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Addiction as a Relational Disorder: A Neuro-Informed Treatment Perspective

Addiction as a Relational Disorder: A Neuro-Informed Treatment Perspective
A Recorded Webinar
Recorded on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Innumerable explanations and treatment models have been proffered for addressing addictions and addictive behaviors in our current era. Advances in behavioral and affective neuroscience have significantly advanced these endeavors. At the same time, neuroscience and its integration into counseling is growing at a rapid pace and providers need to know how to respond. One key area of integration involves treatment of both addictions and relationships. This session will address both addiction and relational disorder from a neuroscience integration perspective. Specifically, it explores the links between relational deficits and vulnerability to addiction. It describes the neurobiological connections between the two, along with recommendations for effective treatment.
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss brain basics that have the most relevance for counseling practice with addictions and relational disorders.
  • Explore the deleterious effects of non-nurturing early environments on the brain.
  • Examine interventions for relational trauma and addiction, using a Metaphoric Model of brain-based counseling.


Chad Luke PhD, LPC-MHSP, NCC, ACS, is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, and a clinical supervisor. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. He has clinical experience with addictions, children and adolescents, the homeless, college students, and other adults. He has published several articles and book chapters on career, college success, and mental health. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in career, addictions, and college populations. His most recent book, published by SAGE, is entitled, “Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists: Integrating the Sciences of Brain and Mind.

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Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.
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