Event Details

Addiction: A motivational problem with a cognitive solution

Presented by Dr Frank Ryan

About the event

This Masterclass webinar will be hosted on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded and will be made available for 30 days after the event to delegates who have registered. You can choose to attend on the day, watch later or both. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 hours CPD (live attendance only). 

Registration closes - Midday Monday 6th March. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.


The webinar draws on recent research findings showing that addiction is maintained by changes in core cognitive processes such as selective attention, reward processing and biased decision-making. These processes are driven by unexpected and rapidly driven rewards associated with drug use and wins in gambling and gaming. In combination, these processes contribute to the persistence of addictive behaviour in the face of known negative impacts on health and wellbeing and in the face of repeated efforts to stop. Cognitive behavioural approaches should therefore aim to modify these core processes in pursuit of enhanced outcomes.

The Webinar should be relevant to both specialist substance misuse practitioners as well as those who encounter drug and alcohol problems in generic mental health or primary care settings. The therapeutic framework termed CHANGE (Change Habits and Negative Generation of Emotion) places the development of impulse control or habit management strategies at the centre of the therapeutic intervention. Accordingly, interventions that augment cognitive control processes such as selective attention and working memory are likely to enhance outcomes. The programme is organised into four sequential stages known as the “Four M s”:

· Motivation and engagement.

· Manage impulses and craving.

· Mood management.

· Maintenance and relapse prevention

Each of these stages requires tailored intervention strategies reliant on the therapist deploying specific competencies. Throughout, particular emphasis is placed on the importance of a robust therapeutic alliance based on a clear conceptualisation of the psychology of addictive behaviour drawing on both tried and tested and emergent cognitive neuroscience paradigms.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Frank Ryan studied applied psychology in University College Cork and then trained as a clinical psychologist at Edinburgh University. He worked as a consultant in the National Health Service in the UK until 2019.  He currently practises as a cognitive behaviour therapist with a special interest in addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Dr Ryan is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, and a Visiting Research Fellow at London South Bank University. He served as Chair of the Addiction Faculty of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology between 2019-2021. The focus of his research is behavioural and cognitive processes in addiction and translating research into practice.

He is the author or
Willpower for Dummies, Cognitive Therapy for Addiction: Motivation and Change and Psychotherapeutic Strategies to Enhance Motivation and Cognitive Control


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9 Mar 2023
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member

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