious cause of concern for employers. Literature review supports that sex addiction as a psycho-biological problem is a trauma based concept.  Sex addiction has been shown to impact job performance and productivity, in addition to causing relationship impairment. This results from compulsive sexual behaviors, as well as mood disorders. Sex addiction can be classified as either the ‘classic type’ (trauma based), or ‘the contemporary type’ (cybersex and early exposure to hard core digital pornography). Learning how to both identify, and to talk about these issues, requires clarity, sensitivity, and understanding of the underlying dynamics involved. This includes the feelings of guilt/shame that the addicted person may experience when being “carefronted” by either a fellow employee or a supervisor. This presentation is designed to provide awareness about the signs, symptoms, and causes underlying sexual addiction. It further offers techniques for assessment and intervention, in order to both help the afflicted person, as well as increase their job performance and productivity.


  • Understanding the causes underlying sex addiction, plus the experience of being traumatized, and their impact on work productivity.
  • Recognizing the outward signs and symptoms of trauma and sex addiction.
  • Suggestions on how to “carefront” employees at work.


Mark Griffiths, (2010) "Internet abuse and internet addiction in the workplace", Journal of Workplace
Learning, Vol. 22 Issue: 7, pp.463-472, https://doi.org/10.1108/13665621011071127.

Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, Andrew C. Voluse, David Wolf, and John Hennen. CyberPsychology & Behavior. June
2006, 9(3): 348-360. https://doi.org/10.1089/cpb.2006.9.348.


Mitra Rashidian, Ph.D., LMFT, ACS
Mita RashidianDr. Rashidian works with individuals and couples helping them enhance all aspects of their relationships including sexual difficulties, enrichment, interests and behaviors; plus, the impact of culture which inhibits sexual pleasure as well as emotional intimacy.

Dr. Mitra Rashidian, holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New England (UNE), School of Health, in Australia. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in full-time private practice located in Encino California. She is a Certified Sexologist through The American College of Sexologists International. Further, she is an honorary adjunct faculty at UNE, and a research member of The Collaborative Research Network in Australia. The results of her research programs in sexual health and human sexuality has been published in the notable scientific journals and she has been presented both nationally and internationally at scientific conferences such as the American Counseling Associations in the USA and World Congress For Sexual Health; Glasgow, United Kingdom.


Robert Jaffe, Ph.D., LMFT.
Robert JaffeDr. Robert Jaffe works with adults and adolescents, and handles a wide variety of issues. He specializes in the treatment of trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addictions, Depression and Anxiety. He has been in full-time private practice since 1984, and was the chief consulting therapist for Cri-Help, INC., a residential and out-patient clinic in North Hollywood, CA, for the treatment of addictions for twenty-four years.

Dr. Jaffe believes that each individual is unique, and responds best to a personalized treatment plan, and in this spirit, Dr. Jaffe has studied many different therapeutic modalities including hypnosis. Dr. Jaffe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State University, Northridge, CA, a Masters of Science Degree from the University of LaVerne, CA, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy/Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy, Anaheim, CA. He has given workshops and seminars throughout Southern California, and continues to attend classes and seminars to keep himself abreast of current developments in his areas of specialty.


We look forward to seeing you Friday, January 26th!

Program Costs:
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students with I.D: $10

2 PDH / CEU Credits for CEAP,  LCSW, MFT

RSVP: For details, special accommodations or to RSVP, please contact Naheed Carter at Naheed.awan@gmail.com
or (240) 381-8154. Space is limited.

Friday, January 26th
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Foundations Recovery Network
17167 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

The January 2018 meeting is sponsored by:
Center for Discovery

Meeting host:
Foundations Recovery Network


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