Course Description

Behavioural addictions are garnering increasing attention in both clinical contexts and in addiction research. There have been two significant changes that have put a spotlight on behavioural addictions. In 2013, the DSM-5 reclassified pathological gambling from an impulse control disorder to an addiction and in 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially added Gaming Disorder to the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). These changes, informed by advancements in neuroscience, exemplify an evolving understanding and acknowledgement of behavioural processes as having similar features to that of substance abuse.

This workshop on behavioural addictions, will provide participants with an overview of problem gambling, gaming and technology overuse and will explore the similarities and differences between behavioural addictions and substance abuse. Even though there are many similarities between substance use and behavioural addictions, providing treatment for behavioural addictions requires a specialized skill set and knowledge base.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the overlap between gambling, gaming and technology overuse.
  • Explain prevalence rates across multiple demographic populations and at-risk populations.
  • Identify warning signs of gambling, gaming and technology use.
  • Describe how behavioural addictions impact major life domains and overall wellness (physical, emotional, mental, financial, social etc.).
  • Recall screening methods to identify gambling, gaming and technology overuse in clients.
  • Explain the importance of mitigating harm by promoting responsible gambling and a balanced use of technology.
  • Summarize evidence-based treatment approaches.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Behavioural Addictions: Gambling, Gaming and Technology Overuse Spring 2021 (Online)
May 17, 2021 to Jun 27, 2021
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Registration Fee non-credit $330.00
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