Addictions

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Why do we drink alcohol? Most of us would like to think that we are in control of our drinking; we drink because we enjoy its effects and because it is an important ‘social glue’. This talk will discuss some evidence which demonstrates that this is true - but only up to a point. A lot of our behaviour is controlled by automatic processes, and drinking is no exception.

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Cigarette smoking and mental health problems are highly comorbid, but it remains unclear whether these mental health problems lead to smoking, or smoking leads to mental health problems. It could be either, or both, or the relationship could be due to some third factor (e.g., socioeconomic factors). This talk will describe new methods that take advantage of recent insights into the genetic influences on both smoking and mental health that allow us to better understand whether this relationship is simply correlation, or reflects a causal influence.

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‘Standing up to Addiction: Turning Disempowerment into Empowerment’

Addictive behaviours are not restricted to use of substances and occur within a social and political context where contributing factors and consequences are far reaching. The Faculty of Addiction welcomes the renowned researcher and writer, Jim Orford, to lead a discussion which will prove relevant to clinical, community and social psychologists amongst others. The presentation will explore how friends, colleagues and family members of those in addiction can stand up to addiction.

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Event information

This presentation will explore the evolving theories of addiction paying special attention to the way in which they impact the user, society’s understanding of addiction and the treatment provided to those

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Monday 23rd May 2016 - Tuesday 24th May 2016 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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Speaker information

Frederick Toates is Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology at the Open University and has research interests in motivation.

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Unfortunately this workshop is now cancelled. 

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An opportunity for practitioners to revise, update and enhance their MI communication style to motivate and increase confidence in health behaviour change.

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Find out why suicide is more prevalent in men and to learn how you can improve male help-seeking make your therapy more male-friendly

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Dr. Daniel Frings is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychology at London South Bank University.

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Use client/participant biometric phone apps to collect/email data to you, for naturalistic data in daily life contexts for research/therapy.

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Slot machines are the great cash cow of the gambling industry. They are exquisitely designed with one purpose in mind: to encourage gamblers to play until they are penniless.

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What is hunger?  What do we mean when we say we're hungry?

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The Government has launched the consultation on a major review of the sickness benefit system. It will look at how payments for those with drug and alcohol addictions, or obesity problems, might be linked to therapeutic and support services.

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New, preliminary evidence suggests that undergrad drinkers fall into four different, colourful types, each with a particular shift in personality when under the influence.

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Can psychology research help people who are hoping to break bad habits or form new healthy ones?

That is the question under discussion on the second PsychCrunch podcast from the British Psychological Society's Research Digest.

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The new Conservative government's legislation plans for the year were unveiled in the Queen's Speech to Parliament in May. The Psychoactive Substances Bill in particular has sparked an interesting and developing debate.

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The speed at which we drink alcohol could be influenced by the shape of the glass. And markings on the glass might help us drink more slowly.

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Psychologists have documented a striking increase in references to alcohol and heavy drinking in the lyrics of UK chart music.

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DCP Pre-Qualification Group and DCP Faculty of Addictions Joint Event (Including the AGM of the DCP Pre-Qualification Group)

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A practical workshop-based CPD event between the DCP Pre-Qualification group and DCP Facult

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DCP Faculty of Addictions and The University of Surrey - Joint Event

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This free, one-day Psychology and Substance Misuse CPD training event is open to all trainees on the University of Surrey Clinical Psychology doct

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A crowdfunding site set up to raise funds to complete research into the effects of LSD on the brain has attracted more than one thousand backers in less than a week.

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To help people who perform non-lethal self-harm, such as cutting and burning themselves, we need a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings that contribute to them resorting to this behaviour.

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A collection of papers in the journal Addiction suggests that the introduction of plain or standardised cigarette packs can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through.

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Smartphone applications have a role to play in preventing recovering alcoholics from relapsing.

That is the conclusion of a review on interventions in treating alcoholism written by Gerhard Andersson, Linköping University, and published in the journal Evidence-Based Mental Health.

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