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Internet-Based Addictions: Understanding Gaming, Social Media, and Pornography Addiction



Behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, gaming, sex, food, pornography) are rewarding behaviors that become compulsive, out of control, continue despite negative consequences, and induce cravings or mental preoccupation (ASAM, 2019; APA, 2013; Griffiths, 2005; Kardefelt-Winther et al., 2017). Like drugs of abuse, potentially addictive behaviors activate reward circuitry in the brain (APA, 2013; Karim & Chaudhri, 2012; Wise & Koob, 2014; Wise & Robble, 2020) and are both positively and negatively reinforcing (Goodman, 2001). Among vulnerable individuals (e.g., those with genetic predispositions, a history of trauma, specific mental health concerns, or early exposure), rewarding behaviors can become the primary means of emotion regulation and lead to detrimental outcomes. In light of the accessibility, affordability, and anonymity of the internet (Cooper, 1998), online behavioral addictions have become prevalent in society. In this presentation, attendees will learn how to conceptualize, assess, and treat several internet-based behavioral addictions including internet gaming addiction, social media addiction, and pornography addiction. The presenter will describe relevant neuroscience of these behavioral addictions, signs and symptoms, assessment instruments, peer support options, and treatment considerations.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022     

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST
  1 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST
  2 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST
Presented live interactive via WebEx
*links to the presentation and CE pretest will be sent out the day prior to the event date to those that are registered.  A WebEx invite will also be sent a few days prior.  The registration confirmation will not populate your calendar.  
2 CE
*cancellation or refund requests are needed 48 hrs in advance
This presentation is designed to help participants:
  • Synthesize current research and neuroscience related to the prevalence and rewarding nature of internet-based behavioral addictions.
  • Differentiate between high involvement in an internet-based behavior and an internet-based behavioral addiction
  • Describe psychometrically sound assessment instruments used to measure internet gaming addiction, social media addiction, and pornography addiction.
  • Discuss treatment strategies, diagnostic considerations, and peer support groups for internet gaming addiction, social media addiction, and pornography addiction.
Amanda L. Giordano, PhD, LPC is an associate professor at the University of Georgia who specializes in addictions counseling. She is the sole author of a clinical reference book titled, A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions and co-author of a textbook titled, Addiction Counseling: A Practical Approach. Dr. Giordano works to advance the counseling field with rigorous research and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. In 2018, Dr. Giordano won the Addictions/Offender Educator of Excellence Award from the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and in 2022 she won the Russell H. Yeany Jr., Research Award from her college.
Dr. Giordano collaborates with international organizations to provide trainings, webinars, and programs to increase awareness related to behavioral addictions domestically and abroad. She maintains a blog called Understanding Addiction for Psychology Today and has been a guest on several podcasts. Dr. Giordano has experience as an editorial board member for a number of prominent counseling journals including the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, Journal of Counseling and Development, and Counseling and Values. She serves on the American Counseling Association (ACA) of Georgia Leadership Council, the board of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and is a member of several other ACA divisions.

Participants must attend the entire event and complete tests and evaluations to receive credit. Attendance tracked via virtual WebEx platform reporting. Certificates will be provided following completion of tests and evaluations.


Questions or ADA request? Please contact Pam Wood.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, provider #1487, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period:11/22/2020-11/22/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0529.  The Graduate School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Graduate School maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Graduate School is an NBCC approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6547, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  This course has been approved by Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits, NAADAC Provider #77968. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is responsible for all aspects of its programming. The Graduate School is approved to provide continuing education by CAADE Provider # CP20 975 C 0325, CCAPP Provider Number 1N-88-860-1123, CADTP provider # 125, and CA BRN CEP 16722. 

Participants are required to keep their certificate for a minimum of six years. For information about this continuing education program, please contact the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, P.O. Box 11 CO9, Center City, Minnesota 55012, 1-651-213-4538.


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The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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