Skip to main content

Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual

To help ensure your CEs are relevant to your practice, we regularly retire courses that are no longer current. This course has been retired. It is no longer available.

We add new courses all the time. Try these categories:

About the Course:

This manual offers treatment strategies based on the transtheoretical model of behavior change. In this model, change is seen as a progression through a series of five stages. Clinicians are trained to assess clients’ readiness to change and to enhance client motivation by utilizing various techniques. It presents materials and instructions for conducting 29 group sessions. These sessions can also be adapted for use in individual sessions.

This course is based on the , Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual created by Velasquez, Mary Marden, Maurer, Gaylyn Gaddy, Crouch,Cathy, and DiClemente,Carlo C.


Guilford Press

Publication Date:

2001 Edition

Course Material Authors

Velasquez, Mary Marden

Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Dr. Velasquez’s background and training are in the area of clinical psychology, health psychology, and public health.

Maurer, Gaylyn Gaddy

Gaylyn Gaddy Maurer, MA, has worked in the substance abuse field in both research and clinical settings. She has worked with a variety of populations, including veterans, felony probationers and the dually diagnosed.


Cathy Crouch, MSW, has worked in research institutions as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities.

DiClemente,Carlo C.

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, is the codeveloper, with Dr. James Prochaska, of the transtheoretical model of behavior change. He has written numerous articles and books examining the process of human behavior change and the application of this model to a variety of behaviors. He has directed an outpatient alcoholism treatment program and has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Drug Abuse and to other private, public and national treatment programs.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who work with substance abusing clients. It is appropriate for participants at all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify clients’ readiness to change stage and to enhance clients’ motivation to change by utilizing a series of techniques.

  2. To review basic guidelines for facilitating groups.

  3. To identify the physiological ways that alcohol and other drugs can affect the body.

  4. To learn ways to help clients manage their thoughts, cravings and stress levels to avoid substance abuse.

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of Addiction Counselor CE.

Membership is free, and you can sign up today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course.

If you're already a member, please log in to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.


  • Is this course approved for my continuing education requirements?

    Yes, most likely. Look Up Your State Board for more detailed information. Logged-in site members will see the relevant approval information displayed in the Approvals tab for every course.

  • Do you have special accommodations for my disability (ADA)?

    Please contact us! We would be happy to accommodate your needs right away, and your input will help us make Addiction Counselor CE more accessible for future users too.

  • How do I enroll in this course?

    Use the Enroll In This Course button and just follow the instructions! You don't pay anything until you're ready to take an exam.

  • What do I have to do to complete the course?

    To complete the course, review the course objectives, then review the material, and then pass the exam with a score of 75% or greater and lastly complete an evaluation.

  • How do I access the materials?

    Most of our courses are based on online articles available for free to the public. Some courses, such as those based on books, require that you purchase the material. Use the Course Materials tab above for more info. You don't need to enroll in the course to access materials, whether free or paid. So you always know what you're getting into before you commit to taking the course.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    Your certificate will be available to download or email immediately when you pass the course exam and complete the evaluation.

  • Can I contact you for more help?

    Yes! Use the Help widget at the bottom-right of the screen anywhere on Addiction Counselor CE to search our help docs, or to ask our support team for help.

Course Retired
Course Number 100944
9 credit hours
Log in for credit hours relevant to your licensure.

  • Book
Exam Fee: No Longer Available

Materials purchased from Amazon

4.57 out of 5
224 members have taken this course

Try a free CE course.

Get started by trying a free course of your choice. No payment info required!

Sign Up Free
Abstract image of people, a PC and books