Pathological Gambling and Alcohol Use Disorders
$8.00 [2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]
CE Course Description
This short, intermediate-level course is designed to give psychologists and other mental health professionals an overview of the association between pathological gambling (PG) and alcohol use disorders (AUDs). The incidence, prevalence, and common features of PG, AUD, and co-morbid PG and AUD are outlined as well as key research in these areas. Diagnostic criteria, treatment implications, and promising areas for future research are also discussed.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the incidence and prevalence of pathological gambling (PG), alcohol use disorder (AUD) and co-morbid PG and AUD in the United States and Canada.
2. Identify common features of AUD and PG including diagnostic criteria, neurobiological processes, genetic and environmental factors, and responsiveness to treatment.
3. Outline ways in which alcohol use disinhibits gambling behavior and how gambling promotes alcohol use.
4. Discuss treatment implications pertinent to PG and AUD, including the need for intense interventions for co-morbid patients.
5. Evaluate current research trends in the areas of pathological gambling and alcohol use disorders as well as key areas for future research.
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