A New Era Ahead With Alcohol and Drugs: Reconsidering Our Desires and Redefining Our Problems | 3/24/2018


Class size is limited. Registration closes on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

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Margaret Ann Fetting, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
LAISPS Guest Instructor

March 24, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Lunch Break:  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)

Course will be held in the LAISPS classroom
12011 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 520
Los Angeles, CA  90049

This Course is Approved for 6 CE/CME’s

Elizabeth E. Berlese, Ph.D.
Extension Program Chair


This workshop provides an overview, as well as, a refresher course for the highly opinionated, yet ever-changing field of substance use disorders (SUDs).  Emphasis will be placed on developing a deep appreciation for our ancient and natural desire for escaping reality through intoxication. We will discuss the historical transformation of this universal desire into a pathological obsession.

Participants will be introduced to the new dislocation theory of addiction that couples rising rates in addiction with globalization and the daily stresses of mastering technology.  Workshop participants will explore cultural, sociocultural and family influences on our thinking and behavior around the use and excessive use of substances. Contemporary concepts about SUDs,, the biology of desire, the DSM-5 diagnostic changes, ten classes of substances (known and unknown), as well as the non-substance-related disorder of gambling will be reviewed. Nine self-medication theories of SUDs and a symposium approach to treatment infused with contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts will be introduced.  The symposium approach is based on the ancient Greek forum for education on drinking habits—learning to “tipple wisely” or, if heavy minded, decide on abstinence.


Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • The ancient and universal desire to escape and expand consciousness with alcohol and other drugs.
  • The Biology of Desire.
  • The history of American culture’s tendency to impose moral, medical, and  legal control on habitual and/or excessive use, rather than allow for the more European, as an example, reliance on social informal and formal norms to set boundaries.
  • The dislocation theory of addiction that considers the biggest risk factors to be societal and cultural, not genetic and biological.
  • The importance of providing an ongoing relational home for the patient to explore his individual relationship with substances during periods of pleasure and excess, as well as explore his desires for better mastery of destructive impulses.


Important Disclosure: None of the planners or presenters of this CME/CE program has any relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statement

Accreditation Statement: LAISPS is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical
edu cation for physicians. LAISPS takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Physicians: LAISPS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certificate in Continuing Medical
Psychologists: LAISPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAISPS
maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: LAISPS is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant continuing education
credit to those holding LCSW and MFT licenses. (Provider #PCE311) This activity is designated for 6 credit hours.

Please Note:

  • Participants must complete an online evaluation within 2 weeks of completing this CE/CME activity in order to receive credit.
  • According to APA guidelines, CE credit can only be awarded to psychologists for full attendance

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