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Addiction, Compulsion, and Cravings: The Biology of the Pursuit of Happiness

The Focus on Mental Health Series with Dr. David Mays is back to discuss behavioral addiction and process addiction. This program is a great continuing education option for counselors, therapist, and others to earn CEUs.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Education | Health Care | Human Services
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Focus on Mental Health

Who Should Attend

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, NBCC certified counselors, Social workers, Licensed professional counselors, Licensed marriage and family therapists, School psychologists, Psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners, Health care providers, Pastoral counselors, Peer specialists, and those working in primary care, human services, schools and community clinics

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Program Description

Behavioral and process addictions

What do substance abuse, love, pathological gambling, obsessive shopping, and Internet addiction have in common? This program will explore the biological understanding of the commonly identified features of addiction such as genetic vulnerability, salience, reward, withdrawal, and relapse. We will apply these concepts to various behavioral addictions while looking at treatment strategies and results across compulsive behaviors.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the differences between addictive, impulsive, and compulsive behavior.
  • Evaluate the various treatments for addictive behavior.
  • Recognize the biological features of different addictive disorders.
  • Incorporate biological findings regarding human instinctual drives into their understanding of addiction.


Dr. David Mays (MD, Ph.D.) is a forensic psychiatrist and directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI for 13 years. He serves on the clinical faculty at UW–Madison. Dr. Mays is the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Dane County, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He has treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings with co-morbid substance use problems for 20 years. He is a seasoned clinician and highly sought-after presenter.

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