Revisiting our understanding of addiction and learning about treatments available for problem gambling and gaming disorder.

Addictive behaviours occur in many forms, which go beyond substance use. Behavioural addictions invite us to take a fresh look at addiction and deepen our psychological understanding. The focus is primarily on the impact of gambling and internet gaming disorder, for which evidence-based treatment is provided in our specialist NHS clinics.

Organiser:

This event is organised by the National Centre for Behavioural Addictions in the UK, consisting of the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the newly established National Centre for Gaming Disorders. The above clinics are part of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Audience:

The course is suitable for psychologist practitioners or other professionals including psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, drug workers, CAMHS/ youth workers, cognitive behavioural therapists and psychotherapists, who would like to know more about the most recent developments in this newly evolving field.

Learning goals:

• Challenge our understanding of addiction

• Bring us up to date with the most recent developments in the field of behavioural addiction

• Become familiar with the most common types of gambling/gaming

• Assess the extent to which gambling or gaming have become problematic

• Identify national clinical pathways to refer clients needing specialist help

• Learn about our treatment programme and hear about case studies

• Offer practical tools and advice to help with change (e.g. stimulus control)

Facilitators:

Delivered by leading clinical psychologists in the Centre, this course sheds light on a psychological perspective of behavioural addiction.

Dr Venetia Leonidaki is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic. She is a lecturer and a co-editor of a new self-help workbook on problem gambling, which is to be released by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Rebecca Lockwood is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Centre for Gaming Disorders. She has provided training in addiction to NHS teams and prison settings.

Mrs Dolors Manuel-Riu is a Lead Psychologist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic. She has provided training in IAPT, addiction services, MSc courses and is the author of two chapters about CBT for problem gambling.

**CPD Certificate available upon request**

Ticket Price: £25