Nijmegen, Netherlands

Addictive Behaviours, on the Bar, the Brain and Civilization

when 13 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

Addiction is among the most prevalent psychiatric conditions worldwide, with a huge impact on the individual and the society as a whole. At the same time, addiction is a concept which is highly influenced by variable cultural norms and values, and is defined differently according to specific times and places.

Recent developments in behavioural and neuroscience have increased our insights in the mechanisms contribution to the vulnerability to develop an addiction and the persistence of addictive behaviours, despite the many adverse consequences. Moreover, there has been growing interest in the physical and psychiatric comorbidities commonly occurring in patients with addiction. These insights have greatly stimulated the development of new evidence-based treatments.

However, these insights often do not find their way into the clinical field of addiction care. Moreover, addicted individuals often encounter negative attitudes and stigma in society and among health professionals. Critical analysis of cultural stereotypes and their historical background offer a valuable tool to understanding problems addicted individuals have to deal with. Adequate training is the way to improve knowledge skills and attitudes related to addiction.

This summer school integrates recent scientific knowledge from neurosciences, behavioural sciences and cultural studies with clinical practice and personal growth of the participants. In a multidisciplinary team of experienced and enthusiastic lecturers that are among the top researchers in their field you will be taught about recent scientific findings, analyse cultural stereotypes across history, explore daily practice of neuroscience and behavioural testing and visit expertise addiction care facilities nearby Nijmegen.

Course leader

Dr. Arnt Schellekens
Psychiatrist Radboudumc, Scientific Director NISPA Radboudumc

Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen Associate Professor in Hispanic Studies
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Radboud University

Target group

• Master
• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

Everyone who has an interest in mechanisms contributing to addiction, its development and persistence and/or who is in contact with people suffering from addiction in any form of daily practice (including science, medicine, psychology, law, education science, etc.).

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Understand neurobiological factors contributing to the development and persistence of addiction
2. Summarise how psychosocial factors contribute to the development and persistence of addiction
3. Oversee the occurrence and impact of psychiatric comorbidity on addictive behaviours
4. Reflect on cultural stereotypes and representations on addiction, across time and space
5. Reflect on personal perceptions and attitudes on addiction

Fee info

EUR 0: Fee and date will be announced in the fall. Registration opens December 1st 2020. The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.