20 Mar 2017

Overview of Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

This introductory webcast presents an overview of basic concepts of substance use and substance use disorders (SUDs), review diagnostic criteria as defined in the DSM-IV, DSM-5 and the ICD-10, and discuss comorbidity between SUDs and other psychological disorders. Major etiological theories highlighting both intra-individual factors (e.g., genetics, personality) and environmental factors will be highlighted with particular attention to the role of development in the onset and course of SUDs (esp. “maturing out” and “natural recovery”). Attention is also be paid to current concepts of “addiction” and its neurobiological foundations and their implications for treatment.

Learning Objective 1
Define and distinguish among basic concepts such as use, problems, dependence, and addiction.

Learning Objective 2
Discuss major etiological theories of SUDs and addiction.

Learning Objective 3
Comprehend SUDs disorders from a developmental perspective.

Presenter: Kenneth J. Sher, PhD

Dr. Sher obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Indiana University. He is currently Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. His main areas of research focus on the etiology of alcoholism, refining addiction-related phenotypes, personality and psychopathology, and longitudinal research methods. He has published over 250 papers and is the author of Children of Alcoholics: A Critical Appraisal of Theory and Research (1991), co-author of Binge Drinking and Alcohol Misuse Among College Students and Young Adults (2015), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders (2016).


Bruce LieseCourse Director: Bruce Liese, PhD

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Courtesy Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, and current President-Elect of the Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP; APA Division 50). Dr. Liese earned his PhD from The University at Albany in 1983. He is a teacher, clinical supervisor, researcher, and clinician.  His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors.  He has been Director of CBT training for a large multi-center NIDA-funded addictions study and over time has supervised hundreds of CB therapists.  Presently he teaches courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice in psychology and he supervises more than a dozen psychotherapy trainees.  Dr. Liese has more than 50 publications, and he has co-authored two texts on addictions.  He was Editor of The Addictions Newsletter for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50.  For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President’s Citation from Division 50. He has been chosen to be a member of APA’s Continuing Education Committee, and in 2015 he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50.

This five-part series is a collaboration with the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology, the APA Science Directorate, the APA Center for Learning and Career Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50 of APA).

The five two-hour programs focus on: (1) an overview of substance use disorders and addictions; (2) screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment (SBIRT); (3) understanding the complexities of the SUDs and addictions; (4) evidence-based clinical guidelines for addressing SUDs and addictions, and; (5) the treatment of SUDs and addictions in “the real world.”

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