Dec 03
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A New Era Ahead With Alcohol And Drugs: Reconsidering Our Desires And Redefining Our Problems

An open lecture by
Margaret Ann Fetting, PhD, LSCW

When: Friday, March 18, 18:00-21:00

Where: Center for the Arts Auditorium, Aghia Paraskevi Campus – 6 Gravias Street

Organized by: The Graduate Master Class Series, School of Graduate and Professional Education

To reserve your place, please contact Maria Kritikou via email: mkritikou@acg.edu or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210.


Workshop Description

Based on Fetting’s new book, Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders, and Addiction, this workshop provides an overview intended to orient mental health students and professionals to the ever-changing field of substance use disorders.   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 links rising rates in addiction with globalization as well as the stresses of mastering technology.  Discussion will focus on historical, sociocultural, and family influences on the compulsive use of substances (including gambling) and how we think about them.   We will explore the Ancient Greek Symposium as a framework for learning to “tipple wisely” (Plato) or if “heavy minded” (Hippocrates), consider abstinence. Diagnostic changes in DSM-5 will be discussed and a framework of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts will be presented.

Margaret Fetting, PhD

Margaret Fetting, PhD, attended Rosemont College and received her baccalaureate degree from George Washington University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Fetting has been teaching substance use disorders in southern California for over 25 years. She has been primarily affiliated with the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She is a Visiting Faculty member at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies and The American College of Greece in Athens.

In addition, Dr Fetting has created and conducted hundreds of workshops on addictions of all natures. She has been a Key Note Speaker at national conferences. She has consulted with USC’s men’s and women’s athletic teams in the area of addiction, both with substances and eating disorders. She speaks at high schools and colleges as well.

Dr Fetting has been in clinical private practice for over 25 years in Santa Monica. She specializes in the treatment of addiction for individuals, couples and families. She is affiliated with Clearview Treatment Programs and Milestones Ranch, both nationally respected and multileveled treatment facilities in Southern California. Dr Fetting published her text “Perspectives on Addiction” in 2012 with SAGE Publishing Inc. The second edition of Perspectives will be published in June 2015.