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Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice

Author: Arnold M. Washton & Joan E. Zweben

Course Created: 2008

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
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Course Summary

Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice is written from the perspective that clinicians will frequently encounter clients with substance use disorders and that clinicians should have the skills to meet those client's needs. This course covers the assessment and treatment of a wide range of alcohol and drug problems.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, course, and diagnosis of substance use disorders
  3. Pharmacology and overview of psychoactive substances
  4. Ingredients of the integrated approach : doing what works
  5. Considerations in addressing concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders
  6. The role of medications
  7. Assessment
  8. Individualized goal setting and treatment planning : meeting patients "where they are"
  9. Taking action
  10. Preventing relapse
  11. Psychotherapy in ongoing and later-stage recovery
  12. Group therapy
  13. Facilitating participation in self-help programs

Learning Objectives

  • List the types of SUD clients who can benefit from office-based treatment.
  • Describe mental illnesses which co occur with addictions.
  • Explain the concept of cross-tolerance.
  • Describe the signs of opioid withdrawal.
  • Explain the stages of change.
  • Discuss benefits of group therapy for SUD clients.


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