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Summer Institute on Addiction

As our hyper-globalized world brings people, substances, ideas, and potential sources of addiction closer together than ever, researchers, care providers, academics and professionals need to look at addiction studies in a new, dynamic light. This online summer institute is the ideal forum to discuss these important developing topics.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: Online (2 weeks)
    Academic dates: Monday 21 June - Friday 2 July 2021*
    Academic fees: €1000* read more about what is included.
    Credits: 4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 May 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 addiction is not a new problem, few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Further, the language and scope of addiction studies has grown in recent years. This two-week online Summer Institute seeks to provide an interdisciplinary approach and lens to the study of addiction.

    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 will immerse themselves in academic debates, and bolster and challenge their classroom learning with assignments and seminars. Addiction takes many forms, and the University of Amsterdam offers a unique chance for students to become familiarized with cutting-edge research and practice in every field.

    The programme is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices.

    A central aspect of the online institute is the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to briefly present in their areas of specialization the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Following the presentations, facilitated workshop session assist students to integrate the research and practice information from instructors and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work upon their return home.

  • 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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Summer Institute on Addiction
Vorm Online
Studielast 4 EC, 2 weken
Voertaal Engels
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