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Talking Point: On the Use of targeted Cognitive Training in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: state of affairs.

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are typically treated with psychosocial treatments and/or medication. However, there is a third category of interventions to consider: varieties of Cognitive Training (CT). Two types of CT can be distinguished: those in which general abilities are trained (e.g. working memory training) and those in which initial motivational reactions to alcohol are targeted, so called cognitive biases (Cognitive Bias Modification, CBM). I will review the state of affairs in both. Training of general abilities is hard, but does show promise for a subgroup of patients. In patients with alcohol use disorder, CBM has shown to increase one-year abstinence in several large clinical trials, with effect sizes similar to medication for alcohol. It is also becoming clear for which individuals CBM shows most promise as an add-on treatment (those with a strong cue-reactivity and/or impulsivity), and we are beginning to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying training effects. In contrast to positive findings as add-on to regular treatment, online trials did not show differential effects, but main effects (general decline in drinking, irrespective of training). I will discuss ways forward to improve cognitive training for the treatment of SUDs.

Presented by Professor Reinout W. Wiers, Professor of developmental psychopathology, University of Amsterdam.

Note Turning Point's NEW Richmond Location

DATE: Thursday 17th May 2018

VENUE: Turning Point, Training Room 1, Level 1, 110 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121

TIME: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST

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PRESENTER: Professor Reinout W. Wiers is professor of developmental psychopathology and distinguished faculty professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is senior editor of the journal Addiction, and on the editorial board of several other journals of addiction and clinical psychology. Wiers is internationally known for his work on implicit cognition and addiction. He received the prestigious VIDI (2002) and VICI (2008) research grants from the Dutch National Science Foundation (N.W.O.), for research on assessing and changing implicit cognitive processes in addiction. He also received several other grants from national and international funding agencies. His 2011 Psychological Science paper on changing the approach-bias for alcohol in alcohol-dependent papers with clinical effects is in the top 1% of most cited papers of that year in psychology and psychiatry. Wiers published over 250 international papers and book chapters, and his current Hirsch-index is 45 (web of science) or 65, google scholar, see: https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=2vKDTuoAAAAJ&hl=nl

REGISTRATION: There is no cost to attend but registrations are essential.

Getting to Turning Point: Trams on Church Street, Bridge Road and Victoria Street; nearest train stations are West and North Richmond; limited all day parking available in the area.

Please allow sufficient time for parking, arrival at 12:45pm recommended.

If you have any enquiries about the event please contact (03) 8413 8700.


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