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New mental health resource a wellspring of opportunities for

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Psychology clinic serves as a single venue for testing and implementing

By Heath McCoy, Faculty of Arts

November 22, 2017

Training facilities in the new clinic, such as recording systems that allow supervisors to monitor sessions and provide feedback in real time, will give students a competitive edge as they move forward with their careers. Photos by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Training facilities in the new clinic, such as recording systems that allow supervisors to monitor sessions and provide feedback in real time, will give students a competitive edge as they move forward with their careers. Photos by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

Andrew Kim, PhD candidate in clinical psychology, will benefit tremendously from the new psychology clinic as he conducts his research on addictive behaviours and impulse control disorders. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Andrew Kim, PhD candidate in clinical psychology, will benefit tremendously from the new psychology clinic as he conducts his research on addictive behaviours and impulse control disorders.

Endless opportunities. That’s what Andrew Kim, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology, sees before him as the University of Calgary Psychology Clinic opens its doors. Career opportunities. Research opportunities. Teaching opportunities. The invaluable opportunity afforded in providing a new mental health resource to Calgarians.

Kim’s research is focused on addictive behaviours and impulse control disorders. His supervisor, Dr. David Hodgins, is a renowned expert in gambling and addictive behaviours and Kim is excited by the innovative work they’ll be doing together within the new clinic.

“When I was doing my undergraduate degree, I was introduced to addictions treatment and that included gambling,” says Kim. “It sparked my intellectual curiosity that a behaviour such as gambling can have the same affects that we see in people who are dependent on alcohol, cannabis or cocaine. Yet, currently, treatments for substance abuse and behavioural addiction are separated. It’s often thought that behavioural addictions are completely new disorders, but really, there’s a lot of underlying similarities between the two. Maybe it’s a more effective approach to create one treatment which targets that underlying mechanism for addiction?”

The new clinic will allow Kim and Hodgins to develop this new form of “trans-diagnostic treatment” more effectively than in a hospital environment.

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