The School of Psychology proudly presents:
The Psychonomic Seminar Series 2007
"Casting light into the depths of ignorance using a small torch called
This Friday, at 3pm in room 304, we will be astonishingly fortunate as Dr. Genevieve Dingle will be presenting a talk titled "Sex, Drugs and RocknRoll!"
After providing demonstrations of how best to trash a hotel room, and how to fake the beheading of a chicken live in concert, Genevieve has promised to talk about her work on co-occurring addictions and mental
disorders. An abstract follows.
This seminar gives an overview of research I am currently conducting in the area of co-occurring addictions and mental disorders. Ill start with results from an evaluation of the Rubicon program, a group cognitive behaviour therapy program for adults with dual disorders. These results highlight the problem of relapse following treatment for substance use disorders, and the need for more sophisticated aetiological models of the links between negative mood states and addictive behaviour. Ill propose a model in which the link between anxiety and disordered drinking (a common combination) is moderated by Anxiety Sensitivity (a set of beliefs about the dangerousness of feeling symptoms of anxiety), and mediated by Drinking Expectancies (a set of beliefs about the outcomes of drinking alcohol, in particular expectancies of tension reduction). Im coordinating a study with the Brisbane Benchmarking Group of alcohol treatment services to test this model in patients attending detoxification and treatment services. Ill segue to an earlier study on the Drinking Expectancies of Vietnam veterans who have chronic alcohol dependence and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder, which shows that it is possible to impact on drinking expectancies (including the expectation of tension reduction) using brief cognitive therapy interventions. Lastly Ill