Overcoming Impulse Control Problems – NCRG Pre-conference Workshop With Dr. Jon Grant

At the12thannual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, we are privileged to have four distinguished researchers leading pre-conference workshops to give mental health treatment providers and researchers an extra helping of best practices to bring back to their work. One of the sessions will be led by Dr. Jon Grant, J.D., M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and co-director of the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Dr. Grant is also the principal investigator for theNCRG Center for Excellence in Gambling Researchat the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Grant’s extensive research on impulse control disorders (ICDs) led him to co-author a workbook with Christopher B. Donahue, Ph.D., and Brian L. Odlaug, University of Minnesota Medical Center, titledOvercoming Impulse Control Problems: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program. This workbook takes the reader through various approaches to resist urges to engage in pathological gambling behaviors, as well as those behaviors demonstrated in other ICDs. Dr. Grant’s pre-conference workshop will lead clinicians through this manual.

According to the authors,Overcoming Impulse Control Problemsrepresents the treatment they have found to be the most effective at controlling urges to gamble and will also help the reader to better understand the true nature of impulse control problems, and help to prevent future problems.

The manual is intended for use in conjunction with supervised therapy and includes various self-assessments and exercises designed to help individuals realize the truth behind their actions and to reach the ultimate goal of changing their impulsive behaviors.

The goal of Dr. Grant’s pre-conference workshop is to give participants a better understanding of effective treatment strategies to use during therapy sessions with ICD patients, andOvercoming Impulse Control Problemsexplains one of these various treatment approaches. To register for this pre-conference workshop and the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, you candownload the conference registration formorregister online. The deadline for receiving early bird registration rates is September 12! For more information, visit the NCRG Conference website atwww.ncrg.org/conference.

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