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We-Language and Sustained Reductions in Drinking in Couple-Based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders

About the Course:

This course discusses the use of language as a determining factor in outcome. Though previous research showed mixed results, the authors hypothesized that use of the word “we” was predictive for greater days abstinent. Communal coping and togetherness are believed facilitate better treatment outcomes. And the use of “we” and decreased use of “I” or “you” are indicative of better communal coping and togetherness, then it sans to reason these pronouns can be prediction. These observations are correlational, not causal. A detailed explanation of methodology is included.

This course is based on the reading-based online, We-Language and Sustained Reductions in Drinking in Couple-Based Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders created by Kevin A. Hallgren, PhD and Barbara S. McCrady, PhD in 2016.

Publication Date:

2016 Mar 2016

Course Material Authors

Kevin A. Hallgren, PhD

Dr. Hallgren is a clinical psychologist with research interests in treatments for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. He has conducted most of his research at the BRiTE Center within the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Barbara S. McCrady, PhD

Dr. McCrady is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include improving treatments for persons affected by alcohol and other drug problems through the development of empirically supported treatments, including approaches that involve the social network, cognitive behavioral therapy, mutual help groups, and therapies for women. Her works has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the importance of the inclusion of significant others in the treatment of clients with AUD.

  2. Identify the underpinnings of the effects of the words studied.

  3. Summarize the outcome of introducing changes in pronoun use.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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Course Material

References begin on page 14.

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Course Number 102994
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  • Reading-Based Online
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