IBC Directors:

Dr. David Delmonico is a Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Delmonico conducts research, consultation, and training on topics such as cybersex, cyberoffense, and cybersafety. Dr. Delmonico also lectures on topics such as general Internet psychology and sexually addictive and compulsive behaviors. Dr. Delmonico is co-author of In the Shadows of the Net and Cybersex Unhooked. He has published numerous scholarly articles on a variety of addiction and sexuality topics. Dr. Delmonico is Director of the Online Behavior Research and Education Center (OBREC) at Duquesne University and Editor-in-Chief of the Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity journal. You may link to David Delmonico's full vitae by clicking here.

Elizabeth Griffin, MA is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 25 years experience treating individuals with problematic sexual behavior. Ms. Griffin lectures and consults internationally on the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, and families struggling with problematic online behaviors, sexually compulsive behaviors, and sexual offense behaviors. Among others, Ms. Griffin has lectured and consulted in legal/forensic, religious communities, HR/EAP and educational settings. She co-authored In the Shadows of the Net and Cybersex Unhooked - two texts related to breaking free from problematic online behaviors. Ms. Griffin has also published numerous academic articles on issues related to problematic sexual behavior. You may link to Elizabeth Griffin's full vitae by clicking here.


IBC Consultant Network

The following list of professionals consult with IBC faculty on topics such as clergy issues, law enforcement, interventions, etc. Their expertise in these areas ensures that IBC clients receive current and accurate information regarding their specific Internet related concern.

Michael Alvarez, M.S., M.F.T. is a licensed therapist in California who has been working in the field of addictions since 1981. As a graduate of the University of Southern California, his focus was in chemical dependency with a specialty in group and multi-family process. In 1991, he was invited by Dr. Patrick Carnes to establish an in-patient program for the treatment of sexual addicts and their families at Del Amo Hospital. In 1993, Michael Alvarez and Elizabeth Griffin designed and integrated a sex offenders tract for professionals who offend in the work place. He also led a clinical team that provided forensic evaluations of clergy and physicians. Presently, Michael Alvarez is in private practice in Torrance, California. He provides consulting services for the archdiocese of Southern California, California Medical Board, California Board of Behavioral Sciences and businesses in the private sector. He is also a national speaker and lecturer. Mr. Alvarez consults with attorneys on various cases related to sexual issues and has served as an expert witness in a number of these cases.

Rick Anderson (Commander-retired) is a 25 year veteran of the St Paul Police Department in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Anderson was Commander of the Minnesota/South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MICAC) based in the St Paul Police Department. The task force is funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Juvenile Justice for Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and is multi-jurisdictional organization that investigates cases involving the possession/distribution of child pornography, and the exploitation of children via the Internet. MICAC is a member of a national Internet Crimes Against Children task force program (ICAC). Mr. Anderson attended trainings at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on task force operations and responsibilities, Protecting Children Online Course, Basic Computer Crime Investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and was a member of the ICAC Working Group. This group consists of unit commanders of the agencies participating in the ICAC Task Program and OJJDP. The group oversees investigative policies, investigative techniques, training, and cooperation amongst the member agencies. Mr. Anderson continues serving the ICAC program as a training facilitator and as an internal assessment team leader. He is currently on the board of directors of Adult Saving Kids, a non-profit group whose mission is to reduce the commercial sexual exploitation of children through raising public awareness of the issue.

Marnie Ferree is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Nashville, Tennessee. She directs Bethesda Workshops, which provides intensive clinical workshops (Christian based) for sex addicts and their spouses. The treatment program for female sex addicts, established in 1997, was the first of its kind in the country.

Marnie is an author and frequent lecturer at professional and recovery conferences, churches, and schools. Her book, No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Shame, is unique in addressing sexual addiction in women. Marnie has also published an accompanying workbook, L.I.F.E. Guide for Women, as well as numerous articles in clinical and Christian journals. http://www.bethesdaworkshops.org

Jerry Fjerkenstad, MA, LP is the creator of HERMES’ WEB and its Violence Prevention Curricula as well as TNT – Toys n’ Tools For Core-Level Change. He has extensive teaching, conference, and workshop presentation experience, nationally and internationally. He currently serves as Executive Director of MASC (Minnesotans Actively Seeking Community), a nonprofit corporation providing violence prevention programming to the public schools and worked for 16 years in Project Pathfinder, Inc.’s adult outpatient sex offender treatment program, including four years as Clinical Director. He is currently a psychologist in a maximum security prison. He also provides training and consultation for juvenile detention centers, addiction programs and federal prisons. http://www.hermesweb.com/

Harry Halden has extensive experience in providing polygraph examinations to adolescent and adult sex offenders in both in-patient and out-patient treatment programs in Minnesota. He is a member of the American Polygraph Association and has received advanced training in the testing of sex offenders as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Mr. Halden is a former Special Agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Linda Hudson
is an Atlanta-based sex addiction specialist who runs intensive outpatient workshops that last a week or less. Hudson Consulting’s workshops focus on restoring sexual health, and improving family and couple relationships.http://www.hudsonconsulting.info/work.html

Mark Laaser, Ph.D. is an internationally known author and speaker. His first book, Faithful and True, was the first Christian book to address the issue of sexual addiction. He has since written six other books including, Talking to your Kids About Sex and the Pornography Trap. Dr. Laaser has consulted with numerous churches, has developed treatment programs for a variety of hospitals, and has conducted workshops and seminars worldwide. http://www.faithfulandtrueministries.com