Introduction to the Psychology of Addictions

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi
Institution website:
Monday, 25 March, 2024 to Friday, 29 March, 2024
Registration fee:
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Friday, 16 February, 2024
Accommodation provided
Contact person details:
Anca Ionescu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi is delighted to invite both academic and administrative staff to take part in the Introduction to the Psychology of Addictions Erasmus blended intensive programme, which will take place between 25-29.03.2024.

The learning outcomes of this BIP would encompass a comprehensive understanding of addiction-related concepts, theories, assessment techniques, treatment modalities, and societal implications. Participants will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of addiction, including its definition, different forms (substance abuse, behavioral, process addictions), and the complex interplay of psychological, biological, and sociocultural factors contributing to addictive behaviors.
  • Explore various theories of addiction, including psychological, biological, and social/cultural perspectives, understanding how each contributes to the development and maintenance of addictive behaviors.
  • Understand how addiction affects the brain, neurotransmitter systems involved, and the role of genetics in predisposing individuals to addiction, providing a foundation in neurobiology and genetics as related to addictive behaviors.
  • Learn to identify signs and symptoms of addiction, utilize screening and assessment tools effectively, and differentiate addiction from other mental health conditions through differential diagnosis techniques.
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, medication-assisted treatments, and holistic approaches, and understand their applications in addiction recovery.
  • Explore stages of recovery, develop skills in relapse prevention strategies, and understand the importance of building support systems for individuals dealing with addiction.
  • Recognize the societal impact of addiction, its implications on public health, and the importance of addressing addiction from both individual and community perspectives.
  • Appreciate the multidimensional nature of addiction by integrating knowledge from various disciplines like psychology, neuroscience, sociology, public health, and more.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to assess and address complex issues related to addiction, analyze different perspectives, and apply problem-solving approaches in clinical, research, or policy settings.
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and challenges related to the treatment and research of addiction, recognizing cultural sensitivities and practicing in line with professional guidelines and standards.

Participants are expected to cover their expenses from the Erasmus+ grant provided by their home institution. The registration is open only to participants from Programme Countries (countries from European Union, EEA, Turkey, Serbia and Republic of North Macedonia).

Application form is available on:

Application should be sent by 16.02.2024.

Accommodation can be provided, on request, on campus.

Please do not make travel arrangements before your participation is confirmed. Detailed programme and confirmation of participation will be sent to participants after the registration deadline.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Iaşi!