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Course # 66410 • Behavioral Addictions


This course will provide mental health professionals with the latest clinical and empirical evidence that addresses behavioral addictions, including phenomenology, epidemiology, comorbidity, neurobiologic mechanisms, genetic contributions, treatment response, and prevention. The distinction between impulse control disorders and behavioral addictions is discussed. For each behavioral disorder proposed for inclusion as a behavioral addiction, current evidence is presented that supports or refutes this designation.

Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Release Date: 05/01/2018

Expiration Date: 04/30/2021


This advanced course is designed for psychologists who may intervene in diagnosing and treating behavioral addictions in their patients.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 15 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide psychologists with the knowledge and skills to appropriately identify, diagnose, and treat behavioral addictions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the evolution of and concepts forming the basis of behavioral addictions.
  2. Compare and contrast explanatory models of addiction and their applicability to behavioral addictions.
  3. Describe the factors underlying child and adolescent vulnerability to behavioral addictions.
  4. Discuss psychologic and pharmacologic treatments that are generally appropriate for behavioral addiction.
  5. Analyze the epidemiology, comorbidity, and risk factors of gambling disorder.
  6. Evaluate the diagnosis and treatment of gambling disorder.
  7. Review the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of addictive sexual behavior.
  8. Describe Internet gaming disorder and how it is diagnosed and treated.
  9. Explain how binge eating disorder is identified and appropriately treated.
  10. Outline the epidemiology, risk factors, and clinical characteristics of compulsive buying disorder.
  11. Analyze factors related to the diagnosis and treatment of compulsive buying disorder.
  12. Discuss the epidemiology, comorbidities, and pathophysiology of trichotillomania.
  13. List approaches to the treatment of trichotillomania.
  14. Identify patients with kleptomania and create an effective treatment plan for these patients.
  15. Describe behavioral addictions induced by dopamine agonists and other medications and disorders.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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