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, 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.  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



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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 10/01/2015

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