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SBCPA/VCPA Salon: Madly We Love, Sharply We Fall: Conceptualizing Romantic Love and Breakups as an Addictive Process with Cortney Warren, PhD, ABPP

  • 21 Apr 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • Clinicians who are NOT members of either SBCPA or VCPA are welcome to join this training. The cost of the training includes the fee for applying for CE credits for licensed professionals (psychologists and licensed clinicians who are eligible to apply for credits through the Board of Behavioral Science, inclusive of LCSW, LMFT, LPCC & LEC clinicians).
  • This training is a free membership benefit for SBCPA members.
  • This training is free for any unlicensed students or members who are NOT seeking CE credits.
  • This training is free as a benefit of VCPA membership.


    • You are invited!


      Dr. Cortney S. Warren is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in 2000 and her PhD in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 after completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

      Dr. Warren is an expert on addictions, self-deception, eating pathology, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective. With almost 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 book chapters, two books, and 75 professional presentations, Dr. Warren has won some of the most prestigious awards in her field. In addition to publishing in academic circles, Dr. Warren works as a research consultant, keynote speaker, and writes a blog for Psychology Today. In her TEDx talk Honest Liars and its associated book Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception, Dr. Warren argues that self-deception is our biggest obstacle to personal growth. Her latest work is a self-help book that explores romantic love and breakups through an addictive lens called, Letting Go of Your Ex: CBT Skills to Heal the Pain of a Breakup and Overcome Love Addiction (2023). Dr. Warren is licensed in Nevada and California. For more information, visit

      Course Outline


      12:00- 12:05pm–        Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

      12:05-1:15pm-            Presentation

      1:15-1:30pm -             Q&A/evaluations


      Going through an excruciatingly painful breakup is a common yet heart-wrenching experience that often leads people to seek mental health treatment. The end of some romantic relationships can be so difficult that clients become hyper-focused on their ex as if they were an addictive stimulus. For example, clients struggling through love-addicted breakups often report obsessively thinking about their ex, craving contact with them, feeling emotionally labile and distressed, and acting in harmful compulsive and impulsive ways. These symptoms can be clinically impairing and negatively affect their quality of life.

      When working with clients who can’t seem to get over their ex, conceptualizing and treating their symptoms through an addictive framework can be incredibly helpful. This webinar is a brief introduction to the latest research on romantic love and breakups as an addictive process.

      Learning Objectives:

      At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

    • Describe the 3 core features of addictive behavior, including love addiction.
    • Describe how and why falling in love can conceptualized as an addictive process from a neurobiological and psychological perspective.
    • Identify 3 primary symptoms of a love-addicted breakup.

    Continuing Education:

    CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) and the Ventura County Psychological Association (VCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensees.

    Important Notice:

    Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

    Please note: There is no charge for SBCPA or VCPA members. Non-members are welcome to join this event at a cost of $25.


    This salon will be held via Zoom.


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