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Group Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment

Course #: 06-491

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CE Credit Hours: 5.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

Course Description

With the recognition of addiction as a major health problem in this country, demand has increased for effective treatments of substance use disorders, and group therapy has come to be regarded as a means to provide curative forces that are not always experienced by the client in individual therapy. This intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, describes the purpose, main characteristics, leadership, and techniques of five group therapy models to assist those who are struggling with substance use disorders. Additionally, the many considerations that should be weighed before placing a client in groups are discussed as well as issues that arise from client diversity.

Course Objectives

1. Define how therapeutic groups are used in substance abuse treatment, advantages of group treatment, and ways to modify group therapy to treat substance abuse.

2. Summarize the differences between 12-­step sel-f­help groups and interpersonal process groups.

3. Identify the characteristics of the five group therapy models that are effective for substance abuse treatment.

4. Determine ways in which specialized groups such as relapse prevention, communal and culturally specific groups, and expressive groups can be effectively integrated into substance abuse treatment programs.

5. Evaluate the purposes, characteristics, techniques, and leadership styles of problem-solving groups that focus on problematic behavior.

6. Outline strategies for matching clients with groups to meet their needs and to assess client readiness for group participation.

7. Discuss specific considerations for placing clients from racial or ethnic minorities in groups and the most effective way to address the substance abuse problem in a manner that is congruent with the client’s culture.

8. Analyze steps that clinicians can take to evaluate their biases and prejudices in order to more effectively interpret and assist with their clients’ behavior.



Instructor Notes
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.

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