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The Biological Aspects of Addiction: The Hijacked Brain and the Integration into the Holistic Model

November 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm CDT

The Biological Aspects of Addiction:
The Hijacked Brain and the Integration into the Holistic Model
Presented by Sandra Siegel, Psy.D., LCP, LCPC, RN

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
1:00pm – 4:15pm

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells Street – Room 407/412
Chicago, IL 60654

*Program offers 3 APA CEs for Psychologists, 3 CEUs for Counseling and Social Workers, and 3 IAODAPCA CEUs*

Over recent years, there has been a great deal of new research viewing addiction as a brain disease. This presentation will review the current empirical neurobiological aspects of addiction, including the effects on the brain, genetics, the adolescent brain, and gender differences. The nature of cravings will be explained using the “pleasure pathway” and the “hijacking” of the brain leaving the person out of control. An overview of the pharmacological treatments of addiction will also be discussed. In addition, the importance of integrating this information into the complex holistic assessment of the client will be examined using a case study of Prince to assist attendees in critical thinking regarding the evidence for and against addiction being a disease, as well as the importance of viewing the client from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual view.

Sandra Siegel, Psy.D., LCP, LCPC, RN is a certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist and is licensed as a registered nurse, LCPC, and Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Siegel’s areas of interest are community mental health, addictions, and the jail and prison systems. She has an APA published book chapter on Group Therapy with Dually-Diagnosed Individuals. Dr. Siegel was the director of community mental health for an inner-city mental health center for more than ten years, the clinical director (for both nursing and social service) of a large long-term care facility for severely mentally ill individuals, as well as team leader for The Thresholds Justice Program. Dr. Siegel is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.



November 2, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Institute for Professional & Continuing Studies


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus
325 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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