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Understanding People with Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Why do some people use alcohol and other drugs, but never develop a substance use disorder? What “causes” addiction? And why do some people cease problematic substance use whereas others do not? The answers to these complicated questions are explored in this webcast. The focus, on some of the psychological, biological, and environmental factors that have been linked to the development of substance use disorders. The discussion also seeks to understand the challenges of living with addiction and considers the process of recovery and some of the factors that may help facilitate successful resolution of substance misuse.

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Learning Objective 1
Discuss what is known from the current research about factors that influence the development of substance use disorders.

Learning Objective 2
Explain some of the common clinical case presentations of individuals struggling with addiction.

Learning Objective 3
Acquire knowledge regarding the factors involved in the resolution of addictive behavior.

Presenter: Jennifer Read, PhD
Dr. Read received her BA at Denison University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She completed post-doctoral training at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Read currently is a Professor of Psychology, and the Director of Clinical Training at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  Dr. Read’s research focuses on individual and environmental factors that influence problematic substance use. Much of her research has examined how trauma and post-traumatic stress may intersect with substance use, particularly in young adults. She has published over 100 articles on these topics.


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.

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