MHCCF Meeting - Clinical Insights and Perspectives on Pathological Gambling and Compulsive Sexual Behavior

  • Friday, March 17, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL


8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker

*Please see the "important information" section below regarding parking for this event


SPEAKER: Rory C. Reid, Ph.D., LCSW

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling and UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

TOPIC: Clinical Insights and Perspectives on Pathological Gambling and Compulsive Sexual Behavior



  1. Participants will learn highlights about current research in the field of problem gambling and sexually compulsive behavior
  2. Participants will learn ways to assess and screen for problem gambling and compulsive sexual behavior in routine clinical practice
  3. Participants will learn about common treatment approaches to attenuating the negative symptoms observed in populations with problem gambling and compulsive sexual behavior

Pathological gambling and compulsive sexual behavior have been characterized by many as behavioral addictions. Indeed, gambling disorder was reclassified in the DSM-5 from an impulse control disorder to a substance-related and addictive disorder.  Additionally, diagnostic criteria for “hypersexual disorder” was proposed for DSM-5 and although it was ultimately excluded, research and clinical work continues among patients seeking help for compulsive sexual behavior (e.g., sex addiction, hypersexual behavior, etc…).  Interestingly, both populations have much in common such as difficulties with affect regulation, stress proneness, and pursuit of their problem behavior despite significant consequences and personal distress associated with their choices. This presentation will provide attendees an opportunity to hear current research in the field of problem gambling and sexual compulsivity and learn ways to assess and screen for these issues in routine clinical work. Finally, the presenter will share several treatment approaches that can help attenuate the negative symptoms frequently observed in these populations including mindfulness applications, stress coping and affect regulation skills, neurofeedback, scripting, empirically supported pharmacological interventions, 12-step programs.

Dr. Rory Reid holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis in Neuropsychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and additional post-doctoral training in clinical research through Harvard Medical School. He is currently a Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and also a consultant for clinical services with the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. Dr. Reid was the Principal Investigator for the DSM-5 Field Trial on the proposed criteria for Hypersexual Disorder and has published numerous research articles on problem gambling and hypersexual behavior in scientific journals. Dr. Reid has worked clinically with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families negatively impacted by hypersexual behavior and problem gambling. His work has been featured in press outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,  TIME magazine, as well as TV specials on ABC, CBS and Fox News. He serves on the editorial boards for several peer-reviewed journals and has trained and educated mental health professionals, industry specialists, government organizations, and lay audiences around the world.


*The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival will begin at the same time as this meeting, and the All Saints church will have parking attendants that day. Please let the parking attendants know you are there for a meeting, and you will not be charged for parking.

MHCCF meets on the third Friday of every month, except for July and December. Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held at All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, Fla., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

It is free to attend MHCCF’s monthly meetings; however you must be a paid, professional member of MHCCF to qualify for 1 CEU. Active professional members of MHCCF are required to sign in and sign out at each meeting to receive a CEU. Please have your license number available upon check-in.

To become a member of MHCCF, please visit our website at and select the “Join Us” tab, or, sign up during networking & registration (8:30-9 am) at our monthly meeting. MHCCF accepts credit card or check payments at the door. We do not accept cash payments.


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