Group Therapy Treatment for Substance Abuse (Revised) - Part 2

$30.00 | CE Hours:6.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

Groups can support individual members in times of pain and trouble, and they can help people grow in ways that are healthy and creative.  This CE course assists counselors in enhancing their therapeutic skills with regards to leading groups that are designed to promote recovery from substance abuse.

Author:  Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.  Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy.  Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 41.  HHS Publications No. (SMA) 15-3991.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2005.


American Psychiatric Association.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  4th Text Revision ed.  Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

Association for Specialists in Group Work.  Professional Standards for the Training of Group Workers.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work, 2002.

Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment.  Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy.  Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 39.  HHS Publication No. (SMA) 04-3957.  Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe the feelings that are common among people with substance abuse histories which the group leader needs to be able to empathize with.

2.  Identify the maximum optimal clients in a group before group interaction breaks down and the clients become a class made up of individuals, rather than a single, cohesive, therapeutic body.

3.  Name three things that positively influence retention rates.

4.  Summarize the first step toward wraparound services.

5.  List three existential factors that aid clients in coming to terms with hard truths.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Group Development and Phase-Specific Tasks

a.  Overview

b.  Fixed and Revolving Membership Groups

c.  Preparing for Client Participation in Groups

d.  Phase-Specific Group Tasks

2.  Stages of Treatment

a.  Overview

b.  Adjustments To Make Treatment Appropriate

c.  The Early Stage of Treatment

d.  The Middle Stage of Treatment

e.  The Late Stage of Treatment

3.  Group Leadership, Concepts, and Techniques

a.  Overview

b.  The Group Leader

c.  Concepts, Techniques, and Considerations

4.  Training and Supervision

a.  Overview

b.  Training

c.  Supervision

5.  Adult Patient Placement Criteria

6.  Sample Group Agreement



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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Added On: 2019-09-03

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