• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 8 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Arnold M. Washton, PhD
  • Joan E. Zweben, PhD
Workbook Author:
  • Joan E. Zweben, PhD
Item#: B4034
Contents: 1 Textbook, 1 Exam Workbook (20 pages)

Treating Substance Use Problems in Psychotherapy Practice

Price $59.95
Item # B4034
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This intermediate level course provides a practical guide to assessing and treating substance use disorders in various clients including those with dual diagnoses. The course presents an individualized and empowering approach to treatment in an outpatient psychotherapy practice setting providing detailed information on engaging and motivating clients using cognitive-behavioral therapies and psychodynamic techniques working across a continuum of care and facilitating self-help strategies. The course will assist the mental health practitioner with the diverse and challenging issues encountered in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders. Tools for clinical assessment and client education are provided.

Social workers will receive 8 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Click here for a list of supplemental references.

Killeen, M. (2013). Recovery coaching: A guide to coaching people in recovery from addictions. Laurel Springs, NJ: MK/RC.

Kuerbis, A., & Sacco, P. (2013). A review of existing treatments for substance abuse among the elderly and recommendations for future directions. Substance Abuse, 7, 13–37. doi:10.4137/SART.S7865

Lubarsky, K., Odom, A., Bernstein, S., & Kotbi, N. (2014). Understanding the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 8(4), 288–289. doi:10.1097/ADM.0000000000000040

Obembe, S. (2012). Practical skills and clinical management of alcoholism and drug addiction. Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Reiter, M. D. (2014). Substance abuse and the family. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ryan, F. (2013). Cognitive therapy for addiction: Motivation and change. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Straussner, S. L. A. (Ed.). (2014). Clinical work with substance-abusing clients (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of national findings (NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713). Rockville, MD: Author. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/Revised2k11NSDUHSummNatFindings/Revised2k11NSDUHSummNatFindings/NSDUHresults2011.htm

Tiffany, S. T., & Wray, J. M. (2012). The clinical significance of drug craving. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1248, 1–17. doi:10.1111/j.1749‐6632.2011.06298.x

van Wormer, K., & Davis, D. R. (2013). Addiction treatment: A strengths perspective (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the key elements in making an assessment and how they relate to the development of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Identify the major drug classes (including alcohol) and important effects during intoxication and withdrawal.
  • Discuss the main principles for integrating the treatment of substance use disorders with other mental disorders and interpersonal problems.
  • Describe psychosocial and medication strategies for engaging the client achieving abstinence and preventing relapse in the later stages of recovery.
  • Describe group therapy and self-help programs for addictive disorders.
  • Discuss the key features of the integrated approach to addressing alcohol and other drug use.
Joan E. Zweben, PhD, is founder and Executive Director of the 14th Street Clinic and Medical Group and the East Bay Community Recovery Project affiliated organizations providing comprehensive treatment in Oakland California and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. A clinical psychologist with more than 35 years of experience in treating addiction and training treatment practitioners she is committed to providing flexible evidence-based treatment to challenging and underserved populations. She is the author of two books and more than 55 articles or book chapters, and the editor of 15 monographs on treating addiction.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.