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Brief Interventions for Clinicians

1. Brief intervention and brief therapy techniques have become increasingly important for improving outcomes as stand­alone interventions and as additions to other forms of substance abuse and mental health treatment.

A. True

B. False

Objectives to Address with Brief Interventions

2. Each of the following are objectives that need to be addressed as part of brief interventions EXCEPT:  

A. Learning to schedule and prioritize time and expanding a sober support system

B. Socializing with recovering people and learning to have fun without substance abuse

C. Addressing character-based strategies and general behavior

D. Giving up resentments or choosing to forgive others and self


3. The five basic steps of a FRAMES brief intervention are feedback, responsibility for change, advice from the provider, a menu of treatment options, empathy, and:

A. Self-efficacy and empowerment

B. Self-esteem and autonomy

C. Self-desire and respect

D. Self-awareness and knowledge

Brief Therapies

4. In general, brief therapies rely on the rapid establishment of a strong relationship between the client and therapist, and encourage a therapeutic style that is highly active, empathic, and sometimes directive.

A. True

B. False

Screening and Assessment

5. Core assessment areas for brief therapy include:

A. Current use patterns, history of substance abuse, and consequences of subsance abuse

B. Information about major medical problems, health status, education, and employment

C. Support mechanisms, client strengths and situational advantages, and previous treatment

D. All of the above

Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

6. Brief CBT is recommended for clients who are struggling with homelessness or have unstable living arrangements because it targets the individual’s strengths and self-determination while providing community resources.

A. True

B. False

Brief Strategic and Interactional Therapies

7. Brief strategic/interactional therapies focus on defining situations that contribute to substance abuse in terms that are meaningful to the client, while identifying steps needed to control or end substance use, and:

A. Emphasizing the client’s freedom of choice and potential for meaningful change

B. Healing the family system so it can better support change

C. Articulating expectations and goals of therapy

D. Enabling the client to examine unresolved conflicts

Brief Family Therapy

8. Brief Family Therapy and Time-Limited Group Therapy can be beneficial to individuals with substance issues because they test new patterns of behaviors, explore the meaning of substance abuse within the family, and they provide strategies to help reduce denial, process ambivalence, and increase motivation for sobriety.

A. True

B. False

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