Panel Discussion: Behavioural Addiction

Friday 24 June 2022: 10am – 12pm

Content Focus Area: EAP-CLIENT: Employee issues in the post-COVID workplace

 

PANELISTS

Carol Venter: Client Services Manager at ICAS Southern Africa
Stephen Davids: Social Worker at Mondia Health

 

Carol Venter

Company Name: ICAS Southern Africa

Degree or Highest Qualification: Master of Arts in Social Work (Occupational Social Work) Wits

Speaker Job Title: Client Services Manager

Biographical information related to the topic:

Carol has over 25 years in the substance abuse and addiction field and obtained her Masters in Occupational Social Work at Wits. Her research study focused on substance abuse in the workplace. Carol has been affiliated as a Treatment Professional with the SA National Responsible Gambling programme since its inception in 1999. Carol has worked in the employee wellness field at ICAS South Africa for the past 10 years.

Abstract:

Behavioural addiction is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-substance-related behaviour. The DSM 5 recognises behavioural addictions such as gambling, gaming, the internet, food, sex, and shopping. Many of these are behaviours we all engage in on a regular basis and are part of everyday life, and while there is a myth that behavioural addictions are not as dangerous as their counterpart , substance addiction, due to no physical addiction setting in, the impact of the problem can be just as devastating. Both categories of addiction effect the reward centre of the brain, result in withrdawal symptoms and progress quickly if the individual does not cut back, stop or seek reatment.

Just as the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in substance abuse, so has it increased the rate of behavioural addictions – although hardly any data exists to show this rise due to a lack of research in this area. Another reason is that the problem remains significantly unreported and often slips under the radar as the signs and symptoms remain very hidden. Struggling individuals are also less likely to come forward for treatment as they themselves do not realize the problem until it has progressed to the point where the negative consequences become severe and the impact far-reaching.

This presentation will highlight the truths around behavioural addiction today, outlining the current context in the new hybrid world of work, the types of behavioural addictions specifically focusing on gambling addiction, diagnostic criteria and the process of addiction. Signs and symptoms to identify the problem in the remote workplace will be explored, as well as possible interventions and treatment.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be equipped with the diagnostic and assessment tools for behavioural addictions, and particularly gambling addiction as the most recognised and common form of behavioural addiction.

2. Attendees will be equipped with knowledge to identify gambling addiction signs in the virtual workplace.

Stephen Davids

Company Name: Mondia Health:Sunnyside

Degree or Highest Qualification: BA in Social Work

Speaker Job Title: Social Worker

 

Biographical information related to the topic:

Stephen has been practicing as a Social Worker since the year 2004. Currently Stephen works part time as a private social worker and full time at Sunnyside Drug Recovery Unit. Ever since Stephen was enrolled as a social worker his primary focus has been the management and treatment of substance dependent persons. Stephen is also involved with a substance recovery support group where he volunteers my services.

Abstract:

The presentation seeks to revisit chemical addiction. It aims to alter the treatment perspective of the service provider through providing the audience with a new perspective of the Addict.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide a psychological basis as the high incidence of relapse.
2. To identify and explore the characteristics of chemical addiction
3. To explore the most common barriers to recovery

Our seminars are limited to 500 people.

If you do not manage to get into the seminar,

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Carol Venter

Carol Venter

Client Service Manager @ICAS Southern Africa

Carol has over 25 years in the substance abuse and addiction field and obtained her Masters in Occupational Social Work at Wits. Her research study focused on substance abuse in the workplace. Carol has been affiliated as a Treatment Professional with the SA National Responsible Gambling programme since its inception in 1999. Carol has worked in the employee wellness field at ICAS South Africa for the past 10 years.

Stephen Davids

Stephen Davids

Social Worker @Mondia Health

Stephen has been practicing as a Social Worker since the year 2004. Currently Stephen works part time as a private social worker and full time at Sunnyside Drug Recovery Unit. Ever since Stephen was enrolled as a social worker his primary focus has been the management and treatment of substance dependent persons. Stephen is also involved with a substance recovery support group where he volunteers my services.