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Primer: The Erupting Addictions Pandemic

Date 2022-03-30
Time 00:00 - 00:01
Audience Public
Non-member Cost $50.00 CAD
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Besides the increase in addiction-related deaths, addictions are flourishing and profoundly affecting our society. Some experts estimate that up to 47% of Canadian adults are either addicted or entrenched in behavioural excesses to something each year. This does not include the impact on the people they know. A noted authority recently said that addiction is already taking our children… and it is going to take us. This one-hour primer provides current information about substance addictions (e.g., alcohol, cannabis, opioids, nicotine, stimulants, hallucinogens) and behavioural addictions (e.g., gambling, Internet/gaming, sex, love, food, exercise, shopping, work). Is there no escape from addiction? There is! The webinar concludes with a look at prevention through multi-level implementation using a simple Dr. Alderson acronym.

Format and Schedule

Watch at your own pace! 1-hour primer.

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Dr. Kevin Alderson, R. Psych.

Dr. Kevin Alderson, R. Psych.

Kevin Alderson, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of counselling psychology from the University of Calgary. He has been a registered psychologist since 1986 and served as president of the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2018-2019.

Dr. Alderson holds the highest level of membership within the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, and he is also a professional member of the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Dr. Alderson sits on the editorial board of both the Journal of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Substance Dependence and the Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction. He holds membership in the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Between 2008 and 2020, Dr. Alderson was the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is the founder of Canada’s first doctor of counselling and psychotherapy degree program at Yorkville University.

Dr. Alderson has authored 11 books and several scholarly articles and book chapters. He completed an MSc in clinical, school, and community psychology from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in counselling psychology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Alderson is married and is the father of two adult children. Outside of counselling, he enjoys racket sports, dancing, hiking, camping, and weight training.


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