Clinical psychology of addiction

lpsys2736  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Clinical psychology of addiction
4.00 credits
30.0 h
Maurage Pierre;
Main themes
  • Epidemiology (prevalence, diagnosis, symptoms, comorbidities).
  • Main theoretical models of addictive states.
  • Cognitive, behavioural and brain effects of psychoactive substances.
  • Evidence-based psychological interventions on addictive states. 
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course aims at:
  • Introducing the empirical approach of the conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment of addictive states.
  • Develop clinical abilities related to the treatment of addictive states.  
  • Describe theoretical models and evidence-based intervention methods in the field of addictive states.
Present the neuroscientific and neuropsychological approaches of addictive states, and describe the theoretical and clinical perspectives related to these approaches.  
This course will be based on 13 two-hour lectures organized around 3 axes:
Axis I: General considerations on addictions
- Lecture 1: Historical approach of addictions / Evolution of the biopsychosocial perspective on addictions / Key-concepts / Diagnosis criteria.
- Lecture 2: Main characteristics of substance-related addictions / Individual psychological and interpersonal factors invoved in addictions / Epidemiology of addictions.
- Lecture 3: Current empirical (psychological, medical, neuroscientific) models of addictions, and related clinical interventions.
- Lecture 4: Neurobiology of addictions and craving.
- Lecture 5: Cognitive, behavioral and brain-related effects of psychoactive substances.
Axis II: Specific approach of the main addictions
- Lecture 6: Severe alcohol-related disorders and alcohol-dependence.
- Lecture 7: Cannabis and new synthetic drugs
- Lecture 8: Behavioral addictions
- Lecture 9: Sexual addiction
- Lecture 10: Nicotine addiction
Axis III: Clinical perspectives on addictions
- Cours 11: Early interventions: adolescence and risky behaviors (including binge drinking)
- Cours 12: Neuropsychological approach: usefulness of cognitive remediation in addictions (Part 1)
- Cours 13: Neuropsychological approach: usefulness of cognitive remediation in addictions (Part 2)
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Written exam based on 20 short questions/answers (3-4 lines, 1 point per answer).
Other information
Basic English reading abilities required.
Online resources
Lectures' slides as well as compulsory/complementary scientific papers available on Moodle.
Lectures obligatoires et complémentaires, librement disponibles sur Moodle.
Teaching materials
  • Slides des cours, lectures obligatoires et lectures complémentaires disponibles sur Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Psychology