Group therapy is regarded as a powerful means of engaging therapeutic forces such as affiliation, support, and peer confrontation to treat substance users within a culture of recovery. Groups therapy is also effective in treating problems that accompany addiction, such as depression, isolation, and shame. The power of the group can be harnessed and directed to foster healthy attachments, provide positive peer reinforcement and a forum for self-expression, and teach new social skills to clients struggling with substance use.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, TIP 41 Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy – Why Groups and Types of Groups created by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2017.
Course Material Author
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Dr. Ilana Breslau is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City, where she specializes in treating addictions, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Breslau is a supervising psychologist and Director of Continuing Education at North Central Bronx Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify advantages of group therapy as a treatment modality for substance abusers
Describe five models of group psychotherapy to treat substance abuse
Apply principles of group therapy in clinical work with substance abusers
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Faculty: Ilana Breslau PhD
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