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Summer Institute on Addiction

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The yearly Summer Institute on Addiction will take place online for the first time this summer. This two-week online institute seeks to provide an interdisciplinary approach and lens to the study of addiction and offers participants a unique chance to become familiarized with cutting-edge research and its practical implications.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: Online (2 weeks)
    Academic dates: Monday 21 June - Friday 2 July 2021
    Academic fees: €950 read more about what is included.
    Credits: 4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021. Admissions will be processed throughout the year on a rolling basis
    Regular admission deadline: 1 June 2021
    Who is this programme for?                                                                                                                             Participants must have a Bachelor degree (minimum). Master's students and PhD candidates as well as working professionals with experience in the field will be given preference.
  • Programme description

    While problematic use and addiction is not a new problem, few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. The language and scope of addiction studies has grown in recent years and the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical, and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations, and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of people living with addiction. Participants in this institute will immerse themselves in academic debates, and bolster and challenge their online classroom learning with (interactive) assignments and seminars. 

    Themes for this year’s institute will include the following: 

    1. The history the concept of ‘addiction’ and the history of drug policies and control strategies. 
    2. Youth addiction and its predictors, prevention, and intervention.
    3. E-health: internet-based interventions and hybrid intervention models.
    4. The interaction between different factors in addiction: the importance of context and a complexity approach.
    5. Behavioral addictions: gambling, gaming, and social media. This includes questioning when we (should) call something an addiction and what the implications are when we do so.  

    Besides engaging with our expert faculty and guest lecturers, a central aspect of the online institute is the opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to present in their areas of specialization, and the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Facilitated workshop sessions assist participants to integrate the research, and practice information learned from a diverse set of lecturers and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work.  

  • Academic director

    Dr. Helle Larsen's research focuses on social and cognitive processes related to psychopathology (alcohol use, smoking, anxiety) and behavior in adolescents and young adults. Helle is interested in the interplay between the social context (e.g., peer influence) and individual risk factors such as automatic motivational processes, risk taking and genetic make-up and have an interdisciplinary research approach. In addition to conducting assessment studies to get a refined understanding of the processes and risk factors involved in psychopathologies, she conducts intervention studies. Among others, Helle investigated the effect of cognitive bias modification (retraining approach tendencies) combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to help adolescents quit smoking and am involved in online intervention studies using cognitive bias modification to decrease alcohol use, smoking, and anxiety. In another intervention study, she examined how changing peer norms can improve self-regulation in youth to reduce antisocial behavior. 

    Next to her research, Helle is in training as a cognitive behavioural therapist (VGCt, UvA minds) and is am a programme manager of Research Priority Area Yield. Yield conducts multidisciplinary research among 10 different research programmes (University of Amsterdam) with a focus on the bioecology of human development.

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Facts & Figures
Mode Online
Credits 4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June