Gamblers more likely to have suffered childhood traumas

Men with problem and pathological gambling addictions are more likely to have suffered childhood traumas including physical abuse or witnessing violence in the home, according to new research.

Psychologists examined responses in a survey of more than 3,000* men on a variety of life factors, and found that just over a quarter who had probable pathological gambling problems had witnessed violence in the home as a child. Ten per cent also reported being physically abused in childhood, and a further seven per cent said they had suffered a life-threatening injury.

Problem gamblers — those who have not yet escalated to a pathological problem, but are deemed to have a more serious addiction than non-problem gamblers — also reported higher rates of childhood trauma, with just under 23 per cent saying they had witnessed violence at home, and nine per cent experiencing physical abuse. In comparison, just eight per cent of non-problem gamblers witnessed domestic violence when they were a child, and less than four per cent had suffered abuse.

Full story at Science Daily

Study identifies key indicators linking violence and mental illness

New research from North Carolina State University, RTI International, Arizona State University and Duke University Medical Center finds a host of factors that are associated with subsequent risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. The work highlights the importance of interventions to treat mental-health problems in order to reduce community violence and instances of mental-health crises.

“This work builds on an earlier study that found almost one-third of adults with mental illness are likely to be victims of violence within a six-month period,” says Richard Van Dorn, a researcher at RTI and lead author of a paper describing the work. “In this study, we addressed two fundamental questions: If someone is victimized, is he or she more likely to become violent? And if someone is violent, is he or she more likely to be victimized? The answer is yes, to both questions.”

Full story of violence and mental illness connection at Science Daily

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Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System

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Psychological Issues for HIV Infected Women

Although healthcare providers for women living with HIV focus primarily on the physical manifestations of the condition, this CE course examines the understanding of the psychosocial, cultural, mental health, and substance abuse issues faced by HIV infected women in order to optimize care and makes recommendations for provider response, evaluation, and management.  Working with adolescent and palliative care populations is also discussed.

Violence During Pregnancy and Postpartum

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Substance Abuse Treatment Counselors Say Workplace Violence is Common

Counselors at substance use disorder treatment programs say violence against them is common, a new study finds. More than half said they personally experienced violence, 44 percent witnessed violence, and 61 percent had knowledge of violence directed at a colleague.

The study is the first to measure the extent of workplace violence in treatment programs across the United States, according to News-Medical.net.

“We know that workplace violence disproportionately impacts health care and social service providers,” lead author Brian E. Bride of George State University said in a news release. “Our goal was to quantify its existence in substance abuse treatment centers, identify personal and institutional responses, and identify any characteristics that may put counselors at greater risk.”

Full story of workplace violence and substance abuse at drugfree.org

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Children in Foster Care – Parents in Prison

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Sexual Violence and Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ

This CEU course provides information to state and community-based sexual violence prevention educators and practitioners on preventing sexual violence against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ), by discussing background information, practical tips, and examples of existing LGBTQ-inclusive sexual violence prevention efforts and recommendations on how to design LGBTQ-specific prevention programming.

Hunger and Homelessness

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Optimal Living Space for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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THRIVES – Prevention of Violence Against Children

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