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Cybersexual addiction, a subtype of Hypersexual Disorder, has become a profound problem in today’s culture. Conservative estimates suggest that 6-8% of all online users are experiencing marked difficulties and negative consequences related to their use of internet sexual content. Cybersexual addiction is an emerging field and mental health providers report being unprepared to address the many individuals they are encountering in their practices with these issues. This seminar will provide an overview of what cybersexual addiction is, how to diagnose it, and how to treat it. Additionally, this seminar will provide an overview of the neuroscience behind cybersexual addiction and the impact of the addiction on the individual. Finally, a task oriented approach to treatment will be presented.
The statistics behind the opioid crisis in the United States compel action from legislative, medical, and psychological stakeholders. This seminar will summarize the history of how we came to this point in the epidemic and reveal what steps (some effective, some misguided) have been taken so far to remedy the tragic outcomes. We will examine our own personal biases toward this heated topic that might influence both how we interpret data trends and also impact our rapport when treating patients with addictive behaviors. We will explore how psychologists and other mental health professionals can assist individuals with Opioid Use Disorder through research, risk assessment, behavioral support for substance abuse recovery programs, therapeutic interventions for chronic pain to minimize opioid use, community education, and patient/professional advocacy. Links to additional resources and book/wookbook recommendations will be provided.
"I really enjoyed Dr. McDuff's presentation style and was impressed with the clarity of his explanations."-Larry D., Psychologist, New Mexico
Substance abuse is one of the most common clinical problems of patients who present for treatment. These patients struggle with a life threatening, clinically complex problem that is subject to a variety of physiological and psychological factors. This webinar will focus on treating people plagued by complex additions issues. You will learn about the risk and protective factors related to addiction. There will also be useful suggestions for assessing and treating addicted patients. Adolescent addiction will be discussed. There will also be material on motivational interviewing and effective stress control.
“Excellent, the Professor is an expert in the field and answered my many questions. Could not be improved..”-Eric B., Licensed Professional Counselor, New York
It is estimated that roughly 80% of clients who enter treatment are ambivalent about changing their behavior. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an intentional, client centered approach for facilitating increases in motivation for behavior change by assisting clients in exploring and resolving ambivalence. MI, as a counseling style, has been shown to be effective with a wide variety of problem behaviors such as substance abuse, adopting healthy behaviors (eating, exercise), treatment adherence and compliance, and other psychological problems. Thus, mental health workers from various backgrounds practicing in a variety of settings are beginning to integrate MI into their clinical repertoire.
This introduction to MI will acquaint the audience with basic concepts and methods of MI. As such participants will be exposed to the foundational concepts including the “spirit,” principles and processes of MI that can be integrated with one’s approach to counseling and psychotherapy. Building on this foundation the foundational philosophy and active principles will be discussed with emphasis on MI’s unique focus on increasing change talk and reducing talk maintaining the status quo. The webinar will conclude with a brief overview of the evidence base for MI.
The biology of reward has been well-studied and is linked to numerous mental health diagnoses. Researchers identified an anomaly in this reward cascade called Reward Deficiency Syndrome or RDS. This anomaly and its impact on psychotherapy are less evident in psychological literature, yet it provides useful knowledge in one of the most prevalent and challenging of all mental health disorders…addiction. This seminar will help you understand the cascade theory of reward and provide you with working knowledge of RDS. You will be able to talk about how RDS affects the brain, what research has found regarding the impact of RDS, as well as discuss a model of therapy that considers highly this biological aspect of mental illness. The focus of this seminar is biopsychological and psychopharmaocological in nature.
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