SDMHCA Preconference Workshop 


Responding to Behavioral Addictions: A Clinical Imperative 

presented by Amanda Giordano, Ph.D., LPC

Thursday, April 20, 2023
(lunch on your own)
6.0 Contact Hours
Synopsis of Presentation: The question is no longer “can you be addicted to behaviors?” but instead, “what is the best way to address behavioral addictions in clinical work?” Behavioral addictions are prevalent, problematic, and affect individuals across the lifespan. They often co-occur with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety and have a strong association with trauma. This presentation will provide an overview of behavioral addictions with a specific focus on six potentially addictive behaviors: internet gaming, social media, gambling, sex/pornography, food, and nonsuicidal self-injury. Attendees will learn how to recognize behavioral addictions, how to utilize assessment instruments, and how to provide effective clinical interventions. Additionally, attendees will learn about the relationship between behavioral addictions and co-occurring mental health problems as well as the importance of providing integrated care.


Behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling, gaming, sex, food, pornography) are rewarding behaviors that become compulsive, out of control, continue despite negative consequences, and induce cravings or mental preoccupation (ASAM, 2019; APA, 2013; Griffiths, 2005; Kardefelt-Winther et al., 2017). Like drugs of abuse, potentially addictive behaviors activate reward circuitry in the brain (APA, 2013; Karim & Chaudhri, 2012; Wise & Koob, 2014; Wise & Robble, 2020) and are both positively and negatively reinforcing (Goodman, 2001). Among vulnerable individuals (e.g., those with genetic predispositions, a history of trauma, specific mental health concerns, or early exposure), rewarding behaviors can become the primary means of emotion regulation and lead to detrimental outcomes. In light of the accessibility, affordability, and frequency of potentially addictive behaviors, counselors in all settings (e.g., schools, college counseling centers, community agencies, hospitals, private practice) should be equipped to recognize and respond to behavioral addictions.

SDSCA or SDMHCA Member- $60
SDSCA or SDMHCA Student or Retired Member- $30
Non-Member- $85

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Speaker Information: Amanda L. Giordano, PhD, LPC is an associate professor at the University of Georgia who specializes in addictions counseling. She is the sole author of a clinical reference book titled, A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions, co-author of a textbook titled, Addiction Counseling: A Practical Approach, and developer of an online course, Working with Behavioral Addictions. Dr. Giordano works to advance the counseling field with rigorous research and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and conducted 122 presentations. In 2018, Dr. Giordano received the Addictions/Offender Educator of Excellence Award from the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and in 2022 she was awarded the Russell H. Yeany Jr., Research Award from her college. Dr. Giordano collaborates with domestic and international organizations to provide trainings to increase awareness related to behavioral addictions. She maintains a blog called Understanding Addiction for Psychology Today and has been a guest on several podcasts. Dr. Giordano has experience as an editorial board member for a number of prominent counseling journals including the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, Journal of Counseling and Development, and Counseling and Values. She serves on the American Counseling Association (ACA) of Georgia Leadership Council, the board of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and is a member of several other ACA divisions.  


SDSCA Preconference Workshop

The Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools

presented by Dr. Carolyn Stone

Thursday, April 20, 2023
(lunch on your own from 11am-12pm)
5.0 Ethics Related Contact Hours
Synopsis of PresentationThe school environment poses competing interests between a student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents as established by the U.S. Supreme Court to be the guiding voice in their children lives in value-laden issues.  Participants will develop an ethical decision making framework for analyzing and resolving ethical issues through the application of ASCA ethical codes, case and statutory law, school board rules, and community standards. Through small group and large group discussion of case studies, participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality, to develop a sensitivity to the need to consider their actions in context of each situation for each individual student, and to understand the rights of parents. Topics of discussion will include areas such as confidentiality and duty to warn, minors’ rights to privacy, counselors’ responsibilities toward suicidal children, civil and criminal liability, sexually active minor clients, birth control, abortion counseling, defamation, child abuse, HIV positive students, case notes and educational records, malpractice in academic advising, sexual harassment, the Hatch Amendment and guidance curriculum, and personal conduct. 


SDSCA or SDMHCA Member- $50
SDSCA or SDMHCA Student or Retired Member- $25
Non-Member- $65

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Speaker Information: Carolyn Stone is a Professor of Counselor Educator who researches in the areas of school counselor development; legal and ethical issues.  Dr. Stone was the 2006 President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is in her twentieth year as ASCA’s Ethics Chair where she chaired the last four revisions of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.  Dr. Stone was awarded ASCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Florida School Counselor Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.  In 2005, ASCA named her as one of the nation’s Eight Architects of the School Counseling Profession along with William Glasser, M.D., reality therapy; DeShazer, Brief Counseling; Hoyt, PH.D., Career Development; and, Vontress, Ph.D. Existentialism.  Dr. Stone has written 94 legal and ethical columns for ASCA’s SchoolCounselor and the only legal and ethical book exclusively for school counselors.  Dr. Stone has provided keynote addresses and/or preconferences for all 50 state school counseling associations; presented 840 presentations (approximately 700 on legal and ethical issues for school counselors) to international/national/state school counseling conferences and school districts.  She has completed dozens of webinars for ASCA and .  Dr. Stone guest lectures in counseling classes around the nation on legal and ethical issues. Dr. Stone has authored three books, dozens of journal articles and has authored the only legal and ethical book, currently in its fifth edition, exclusively for school counselors.  Dr. Stone hosted the third Reach Higher White House Convening in November 2015.  Prior to becoming a counselor educator in 1995, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida where she served 239 school counselors as their district level supervisor and prior to that role was an elementary and high school counselor and middle school teacher. 


    The South Dakota Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The South Dakota Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 
This organization, South Dakota Counseling Association approval ID 1058, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the: South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.