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Course Description

Hours: 12

There are some pleasurable activities, such as shopping and sex, that when engaged in excessively, can have a negative impact on our lives. This workshop explores the development and maintenance of some of these behaviours, specifically: shopping/spending, online pornography and other sexual behaviours.  

The addition of gambling to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) reflected a monumental shift in our understanding of addiction from an exclusively substance related disorder to one that includes behaviours. Substantial research revealed that the mechanisms of addiction were similar for both substances and gambling. Currently, internet gaming is another behaviour being considered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for inclusion in the DSM pending further research. Notably, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), included gaming in the latest edition, the ICD-11. Hypersexuality, which is an umbrella term that includes a variety of sexual behaviours that when engaged in excessively, can cause distress, was also considered for inclusion in the latest version of the DSM. The formal recognition of these behaviours reflects the increasing number of clients presenting in clinical settings with concerns about excessive behaviours.  

This workshop includes information about the similarities and differences between substance addiction and behavioural addiction. The role of technology in the development and maintenance of shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours is explored. Risk factors, signs and consequences for these behaviours are identified as well as tools for screening, assessment and treatment.  

Learner Outcomes

After this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how people become addicted to shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours.
  • Discuss the role of technology in the development and maintenance of excessive shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours.
  • Identify risk factors for developing excessive shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours.
  • Describe common subtypes of clients with excessive sexual behaviour(s).
  • Identify the signs and consequences of excessive shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours.
  • Use screening and assessment tools for these client populations.
  • Practice assessment skills with these client populations.
  • Develop case conceptualizations for these client populations.
  • Identify current treatment options for shopping/spending, pornography and other sexual behaviours.
  • Create treatment plans for these client populations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Behavioural Addictions: Shopping/Spending, Online Pornography and Other Sexual Behaviours
Type
Workshop Remote
Days
M, T
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Mar 27, 2023 to Mar 28, 2023
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
12.0
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $360.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Instructor: Lisa Pont, MSW, RSW

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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