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Making Treatment Count: Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Clinical Work With Problem Drinkers

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A client-directed, outcome-informed approach is presented that documents how this way of thinking about, and working with, problem drinkers facilitates better client engagement and improves treatment outcomes. As is true of the field of therapy, the history of drug and alcohol treatment has been marked by contention and debate. Popular assumptions and models since proven to be flawed include: the ‘disease’ model; that the problem ran in families; the need for expensive hospital-based detoxification; and that people can recover, but can never be cured. The authors highlight the movement of the field away from diagnosis and program-driven treatment towards ‘individualised assessment-driven treatment’. Research has made clear that, regardless of type or intensity of approach, client engagement is the single best predictor of outcome. A format, designed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, for an individualized service plan based on multidimensional assessment criteria is presented, in addition to a detailed discussion of how to implement an outcome-informed, client-directed method of feedback within a treatment service.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Making Treatment Count: Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Clinical Work With Problem Drinkers created by Scott D. Miller Ph.D., David Mee-Lee M.D., Bill Plum, and Mark A. Hubble, Ph.D

Course Material Authors

Scott D. Miller Ph.D.

Scott D. Miller Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, a private group of clinicians and researchers dedicated to studying ‘what works’ in treatment. He provides clinical services pro-bono to traditionally under-served clients.

David Mee-Lee M.D.

David Mee-Lee M.D. is a psychiatrist and addictions specialist certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Based in California, David was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. For twenty-five years he has focused on the development of innovative behavioral health treatment that values clinical integrity, high quality and cost-consciousness.

Bill Plum

Bill Plum is a licensed substance abuse counselor and Director of Clinical Services, Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Duluth, MN.

Mark A. Hubble, Ph.D

Mark A. Hubble, Ph.D is a psychologist, consultant, and author. He is a graduate of the prestigious postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Menninger and an Emeritus member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Systemic Therapies. In the early 90’s, he founded and directed the Brief Therapy Clinic of the Counseling and Testing Center, University of Missouri.

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about how to implement an outcome-informed, client-directed method of feedback with problem drinkers. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. compare and contrast past clinical approaches to problem drinking with the use of individualized treatment plans and formal client feedback.

Course Article

Course Article

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Course Number 100817
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  • Reading-Based Online
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