Introduction to Addictive Behaviors

CE Hours: 3.0

Wednesday November 6, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Catholic Charities, Harrisburg, PA

This workshop will provide an overview of the foundational concepts of addictions. In this workshop, participants will analyze the relationship between trauma, high-risk behaviors and addictions. Participants will learn to define addiction. Behavioral warning signs and subsequent symptoms will be explored. Participants will survey current substance and behavioral addictions as determined by the DSM V.  This survey will include substance abuse, sexual addiction, food addiction, and gambling. Course will explore differences and similarities, current trends, and evidence-based practices used in treatment. Participants will utilize knowledge throughout workshop to review a case study.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between trauma, high-risk behaviors and addictions.
  2. Define addition and describe the difference between substance and behavioral “process” addictions.
  3. Describe different behavioral warning signs of addictions. 
  4. Discuss the current prevalence of various addictions.
  5. Demonstrate use of skills that will be helpful in developing evidenced based treatment interventions.
  6. Utilized information presented to identify warning signs of addiction, links to trauma and treatment possibilities for a case study

Dr. Nicole G. Johnson, has over 18 years of experience working in the behavioral health care system in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Dr. Nicole has earned a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology, Masters of Education degree in Counseling Psychology (Temple University) and a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision (Regent University). She has also earned a certificate in Spiritual and Faith Based Counseling. 

Dr. Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate and holds a counseling competency in Problem Gambling. Nicole is also a Certified Prepare/Enrich Premarital & Marital Counselor. Nicole is a certified trainer in Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) for the State of Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services. Finally, Nicole is a Certified Master Trainer for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Curriculum, and a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for both the Youth, Adult, Public Service and Higher Education Curricula.

Currently, she serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Development in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also the President (2019-2020) of the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA), a division of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. Nicole owns NGJohnson Counseling & Consulting LLC, a firm which trains, consults with Community and Faith Based Organization across several states and provides clinical supervision for professionals preparing to obtain their license as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania.

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