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Developing Tools and Techniques for Family Members and Spouses to Manage and Deal with Behavioral Addictions, Primarily Gambling Disorders and Hypersexual Disorders

Presented by Timothy Fong, MD - 2 CE Hours

Workshop Description:
This session will describe the clinical characteristics of behavioral addictions, specifically gambling disorder and hypersexual behaviors that are likely to present in various treatment settings. A review of effective screening tools and assessment techniques will enhance clinician’s ability to identify and develop a comprehensive biopsychosocial treatment plan for these behavioral addictions. Particular emphasis will be spent on how describing evidenced based techniques and treatment resources (developed by the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and the California Gambling Education and Treatment System) to assist family members and romantic partners in learning how to cope, manage and effectively deal with behavioral addictions.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Apply screening and assessment tools to identify and diagnose gambling disorder and hypersexual behaviors.
2. Identify three evidenced-based clinical activities that can be used to help reduce stress, enabling behaviors or co-dependency of family members or romantic partners of persons with behavioral addiction.