Group Therapy Treatment for Substance Abuse (Revised) - Part 1

$25.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | 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, Revised 2015.


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.  Appraise the primary areas in which leaders should possess knowledge and skills.

2.  Explain the single most important factor contributing to the success of outpatient therapy groups.

3.  Evaluate which type of client may be inappropriate for group therapy.

4.  List three specific personal qualities and professional practices required for effective group leadership.

5.  Identify the leader’s job in interpersonal process group therapy.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Groups and Substance Abuse Treatment

a.  Overview

b.  Introduction

c.  Defining Therapeutic Groups in Substance Abuse Treatment

d.  Advantages of Group Treatment

e.  Modifying Group Therapy To Treat Substance Abuse

2.  Types of Groups Commonly Used in Substance Abuse Treatment

a. Overview

b.  Introduction

c.  Five Group Models

d.  Specialized Groups in Substance Abuse Treatment

3.  Criteria for the Placement of Clients in Groups

a.  Overview

b.  Matching Clients With Groups

c.  Assessing Client Readiness for Group

d.  Primary Placement Considerations

e.  Stages of Recovery

f.  Placing Clients From Racial or Ethnic Minorities

g.  Diversity and Placement



ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 10/01/2015

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