Singapore University of Social Sciences

Addiction Intervention II: Behavioural Addictions

Addiction Intervention II: Behavioural Addictions (SWK557)


Addiction II: Behavioural Addictions covers various behavioural addictions like gambling, internet and sex addiction. The course is presented in a bio-psychosocial perspective with comprehensive coverage of the three core areas of biology, psychology and social aspects of behavioural addictions. The theoretical framework utilised are predominantly strength based and behavioural coping for social change.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Similarities and differences between behavioural and substance addictions
  • Major types of behavioural addictions
  • Continuum of gambling disorders
  • Theories of problem gambling
  • Theories of problem gambling: Assessment and treatment
  • Internet gaming disorder & DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual)
  • Internet gaming disorder: Assessment and treatment
  • Types of sex addiction
  • Types of sex addiction: Assessment and treatment
  • Types of eating disorders
  • Types of eating disorders: Assessment and treatment
  • Behavioural addictions in Singapore context and implications for social work practice.

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the various types of behavioural addictions.
  • Evaluate the psychopathology of behavioural addictions.
  • Compare the similarities and differences between the various behavioural and substance addictions.
  • Analyse the ethical implications in treatment.
  • Formulate treatment for each type of behaviour addictions at the basic level.
  • Discuss assessment for each type of behavioural addiction.
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