May 17 Fri

Cognitive Behavioral Case Formulation and Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorders

May 17, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
La Maison Francaise/Salon

Hosted by the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, in conjunction with the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College

Case formulation and treatment planning are essential when conducting cognitive behavioral therapy because people who misuse alcohol or drugs often experience multiple problems. The first part of this workshop will present a detailed explanation of the CBT model of substance abuse. Participants will then learn how to apply these principles to develop a treatment plan to address various substance-related problems. The workshop will include videotaped demonstrations of how to review a client’s substance use episode, and evaluation of co-occurring PTSD or depression. Participants will learn how to develop a CBT treatment plan for multi-problem clients.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  1. A CBT model of substance abuse treatment
  2. Strategies to assess alcohol and drug use problems
  3. Elements of CBT interventions
  4. Principles of CBT treatment planning

Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D.

Licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, is Professor and Director, Clinical Counseling Psychology Program at Assumption College and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is Diplomate and Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Academy of Cognitive Therapy Certified Trainer/Consultant, and Fellow of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. His clinical, research, and teaching interests focus on cognitive behavioral interventions for addictive behaviors, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He has extensive experience in training and supervising mental health professionals in the use of cognitive behavioral therapies.

Persons, J. B., Brown, C. L., & Diamond, A. (2019). Case formulation-driven cognitive-behavioral therapy. In K. S. Dobson & D. J. A. Dozois (Eds.), Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies (4th ed.). New York: Guilford.

Daley, D. C., & Marlatt, G. A. (2006). Overcoming your drug or alcohol problem - Therapist guide (2nd Ed.). San Antonio, TX: Harcourt Brace & Co.

Rohsenow, D. J. (2018). Substance use disorders. In J. Hunsley & E. J. Mash (Eds.), A guide to assessments that work (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.


$145 for 6 Continuing Education Credits (includes lunch)

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