Understanding the High Sensation Seeking Personality

Presented by Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP on 09-18-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Sensation seeking is a trait we all have. It includes the search for complex and new experiences. People with high sensation seeking (HSS) personalities crave exotic and intense experiences even when physical or social risks are involved. Addictions, dangerous driving, and relationship dissatisfaction have all been linked to overly high sensation seeking tendencies. In addition, HSS can interact with psychological conditions.

Dr. Kenneth Carter, a respected authority on sensation seeking, will introduce strategies to identify unhealthy HSS in your clients and discuss the psychology and neuroscience behind this concept. This web conference will review the habits, hobbies, and hardships of those who want to squeeze every drop out of life. We will cover aggressive driving, unhealthy sexual relationships, addictions, and other propensities of the high sensation seeking personality. We will also review how to discuss high sensation seeking with your client.

This two-hour web conference is designed to equip you with valuable knowledge and application strategies that you can use immediately in your practice.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the components of the high sensation seeking personality.
  2. Analyze some common habits and hobbies of high sensation seeking clients.
  3. Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy sensation seeking.
  4. Distinguish high sensation seeking from other traits.
  5. Explain the biological and environmental contributions to high sensation seeking.
  6. Articulate ways to discuss problematic high sensation seeking behaviors with clients.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

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GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP

Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP

Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at Oxford College, Emory University, where he has conducted extensive research and taught courses on personality theory and psychological diagnosis for over 20 years. Prior to that, Dr. Carter was a Senior Assistant Research Scientist in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Carter has received awards from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the University of Michigan, and the National Institute of Health. He co-authored the introductory psychology textbook, Learn Psychology, his writing has been featured in Reader's Digest and Mental Floss, and he has appeared on the Today Show and Connect with Kids. Dr. Carter's new book on the sensation seeking personality trait is expected to be published in January 2017. To read more on this topic and contribute to Dr. Carter's research, take the quiz on his website at www.drkencarter.com/buzz/

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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.